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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Meet Your Perfect Match at the Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency

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The City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) wants to help local businesses in the CRA Area find their perfect match at the Small Business Lender Matchmaker on Tuesday, August 7th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Homestead CRA, 212 NW 1st Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030.  Guests will go on “speed dates” with CRA community partners and lenders to find the right resources to help their businesses succeed.  They will have the opportunity to learn about loan opportunities, connect with experts in business planning and marketing, and meet with local lenders.  Refreshments will be provided.

Organizations in attendance will include:

  • City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency.  The CRA is responsible for the economic and social growth of Homestead in the CRA Area.  Current business assistance available includes the CRA Commercial Enhancement Grant for improvement or rehabilitation of the interior/exterior of existing qualified commercial buildings and for businesses relocation and expansion within the CRA Area.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration.  The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small business concerns—helping Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Under the agency’s “Lender Match” program, small business borrowers can connect with participating SBA lenders through a free, online referral tool. After a prospective borrower completes a short online form, they could hear back from interested lenders within 48 hours.  Lender Match is the key to generate small business lending, which in turn promotes economic development, creates jobs and enhances our nation’s sustainability. Bringing much needed capital to small businesses is vital to the economy and fulfills SBA’s mission. 
  • Small Business Development Center at FIU (SBDC).  The team of experts at the SBDC helps Miami-Dade business owners design growth strategies, analyze domestic and international markets, obtain government contracts, develop competitive analysis, secure loans, and much more.
  • SCORE.  SCORE is a nonprofit organization funded by the SBA and dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
  • Homestead Main Street, Inc.  Homestead Main Street works closely with the City of Homestead CRA and other local organizations to initiate downtown economic revitalization and to bring an expanded cultural element to the downtown area.

Lenders in attendance will include: Neighborhood Lending Partners, Accion, Partners for Self-Employment, Urban League of Broward County Loan Fund, and Center State Bank.  Small business owners wishing to apply for loans on-site should bring current financial statements and 3 years of business and personal tax returns.

Space at the Small Business Lender Matchmaker is limited.  Please RSVP to mfigueroa@cityofhomestead.com or 305-224-4480.  Find out more information about the Homestead CRA at www.cityofhomestead.com/cra


La Agencia de Redesarrollo de la Comunidad de la Ciudad de Homestead [City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)] desea ayudar a las empresas locales ubicadas dentro del área de CRA a encontrar a su pareja ideal en el evento Small Business Loan Matchmaker [Conexiones de Prestamos para Pequeñas Empresas] el martes 7 de agosto, de 1:30pm a 4:30pm y de 5:00pm a 8:00pm en la CRA de Homestead, 212 NW 1st Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030.  Los invitados participarán en “citas rápidas” con los socios de la comunidad de CRA y prestamistas para encontrar los recursos adecuados que le ayudarán a promover sus negocios. En el evento podrán enterarse de oportunidades para obtener préstamos, conectarse con expertos en planificación empresarial y mercadeo, y además se reunirán con prestamistas locales.  Se ofrecerán bebidas.

Estas son algunas de las organizaciones que concurrirán:

  • Agencia de Redesarrollo de la Comunidad de la Ciudad de Homestead.  La CRA se ocupa del crecimiento económico y social de Homestead en el área de CRA. La asistencia actual disponible para los pequeños empresarios incluye un Subsidio para el embellecimiento comercial de la CRA [Commercial Enhancement Grant] para mejorar o rehabilitar el interior/exterior de edificios comerciales existentes que reúnan los requisitos y el traslado y expansión de empresas dentro del área de CRA.
  • SBA [Administración de Pequeñas Empresas] de EE.UU.  La SBA es una agencia independiente del gobierno federal que ayuda, asesora, asiste y protege a las empresas y vela por sus intereses, ayudando a los estadounidenses a crear, desarrollar y fomentar sus empresas. Bajo el programa "Lender Match" de la agencia, los prestatarios de pequeñas empresas pueden conectarse con los prestamistas de la SBA participantes a través de una herramienta gratuita de referencia en línea. Después de que un posible prestatario completa un breve formulario en línea, puede recibir noticias de los prestamistas interesados dentro de las 48 horas. Lender Match es la clave para generar préstamos a pequeñas empresas, que a su vez promueve el desarrollo económico, crea empleos y mejora la sostenibilidad de nuestra nación. Llevar el capital que tanto necesitan las pequeñas empresas es vital para la economía y cumple la misión de la SBA.
  • SBDC [Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas] en FIU.  El equipo de expertos de SBDC ayuda a los propietarios de negocios en Miami-Dade a diseñar estrategias de crecimiento, analizar mercados nacionales e internacionales, obtener contratos con el gobierno, desarrollar análisis competitivos, obtener préstamos y mucho más.
  • SCORE.  SCORE es una organización sin fines de lucro financiada por la SBA que se dedica a ayudar a los pequeños negocios a despegar, crecer y lograr sus metas a través de educación y programas de mentores.
  • Homestead Main Street, Inc.  Homestead Main Street trabaja en estrecha colaboración con la CRA de la Ciudad de Homestead y otras organizaciones locales para iniciar la revitalización económica del Downtown y para atraer un mayor elemento cultural al área.

Algunos de los prestamistas que concurrirán al evento son: Neighborhood Lending Partners, Accion, Partners for Self-Employment, Urban League of Broward County Loan Fund y Center State Bank.  Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas y negocios que deseen solicitar préstamos durante el evento deben traer sus estados financieros actualizados y 3 años de declaraciones impositivas personales y corporativas.

Las vacantes para el evento son limitadas. Sírvase responder a mfigueroa@cityofhomestead.com o al 305-224-4480.  Obtenga más información acerca del CRA de Homestead en www.cityofhomestead.com/cra

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