Micro-grant program helps small businesses in Miami

Coral Gables-based Amerant is stepping up and going local to help small businesses during the pandemic.

Though government programs and PPP loans assisted businesses throughout the country, thousands of small businesses didn’t qualify for these programs. This where the Amerant Micro-Grant Program comes in.

The pilot program funds were allocated to Branches, a local nonprofit organization serving Miami-Dade County that provides opportunities for small businesses, working families and their children by providing technical assistance and critical micro grants. It’s assistance that will no doubt ripple throughout the community as Miami’s small businesses provide more than half of the area’s jobs. One example is Bon Gout BBQ pictured above with Amerant and Branches representatives.

“Thanks to Amerant, Branches will be able to not only continue serving its many micro-businesses by providing one-on-one technical assistance and specialized training but will also be able to provide COVID-19 pandemic recovery grants to several small businesses in need of financial assistance,” said Brent McLaughlin, Branches executive director.

The Branches Micro-Business program provides recipients of a grant and their business a broad range of crucial support services, with the goals of becoming economically self-sufficient.

“We are very proud to partner with Branches and allocate our initial pilot program grant for their micro-business program,” said Millar Wilson, vice-chairman and CEO of Amerant Bank. “The survival of these small businesses is vital to our community, and we recognize that even the smallest financial barrier can be overwhelming. By working with Branches, we will be able to bring these important resources to organizations who may have no other recourse.”

For more information on Branches’ programs and services, contact Isabelle Pike at 305.206.5689 or ipike@branchesfl.org.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.