Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses
February 22, 2021 | Release Number 21-17
Contact U.S. Small Business Administration at Press_Office@sba.gov
WASHINGTON – Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses.
The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:
These simple progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration further demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA will:
These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities. Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.
Through SBA’s nationwide district offices, the Agency will work in close partnership with the Administration to further leverage its resource partner network and expand on multilingual access and outreach about the PPP. Updated PPP information, including forms, guidance, and resources is available at www.sba.gov/ppp and www.treasury.gov/cares.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
February 21, 2021
Starting March 1, the following changes will go into effect for flounder:
The Commission approved these changes at its December 2020 meeting because a stock status update suggested that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general declining trend and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Other south Atlantic and Gulf states have also reported declines in flounder populations and have been making their own regulation changes.
Learn more about flounder regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine.
Fernandina Beach Main Street will hold a Social Media and Online Sales panel discussion on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 9 to 10:30AM. This event will have limited space for in-person attendance at Fernandina Beach City Hall.
Panelists will share their experiences and provide tips for business owners and managers to use in their marketing and sales operations. The panel includes Nathalie Wu from Wicked Bao, Theresa Duncan from Villa Villekulla Toy Store, Lori Osborne from BizBolster Web Solutions, and Jenny Schaffer from Summer House Realty. Each brings expertise and experience in different areas within the professional, retail, food service, and technical fields. Kristi Dosh, lawyer turned sportswriter, personal branding expert, and author, will lead the panel through a discussion on which social media channels you should use, how often and when you should schedule posts, using reels and live video, and what’s important in a website plus much more. There will be time for Q&A as well.
This free event is open to all local businesses with limited in-person seating and an online option. In order to adhere to all government and health department guidance, masks will be required while indoors and social distancing will be in effect.
The panel discussion is free however, pre-registration is required. You can register at www.fernandinamainstreet.com. Please contact Lisa Finkelstein at email@example.com with questions.
Fernandina Beach Main Street is part of the National Main Street Program that includes more than 1,200 communities – large and small, rural and urban – in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the main street program is strengthening communities through preservation-based economic vitality in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. It is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Fernandina Beach Police Department
James Hurley, Chief
February 18, 2021
After a delay of nearly a year due to the global pandemic, members of the Fernandina Beach Police Department were rewarded by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation with our agency’s 5th Re-Accreditation Certificate. The latest assessment of our agency took place in December and the full commission met today via Zoom with Chief Jim Hurley, Deputy Chief Mark Foxworth, and Captain Jim Norman for a final presentation and vote, and our acceptance of our most recent certification, which will next expire in 2023. The police department was first accredited in 2005.
Being accredited means that in the delivery of police services, the members of the FBPD practice the elements of 195 standards which are considered as best practices for law enforcement agencies. These standards are set by the commission, which is comprised of police chiefs, sheriffs and criminal court judges as well as city and county managers from throughout Florida. Our own Sheriff Bill Leeper is currently serving on the commission.
Barnabas Center Nassau
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
February 18, 2020
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barnabas Center the Nonprofit Business of the Year. Wanda Lanier, President and CEO of Barnabas accepted the award on behalf of Barnabas Center.
The purpose of the chamber awards is to highlight individuals and businesses who work hard to provide important services to the Nassau County community. Barnabas extends its appreciation to those who continue to support its mission to provide help and hope to the many people in need in our community, especially throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Maureen Paschke, Barnabas board member, nominated Barnabas Center for the Nonprofit of the Year Award. “Barnabas has been and continues to be a lifeline for vulnerable Nassau residents.” Said Paschke. “As people struggle to maintain their quality of life during this unanticipated and extraordinary national crisis, Barnabas is keeping them afloat as they navigate income loss, health concerns, food insecurity and economic strife.
Barnabas Center is Nassau County’s only comprehensive service organization that addresses critical issues of access to affordable health care, hunger and homeless prevention for individuals and families with incomes at 200 percent or below the Federal Poverty Level. Its programs collectively address the short- and long-term needs of individuals and families in crisis so they can become healthy, productive citizens, thereby strengthening the entire community.
