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The team of the St. Augustine Distillery was represented by Matt Stevens, general manager, St. Augustine Distillery, fourth from left, at this recent home dedication. Also pictured are, from left to right, Mark Nighbor, Board Secretary, Shayla Adcock, Potential Homeowner, Malinda Everson, Executive Director, Stevens, and Alex Mansur, Board Member.
At a recent dedication of Habitat for Humanity’s 138th home, the St. Augustine Distillery presented a sponsorship check in the amount of $67,250 for the Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County. This donation qualifies as a sponsor donation through the Community Contributions Tax Credit Program (CCTCP). As part of this program, the St. Augustine Distillery employees also donated over 200 hours constructing the home. Habitat homes constructed in St. Johns County, and in the State of Florida, qualify under CCTCP and can offer corporations a one-for-one return on investment in the form of tax credits that can be applied against Florida corporate income tax, insurance premium tax or as a refund against Florida sales tax (for businesses registered to collect and remit sales taxes). Under the program, the tax incentive often ends up equivalent to the full amount of the home sponsorship donation. While Habitat utilizes grants and other funding sources, the main source of sustainable funding comes from the community, both individuals and businesses.
“The hope is that more businesses like the St. Augustine Distillery will step up and partner with us so we can continue to meet the rising need for affordable housing in St. Johns” stated Executive Director, Malinda Everson.
The St. Augustine Distillery is housed in the historic FP&L Ice Plant, which dates back to 1907. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2011, the St. Augustine Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rum, gin and vodka on-site. The Distillery is a contributing building to the Historic Lincolnville Neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Noted as one of the most visited craft distillery in the USA, the company has hosted over 500,000 visitors since opening in March of 2014 and their bourbon was recently named “Florida Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate. St. Augustine Distillery has also garnered more than 50 awards for its broad range of ultra-premium spirits. To learn more about St. Augustine Distillery, visit www.staugustinedistillery.com. To take a virtual tour, visit https://goo.gl/ujjASn.
Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County, is celebrating 25 years of building homes for low income families in St. Johns County and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International that originated in Americus Georgia in 1976. To date, Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County has built 138 houses for families in need. To qualify for homeownership, applicants must demonstrate need, ability to pay, willingness to partner and have worked or lived St. Johns County for at least one year. Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County broke ground in May, 2018 for its new 18-unit development, Canopy Oaks. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County, visit here.
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.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – St. Augustine Distillery has been named Best Craft Gin Distillery in the United States in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. It was one of 20 distilleries from around the country nominated by a panel of industry experts including Brian Christensen from Artisan Spirit Magazine and Olivier Ward from Gin Foundry.
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.