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We are honored to participate in these events as collaborators, speakers and special guests

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Main Street Now! Building Inclusive Entrepreneurship 

April 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on small businesses of color, with estimates that the crisis closed nearly half of black small businesses. How can we clearly and collaboratively think about how to help businesses of color that are still hanging on be more successful and help new businesses emerge? In this workshop session, hear from Main Street programs and communities who have taken steps to provide specific support to BIPOC businesses, and dive into conversation on resources and tools needed to successfully do this work in your community.

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Virtual Summit 

FEBRUARY 25, 2021 

Thousands of small businesses and residents of Allapattah and South Florida have been impacted by the current housing crisis. Listen to our Executive Director @Mileyka Burgos discuss real solutions with fellow experts in the community during the Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida’s Summit 21. Watch the full discussion on our YouTube Channel: 

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Poverty Solutions Summit 

February 4-6, 2021

The Poverty Solutions Summit brings together community, civic, and business leaders to collectively develop community-driven solutions to South Florida’s most critical challenges. This year, we’re bringing the inspiration, conversation, and fun online for a one-of-a-kind virtual experience.

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Growing Entrepreneurship Programming on Main Street

February 4, 2021.

Join us as we examine findings and new data points through the lens of local Main Street program executive directors sharing their examples, philosophy and insights as entrepreneurship ecosystem builders in their respective communities.

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Monday Night Talks 

Mondays in November, 2020 @5 PM

The Intersection of Small Business and Health, is a series aimed at bridging the intersection of business and social determinants of health. We'll explore how the effects of Covid19 have magnified socioeconomic issues that ultimately hurt businesses on several fronts. Register!


From combating gentrification to the challenges of COVID-19, strategies have shifted to respond to the immediate needs of struggling businesses. However, long-term goals remain the same for supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses. Speakers will share stories on how they’ve adapted to the current climate; and the work they are doing to protect Latino business owners from potential displacement and closure.  


Visit Allapattah, the heart of Miami's Dominican community. Faced with enormous development pressure, the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) created a working group of neighborhood and city-wide stakeholders to help stabilize small businesses. Taking lessons from NALCAB's work in other cities across the country, data and mapping tools have been developed to measure and predict where gentrification is taking place in Allapattah. See first-hand how Allapattah is establishing a Main Street program for holistic neighborhood revitalization by using these tools and strategies in partnership with local and regional groups.

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Behind the scenes of Philanthropic Investmen
September 15, 2020

 Latina business owners hold a demographic advantage in the United States, but that has not translated to economic and social power. This conversation will explore what is holding small businesses back, the challenges that philanthropy has faced in addressing this gap, and solutions to build giving models to support Latina-led businesses.


Join the Allapattah Collaborative CDC for a virtual session that will highlight the Main Street Approach and how Main Street communities across the country are addressing the impact of Covid-19 to continue to move their commercial district revitalization forward. The session will be presented by Norma Ramirez de Miess, Director of Leadership Development at the National Main Street Center and is made possible through a grant by the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). Register Here. 


Join the Allapattah Collaborative CDC for a discussion about how COVID-19 is impacting our social interactions and how we connect through art in public places and open spaces. This experience will be a panel discussion about art in public places and open spaces post COVID-19 and its impact in social interactions. Allapattah Collaborative CDC wants to tap into the importance of art in public places, third spaces, how we connect through these places/spaces, and what they mean to the community where they are. Art in public places and open spaces connects us to each other and we'll explore how that interaction is affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dominicans on the Hill 2020

February 2020

We were invited by the Office of Congressman Adriano Espaillat to attend and speak on the Business Community panel at the Second Annual “Dominicans on the Hill” event, which took place on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. “Dominicans on the Hill” is a momentous platform for leaders in the Dominican diaspora to address the community’s problems and share their perspectives directly with the officials that represent them in government. We were able to share findings and best practices from our equitable development action plan.


Our Executive Director, Mileyka Burgos-Flores, was selected to participate in The Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship- a nine-month leadership training program for Latino leaders in the United States. The Fellowship Graduation took place at the NALCAB National Training. The capstone project focused on establishing a cultural commercial district on 17th Avenue to boost wealth building, asset acquisition, legacy business preservation, as well as, enhance cultural heritage.


The Allapattah Collaborative  CDC invited Norma Miess and Josh Blum from Main Street America to lead an initial Main Street Training workshop covering the fundamentals of Main Street’s Refreshed Four-Point Approach- Organization, Design, Promotion, Economic Vitality- as developed by the National Main Street Center. This 4 hours training was well attended by local nonprofits, volunteers and City of Miami employees.


We joined the Asset Building Policy Network, Hispanic Unity of Florida and the Urban League of Broward County at a full-day event where researchers, practitioners, community donors and advocates convened to learn and share the latest research, tools, resources, policy and programmatic insights on advancing financial well-being for low- and moderate-income families throughout South Florida. We were invited to participate in a panel that explored the strategies that local non-profits are employing in such a racially and culturally diverse, resource-scarce, and at times politically challenging environment to address issues facing their communities.

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