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Tourism office releases partner plan

Tourism office releases partner plan

Vacation rentals are open. Businesses are back to business. Memorial Day weekend has launched the tourism summer season, and Santa Rosa County’s tourism development office is rolling out the welcome mat.  To help industry partners jump on board the effort, the office has issued a “Santa Rosa County Partner Relaunch” plan document. Tourist Development Director […]

University Lending is the smart choice for mortgages

University Lending is the smart choice for mortgages

Starting the year off with 2020 vision, University Lending Group celebrates being “the smart choice for mortgages” for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Ranking as the No. 1 local lender, their success begins with a local team of dedicated mortgage professionals who start each day with determination and gratitude to the community that they serve. […]

COVID-19 liability looms over business re-openings

COVID-19 liability looms over business re-openings

Florida is opening, as are many states across the U.S., but small business owners may face a new threat as they get back to business. About 70% of small businesses are concerned they will be sued due to a customer or employee contracting COVID-19 while on their premises, according to a survey by the National […]

Hotels reassure guests of a “Safe Stay”

Hotels reassure guests of a “Safe Stay”

As tourism industry leaders appointed to the Re-Open Florida Task Force discussed getting the industry back on its feet, one of the common concerns was traveler confidence. Harris Poll data as of May 3 still show consumers leery about travel despite a significant reduction in COVID-19’s spread. About 55% of those surveyed said it would […]

Local lawn expert authors book on lawn care

Local lawn expert authors book on lawn care

Local lawn expert Skip Orth, owner of Father and Son Pest and Lawn Solutions has published a book What Every Home Owner on the Emerald Coast Needs to Know About Lawn Care which is a compilation of his many years of experience at solving lawn problems! Skip says the Florida Panhandle is one of the […]

SBA under fire for handling of COVID-19 response

SBA under fire for handling of COVID-19 response

With small businesses across the U.S. threatened with permanent closure due to COVID-19 interruptions, the U.S. government set aside $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), these loans were meant to keep small businesses afloat and workers in their jobs. Small businesses could apply for the loan […]

Small business recovery grant open for second cycle

Small business recovery grant open for second cycle

Small businesses in Santa Rosa County have a second chance to apply for $2,500 relief grants for COVID-19. Santa Rosa County, in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF (SBDC), created the Santa Rosa County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program and opened the first cycle April 6 for one week. A […]

The Beacon keeps families connected

The Beacon keeps families connected

Times have been challenging for all assisted living communities, with doors being forced to shut to visitors, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our entire goal encompasses a mission to deliver a high energy and exciting community that thrives on visitors,” said Jordan Cook, executive director of the Beacon. “We have done our best with FaceTime or […]

Farms, food processing plants still safe amid COVID-19 fears

Farms, food processing plants still safe amid COVID-19 fears

Food safety on farms and at processing plants is a concern during the COVID-19 pandemic, but The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is doing its part to ease any fears the public might have on the topic. Mark Ritenour, a UF/IFAS professor of post-harvest physiology and handling, discussed the measures in […]

Sandpaper Marketing offers smart solutions

Sandpaper Marketing offers smart solutions

Identifying, anticipating and satisfying customers’ wants and needs can be challenging in an ever-changing world, but you can count on Sandpaper Marketing to make sure your business is leading with effective messaging delivered across a wide spectrum of platforms. Sandpaper Marketing, originally named Computer Publishing Group, was established in 1993. The company’s founder, Sandi Kemp […]

More to know: CARES Act and taxes

More to know: CARES Act and taxes

With 889 pages and $2 trillion, the federal CARES Act comes with a lot of moving parts impacting every level of the economy from large businesses to students just getting their start. Unpacking what it means for all of us can be overwhelming, but local Edward Jones financial adviser, Monica Meyer did just that last […]

We Care Ministries helps those in need

We Care Ministries helps those in need

Living in a time where some families literally don’t know if they’ll be able to eat dinner tonight, We Care Ministries food pantry has stepped up to meet the need in our community. Not only do they provide food and essentials to families in need, We Care, located in the back of Good Neighbor Thrift […]

Find your remedy at Your CBD Store

Find your remedy at Your CBD Store

With constant medical advances being made every day, scientists are discovering more and more about CBD and the benefits it can provide to the human body. Contrary to common belief, use of CBD does not get someone “high.” Health without the high is actually the slogan at Your CBD Store in Navarre.Will Nelson opened his […]

