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News from the South Florida District – June 202

Dear Small Business Owners,
As many business owners rebound from the effects of the pandemic, it is important that we all take some time to prepare for hurricane season, too.
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA), this year is predicted to be another above-normal season.
As part of “Planning Ahead” for a Disaster, the SBA encourages you to consider taking these simple steps to prepare: Assess your risk; Create a plan, Execute your plan. Statistics show that 25% of small businesses don’t re-open after a disaster. Visit the SBA’s Prepare for Emergencies website to learn more about how to prepare and recover if a disaster strikes.
NOOA officials also encourage consumers to take the following steps:
• Visit Ready.gov and Listo.gov for useful and valuable disaster preparation resources including checklists and templates for your business and your home.
• Download the FEMA app to sign-up for a variety of alerts and to access preparedness information.
• Consider purchasing flood insurance.
Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at hurricanes.gov throughout the season to stay current on watches and warnings.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at SouthFlorida_DO@sba.gov.
-Greg Hall, SBA South Florida District Director (Acting)

A summary infographic showing hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms predicted from NOAA’s 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. (NOAA)
Protect Your Small Business This Hurricane Season
By James Rivera, SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance
The 2021 Hurricane season starts on June 1 but it’s never too early to prepare. Damage from a hurricane can be costly for small businesses and can pose hazards for you and your employees. Fortunately, there are ways that you can fortify your business against a hurricane to minimize losses and reduce risks for workers.
Read more here.

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The SBA is proud to support the LGBT business community. SBA’s network for LGBTQ+businesses aims to bring focus on economic empowerment in the LGBTQ+business community by providing access to the SBA’s programs and services. #PrideMonth

Stay safe from cybersecurity threats
Cyber attacks are a growing threat for small businesses and the U.S. economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion in 2020 alone. Cyber attacks are a growing concern for small businesses. Learn more here about the threats and how to protect yourself.
South Florida Book Club Meeting
We all know that our mindset is a critical component of success, but do we really understand the power of mindset? Join us as we dive into the research of Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. as she shares how every facet of our lives can be influenced by how we think about our abilities and talents.
July 16, 2021
Noon-1pm
Register here.

10 steps to start your business
Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Click here to learn more about each step.

South Florida District Office Events
June 10: Como lanzar su Negocio en USA desde America Latina – Nivel Introductorio
June 16: eCommerce with WordPress WooCommerce and Shopify June 2021
June 23: Wednesday Morning Meetings
For a complete list of upcoming workshops, visit the SBA South Florida District website.

As a #VetBiz owner, you may have access to acquire surplus property – like vehicles, office equipment, and tools – that the federal government no longer needs. Visit Vet Surplus to learn more about the Surplus Personal Property for Veteran-Owned Small Business Programs.
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SBA South Florida District Office
51 SW 1st Ave., Suite 201
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: 305.536.5521
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