Compass Self Storage Offers Two Months of Free Rent to Essential Businesses & Organizations Assisting in the Supply Chain for COVID-19
Compass Self Storage, a member of the Amsdell family of companies with self storage locations across the United States, is offering two months' rent free for essential service businesses and organizations assisting in the supply chain to fight the global health pandemic.
"We commend the many different types of organizations that are doing their part to support the critical supply chain during these challenging times. Many have ramped up production and quickly changed to adapt to the current conditions. We can do our part to help by offering storage space at a reduced cost to these essential businesses and organizations that may need temporary storage space quickly," stated Todd Amsdell, President.
For the safety of their employees and customers, Compass Self Storage is offering remote leasing at this time. Customers can call and store teams can complete the leasing process without having face-to-face contact. Compass Self Storage is taking extra precautions to closely follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other local and national health organizations. They are increasing the frequency of regularly scheduled cleanings and sanitization efforts across their stores. They are also recommending employees take precautionary health measures, including frequent hand washing and staying home when sick.
The two-month rent-free offer applies to new customers and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Find the location nearest you at www.compassselfstorage.com.
Compass Self Storage offers a full line of moving and packing supplies, as well as moving service options, to make it a one-stop solution for anyone moving their home or needing extra storage space for their business. Compass Self Storage strives to make the storage experience streamlined and stress free by employing knowledgeable team members who help guide the customer through the entire process.
The Amsdell family of companies (Amsdell Companies) is headquartered in Cleveland, OH. Amsdell draws its roots from the family owned construction company founded in 1928 and has since been active in several billions of dollars worth of real estate ventures with a primary focus on self storage. As industry pioneers, Amsdell has owned and operated over 500 storage centers under various trade names in over 27 states. With over 85 years of doing business, the Amsdell team has extensive experience in property acquisition, construction and property management. Please visit www.amsdellcompanies.com and www.compassselfstorage.com for more information.
As the community's go-to for signs, FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach has created signage to assist businesses during these trying times. See below for exterior signage, Social Distancing floor decals, and acrylic shields. The acrylic shields are lightweight, completely customizable, a fraction of the price when compared to permanent or glass shields, and made in Nassau County. These shields are designed to sit on top of the desk or counter surface of your business and can be moved to different locations as needed.
FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach is offering these products at 20% the standard retail price off for a limited time. For more information and to place your order today, call (904) 261-0340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-91 implementing a stay-at-home order as a result of COVID-19. The Order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3rd.
The Order mandates that Florida residents stay at home to the extent possible and only leave as necessary to provide essential services or conduct essential activities. This is especially important to those deemed as most vulnerable including senior citizens and those with certain medical conditions such as lung disease, asthma, serious heart conditions, autoimmune disorders, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and kidney disease.
According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services, pharmaceutical, and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule”.
A complete list of essential businesses can be located on the CISA website at www.cisa.gov. Examples of essential businesses include, but are not limited to, communications and utility providers, public safety personnel, law enforcement, defense systems support, and functions of public works.
Other essential services have been outlined in Miami-Dade Emergency Order No. 07-20, and are included as an Exhibit to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-89 issued on March 19th. Those include other essential retail and commercial businesses such as banks, news/media outlets, gas stations and auto supply stores, businesses providing shipping services, laundromats, and more. Both Governor’s Orders can be located at www.flgov.com.
It’s important to note that essential businesses have the authority to determine individuals within their organizations as essential personnel. What this means is that even if you have one of the medical conditions outlined in the Governor’s Order, you may still be required to work as determined by your employer. If you have questions about this, you should contact your Human Resources Department.
Keeping families safe, healthy, and informed amid the Coronavirus pandemic is Senator Rick Scott's top priority. Many Floridians have reached out to their office with questions regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
In an effort to keep all Floridians informed, please view the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS document. This document contains information regarding small business loans, unemployment insurance, support for non-profits, and direct cash payments to individuals, among other items, as well as additional FAQs regarding Coronavirus in Florida and how to get help.
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
Does my business qualify to receive the Employee Retention Credit?
The credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations. There are only two exceptions: State and local governments and their instrumentalities and small businesses who take small business loans.
Qualifying employers must fall into one of two categories:
How is the credit calculated?
The amount of the credit is 50% of qualifying wages paid up to $10,000 in total. Wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before Jan. 1, 2021, are eligible for the credit. Wages taken into account are not limited to cash payments, but also include a portion of the cost of employer provided health care.
How do I know which wages qualify?
Qualifying wages are based on the average number of a business’s employees in 2019.
Employers with less than 100 employees: If the employer had 100 or fewer employees on average in 2019, the credit is based on wages paid to all employees, regardless if they worked or not. If the employees worked full time and were paid for full time work, the employer still receives the credit.
Employers with more than 100 employees: If the employer had more than 100 employees on average in 2019, then the credit is allowed only for wages paid to employees who did not work during the calendar quarter.
I am an eligible employer. How do I receive my credit?
Employers can be immediately reimbursed for the credit by reducing their required deposits of payroll taxes that have been withheld from employees’ wages by the amount of the credit.
Eligible employers will report their total qualified wages and the related health insurance costs for each quarter on their quarterly employment tax returns or Form 941 beginning with the second quarter. If the employer’s employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may receive an advance payment from the IRS by submitting Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19.
Eligible employers can also request an advance of the Employee Retention Credit by submitting Form 7200.
Where can I find more information on the Employer Retention Credit and other COVID-19 economic relief efforts?
Updates on the implementation of this credit, Frequently Asked Questions on Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave and other information can be found on the Coronavirus page of IRS.gov.
