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Forty-five small businesses in Commissioner Joe A. Martinez’ district received $2,224 each in grant funding thanks to the annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program.  Every year, local business owners are encouraged to submit an application to their Miami-Dade commissioner for a small grant in order to help them grow their business. In late January, 159 applications came through Commissioner Martinez’s office, and a selection committee from the Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA) chose the eligible candidates to receive funding.

Two keen young boys showed attendees at BBEC's November 2009 launch how to play the EeZee Kricket board game.
Five businesses are well on their way to building the Barbadian economy. The Barbados Entrepreneurs' Venture Capital Fund has just approved funding for five of its pilot projects.

Charting the course for the new wave of sunrise industries are Annalee Davis Inc., Movementunes, Caribbean Streaming Network, Went Caribbean, and Eezee Kricket Inc.

The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization, is pleased to announce the winners of the Eighth Annual Beacon Awards. This year’s awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Jungle Island inMiami, Florida. The most prestigious honor of the evening, the Jay Malina Award, will be given to Brian E. Keeley, President & CEO of Baptist Health South Florida. The awards program recognizes businesses and organizations for their significant contributions to the local economy in the areas of job creation, business expansion, corporate citizenship and leadership in their respective industries.
ImageVice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz traveled to Washington, D.C. last week as part of Miami-Dade’s annual D.C. Fly-In to discuss important local issues with federal officials. While there, Vice-Chairman Diaz met with General Counsel Timothy Reif from the Office of U.S. Trade Representative to discuss the Vice-Chairman’s recently appointed position on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC). They focused on the importance of passing the Panama, Columbia and Asia free trade agreements promptly; talks about this will continue for the Vice-Chairman’s first IGPAC conference call on April 5th.