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  • 26 Mar 2020 7:18 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    TAMPA (March 26, 2020) – Due to the widespread impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program changed this week.

    Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Bridge Loan program, a short-term loan designed to help business owners bridge the gap between the time of impact and when the business has secured long-term assistance, should apply for the program through one of two ways:

    ·         Apply online and upload required supporting documentation or

    ·         Download an application, complete it and mail it with the required supporting documentation to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) at: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, C/O Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, 107 E. Madison Street, MSC-160, Tallahassee FL 32399-4120.

    Small businesses that already applied should not submit an additional application.

    To qualify, applicants must be for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in Florida. Businesses must also be an employer with 2 to 100 employees. Loans are interest-free for one year. Businesses can qualify for up to $50,000 in most instances. Applications will be accepted through May 8.

    The Florida SBDC at USF is currently working through hundreds of applications received before the change in process and continues to field new inquiries daily. Loan decisions are made by an independent committee made up of economic development and finance professionals from within the region. Financing is provided by the state of Florida using public funds.

    For additional updates and to find information on other available programs and resources, please visit us online at SBDCTampaBay.com/coronavirus. Small business owners with questions regarding the loan program should contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinsesLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com. Applications must be completed by May 8, 2020.

    About the Florida SBDC Network: 

    For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 624,331 hours of professional business consulting to 58,975 client businesses, resulting in 281,831 jobs impacted; $36.7 billion in sales generated; $2.7 billion in government contracts acquired; $1.6 billion in capital accessed; and 4,520 new businesses started. A statewide network of over 40 offices, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a 2016 recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.


  • 25 Mar 2020 10:39 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Manatee County Health Department will host a drive through specimen collection site for patients with a prescription at the Bradenton Area Convention Center from Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29. There are 200 specimen collection kits for the four-day event. The Department of Health will schedule 50 appointments for each of the four days. Specimens collected at the site will be sent to labs for testing.Visitors to the collection site must have a prescription to be tested for COVID-19 and have made an appointment in advance with Manatee County Health Department. Everyone who arrives at the drive-thru must: be in a vehicle (no walk-up patients will be seen), drivers must remain in their vehicles at all times. Drivers must present a photo ID and a prescription for specimen collection, written by their health care provider (name on ID and prescription must match. Anyone in Manatee County who believes they may have COVID-19 should call the Manatee Health Line at 941-242-6649 before calling 9-1-1- or visiting a hospital emergency room.

    The site will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday.  To make an appointment, call (941) 748-0747. 


  • 25 Mar 2020 10:30 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Circus Arts Conservatory Team is excited to launch CAC Connects, a new online platform to bring performance, training, education and outreach into the community in a new, innovative way during this challenging time.  Feeling antsy? Need to get your “circus on” but stuck in your house? CAC's amazing coaches are working to schedule live online classes and pre-recorded training sessions to keep your body moving and your brain socializing. Have you missed one of the CAC's performances over the last several years? CAC Connects will be your chance to get caught up and view never before seen footage of Circus Sarasota and Sailor Circus Academy.

    With so many talented people at The CAC, the possibilities are endless. Updates will be made to their social media pages and features will be included in future e-newsletters as they roll out more learning opportunities.  Like many businesses and organizations at this time, The CAC is harnessing the power of technology to bring you new ways to connect to the Circus Arts. With so many people at home who are looking for opportunities to learn and not feel isolated, The CAC is here to serve you. In fact, what the CAC does best is to help people connect through the wonder of the Circus. 


  • 25 Mar 2020 10:16 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Asolo Rep announces Asolo Rep Engage, a new online platform that presents new ways for the community to engage and connect with the theatre remotely during the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 virus. Asolo Rep Engage is an online education, dramaturgy, and engagement platform that gives the community a direct connection into Asolo Rep’s creative process while also celebrating the art of theatre and all the people who create it. As part of this new platform, already existing programs like The Scoop will be adapted for online use; in addition, Asolo Rep Engage will feature interactive and accessible educational programming for students & educators. Asolo Rep Engage is free and accessible to all through social media and email updates. “The connection that theatre provides is vital to what makes us human,” said producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards. “Now more than ever, we want people to know that we are here, that we are still working to tell amazing stories in any way we can, and that we will come back from these trying times more robust than ever.”   The program will use Asolo Rep’s website, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a new Asolo Rep Engage webpage specifically for the program to reach as wide an audience as possible. Audience members will find content illuminating past and future works, the artists and administrators who make it happen, and art activities for at home creativity. The company also hopes to offer streaming of selected productions soon.   < /span> 


