Employers might need to deal with underperforming employees, social isolation as remote working increases
We’re not sure yet that the newly remote workforce is here to stay in a big way after the pandemic is behind us. Yet, recent surveys and studies point out that the trend is not going away anytime soon.
A survey by Harvard Business School economists found that 1 in 6 workers is projected to continue working from home or co-working at least two days a week after the pandemic is over.
What’s more, a survey of hiring managers by the freelancing platform Upwork found that 1 in 5 workers could be... read more >>
Relief grants available for home-based businesses
St. Lucie Recovers Small Business Assistance grants program opened a special phase on Nov. 9 to provide economic relief to home-based businesses in St. Lucie County impacted by COVID-19, with some new criteria.
Grants up to $4,000, which do not have to be repaid, will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying businesses. (Non-home-based businesses with 1-50 employees and total revenue of less than $5 million are still eligible and encouraged to apply.) Funding is available to companies experiencing business disruption and who have suffered economic injury due to COVID-19.
Grant funds can be used to cover mortgage, rent, utilities, and new operational expenses needed to ensure safety measures are in place on a reimbursement basis but will not be approved to replace lost revenue. A home-based business may claim reimbursement for expenses for the business use of the home. The time period the business was closed or curtailed operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency is March 2020 through the of application submission.
The process has been made as simple as possible, with a web portal www.recoverstlucie.org that contains guidelines and eligibility requirements, as well as a checklist of documents needed before completing the online application. If all necessary documentation is pulled together in advance it can take as little as 30 minutes to complete the application.
Incomplete or inaccurate information could lead to a delay in processing or denial. Eligibility requirements also apply and should be reviewed carefully before spending time submitting an application.
St. Lucie County received $13.8 million from the State of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds are being used to assist residents as well as businesses, with about $3 million allocated specifically for small business assistance grants. The application process is being administered by St. Lucie County.
For more details, including eligibility requirements and the online application, go to www.recoverstlucie.org or call 772.336.6285.
Vero Beach “reverse” Christmas Parade Saturday Dec. 5th
The Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Club has agreed to oversee this year's parade in a very different format. We have designed a unique way to continue one of Vero Beaches largest community traditions in a safe, fun and family environment.
Everything's different this year except the fun we will have!
The reverse parade will be at the Vero Beach Airport, south of the airport terminal, in the fields, on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
To keep everyone safe, we are doing a reverse parade. Floats/Displays stay in a stationary spot on the assigned grass perimeter of the fields. Spectators will remain in their cars on the road, slowly following the designated route to view the Floats/Displays. NO WALKERS or BICYCLES.
For safety you can only enter the Vero Beach “reverse” Christmas Parade from Aviation Blvd. heading WEST BOUND.
You be the Judge, see if you can pick the winners that will be posted in the paper the following day. Each entry will have a designated number on a stake.
The Award Categories are:
• Most Holiday Spirit
• Most Humorous
• Best Performance
• Most Original
• Best school
• Most Original Music
• Best of parade
Bring your own popcorn and drinks. Enjoy the music and lights on your ride through this year’s Winter Wonderland,
The 2020 Vero Beach “REVERSE” Christmas Parade!
Port St. Lucie’s Homes for Heroes Program accepting applications
PORT ST. LUCIE – The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to announce it has embarked on a partnership with Synergy Homes to provide a mortgage-free, 1,800-square-foot home valued at $265,000 to one deserving local Gold Star family or veteran. The City donated the land in the Woodland Trails neighborhood located at 4626 SW Inagua St., Port St. Lucie, Florida 34953. Synergy Homes is building the four-bedroom home, which will be completed early next year, then donated to an eligible applicant.
St. Lucie County’s Veteran Services Division, in partnership with the City, is now accepting applications for Port St. Lucie’s Homes for Heroes Program. Entries to the giveaway will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2020, until 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2020. The application process is open to local Gold Star families and veterans residing on the Treasure Coast, subject to the official rules.
There are two ways to receive an application, online at www.cityofpsl.com/veterans or in person at the St. Lucie County’s Veteran Services Division office, 1664 S.E. Walton Road in Port St. Lucie. All applications will be collected in person by the St. Lucie County’s Veteran Services Division, where they will be distributed and checked for military eligibility. For more details, contact Port St. Lucie’s Neighborhood Services at 772.871.5010.
"The sacrifices made by our veterans are immeasurable and, in many cases, incomprehensible,” said Carmen Capezzuto, director of Neighborhood Services. “These sacrifices allow people in our country to live the American Dream and this project is an example of how that ‘dream’ can be paid back to a deserving family of our military."
"We are amazed how fast the City of Port St. Lucie accepted our offer to partner on this honorable project,” said Jeremy Young with Synergy Homes. “Our Veterans work so hard for our freedom and this is just a small way for us to show our support and appreciation.”
Community supports Youth Guidance families for Thanksgiving
Youth Guidance Family Services specialist, Jenna Thompson (second from left) and Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance executive director (far right) are with Ms. Jacqueline and her grandchildren, as they pick up their turkey and gift card.
VERO BEACH — Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is grateful to members of our community who demonstrated their kindness and compassion for the Thanksgiving holiday. Alex “Buzz” MacWilliam and the team at Alex MacWilliam Real Estate donated 12 Thanksgiving turkeys and three hams for Youth Guidance children and their families.
Youth Guidance Board Member, Trudie Rainone, also shared the spirit of Thanksgiving by donating 20 Publix gift cards so that families could purchase the food they need for the holiday.
“Our children and families were overjoyed to receive the turkeys and gift cards,” said Phil Barnes, Youth Guidance executive director. “Thanks to our local supporters, our families will have plenty of food on the table this Thanksgiving.”
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy serves 250 children ages 5-18 every year. All the children come from low-income families and most of them are being raised by single parents.
Founded in 1973, Youth Guidance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures.
Youth Guidance is currently open all day, providing a safe place where students receive three meals and participate in one-on-one and group mentoring programs. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the children complete virtual school under the supervision of experienced Youth Guidance staff and tutors. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., they engage in group mentoring programs, including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), life skills, recreational activities, and vocational training. All programs and meals are free for children.
If you would like more information or to donate to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, please call Phil at 772.492.3933 or visit our website at youthguidanceprogram.org.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
As a service to readers and restaurants on the Treasure Coast, Indian River Magazine Inc. has created a website directory of restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties. The site includes hours of operation, if carryout/delivery is available, as well as popular dishes. See the site at treasurecoastrestaurants.com
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