MIAMI — The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) and the West Perrine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently hosted The MLK Business EXPO in partnership with Neighbors and Neighbors Association; Partners for Self-Employment; and Unique Coalition of Minority Business of South Dade, Inc.
The free event, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center in Palmetto Bay, offered an opportunity for nearly 100 local businesses to network, build alliances, and establish new business ventures. Local agencies were also available at The EXPO to assist with government permitting and certification, IRS compliance, and information on starting a new business.
MDEAT Board Member the Rev. Walter T. Richardson kicked off the Jan. 18 event with greetings to the public and introduced Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9.
“The MLK Business Expo was a wonderful display of some of the most promising businesses representing Miami-Dade’s diverse and talented communities,” Richardson said. “The networking was palpable, and the atmosphere was warm, and quite frankly, encouraging.”
In addressing the participants, Moss encouraging the businesses to take advantage of networking. “The event embodied the spirit of Dr. King,” Moss said. “Not only was he a drum major for change, he supported small business development in an effort to bring forth economic parity in our country.”
MDEAT’s Economic Development Division advocates for the creation of business opportunities in Targeted Urban Areas.
In addition, MDEAT hosts throughout the year workshops covering topics and issues as LEED certification, e-gardening, and closing the digital divide in our community. MDEAT also has a first-time homebuyer program, Homeownership
Assistance Program (HAP) and operates Miami-Dade County Teen Court.
The expo was aimed at targeting businesses in South Dade and providing them with tools to help in their growth and expansion.
For more information visit miamidade.gov/economicadvocacytrust or call 305-375-5661.
*Pictured above are Commissioner Dennis Moss, left, and Rev. Walter T. Richardson, right.