COVID-19 Relief funds available for your small business

By Margie Smith SBDC Business Consultant-Florida Keys We’ve kept the membership updated on available disaster loan programs throughout the pandemic so here is an update as of today: We have recent movement on grants for theater owners, funding for restaurants, and PPP application changes directed to the smallest businesses, as well as changes to the…

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Your Personal Brand Matters NOW More Than Ever

If you’re like 99% of the population, your daily life has drastically changed in just a handful of months. Many of us went from commuting to an office almost every day to a commute from your bed to your home office (and never getting out of pajamas). We’ve gone from meeting guests at the elevators…

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FEMA Flood Map Changes

NEW PRELIMINARY COASTAL FLOOD MAPS. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Floodplain Maps are used for two primary purposes. The maps estimate the risk of flooding geographically and that risk translates to regulatory requirements for building on the land in various flood zones and insurance rating. The County received new, preliminary flood maps in December 2019 that…

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Mote Marine Laboratory documents another first for massive corals in Florida

Stephannie Kettle August 12, 2020—Sarasota, FL—For the first time in Florida or Caribbean waters, restored massive corals were observed spawning—part of sexual reproduction that could result in the next generation of coral offspring—thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s innovative efforts to restore Florida’s Coral Reef. Over the past few nights, Mote coral scientists observed…

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