For more information about Barnabas’ programs, please visit our website at www.BarnabasNassau.org.
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2021) – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has launched its new economic recovery program, “Island Perks”, which rewards visitors with a $100 Visa gift card when they book a special overnight package at one of 13 participating hotels, resorts, or bed & breakfast inns. During their stay, visitors can use the Island Perks $100 Visa gift cards almost anywhere in Nassau County, including all restaurants, attractions, shops and more. Available for a limited time only, the Island Perks accommodation packages include a wide array of extra amenities, such as complimentary valet parking, bike rentals, bar credits, complimentary bottle of wine, and deals on stays. The participating hotels, resorts and inns can be found online at ameliaisland.com/islandperks.
“With Island Perks, guests can enjoy all the island has to offer while dining at award-winning eateries and breweries or exploring activities by land, sea and sky,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the AICVB. “And we’re especially excited to have created a program that will help support our local small businesses while thanking our visitors for choosing Amelia Island.”
The cards will be valid for use exclusively at restaurants, shops, attractions and other businesses within Nassau County zip codes (excluding certain categories) through September 30. The list of participating Island Perks accommodations includes:
Visit ameliaisland.com/islandperks for a complete listing of exclusive lodging packages with full details.
2/17/21 @ 6:45 p.m. - Beginning Monday, February 22, 2021, a daily road closure on Amelia Road at Simmons Road will take place from 9am-4pm for approximately one week. AJ Johns, Inc., will be making repairs to the rear entrance at the Lakeside at Amelia Island Assisted Living Facility. The work will include shoulder grading and grassing, concrete sidewalk and valley gutter removal and replacement, and milling/asphalt overlay on Amelia Rd.
The attached map shows the detour around the road closure. AJ Johns will ensure 24/7 access to homeowners within the road closure while the detour is in place. Residents of Lakeside will be required to use the main entrance from Amelia Island Parkway.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Patric, Sr. Project Manager with AJ Johns, Inc., at (904) 591-2798 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Officer
2/17/21 @ 4:45 p.m.- Nassau County recently won Awards of Excellence from the Northeast Florida Regional Council for two planning related projects. The first project, the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book, was selected in the Planning & Growth Management category. The Nassau County Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program was selected in the Environmental Stewardship Category.
Beth Payne, Chief Executive Director for the Northeast Florida Regional Council, attended today's Board of County Commissioner's meeting and presented the County with two plaques. Planning & Zoning Board member, Linda Morris, was invited to accept the award for the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Book. Ms. Morris served on the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and has been credited with keeping the Committee on task and ensuring they succeeded in their goal of adopting a vision book that will guide the future of western Nassau. Staff members from the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity were in attendance to accept the award for the Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program.
Ms. Payne stated, "These awards are showcasing the work that you (the county) are doing now. These innovative, forward thinking, public engagement related activities are valued. Surrounding counties value it as well and it will be immolated across the region".
Thank you Ms. Payne for visiting with us today! And a big thank you to Ms. Morris for all her contributions, as well as to the Planning Department staff, for overseeing the process of these two very large projects.
Public Information Officer
Nassau County Seeks Qualified Individuals to Serve on Conservation Land Acquisition & Management Committee
Nassau County Insider
By Sabrina Robertson
Public Information Officer
February 16, 2021
The Board of County Commissioners adopted their first Conservation Land Acquisition and Management (CLAM) Plan on January 25, 2021. This plan summarizes the collective goals that have been expressed by the County Commissioners, County staff, and the general public and provide guidance in the selection of lands to be acquired by the County and set aside for conservation.
Lands nominated for consideration will be reviewed by a CLAM Committee, prior to being submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.
The County is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the CLAM Committee. Candidates at a minimum should have skills, expertise or demonstrable experience that relate to the acquisition of conservation lands, either in:
The ideal candidates will have experience in at least two of the above categories or ten years of experience in at least one. You must be a Nassau County resident.
To apply, please click here. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity at (904) 530-6300 or email email@example.com.
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