  • 24 Mar 2020 8:34 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota County Schools have provided an update consisting of additional, frequently asked questions about the school district’s next steps on a number of fronts. Topics covered include the following: Instructional Continuity Plan, Devices for utilizing the Instructional Continuity Plan, Questions pertaining to Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students, Employee concerns about childcare, Questions pertaining to Substitutes and Long-Term Substitutes, Questions pertaining to Support Staff and Paraprofessionals, Virtual School, Questions pertaining to the Transportation Department, Meals for students during school closures, Working conditions at schools and other district facilities, Access to school campuses, Other questions not covered in the subjects above. To see the full list of questions and answers, visit  www.sarasotacountyschools.net and scroll to the "Dis trict News" section. Look for the “March 20 - School-Related Questions and Answers” post. The school district will be communicating updates with families and employees as new information becomes available.  


  • 24 Mar 2020 8:30 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    As an initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is relying on the Season of Sharing partnership with the Herald-Tribune Media Group and multiple nonprofit agencies to quickly and proactively help the most vulnerable individuals and families with immediate basic needs such as payments for utilities, childcare, and rent. As a response to this crisis and to bolster Season of Sharing funds, The Patterson Foundation has committed up to $1 million to strengthen this important safety net. The commitment includes an immediate $500,000 contribution, along with an additional dollar-for-dollar match up to $500,000. “Even in regular times, Season of Sharing is vital to many in our community, and we are so fortunate to have it to help now,” said Roxie Jerde, president, and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “In times like this, philanthropy can truly shine by providing resour ces for those most vulnerable. Our network of local human services nonprofits will be especially needed.  Bolstering Season of Sharing funds now will further support the changing government and private measures that are being developed at state and federal levels.”    

    When the match is fulfilled by the community, there will be $1.5 million total in additional funds for distribution in the four-county region of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. “While people navigate the evolving challenges COVID-19 presents in their own lives, they also want to know how to help others who find themselves facing uncharted financial trauma,” said Debra Jacobs, president & CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “For 20 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group have harnessed Season of Sharing to help strengthen individuals and families in our region and move them from uncertainty to security. Season of Sharing’s network offers donors a tried and true way to ensure their funds are administered effectively to those with immediate needs.”


  • 23 Mar 2020 4:32 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Icard Merrill Shareholder Tom Icard has earned board recertification in construction law from The Florida Bar. He is also board certified in civil trial law, one of ten attorneys in Florida who is dual-certified in both practice areas. Icard focuses his nationally recognized practice on construction related matters, from review of contract documents to claims negotiation and complex, multi-party litigation. His practice also includes regular engagement as a mediator, arbitrator, or special master in a broad range of civil disputes. Icard was recognized by Best Lawyers in America as Sarasota metro area “Construction Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 and 2018, and Tampa metro area “Mediation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012. 


  • 23 Mar 2020 7:47 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    JFCS of the Suncoast announces a special match opportunity from the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust (the Flanzer Trust) to help financially prepare for anticipated increased needs directly related to hardships caused by the COVID-19 crisis. For 30 days, from March 19 to April 19, 2020, any gift up to $500 made through the Flanzer Trust Match Program to support ‘JFCS-COVID 19’ will be matched 2:1. As an example, JFCS will receive $1500 from the Flanzer Trust for a $500 donation made during the special match period. 

    JFCS serves more than 5,700 individuals each year in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto and Lee Counties.  Its support services include counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach, case management, basic life necessities, financial aid and life skills education programs on a secular, non-denominational basis. 

    “As our community faces COVID-19 together, JFCS’ commitment to provide critical programs, services and support to those in need – including Seniors, Veterans and those experiencing or near homelessness – remains unwavering,” said Heidi Brown, JFCS CEO. “The Flanzer Trust has long been a valued partner, and we appreciate their support now more than ever as we work to ensure our readiness to manage the needs of those that we serve,” Brown added.

    “The Flanzer Trust is proud to carry on Gloria Flanzer’s passion for JFCS and its vital human services and mental health programs that provide impact and positive outcomes in our community,” said Eric Kaplan and Dean Hautamaki, Flanzer Trust co-trustees. “Gloria had a strong commitment to the well-being of Sarasota. We recognize that those who benefit most from JFCS’ services and support also have the potential to be most impacted by COVID-19, and we appreciate the opportunity to support JFCS in their desire to be ready for likely increased needs,” Hautamaki and Kaplan added. 


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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