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Villages Economy Roars To New National Ranking

Tickets purchased at the Barnstorm Theater or home accent items bought at the Rustic Rose at Brownwood, meals consumed at the Lighthouse Point Bar & Grill at Lake Sumter Landing or even golf equipment bought at the Sarasota Driving Range all add up to something impressive. Consumer expenditures at each of these businesses and many others in the community contributed to phenomenal economic growth last year in The Villages metropolitan statistical area, according to the federal release Thursday of the 2016 real gross domestic product for all MSAs.

CareerSource Hiring Event Being Held for Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery

Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery is currently seeking to fill the following positions: Propagation Manager, Nursery Workers and Receptionist in the Lake Panasoffkee, FL area. Face-to-face interviews will be held Tuesday Sept 26th from 10am until 1pm at the CareerSource Leesburg office at 1415 S 14th Street, Leesburg, FL 34748. Bring an updated resume, photo ID and Social Security or other form of ID when attending the hiring event. Interviews will be held on a first come, first serve basis.

Emergency Bridge Loan Program

On Sep 13, 2017, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period is from today through Oct. 31, 2017.

After Irma, Report Losses Quickly and Protect Yourself from Unlicensed Individuals

Following the landfall of Hurricane Irma, many Floridians are now assessing their homes and property for damage and taking steps to make temporary repairs to prevent additional damage before filing insurance claims. CFO Jimmy Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier encourage Floridians to be prompt in notifying their insurance companies and cautious of repair deals that sound too good to be true.

Donations for Texas

T&D Family of Companies will be sending trucks loaded down with supplies and donations to Texas next week. If you would like to help stock those trucks, see attached information. Contact jessica@sumterchamber.org or (352) 793-3099