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Ponte Vedra Beach Division Ambassadors are partnering with Investing in Kids (INK!) Bookmark

Ponte Vedra Beach Division Ambassadors are partnering with Investing in Kids (INK!) for their Tools 4 Schools Supply Drive.

Politics in St. Johns Ponte Vedra Straw Poll Results Bookmark

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hosted the second event in their Politics in St. Johns series at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Monday, July 16. Nearly 250 votes were cast in the straw poll hosted by the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office at the candidate meet & greet event. Here are the results:

SBA Deadline to Apply for Working Capital Loans in Florida is June 13 Bookmark

 The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Florida that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Irma from Sept. 4 through Oct. 18, 2017. 

Bob Porter promoted to Public Policy Director and Karen Everett appointed Economic Development Manager Bookmark

In order to meet its new fiscal year’s advocacy and economic development goals, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce has promoted Bob Porter to director of public policy and has appointed Karen Everett as economic development manager.

Chamber recognizes local Board of Realtors, Multiple Listing Service Bookmark

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council held its Quarterly EDC Breakfast Friday, Nov. 17 at the Casa Monica.

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce partners with FPL to help local business owners participate in St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights Bookmark

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.

Chamber Recognizes St. Johns County Business Leaders Bookmark

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.

Healthy Holiday Shopping Bazaar with Health Partners! Bookmark

Skip the mall for an intimate holiday shopping event that will support local businesses!

Business Continuity - Post Irma (updated 9-19-17) Bookmark

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 bob.porter@sjcchamber.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.