The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce wants to help your business recover from Hurricane Matthew.  There are programs and agencies that can help it recover to full operating capacity. If you have questions, we can help you get answers.
We are regularly updating a Business Continuity webpage with relevant resources and information as it becomes available.
FEMA Relief
If your business has damage or loss from Hurricane Matthew, we encourage you to complete a FEMA application now in advance of the anticipated Presidential Disaster Declaration. Completing this step now will help speed up the process for individual assistance once St. Johns County is approved.
Visit the link below, click Apply Online to start your FEMA application and follow the prompts. You may also create an account when you apply. If you do, you will be able to check the status of your application. https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Once the President takes action and makes federal funding fully available to affected individuals in St. Johns County, assistance will include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Temporary Office Space
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, St. Johns County and the St. Augustine Record are offering office space for displaced workers that are looking for a place to conduct business without any fees.The Chamber – working in cooperation with St. Johns Volunteers! – now offers a collaborative work environment for anyone searching for a place to set and connect their laptops. Since January, the Chamber has offered a place for people to adjust their work environment for a few hours, a day or even longer and has now partnered with Volunteer St. Johns! to ensure that everyone who needs room to work at 1 News Place, will have sufficient space. Call 904.829.5681 or email [email protected]

St. Johns County is making public space available at six libraries, including the main branch in St. Augustine, to assist those who need a temporary virtual office location. Tables, chairs and Wi-Fi will be made available in a large meeting room on a first come first serve basis. Contact Amy Ackerman at 904.827.6940 for more information.

The St. Augustine Record recently announced it can provide temporary office space and WiFi connection to those who have been displaced from their work spaces. Also located at 1 News Place for more info contact Tony Bernardos, Publisher at the St. Augustine Record, at [email protected]com or call 904.819.3421.

SBDC Disaster Recovery Assistance – Short Term, 0% Interest Loans
The Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) mobile disaster response unit is at the St. Johns County Courthouse providing staff to help business owners in need of short term 0% interest loans.
The SBDC Mobile Disaster Response unit will be at the St. Johns County CourthouseOctober 14 – October 20 and at the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s St. Augustine office (map) beginning on Friday, October 21.
Possible Tax Extension
(From IRS.gov) The Internal Revenue Service advised taxpayers affected by Hurricane Matthew but not yet covered by a federal disaster declaration with individual assistance that they may qualify for relief from penalties if they are unable to meet Monday’sextended deadline for filing 2015 tax returns.

The IRS noted that additional individual assistance areas could be added to the federal disaster area in coming days based on continuing damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These additional disaster declarations will pave the way for additional extensions and other relief from the IRS. This means that the IRS will automatically provide retroactive extensions and other relief to any locality added to the federal disaster area at a later date. In areas with disaster declarations for individual assistance, taxpayers will have until March 15, 2017 to file returns otherwise due on Monday, October  17.

Read full text at IRS.gov

Business Damage Assessment Survey

Please take the business damage assessment survey. Your participation provides vital information as we advocate for the local business community.

Take the Business Damage Assessment Survey

Business Workforce Needs

CareerSource Northeast Florida is the regional workforce organization serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. Their business services team can help you post jobs at no cost, recruit talent, and understand local labor market trends. Find them at www.careersourcenefl.com or start posting your jobs at www.employflorida.com.

For help with immediate staffing issues visit the Business Continuity page to find a list of agencies that can assist with staffing needs. Staffing agencies and more are listed under the headline Staffing.

Sincerely,
Isabelle Rodriguez
President / CEO
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce
904.829.5681
[email protected]com