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South Florida Newsletter – June 2022

Message from the Interim District Director J. Malcom Richards

Summer is here and we all know what that means in South Florida: Hurricane Season officially begins. There’s no need to panic—if you’re prepared. SBA offers long-term financial assistance after declared disasters, but preparation is the key to not only surviving a hurricane, but also to thriving in the aftermath.

During June, National Safety Month, when people focus on how they can keep their environment safe and free from any danger, we will be giving you the keys to preparing your home and business to mitigate the potential damage from storms.

This summer also marks the second anniversary of the celebration of the Juneteenth federal holiday. “Juneteenth” comes from the date June 19th the day when slaves in Texas were informed that Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation guaranteeing their freedom two years prior.

Specifically, the holiday recognizes the resilience of the African-American community. At SBA we also celebrate this virtue that has enabled small business owners to move through hardships of the pandemic these last two years to emerge better and stronger. The Juneteenth holiday serves as a reminder and reinforcement of SBA’s commitment to equity communities this year to ensure their full access and participation in our programs and services.

June is Pride Month which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. At SBA, we celebrate Pride Month to recognize the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender small business owners have made to our economy.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Disaster Preparedness Webinars
English on Tuesday, June 14th – 3:30-4:30pm
Spanish on Thursday, June 16th – 3:30-4:30pm

Planning what to do in case of a disaster is an important part of being prepared. This is true for the safety of your family as well as for your business. Disasters can take many forms and the financial cost of rebuilding after a disaster can be overwhelming. If you’re prepared for emergencies, you’ll be in a better position to recover and continue personal and business operations should disaster strike. With hurricane season starting on June 1st in Florida, make sure to join our Disaster Preparedness Plan webinar.

Planificar qué hacer en caso de un desastre es una parte importante de estar preparado. Esto es cierto tanto para la seguridad de su familia como para la de su negocio. Los desastres pueden tomar muchas formas y el costo financiero de la reconstrucción después de un desastre puede ser agobiante. Si estás preparado para emergencias, estará en una mejor posición para recuperarse y continuar con sus operaciones personales y comerciales en caso de que ocurra un desastre. Con la temporada de huracanes comenzando el 1 de junio en Florida, registrese para este taller.

South Florida Events Calendar

Increasing your knowledge and getting ahead by going to Summer School is another hallmark of summer. The South Florida District Office is hosting a series of trainings this summer designed to help you launch and grow your business. Check out our South Florida web calendar for details and take a look at the journeys available on SBA’s Ascent platform as your business graduates to the next level this summer.

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SBA South Florida District Office
Miami, Tampa, and Ft. Pierce, Florida

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