Grantee Stories

Get to know each of the small businesses and nonprofits we have supported through Miami Open for Business funding.

Microgrant Awardees

Below is a list of recipients of the Microgrant for Technology or Equipment. Applicants not selected in any round may reapply in the future. Access more detail about the Microgrant for Technology or Equipment funding opportunity on this page.

MIA Elite Football

“These updates will ensure that our players have the necessary gear to play safely and comfortably and will also boost team morale and pride. Investing in equipment and uniforms is crucial for the development and success of our young athletes.” — Mario Fernandez, Founder.


“Thanks to the OFB award, we have successfully revamped our website and transitioned from using plastic bottles to aluminum cans, a more sustainable packaging solution. This innovative step marks a significant milestone in our journey towards greater sustainability and improved customer convenience.” — Derrick Mestre Newball, Founder.

Goodprint Media

“This new beauty empowers Goodprint Media with additional capabilities, such as projection mapping and virtual reality development, which in turn benefit our community by offering new services on the menu” — Adrian Monzon, Founder.

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CREO Awardees

Below is a list of the collaboratives who will receive support to buy commercial real estate. Access more detail about the Collective Real Estate Ownership (CREO) funding opportunity on this page.

“In any community, small businesses are the anchors,” says Jason Tapia, principal and lead architect of Building Center No 3, an award-winning local architecture firm that is using CREO funding to co-purchase shared office space in the Allapattah community alongside two other small business recipients.

“This opportunity gives me a chance to think about what the next 10-20 years looks like in terms of my practice and relationship to the community.”

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