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The New grading system for CareerSource Florida’s regional workforce boards is intended to further the transparency and accountability goals of Florida’s Reimagining Education and Career Help Act (REACH). CareerSource Central Florida, which covers Sumter County and several other Central Florida counties, received an ‘A’ rating. Across Florida, there were 13 A’s, 10 B’s, and 1 C. Stephanie Smith, Chair of the CareerSource Florida Board, said the goal of REACH is to “ensure a seamless, integrated experience and access for all Floridians to programs, opportunities, and training that lead to economic prosperity and self-sufficiency.” CareerSource Central Florida has assistance available at no-cost to employers and job seekers, to see what is available, click here.
The Sumter County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing is one of Sumter County’s targeted industries for economic development. Sumter County is home to approximately 300 manufacturing firms, according to the Florida Small Business Center at UCF-Sumter County. These businesses support 1,339 jobs with an average earning of $76,032, up $7,000 from last year, according to EMSI Analytics. If you would like to learn about the benefits of doing business in Sumter County, please click here for more information.
If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses (Small business, Small agricultural cooperative, Small business engaged in aquaculture, Most private nonprofit organizations) located in a declared disaster area (including Sumter County) you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
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