September 2022
The Small Business Administration has released information for disaster loans in the wake of Hurricane Ian for the Florida counties of: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota; and for economic injury only in the contiguous Florida counties of: Broward, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco, and PolkApplication Filing Deadlines:Physical Damage: November 28, 2022    Economic Injury: June 29, 2023Applicants may apply onli...
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WASHINGTON – Los préstamos por desastre a bajo interés de La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA, por sus siglas en inglés) están disponibles para empresas y residentes en Florida luego del anuncio de una declaración presidencial de desastre debido al Huracán Ian a partir del 23 de septiembre. "El equipo impulsado por la misión de la SBA está listo para ayudar a las pequeñas empresas y resi...
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NEWS RELEASEDisaster Field Operations Center EastRelease Date: Sept. 29, 2022Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 Michael.Lampton@sba.govRelease Number: 22-454, FL 17644/17645Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & InstagramSBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Florida Affected by Hurricane IanWASHINGTON – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses and residents in Florida following the announceme...
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Compost USA is a community-minded company with a vision to provide environmentally sustainable solutions by converting organic waste to beneficial marketable products. This Florida-based company first opened their doors in Sumter county, but have since expanded to Lake, Charlotte, and most recently, Highlands County. Locally, they currently maintain a staff of seven employees, all paid at least $10k above the median wage for our area. Most of the current staff are Highlands County natives, with ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESEPTEMBER 21, 2022 CONTACT:Jennifer KoukosChief Communications Officer(863) 840-0300jkoukos@gladeselectric.com GLADES ELECTRIC PARTNERS WITH CONEXON CONNECT TO DELIVER HIGH-SPEED FIBER BROADBAND ACCESS TO FLORIDA’S HEARTLAND MOORE HAVEN, Fla. – Glades Electric Cooperative has selected Conexon Connect as a partner to deploy high-speed internet access to all cooperative members, closing the digital divide for many in Florida’s Heartland. Conexo...
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From the Highlands-News SunBy KIM MOODYSeptember 10, 2022SEBRING — Highlands County will soon be getting some much needed apartments. The Spanish Moss ECO Apartments officials broke ground on the new project in Spring Lake on Duane Palmer Boulevard on Aug. 26.According to owner and general contractor Brad Kortbein, the property will consist of four buildings when all is said and done. The apartments will consist of one bedroom, one-and-a-half baths; two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, and ...
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