Local home-based business Mom and Pop grant recipient

Donna Shelley

DMS Studio, Inc., a South Miami home-based business dedicated to art, writing and consulting received a Mom and Pop Small Business grant in the amount of $1,500. Sponsored by the Neighbors And Neighbors Association, Inc. and Miami-Dade County Government, the funding will be used to purchase new computer equipment to help with an ever-increasing customer workload.

“This funding will be a great help to our new business and will go a long way to strengthen our business model. Thanks to the wonderful world of electronics, we can work with clients across the country or across the street,” said Donna Shelley, President of DMS Studio, Inc.

Donna Shelley, a freelance writer and consultant, works with her husband, illustrator and actor, Ronald Shelley. Their business is based in their 1950s-era home in the City of South Miami.

They share a small studio in the home’s second bedroom. Ronald is a fine artist and a concept artist for architectural projects. Donna Shelley is a copy editor, grant writer and consultant (principally for museum-based projects). She is a contributing writer to SoMi Mag, a local publication.

Created in 1999, the Mom and Pop Small Business grant provides financial and technical assistance to selected small businesses in Miami-Dade County. DMS Studio, Inc. was established in 2010; the couple works with a number of local, national and international firms and institutions.

“We are grateful for this opportunity; our goal is to grow the business sufficiently to hire one or two more people in the future,” said Donna Shelley.

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