Miami, Florida-based DiscountMugs.com, a promotional product provider in the U.S., created a small business assistance program to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Six companies were selected in South Florida and awarded a combined $12,000 in customized promotional items from DiscountMugs.com. These items vary from face masks, thermometers, and hand sanitizer to shirts, coffee mugs, backpacks, and tote bags with their logos.
The six program participants awarded $2,000 each in merchandise include:
1. 90 Miles Tattoo Studio in Edgewater – “The shop has been open for two years, and we recently moved to a new location in Edgewater last December, when the whole pandemic hit Miami. We had only been at the new location for two months, and we had to close for three months. We’re just getting back on our feet, so this program is very helpful,” states Alejandro Gonzalez, owner of 90 Miles Tattoo Studio.
2. Latin House Grill in Kendall – “We lost 90% of our business overnight. For a period of three months, we have it brought up to 25%. Our goal is to be back on track hopefully by the end of the year,” says Michelle and Bella Sanchez, owners of Latin House Grill.
3. Mimi’s Touch Salon in Coral Gables – “We’ve been at our current location for nine years. The pandemic truly affected our business and took us by surprise. We spent two months in complete uncertainty. But we are staying positive and making sure to provide all the possible safety measures for clients. This donation will help us by providing promotional items to give to our clients, plus face masks to provide to our staff and clients,” says Mimi Aguiar, owner of Mimi’s Touch Salon.
4. Mojo Donuts in Westchester, Coral Gables, and Pembroke Pines – “During these times of uncertainty, receiving donations like these means hope to all our staff and their loved ones,” says Jimmy Piedrahita, co-owner of Mojo Donuts.
5. Topp Cuttaz in Miami Gardens & Miami Lakes – “We are very grateful for the donation of promotional products. They will help us to regain recognition and boost business in these trying times,” states Michael Stephens, owner and operator of Topp Cuttaz.
6. Robert Is Here Fruit Stand & Farm in Homestead – “Robert Is Here closed for six weeks due to the pandemic and reopened with drive-thru only services. We are at roughly 60% of where we were last year due to the pandemic and the continued impact on our ability to do business as usual. We are now relying on local support since we have lost all international-related business. The donation from DiscountMugs.com will help us to obtain needed wellness items, such as masks, bags, and other items that will help us promote our business,” says Heather Moehling, director of marketing.
The Small Business Assistance Program is DiscountMugs.com’s newest initiative to assist the community during these challenging times.
“Small businesses have been severely impacted in these unprecedented times. We wanted to help business owners in different communities by giving them tools to promote their businesses,” states the company’s CEO Sai Koppaka.