Tourism industry turns attention to recovery plan

Tourism industry turns attention to recovery plan

Navarre Beach tourism’s summer season for 2020 will likely be heavily impacted. The global pandemic is driving cancellations of discretionary travel and even a month’s long ban on vacation property bookings in Florida. Summer’s cancellations Cancelations due to COVID-19 fears appeared to have started in early March according to data from state marketing agency Visit […]

Farming industry in Santa Rosa safe from pandemic impact

Farming industry in Santa Rosa safe from pandemic impact

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on agriculture in Florida, forcing many farmers to scrap crops due to the shutdown of the hospitality industry, Santa Rosa County isn’t feeling it.Cotton and peanuts are the primary crops in Northwest Florida and aren’t perishable the same way fruits and vegetables would be.“There are no agronomic […]

Pandemics excluded from most business insurance

Pandemics excluded from most business insurance

Few businesses were ready for a global pandemic to forcibly shut their doors or cause partial closures, but for many that’s been the reality over the past few weeks. And if they thought they would be insured through business interruption policies; many were in for an unhappy surprise. Small Business Development Center at UWF (SBDC) […]

Samuel Property Solutions solves your real estate troubles

Samuel Property Solutions solves your real estate troubles

Stationed at Hurlburt Field, Dawn Ashanti is a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force. She is accustomed to helping others. It inspires her. And now she wants to help others with their real estate challenges through her business, Samuel Property Solutions, LLC here in Santa Rosa County. Whether you are behind on your […]

County creates $2,500 COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

County creates $2,500 COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

Small business owners struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic may have a little help on the way. Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to create a COVID-19 economic hardship grant program, approving $100,000 of funding. Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said this program is essential during a time when businesses have […]

Department of Elder Affairs announces partnerships supporting senior meals

Department of Elder Affairs announces partnerships supporting senior meals

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) announced a partnership with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) that allows the needs of the business community and workers in the restaurant business to be matched with the needs of the elderly and meal delivery services. “By […]

Gulf Power funds new SBDC small business pandemic grants

Gulf Power funds new SBDC small business pandemic grants

During the current pandemic, small businesses across northwest Florida are struggling, but a new grant program through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) could help. Gulf Power has contributed $250,000 to the Florida SBDC at UWF for the creation of the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant program. The grant program will be available […]

Businesses stepping up to help employees during COVID-19

Businesses stepping up to help employees during COVID-19

With the announcement coming down Friday, March 20, that all restaurants close their dining rooms at midnight and go entirely to carry out and delivery orders only, local restaurants have had to change strategy perhaps like they never have before. Ye Olde Brothers Brewery manager Christy Skerrett was ready for the news that hit and […]

Celebrate crawfish season Cajun style at Where Y’at Seafood

Celebrate crawfish season Cajun style at Where Y’at Seafood

It’s March and that means crawfish season is in full swing at Where Y’at Seafood Market. The season normally runs from February to June, but Where Y’at has been serving their crawfish hot and ready, imported straight from Louisiana since January.“Its crawfish season now. We’re moving like 10,000 pounds of crawfish a week,” owner Paul Ruiz said.Where Y’at Seafood […]

Military travel freeze could chill real estate

Military travel freeze could chill real estate

The Department of Defense has paused all military travel through May 11, including putting on hold many family’s orders to relocate. For a real estate market driven largely by military relocations, Navarre realtors are seeing slowdowns. Jodi Van Wagner specializes in military relocation for Keller Williams. She said the impacts of the freeze at this […]

Businesses hiring laid off workers

Businesses hiring laid off workers

As restaurants, bars and hotels thin down staffing or close all together amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, some companies are ramping up hiring for these workers. Grocery stores like Publix, Walmart and Winn Dixie have seen increased traffic during the pandemic as shoppers seek essentials like toilet paper and meat. These companies have announced increased […]

Make sure your home is ready for Florida heat with One Hour Air

Make sure your home is ready for Florida heat with One Hour Air

Spring has arrived and that means things are heating up in the Sunshine State. Northwest Florida is blessed with outstanding weather and with that comes high temperatures, salt air, and high humidity that affects the performance of your air conditioning system and therefore, your comfort. One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help […]

A guide to Business Disaster Assistance

A guide to Business Disaster Assistance

Current as of press time – March 24, 2020 There are several resources available right now to Florida businesses to get them through the next few months and assist cash flow. The options available are loans which must be paid back. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business […]

County proposes COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

County proposes COVID-19 recovery grants for small business

As businesses across Santa Rosa County are forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the county is looking to hand out $100,000 in grants for small businesses.  The COVID-19 economic hardship grant program will be voted on by county commissioners during their March 26 meeting.  If approved, the program would offer $2,500 […]

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