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Chamber Recognizes St. Johns County Business Leaders
Cecile Nusbaum recognized as the Chamber’s Member of the Year
(St. Johns County, FL) – Friday, October 13th, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce awarded several members of St. Johns County’s business elite for their participation in strengthening the local business community.
Among the awards presented during the Chamber’s award event, Branded 2017, were the President’s Award, Chamber Member of the Year, the Fred Schroeder Economic Development Member of the year, and Chamber’s Ambassadors of the Year.
Cecile Browning-Nusbaum, of Old City Web Services, was recognized as the Chamber Member of the year after her work in the wake of hurricanes Matthew and Irma and for her leadership the Chamber’s Historic St. Augustine Area Council, which serves downtown businesses. “Immediately after Hurricane Matthew (Browning-Nusbaum) went door-to-door to help us assess the damage, and to talk with business owners about what they need,” said Rodriguez. “She didn’t just hand over that information, in response to what people needed her and her staff came up with the Shop St. Augustine Campaign to help get customers back into downtown businesses. On top of that the Chamber council she leads consistently educates the businesses downtown to the issues that are relevant in their area. Any recognition she receives--including this one-- is well earned.” Explore Shop St. Augustine here: http://www.oldcity.com/shopping/.
The Fred Schroeder Economic Development Council (EDC) member of the year was awarded to Jason Barrett from Flagler Hospital for his role on the Chamber’s Economic Development Council and his leadership of the Public Policy Committee. According to Victor Raymos, who chaired the EDC during the last fiscal year, Barrett’s focus on long term success and his ability to collaborate have been integral for the Chamber’s EDC at an important time. “Flagler Hospital is a great community partner,” said Raymos, “after working with (Barrett) for the past year I suspect that is a reflection of their leadership and staff, and there is no better example of that than (Barrett).”
Michael Scine, of Scine & Scine CPA’s, was recognized with the President’s Award in honor of his outstanding service to the Chamber’s business focused mission. Scine’s work with staff and his service to several committees’s earned him his place in the awards ceremony according to Chamber president Isabelle Rodriguez. The former Chamber chair, whose first leadership position in the Chamber was as a ribbon cutting coordinator in the Ambassador Program has served in many different capacities in his time with the Chamber.
The Ponte Vedra Beach Division Board was also recognized for their participation and support of the merger and their ongoing efforts in leading the Ponte Vedra Beach Division.
Marty Lewis, with Money Pages, was honored with the Gene Morse Ambassador of the Year award for the sixth time during his 15 years serving as an ambassador, Marty stepped in to serve as the Chamber’s ribbon cutting ceremony coordinator at a critical time when he was last awarded with the Gene Morse Award in 2013, served in that role again in 2017 and in the upcoming year Lewis will take on the role of the Ambassador Chair while also serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
The Ponte Vedra Beach Division Ambassador of the Year award is entitled the Grace Hayes award. Matt Price, of Regions Bank was awarded the Grace Hayes Award because he exemplifies professionalism and is a great example of a team player, stated Cathy Johnston, the Haven Hospice administrator and former Chamber Chair during Branded 2017. His dedication to the Ponte Vedra business community and his support of numerous Chamber initiatives has earned him the 2017 Ambassador of the Year Award for Ponte Vedra.
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit membership organization formed of businesses large and small. It is the second largest business networking organization in northeast Florida. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce strives to deliver continuous value-added service to its members and the community, resulting in a business environment and quality of life where existing businesses have the opportunity to prosper, and new businesses find it attractive to locate in St. Johns County. The Chamber strengthens business credibility, improves business visibility, amplifies business advocacy and drives prosperity in the community. For more information about the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.sjcchamber.com.
In partnership with the Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce are helping more businesses twinkle with holiday lights in the wake of Hurricane Irma. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights runs from Saturday, November 18 until Wednesday, January 31, and attracts international visitors, shoppers and locals to the historic downtown St. Augustine area.
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is the designated local business contact for businesses during emergencies in St. Johns County. Follow the Chamber on Facebook, reach out to us directly at 904-829-5681 or email Bob Porter at email@example.com. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce stands ready to assist you in any way that we can. For those that will need professional services to help you get back on your feet we've created this quick guide to reach those professionals that may be able to help during your recovery. If you need a specific service not listed in the guide you can search our member directory.
Take the Damage Assessment Survey
Report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma to the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center. Its business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php Click on Resources, then complete survey at Damage Assessments. This information will be used to determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. Those damages include economic Injury due to loss of revenue.
Disaster Recovery Center Open in St. Johns County for those Impacted By Hurricane Irma
St. Johns County, Fl – A Disaster Recovery Center to help those affected by Hurricane Irma opened at 9 a.m. on Saturday September 16 at the St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive. The center will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the immediate future. Disaster Recovery Centers serve as one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors seeking one-on-one help. Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and various other state agencies will be at the center to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information, please call the Emergency Operation Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.
Attention Small Business Owners: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by the Governor of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma. More info
This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by this storm.
Eligible Counties: All 67 counties in Florida.
These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
Long Term Disaster Recovery Loans from SBA for Physical Damage and Economic Injury
For a longer term loan, consider applying for an SBA Loan--The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared St. Johns, Duval, Flagler and Putnam County businesses and private nonprofit organizations eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other business assets. Interest rates are as low as 3.305% for businesses and 2.5% for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Apply online via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.