News from around the Clay County business community and Chamber of Commerce.
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Hurricane Irma forced OneBlood to suspend operations for three days and as a result, there is an urgent need to replenish the areas blood supply. Donors should visit www.oneblood.org for donor center hours and blood drive locations.
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Today’s relief parallels that granted last month to victims of Hurricane Harvey. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out on Oct. 16, and businesses with extensions that run out on Sept. 15.
SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice.
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
The EpiCenter-Pinellas County
Economic Development Center
728 Blanche Street, Bldg. 2
13805 58th Street North
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Clearwater, FL 33760
Opens Monday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
We are reaching out to ask that you consider enrolling your property in the FEMA Transitional Shelter Assistance program (TSA), also known as Emergency Lodging Assistance (ELA). This program provides lodging to persons displaced by Irma, which is paid for by FEMA. We hope you participate and encourage your peers to as well. The paragraph below can be posted to your website and pushed out to your network in an email. Program details and enrollment instructions are in the links below.
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Governor Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to businesses damaged by the storm.
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Earlier this month, Everest University-Orange Park changed its name to Altierus Career College. The new name reflects the college’s updated and expanded offerings in high-demand medical and trade industries, including efforts to ensure that students are well-matched with career choices and develop the soft skills local employers value most.
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As Hurricane Irma moves closer to Florida, OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast, is urging all eligible blood donors to donate now, before Irma potentially impacts its service area.
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* Category 5 Irma: Potential for Tropical Storm Conditions Increases Locally
* Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Today as Swells Increase
* Strong Storm Potential Today
Synopsis & Timing
There is a chance of strong to severe storms today ahead of an approaching cold front. Storm hazards include strong wind gusts of 40-60 mph, hail and excessive lightning. Thunderstorms could hinder outdoor Hurricane Irma preparedness activities at times. Long period ocean swells from Irma are now within the local Atlantic waters. More frequent rip currents are expected, and a moderate risk of rip currents is highlighted for today.