Pasco CARES increases PPE reimbursement
The Pasco County Commission has increased the maximum funding allowed to help individual small businesses to purchase personal protective equipment.
Commissioners have increased the cap from $1,000 up to $1,500 per business.
The program, which was launched in May, reimburses small businesses in Pasco County for the cost of already-purchased PPE.
If your business has already received funding through this grant, you can reapply to be reimbursed for additional eligible expenses; however, the total reimbursement cannot exceed $1,500.
This assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis through Dec. 4, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
Pasco County received funding for this program through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
You can apply online at bit.ly/SmallBizPPE.
To qualify, a business must be:
- A for-profit, privately held small business that maintains a place of business in Pasco County established prior to March 1, 2020.
- A small business with two to 50 employees.
- A small business with the majority of its employees residing in Pasco County.
- To learn more about the program, visit bit.ly/PPE_reimbursement, or call Pasco County Customer Service at (727) 847-2411.
Hillsborough’s R3 Program reaches goal
Hillsborough County’s Rapid Response Recovery Assistance Program (R3) has allocated more than $127 million in financial assistance for families and small businesses, reaching its total funding limit for two programs, according to a Hillsborough County news release.
The program was created to help residents and small businesses to help minimize the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic’s financial impacts on the economy.
Hillsborough’s R3 Economic Recovery Financial Assistance program helped small businesses. The County’s R3 Housing and Utility Financial Assistance program helped residents pay rent, mortgages and electric bills. Both were successful in delivering financial assistance across the County.
With all allocated funding either approved or pending approval, the application period has closed. During the next few weeks, staff will complete the processing of all remaining submitted applications for both programs. Businesses with applications in review are expected to receive a final determination of award within the next few weeks.
The Hillsborough County Commission funded the R3 program through the CARES Act, and helped thousands of residents and small businesses infuse capital back into the economy.
Starting a home-based business
You can learn the pros and cons of starting a home-based business in this Nov. 18 webinar, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A home-based business in these challenging times is a MUST. Working from home provides for a touch of freedom, a path to managing stress, and teaches focus. This webinar will give the attendee some insight into the benefits of having a home-based business.
The webinar will be presented by Sharon Eldridge, a Pasco Hernando SCORE volunteer. Register for the webinar at PascoHernando.score.org.
Starting a nonprofit business
This webinar, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Nov. 19, is intended for those who have the passion for giving; serving their community; and those that have the desire to bring that passion to life. Attendees can learn the most effective process to starting and sustaining a nonprofit organization. This webinar will be presented by Sharon Eldridge, Pasco Hernando SCORE volunteer. Register for the webinar at PascoHernando.score.org.
Virtual forum about ports
Enterprise Florida Inc., and the Florida Ports Council have announced that registration is open for the pair’s first-ever virtual forum, focused exclusively on the economic potential of doing business in Florida’s commercial ports.
The event, “Florida Seaports: Focused on the Future,” will spotlight work being done by both organizations, the case for maritime trade, and action items for engaging in future import-export opportunities. It also will cover future goals and plans reflected in the 2020-2024 Five Year Seaport Mission Plan, released by the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Council.
The event is on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern Time.
Register online at tinyurl.com/y3b3qb6s.
Sid Jarrett to lead Jarrett dealership in Dade City
Jarrett Automotive Group has added another Ford dealership in Port Charlotte, increasing its total to six Ford stores. Clifford Martin, the vice president and general manager of Jarrett Ford, and his wife, Joan, will be relocating to Port Charlotte, in December. Sid Jarrett will be taking over Jarrett Ford Inc., at 38300 Dick Jarrett Way, as was Dick Jarrett’s wish. Sid is Dick Jarrett’s grandson, and Bill Jarrett’s son.
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