Good Morning Valued Chamber Member,
Governor DeSantis has signed Senate Bill 50, one of the most significant tax bills in the state's history. This bill requires online marketplaces located outside of the state to remit sales tax on tangible property. This is not a new tax, but rather puts the burden on these online marketplace retailers to collect and remit that tax instead of the consumer. This bill additionally avoids a major unemployment compensation (UC) tax increase and significantly reduces the Business Rent Tax once the UC Trust Fund is replenished. The Boca Chamber has been a strong advocate for these important pieces of legislation. We commend the leadership in the House and Senate for advancing this forward and thank Governor DeSantis for his continued commitment to the businesses in Florida.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will announce its official launch date over the next two weeks. The RRF was established through the American Rescue Plan Act to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with Small Business Administration (SBA) funding up to $5 million per location, not to exceed $10 million total for the applicant and any affiliated businesses. Recipients are not required to repay the funding if used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. The SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how and where to apply, as well as the application requirements. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing Paycheck Protection Program borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public. For the first 21 days the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by veterans, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and women. For a sample application and program guidelines, click here.
As a reminder, applications are still being accepted for the City of Boca Raton’s Small Business Recovery Relief Grant Program. The grant program is designed to support local small retail, restaurant and retail service businesses located within the City that have experienced financial loss due to COVID-19 with a one-time grant of up to $5,000. Submissions are accepted on a first come-first eligibly served basis until the total amount of program funding is awarded. For more information, or to apply, click here
The Florida House of Representatives released its initial 2021-2022 annual tax package which includes several sales tax holidays. The following are the holidays and their dates: 7-day back to school sales tax holiday (August 6-12), 7-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday (May 28- June 3) and a 7-day recreation sales tax holiday (July 1-7).
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We continue to provide you with valuable virtual and in-person experiences. Most virtual programs are recorded and available for you to access on the Boca Chamber’s YouTube Channel. Hit the subscribe button to find out when new content is posted on our channel.
Below is a list of our upcoming virtual and in-person experiences:
4/20 – 12:00 p.m. Virtual PULSE
Topic: A Look Into Travel & Tourism 2021
Speakers: Phillip DiPonio, General Manager, Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel
Kristina Cooper, Vice President of Finance Administration, Travelmation
Heather Andrews, Assistant Vice President, Content & Community Engagement, Discover The Palm Beaches
4/20 – 3:00 p.m. Virtual Economic Development Committee Meeting
Topic: What are 35 Mules?
Speaker: Crystal Stiles, Sr. Director, Economic Development,
Florida Power & Light
4/21 – 8:30 a.m. Virtual South Health Care Advocacy Network (S.H.A.N.)
Sponsored By: Memorial Health System
Topic: Creating a Dynamic PowerPoint Presentation
Speaker: Sharon Daniel, Virtual Business Coach
4/22 – 5:30 p.m. In-Person Exclusive Trustee Reception
21078 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33433
4/23 – 8:30 a.m. Virtual Boynton Beach Women’s Business Council Meeting
Topic: Female Executive Spotlight
Speaker: Michelle McGovern, Director of Government and Community Relations, Baptist Health South Florida
4/27 – 12:00 p.m. Virtual Smart Talk For Women
Topic: Networking or Marketing in the New Normal -
How Do You Intend to Stay in Front of People and Get Noticed?
Speaker: Nancy Proffitt, Founder, Proffitt Management Solutions
4/27 – 5:00 p.m. Virtual Live After Five
Topic: Meet, Connect and Have Fun at this Virtual Happy Hour
5/4 – 12:00 p.m. Virtual International Business Alliance Roundtable
Topic: Update on Tourism in Palm Beach County
Speaker: Jorge Pesquera, President & CEO, Discover the Palm Beaches
5/7 – 8:30 a.m. Virtual Prime
Sponsored By: Allegiance Home Health
Topic: Hiring Experienced People
Speaker: Penny Morey, Founder & Managing Director,
Palm Beach County School Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II announced that he has appointed Daniel Alexander as the next Chief of School Police. Alexander currently serves as Deputy Chief of School Police. Alexander joined School District Police in December 2019 after serving as the Chief of the Boca Raton Police Department for more than 13 years. Alexander will be sworn in as Chief of School Police on April 30, 2021. Having worked with Chief Alexander during his years in Boca Raton, I can say the Palm Beach County School District is fortunate to have his leadership and continued commitment to keeping our public schools safe. Congratulations Chief!
Congratulations and happy anniversary to the Boca Tribune! Family-owned and operated, the Boca Raton Tribune has been a leading source of local Boca Raton news since its inception in 2010. Printed weekly and distributed to over 30,000 locations city-wide, in addition to their website edition, the publication is celebrating its 11th year in business. Congratulations Doug and Dini Heizer on your anniversary and long-term success. The Boca Chamber looks forward to our continued partnership.
Together, we will continue to Move Business Forward in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and South Palm Beach County, making our region the best place to Live, Work, Learn and Play.
Moving Business Forward,