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Welcome to our 2nd Annual Top Chef Scholarship Challenge!

The Culinary Department at East Lee County High School, under the direction of Chef Arthur Phillips, will be hosting this tasty event.  Watch as students compete, creating everything from the appetizer to the dessert. The judges will taste every dish, look at the plating and see how the students handled the stress of competition in the kitchen. You'll also have opportunity to enjoy snacks and tasty treats all evening.  There will be 3 contestants, each earning scholarships from the East Lee County Chamber of Commerce's Education fund. Join the fun, get your tickets today!

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October 21, 2022

 

SBA Opens Mobile Business Recovery Center on Pine Island

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened a Mobile Business Recovery Center on Monday, Oct. 24, at Phillips Park, 5675 Sesame Drive on Pine Island, to assist Floridians applying for SBA disaster loan assistance for losses due to Hurricane Ian. The Center will remain open until 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, when it will close permanently. A press release with more information is attached in English and Spanish.

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Bridge Loan Program

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources.

Loans are available up to $50,000—at least $10 million of which must go to small businesses that are agricultural producers impacted by Hurricane Ian in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. Small businesses in the most impacted counties — Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota — will be escalated and prioritized as they are received.

Marine Fisheries Industry sole proprietors with businesses located in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota counties that are interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program are required to provide documentation demonstrating the business is part of the Marine Fisheries Industry.

Please call 1-833-832-4494 or email for more information on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

 
More Resources

Hurricane Ian Recovery Digest is a great resource for important updates on various resources for recovery, news, and more in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Sign up for our newsletter below to stay up to date!

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Operation Blue Roof Operations

Residents are encouraged to sign up, check status, and cancel their applications through the online portal as these action take 5 minutes or less. Residents are welcome to call the toll free number to perform these actions with the assistance of a live operator, however you should expect the process to take up to 20 minutes.

hours of operation 8 AM-8 PM EST

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IAN – WHERE DO I VOLUNTEER?

The devastation is tremendous. Thousands of volunteers are needed! We all have different skill sets and we need to chip in where we can. Here are some of the places you can offer your time and/or financial support:

PLEASE reach out to one of these organizations to lend a hand. 


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Annual Awards Gala 2022

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