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Indian River County Small Business Recovery Covid-19 Grant Application Phase 2 funding
Through the federal CARES Act funding program, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners is providing one-time grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying independently or locally-owned for-profit small businesses located and operating in Indian River County. Eligible industry sectors are listed on the following page.
The grant is limited to one application per business, including businesses with multiple locations within Indian River County. Funds may be used for business-related expenses incurred between 3/1/2020 through 12/31/2020. Funds may not be used for the exact same expense that was paid by other federal programs for the same time period. Applications will be accepted and processed until the funds are exhausted.
All completed grant applications will be submitted electronically to the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) for initial processing on the County’s behalf. Once final approval is given, grant payments will be dispersed through the Indian River County Budget Office.
To meet grant eligibility criteria, the business must:
· Have 25 or fewer full time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the business owner
· Be locally or independently owned, and operating in Indian River County - including a home-based business, sole proprietor or 1099 employee
· Been in operation since October all local and state emergency guidelines for COVID-19 are rescinded
· Up to date on tangible personal property and/or real estate taxes
· No active judgements, liens, bankruptcies, etc. against the business or business owner(s)
Ineligible businesses include:
· Non-Profit organizations
· Businesses with more than 25 FTE Employees
· Those not in the industry sectors
· A business that has applied for, or received, CARES Act grant funding from a municipality in Indian River County
· A business that has previously received a CARES Act grant from the County
Please scan your application and all supporting documents into one document (pdf), to send in one email or as one combined file.
St. Lucie County Chamber announces “We Love Local” campaign
In an effort to support locally owned businesses, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce has launched “We Love Local,” a new campaign to promote keeping local dollars local.
The St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with over a dozen local restaurants and retailers for this gift certificate sales program to incentivize the use of locally owned St. Lucie County businesses.
The program works like this: each set of gift certificates is worth $10 each for the face value of $20 and are valid at various local restaurants and retailers listed on each certificate.
Purchasers will also be given a raffle ticket to win dozens of additional prizes. Additional prizes will include but are not limited to: a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card to a participating vendor purchased by the Chamber, an annual Chamber Membership valued at $795, a Fishing Frenzy boat entry valued at $275 or a Golf Tournament Entry valued at $100.
As a local business and non-profit, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce’s goal for this program is to help save local businesses, protect jobs, and continue to help keep local dollars in our local economy during these unprecedented times.
The campaign is kicking off this Friday, December 4th and gift certificates can be purchased at any Chamber event, the Chamber administrative offices, the Seven Gables House, or online at the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce website.
Chamber CEO, Terissa Aronson is excited about this new program and the benefits it will bring. “Feeling so helpless in these difficult times, we feel it is our duty to do anything we can to help local business.”
Information about the certificates and participating local businesses will be shared on the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce’s website and social media pages. Visit www.StLucieChamber.org for more information.
The Unified Chamber of St. Lucie County is an organization of business owners working together to help grow their business through advocacy, education and exposure.
The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast donates to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy
VERO BEACH — The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast recently donated $1,500 to Youth Guidance to support its mentoring programs. Youth Guidance is currently open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., providing tutoring, life skills, S.T.E.A.M. and vocational programs for children ages 5-18 from low-income families.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast for their generous donation and continued support of Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy,” said Phil Barnes, executive director. “The grant will support our Learning Center and mentoring programs at Youth Guidance.”
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. The organization serves approximately 250 children annually.
Youth Guidance is currently open all day, providing a safe place where students receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner and participate in one-on-one and group mentoring programs. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the kids complete virtual school under the supervision of experienced Youth Guidance staff and tutors from Big Brothers Big Sisters. 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 are free for families.
If you are interested in learning more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy or making a donation, please call 772.492.3933, or visit our website at www.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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