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Clay Business Connection

News from around the Clay County business community and Chamber of Commerce.

Belinda Keiser: Contribute Your Ideas to Florida's Constitution


On this episode of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Keiser University’s Vice Chancellor Belinda Keiser explains the importance of participating in Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Taking place once every 20 years, the CRC is an opportunity for “citizens of Florida to weigh-in” on Florida’s constitution.

Hurricane Irma PSA #23

Clay County Emergency Management

Hurricane Irma PSA #23

September 21, 2017 3:15 p.m.

 Call Center - 904-284-7703

Unmet Needs:

We ask that any Clay County residents with unmet needs (other than electricity), contact the call center between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Food and other commodities are available. If you are still without electricity, we ask that you contact your power company.


Mosquito Control Efforts

Based on feedback we have received from the public, Clay County will NOT move forward with using the EPA approved chemical Naled for aerial mosquito control that was scheduled for this evening Thursday, September 21, 2017.  However, in keeping with our current practice, ground-based mosquito control trucks from Clay County, contractors, and our state partners will be dispatched throughout the county to spray using low-volume mist and EPA approved Permethrin and Malathion-based products.  Our goal is spray the entire county over the next few weeks to control the mosquito population and protect public health.  Should you have any concerns please reach out to mosquito control at 904-284-6335.    

Hurricane Irma Recovery Briefing

The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues working with members and local chamber partners to help ensure Florida recovers from Hurricane Irma. Thanks to your support, Florida is getting back to business. If you’ve not yet had a chance to support ongoing efforts, please consider:

Here are two ways you can help:

  • Florida Disaster Fund – Administered by Volunteer Florida to help Florida communities as they respond to and recover from Hurricane Irma.
Florida Chamber of Commerce Local Chamber Relief Fund – A program that exclusively supports local chamber of commerce in Florida that have been most impacted by Hurricane Irma.

OneBlood to Resume Blood Donations Following Hurricane Irma Urgent Need for Platelet and O Negative Donors

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 for donor center hours and blood drive locations.

IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irma; Like Harvey, Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File; Additional Relief Planned

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 Opens Business Recovery Centers in Florida

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.


Duval County

Pinellas County

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.

Opens Monday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday

Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday

Closed: Sundays

Closed: Sundays

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Needs Your Help

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.

Florida Unemployment Rate Drops to 4 Percent

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that more than 22,000 private-sector jobs were created in August, while the state’s unemployment rate dropped again to 4.0 percent, the lowest in more than a decade. August’s job creation brings the total number of new jobs added since December 2010 to 1,441,000. Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.9 percent exceeds the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent, continuing the 65-month trend of our state’s rate being higher than the nation’s.

As of August, Florida’s unemployment rate had dropped 6.7 percentage points since December 2010, faster than the national decline. In the last year, 250,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.5 percent. This rate is more than three times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.7 percent.

State and Federal Disaster Loan Programs Activated to Aid Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Irma

State Assistance

Governor Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to businesses damaged by the storm.


Everest University Becomes Altierus Career College

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.