November 2022
26 Florida-based organizations receive funds to support economic development initiatives
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Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Attracting and Developing Skilled Workforce    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s focus on training workers with the technical skills and credentials is paying off as the Sunshine State has been named number one in the U.S. for attracting and developing a skilled workforce. Governor Ron DeSantis announced this ranking as a part of Lightcast’s 2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard, which confirms that our state’s stro...
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October 2022
Florida SBDC Network (Friday, Oct. 28, 2022) – Small businesses in Highlands County impacted by Hurricane Ian will be able to receive help applying for state and federal disaster loans at temporary Mobile Business Recovery Center opening in Lake Placid.The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will open temporary Mobile Business Recovery Centers (BRC) this week and next at the following locations: Dates Loc...
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Paul NutcherThe Ledger In addition to the widespread destruction Hurricane Ian left in its wake, the devastating effects of wind and rain also wreaked havoc on Florida's citrus industry.Ray Royce, executive director of the Highlands Citrus Growers Association, has heard from more than a dozen citrus growers across the citrus growing region who are reporting between 15% to 80% of their fruit has falling. In some pockets, those losses could be even higher as flood waters ar...
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On October 4, 2022, in News Releases, by StaffCharlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties are eligible to applyTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, making $50 million available — at least $10 million of which must go to small...
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AP Airport stages recovery supplies for eight-county areaBy MARC VALERO STAFF WRITER AVON PARK —In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the Avon Park Executive Airport is serving as a staging area for relief equipment and supplies for an eight-county area. The airport is operated by Florida Airport Management (FAM). The Florida Division of Emergency Management and a private company, Garner Environmental, are heading the operation of getting supplies to the areas in need. FAM Operations Manager ...
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