Small Business Resources
South Florida Regional Planning Council(SFRPC) is a regional planning and public agency whose mission is to work with South Florida’s public, private, non-profit, and civic leadership to create a better future for South Florida. They provide administrative and staff support for several regional partnerships and programs. One of the program areas of success is the Revolving Loan Fund Programs. These programs offer low-interest rate loans to small and medium size businesses that are not entirely served by conventional lenders. Loans ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 are available to profitable businesses for business expansion and job creation. To be eligible for a loan with the SFRPC, the business must be located within Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties and have been denied financing by a conventional lender. The funds can be used to buy equipment, finance inventory, renovate or buy space, or provide needed working capital. For additional information, please visit http://sfregionalcouncil.org/
Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) is the leading Hispanic economic development, nonprofit organization in Florida specializing in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida. They offer entrepreneurial grants that allow start-ups and existing businesses to receive professional business development services underwritten by HBIF. Some of the services are: legal structure assessment, business plan development, loan application preparation, Quickbooks training, marketing plan, corporate branding and web page development. For additional information, please visit www.hbifflorida.org
ACCION is a microfinance organization that lends with the mission of empowering business owners with access to working capital and financial education. This is different from a bank or credit union. It is a recognized leader in small business lending offering business loans up to $50,000 and financial education throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit http://accionnews.org/miami/
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam. SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing. For additional information, please visit https://www.sba.gov/
Small Business Development Center of Fort Lauderdale (SBDC) is part of a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, accredited by the national Association of SBDCs and hosted by the University of West Florida. They offer one-on-one consultation with trained and experienced Business Consultants that will help with: International Market Planning , Export Market Planning, Government Contracting Development, and Strategic Business Planning. For additional information, please visit http://sbdcfortlauderdale.org/.