Stock up at tax-exempt event

MIAMI, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr. will kick off the start of hurricane season by hosting a Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at the Home Depot ,1590 W. 49th St., Hialeah.

During the sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. The sales tax holiday begins May 31 and extends through Thursday, June 6.

“As hurricane season kicks off, the residents of Miami-Dade County need to be sure to have an action plan for themselves and their families in order to mitigate the impact of any potential storms that may threaten our community,” said Bovo.

He invited residents to attend the Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Event “to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax.”

Disaster preparedness workshop

A workshop informing small business owners how to prepare for disaster is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m. – noon at the Adventura Branch Library, 2930 Aventura Blvd., Aventura.

The Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Contracts Workshop is being hosted by the Miami-Dade County Small Business Development (SBD) Services Department in collaboration with Commissioner Sally A. Heyman.

The program will address concerns such as what is needed financially; types of insurance available; equipment or capital; emergency contracts available; how to qualify to be on emergency contracts with the county when a disaster hits; procurement officers/buyers; and risk management.

Resources will include the Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), lenders, the Red Cross, and county Emergency Management.

Register at or call 305375-3111.