Florida small businesses are resilient, even in face of hurdles presented by pandemic
Small business owners are nothing if not intrepid. They demonstrate their flexibility no matter what situation arises. Their resiliency has never been more apparent than in recent months as they encountered setbacks related to COVID-19.
To determine the specific challenges owners have and continue to face, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, recently partnered with the Florida Chamber Foundation and the University of West Florida Haas Center to survey nearly 5,000 business owners about the effects of the pandemic. The results were telling:
• More than 50% of businesses closed for some period of time
• Sadly, about 40% of businesses closed permanently
• 85% of businesses reported losing revenue
• 45% reported being concerned about operating in the future.
The Florida SBDC Network has worked diligently to help small businesses rebound and... Read more >>
Gigi Casapu, right, and Paul Morris, left, at the scholarship presentation at The Boulevard.
VERO BEACH — It is with great pride that we announce that Paul Morris was awarded the Gigi Casapu Scholarship. Morris was presented with this honor at the recent finals for the King of Hill 2021 Youth Guidance Tennis Tournament at The Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach.
Each year during the King of the Hill Tennis Tournament, Gigi Casapu awards a Youth Guidance student with a scholarship. Gigi has been the Organizer and Tournament Director of the King of the Hill for the past 26 years and is a dedicated supporter of Youth Guidance.
Morris is an honor student at Vero Beach High School with a 4.0 weighted grade point average. He is dual enrolled at Indian River State College. Morris hopes to attend college to become a physical therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
“Paul is a perfect example of how Youth Guidance has been able to achieve our mission of enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director. “We look forward to assisting many other students, like Paul in reaching their dreams and a brighter future.”
If you are interested in learning more about Youth Guidance, 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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