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(St. Johns County, FL) – Aug. 2, 2018 – Two free business continuity workshops are scheduled for Monday, August 20 at the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9-11 a.m. and from 3-5 p.m. The EOC is located at 100 EOC Drive near the outlet shopping centers.
The result of collaboration among the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, St. Johns County Government, Northeast Florida Regional Council and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the workshops will present vital information for businesses to prepare for sustainability before, during and after any emergency, including a hurricane.
“While we hope that our community will be spared the impact of a major hurricane in 2018, we know that businesses that have a viable plan are more sustainable after an emergency,” explained Isabelle Renault, president and CEO, St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate that this valuable training is being provided to our county. It is timely due to the historic timing of hurricanes in September, but we have been reminded this year that emergencies can run the gamut from cyberattacks to weather-related emergencies.”
The Chamber is accepting RSVPs for the workshops at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 829-5681. The workshops are open to all businesses.
More information on preparing a business plan for business continuity is available at www.FloridaDisaster.biz. This new website helps Florida businesses prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters. The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center’s website has critical information at: http://www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/ including the 2018 official Hurricane Guide for St. Johns County.
About St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business membership organization. The Chamber is one of the 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 prosper, and new companies 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 or call (904) 829-5681.
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.