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March 30, 2020

SBA Disaster Assistance Available for Florida Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that small businesses located in the State of Florida adversely impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for disaster loans. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the Coronavirus.

March 19, 2020

Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act

The Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act would prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The plan would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to quickly snap-back after the crisis. This proposal would be retroactive to March 1, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. 

Small Business Assistance 

  • Small employers with 500 employees or fewer will be eligible to apply for the loans. 

  • Loans would be immediately available through existing Small Business Administration-certified lenders, including banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions, and SBA would be required to streamline the process to bring additional lenders into the program. 

  • The Secretary of Treasury would be authorized to expedite the addition of new lenders and make further enhancements to expedite delivery of capital to small employers. 

  • The size of the loans would be tied to an applicant’s average monthly payroll; mortgage, rent, and utility payments; and other debt obligations over the previous year. The maximum loan amount would be $10 million. 

  • Conditional upon business retaining their employees and payroll levels during the covered period (March 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020), the portion of the loan used to cover payroll and payments on pre-existing debt would be forgiven. Further, employers with tipped employees would receive forgiveness for additional wages paid to such employees during the covered time. 

  • The bill would provide $300 billion to support these loans. 

Loan Guaranty Program 

  • The bill would expand the allowable uses for the existing 7(a) Small Business Administration loan program to permit payroll support, including paid sick leave, supply chain disruptions, employee salaries, mortgage payments, and other debt obligations to provide immediate access to capital for affected small businesses. 

  • The maximum loan amount for SBA Express loans would be increased from $350,000 to $1 million. These loans provide borrowers with revolving lines of credit for working capital purposes. 

  • The cost of participation in the 7(a) program would be reduced for both borrowers and lenders by providing fee waivers, an automatic deferment of payments for one year, and no prepayment penalties.

Entrepreneurial Assistance 

  • The bill would provide grants to offer counseling, training, and related assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19: 

  • $240 million for SBA Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers. The non-federal match for Women’s Business Centers would be waived for a period of three months. 

  • $10 million for Minority Business Development Agency’s Minority Business Centers

  • $25 million for grants to associations representing resource partners. 

March 13, 2020

Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce 2020 Awards Gala & Fashion Show Postponed

The Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors have been discussing public health with our local medical physicians and elected local, state and national officials regarding the onset of COVID-19.

February 08, 2020

2020 MBCC Anniversary Events!

Mark your calendars for MBCC's Annual Fashion Show & Awards Gala! 

September 17, 2019

Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon 9/17/19

Women are at the helm of monumental change in America today. Now more than ever, women are speaking up, leaning in, questioning, connecting, creating, leading and earning. The Inaugural Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit (VVWS) is an innovative one-day Summit designed to convene, inspire and activate diverse female leaders in Southwest Florida and beyond.

May 16, 2017

Chambers Pledge More Collaboration

ManaSota Black Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of sharing the platform with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce during a forum at the Faith Based Alliance month meeting. It was a great opportunity to show case how the both chambers work together and share members to help boost and build our great community and small business population. Check the story, I'm sure you'll find it informative. A huge thank you to #MBCC Small Business & Young Black Professionals Executives that shared this platform alongside of me. Jordan E Ross, Simone Peterson and Edward James III #MBCCMOVEMENT #IRONSHARPENSIRON

June 07, 2017

Request For Information (RFI) #10512 - Transitional Housing Services - VBS Posting

The Department’s Office of Probation and Community Intervention seeks information about the availability of Vendors to provide Transitional Housing Assistance Services to Department youth, eighteen (18) years of age through twenty-one (21) years of age, who have no place to reside and are in the process of transitioning to independent living. Basic services must include housing with bathing, laundry, food (three (3) meals a day), electricity, access to a local phone and other ancillary support services, as specified further in this RFI. Services shall typically not exceed six (6) months (one hundred eighty (180) days) without additional authorization. The goal of the Department is to provide youth a secure place to reside in the least restrictive setting possible and other support services, while assisting the youth in maintaining an independent, drug free, crime-free lifestyle and making successful integration into adulthood and self-sufficiency in the community. Providers who contract with the Department to provide these services may be compensated at a fixed rate per day, per filled bed. Youth must be referred by the Department for Department funded beds.

Welcome to the new MBCC Website

Welcome to the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) Website! On behalf of our business members and the community, we invite you to visit the dynamic black-owned businesses in the Manasota area. We live and work in a lively community with a high energy level that creates an exciting environment for business and industry to thrive in Florida.

June 13, 2017

Tarnisha L. Cliatt Appointed to NBCC Board of Directors

Today the ManaSota Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that their President/CEO, Tarnisha L. Cliatt, has been invited to join the Board of Directors of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. 

On June 9, 2017, Mr. Harry C. Alford, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, invited Ms. Cliatt to join NBCC B.O.D.. Mr. Alford said, “You are a fine example of what a true NBCC leader should be. The invitation to the NBCC Board of Directors was based on your performance within your own chapter and in the Manatee area.” Ms. Cliatt’s appointment to the NBCC Board of Directors will begin on July 1, 2017. 

July 29, 2017

ManaSota Black Chamber of Commerce Awarded Chamber of the Year by National Black Chamber of Commerce

The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) celebrated its Silver Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C. July 26-29. NBCC provides resources to support the development of startups and established minority owned businesses. The four-day conference offered entrepreneurial resources through paneled discussions, breakout sessions and high-level networking with successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Participants engaged in informative dialogues with national and international leaders. This year’s conference theme was Investing in America’s Diversity and the spotlight was Innovating for the Next Generation.


Tarnisha Cliatt, President/CEO of ManaSota Black Chamber of Commerce represented MBCC not only as an attendee, but as a Board Member. As she was in one of the sessions, to her surprise, ManaSota Black Chamber of Commerce was awarded Chamber of the Year. MBCC is proud to have received this honor and dedicated to our commitment of, “Changing Our Community, One Business at a Time.”

October 09, 2017

USF Sarasota-Manatee to debut college readiness program

USF Sarasota-Manatee is developing a free online course called Pre-College Success to navigate the sometimes complex college-entry process. 

February 17, 2018

2018 Sponsorships Are Now Available

Partner with MBCC to gain exposure for your organization. We have levels that benefit all organization sizes. 

August 27, 2018

ManaSota Black Chamber of Commerce Environmental Concerns

Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) is committed to help bridge communication between small business members and local and state government. Within MBCC, many of our members are small businesses with less than 100 employees. The Chamber is focused on creating and promoting an environment where small businesses can flourish. We are dedicated to serving as an advocate for small business issues in our community and providing a forum for education, networking, and motivation. 

We believe that access to resources can mean the difference between success and failure to a small business. MBCC looks forward to being a bold voice of business as we play an active role in representing the interests of small businesses as we collaborate with local and state government. Join us as we change our community, one business at a time. 

March 10, 2020

Free Event to Provide Strategies, Resources to Help Tampa Small Businesses SucceedWrite a catchy title...

The office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, will host a Small Business Expo to help aspiring and existing small businesses in the Tampa Bay region. The event is free, and open to the public with registration.
 
The event will be held on Tuesday, March 10 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa – USF/Busch Gardens and will feature breakouts on topics including marketing, capital access, international trade, and government contracting. Workshops will be beneficial to both existing small businesses and those interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

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