Governor Ron DeStantis has issued a Stay-at-Home order effective on April 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
When the order goes into effect, everyone living in the state will be told to remain in their homes except for essential services and activities.
Amelia Island retirement community, Osprey Village is looking to hire qualified workers amidst current unemployment trends. “Employees are the heart of our community, our team is a big family and we’re committed to providing quality care for our Members” said Matthew Barger, Osprey Village executive director “we are motivated to fill as many positions as we can”. To support those who are looking for new careers, the community has set up a dedicated hotline to speak directly to their HR Director as a quick way of connecting. Additionally, the team has implemented Daily Pay, a way to cash out the hours that you have worked the day that you work. “It’s a great program” says Barger “instead of waiting for 2-3 weeks for your first paycheck, you can get paid the first day that you work”.
Osprey Village offers industry leading benefits that are aligned with their guiding principles “People First, Always”. Their community supports each employee with a multitude of benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance, Wellness Program, Flexible PTO Options, PTO Cash Out, DailyPay, 401(k) Company Match, Education Assistance, Shift Differentials, Free TeleDoc for Whole Family, and Emergency Loan options.
Osprey Village is currently looking for the following positions:
Their dedicated HR team is waiting to speak to candidates who are interested in joining their team. Please contact Osprey Village HR Team 904-530-9100 or apply online at https://osprey-village.com/careers/
To All Nassau County Citizens ‐
As Superintendent of Nassau County Schools, I wanted to take a moment to update you on our School District and plans for the days ahead. On Friday, March 13th, teachers had a planning day and we were all preparing for Spring Break. By the end of the day things changed, FOR EVERYONE! Schools were closing and we had to completely redesign what school would look like for our students. It happened! In true educator fashion – local administrators, teachers, volunteers, and our communities, came together to figure it out! It’s remarkable the work that has been done in just a few short days. I would like to share just a few of the highlights from the past week!
As we move forward, here’s some additional information that may be helpful to you:
Hopefully this will answer some questions and assist in clarifying misinformation.
I could not be prouder of our School District team and our County as a whole. Our theme in the school district is “We Are Nassau!” This is a time when it must ring true for ALL OF US. We are all in this together. We must continue to move forward with a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork. We are in a challenging time and we are going to strive to do our VERY BEST WORK during this time.
Florida SBDC Network Announces Changes to the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Application Process
Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – Due to the widespread impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and small businesses’ need for emergency capital, the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program has changed.
Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency 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:
Small businesses that have applied for the bridge loan program in response to COVID-19 should not submit an additional application.
“We have received an overwhelming response from businesses that have applied for assistance through the Emergency Bridge Loan program,” said the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson. “We are hopeful that businesses find this resource helpful in reducing the economic impacts from the state’s mitigation efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
Through the program, qualified small businesses with two to 100 employees impacted by COVID-19 can apply for interest-free loans of up to $50,000 for one-year terms. To be eligible, a business must be located in Florida, have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and demonstrate economic injury as a result of the virus.
Last Tuesday, Governor DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program. DEO administers the program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation. The state has allocated up to $50 million for the program.
As a principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry, the Florida SBDC Network is a key economic development organization that supports disaster preparedness, recovery, and mitigation.
Florida SBDC business consultants, many of whom are Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Certified Business Continuity Professionals, are available to assist small businesses through the loan application process and with other COVID-19-related challenges at no-cost.
“Small businesses are critical to our economy,” said Michael W. Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “We want business owners to know that we’re here to help and are committed to doing all we can to help them recover.”
DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance. Businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.
To complete a Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge loan application by the May 8, 2020 deadline, and for more information about the program, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
For application assistance, please contact the Florida SBDC office nearest you at www.FloridaSBDC.org/locations. For questions regarding the loan program, please contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.
As we follow the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please be assured that the well-being of our community, clients, and staff are of utmost importance to us. We are following the guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health- Nassau to help limit exposure and mitigate transmission of the virus.
Effective TODAY, Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice our offices will be closed to the public, vendors, contractors and consultants. All meetings with the public shall be virtual.
No new applications requiring a quasi or non-quasi-judicial public hearing shall be accepted until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, applications for rezoning, Comprehensive Plan amendment, Future Land Use Map Amendment, conditional use permit, a variance requiring a public hearing, a new Detailed Specific Area Plan (DSAP), or any other development proposal requiring an Agreement approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
The Development Review Committee (DRC) will no longer accept paper submittals for new Development Review Applications until further notice. The sole exception being subdivision plat mylars for BOCC approval. Arrangements to deliver plat mylars must be scheduled by phone at (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com. New DRC submittals will be processed for pre-applications, site engineering plans, preliminary binding site plans, and plats. The DRC staff committee will continue to meet every Tuesday at 9:00 AM. No member of the public or the applicant can attend the meetings; however, the public can view the meeting via Live Streaming at https://nassauclerk.com/watch-meetings/. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants will be notified prior to the meetings and provided a call-in phone number during the presentation of their projects.
Any other unique situations will be reviewed by the Planning Director on a case-by-case basis. We will update our response as additional information becomes available and new developments occur. Thank you in advance for your cooperation to implement this new process. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Planning and Economic Opportunity Department at (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com.
The Nassau County Planning and Economic Opportunity Department is charged with leading long-range and current planning for the community, with a focus on technical planning, implementation and management of the Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan, development and site plan review, and assistance to citizens, the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and other staff, advisory boards, government agencies, and the private sector regarding growth and development in Nassau County.
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