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FIU Business: We are here to help

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Helping Businesses/workers

South Florida organic business turns to FSBDC at FIU for help in staying afloat.

The Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU (FSBDC at FIU) helped obtain bridge loans of almost $4.5 million for small businesses as of April 10, 2020, in addition to serving as a consistent, reliable source of information for South Florida businesses. Among the businesses they assisted: a distributor of organic products facing stepped-up demand from grocery stories—and a shortage of cash.

Florida SBDC at FIU helps local companies get nearly $4.5 million in loans–and essential guidance.

The  Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) continues to provide much-needed help for the region’s mall businesses. As of April 10, 2020, the center helped local businesses obtain nearly $4.5 million in Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans, which provide up to $50,000 loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. With the Bridge Loan program closed as of April 14, FSBC consultants are helping businesses get assistance through the EIDL (SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and the PPP (SBA Paycheck Protection Program) which are funded by the CARES Act and administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps local companies obtain nearly $3.5 million in bridge loans to date.

“Given the uncertainty and widespread impact of this coronavirus, businesses are desperate for cash to keep operating,” said Brian Van Hook, regional director of the FSBDC, which provides no-cost consulting to entrepreneurs and small-business owners. “These funds can help them keep or bring back employees, cover debts, and address other fixed operating expenses.”

How to market during the COVID-19 crisis and the recession it brings.

Amid unprecedented fear, anxiety and uncertainty, small businesses may think it’s time to pause their marketing. Not so fast, says Dan Grech, founder of BizHack, a Miami-based digital marketing training academy. This may be the time to strategically continue investing in marketing, yet the messaging needs to shift for the coronavirus recession we are entering, communicating with customers in ways that are helpful to them.

Telecommuting and the coronavirus: what you need to know.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a dramatic increase in the number of people working from home, driving uncertainty for both employees and employers. “We all have to recognize that this isn’t business as usual,” said Ravi Gajendran, associate professor of global leadership and management at FIU Business. Key to success is having proactive communication from both sides.

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