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Elevate District 5 celebrates two years of empowering small businesses in Miami

The latest Elevate District 5 impact report highlights the program's success in supporting Miami entrepreneurs

Miami Dade County is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit, and Commissioner Eileen Higgins' Elevate District 5 program is a major reason why. Launched in 2022, Elevate District 5 has become a vital resource for small businesses in District 5, providing them with the tools and support they need to thrive. To celebrate National Small Business Week and two years of impactful initiatives, Commissioner Higgins recently released the Elevate District 5 Impact Report.

The report showcases the program's impressive achievements, highlighting the positive change it's brought to the District 5 business community. Let's dive into the key takeaways!

How Elevate District 5 is making a big difference

Commissioner Higgins' commitment to empowering local businesses is clear. She couldn't be happier about the results of the program, which include mom-and-pop grants, micro-loans, and the creation of free, bilingual activities.

The program boasts impressive results like helping over 500 businesses and has reached a significant portion of the District 5 business community, offering them a helping hand through various programs and initiatives. They've organized 30 training sessions covering essential topics like AI technology, marketing, and access to capital.

Moreover, Elevate District 5 has addressed financial hurdles for small businesses by awarding 415 grants, enabling recipients to overcome challenges and build resilience.They've also invested a significant amount of federal funds to provide free bilingual programming, financial assistance, and valuable resources to strengthen the local business landscape.

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Collaboration and continued support for Miami’s entrepreneurial spirit

Elevate District 5's success is a testament to the power of collaboration. The program is funded by the American Rescue Plan, President Biden's initiative to stimulate the economy. Additionally, Elevate District 5 partners with a network of organizations dedicated to supporting Miami-Dade's small business ecosystem. These include Axis Helps Miami, Prospera, Partners for Self-Employment, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, and many more.

This collaboration allows Elevate District 5 to offer a comprehensive range of services. Dan Grech, Founder and CEO of BizHack Academy, applauds the program's innovative approach. He believes that Commissioner Higgins is a visionary leader and Elevate D5 initiative provides small business owners with the skills they need for success in the current tech-driven world.

The report is a powerful reminder of the program's positive impact on the lives of local entrepreneurs. As Commissioner Higgins remains committed to supporting small businesses, Elevate District 5 is poised to continue its success story. Stay tuned to Calle Ocho News for all the updates.

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