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FEDERAL REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

DEO Press Releases

FEDERAL REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR DISASTER VICTIMS

Sep 14, 2017

Assistance is available for residents and also businesses in declared counties.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Locations for Declared Disaster

President Donald J. Trump officially granted a major disaster declaration request due to Hurricane IRMA. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is currently accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and also Volusia counties.

Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by October 16, 2017.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those who:

  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applications

Applications filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied unless the individual provides good cause. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and also documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.

DUA

DUA is available from weeks of unemployment beginning September 10, 2017 until ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­March 17, 2018, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. To file a DUA claim go to www.floridajobs.org/or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants. For DUA claims information, call 1-800-204-2418 and also choose option 2 to speak to a customer service representative.

SBA Bridge & Disaster Loans

SBA BRIDGE & DISASTER LOANS

Florida SBDC at Florida Keys Community College, along with your Marathon Chamber of Commerce is currently coordinating the Emergency Bridge Loan Program funded by the State of Florida for small businesses.

These are loans intended for operating capital; $50,000 max, six month term, and also no-interest. Application deadline is October 31st. We are also assisting clients with SBA Disaster Loan Applications. Those loans max out at 2 million for both damage to property and economic injury. If you need help for your small business, please register with us via the link below. No cost of our one-on-one consulting. Our program is funded by the SBA, the State of Florida, and Florida Keys Community College. To register please click on the following link; we serve all businesses in our region from Key Largo to Key West.

SBDC Website

Daniel Samess
ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com / 305-849-9688
Kelly Penwell (SBDC Regional Director)
kelly.penwell@floridasbdc.org

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
• FEMA Disaster Assistance • SBA Disaster Assistance • SBA Disaster Loan Programs Available
SBA & FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: Open daily from 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Marathon Community Park
3911 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050

SBA BRC (Business Recovery Center; now open in Marathon): Open daily from 9AM – 6PM
Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
12222 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
• Also contact our local banks (First State Bank, Keys Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Iberia, Centennial, etc.) about personal loans being offered to help you recover and rebuild, many are offering great programs in the wake of Irma.

FREE EVENT:

Legal Help for FEMA registration, Insurance Claims, and also More…

When: Saturday, Oct. 7th from 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Lighthouse Grille Restaurant (behind the Hyatt Place, Marathon)

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Marathon Community Theatre Auditions

MARATHON COMMUNITY THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR THE NEW SEASON

Marathon, FL (August 21, 2017)

Auditions for the 2017-2018 season at Marathon Community Theatre (MCT). Located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 beginning at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the first show, Leading Ladies, a comedy written by Ken Ludwig.

Auditions for the remaining three main-stage productions, Noises Off, South Pacific and Making God Laugh, will be held on Saturday, September 16 and also Sunday, September 17.  Dance and vocal auditions for South Pacific begin at 9 a.m.. Script reading auditions for all shows begin at 12:30 p.m.

Leading Ladies is casting five men and three women.  Noises Off is looking for six men and four women, the wackier the better.  South Pacific will cast 19 men, 13 women, and also two children under age 11.  Making God Laugh seeks three men and two women.

For further instructions and audition packets, visit www.marathontheater.org or stop by the box office at 5101 Overseas Highway to pick up materials.

The packets contain all information including rehearsal schedules and also performance dates.

Auditioning is fun and especially if you bring a friend along to audition with you.  Marathon Community Theatre box office is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Furthermore call for more information about Marathon Community Theatre or to become a member or volunteer.

Business office at 305-743-0408 or the Box office at 305-743-0994.

5101 Overseas Highway * Marathon, FL 33050

Business Office: 305-743-0408 – Box Office:  305-743-0994 – www.marathontheater.org

Auditions

Turnkey Opens 11 New Offices

TURNKEY OPENS 11 NEW OFFICES

Turnkey Third-Largest National Vacation Rental Management Company Continues Growth,

Offers Industry-Low Rates for Management Services 

AUSTIN, TX (August 9, 2017) –  TurnKey Vacation Rentals, the third-largest vacation rental management company in the United States, has opened 11 new offices over the past several months to provide professional management services in the fast-growing vacation rental industry.

The technology-enabled company, supported by its local in-market teams, also announces it delivers its services for vacation rental owners at an 18 percent commission, much lower than traditional property managers.

TurnKey’s expansion includes these new markets: Florida Keys, Fort Myers and Naples, Fla., Asheville, N.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Winter Park, Colo., Central Oregon Coast; Maui and Oahu, Hawaii; and Central Coast and Monterey Bay, Calif.

The following hospitality and property management experts have joined the TurnKey team:

  • Julie Pond, General Manager, Florida Keys

    Julie Pond Turnkey

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  • Andrea Locke, General Manager, Fort Myers and Naples
  • Nate Thompson, Asheville
  • Cindee Schirmer, General Manager, Hilton Head
  • Alicia Lesmann, General Manager, Winter Park
  • Brian Butler, General Manager, Central Oregon Coast
  • Michael Van Liew, General Manager, Maui and Oahu
  • Kathy Kelly, General Manager, Central Coast of California
  • Wes Walker, General Manager, Monterey Bay

“TurnKey continues to add offices in popular travel destinations to help owners of vacation rental homes generate more income, take care of their homes, and save time and money while also ensuring guests have a superior experience,” says TurnKey CEO T.J. Clark. “Our service is built on our high-tech and high-touch offerings – our technologies allow us to deliver better property management very cost effectively, while our general managers and local teams provide personal, high-touch service.”

Offering a better return on investment to owners, TurnKey charges 18 percent commission, while traditional property managers charge 25 percent to 50 percent commission.

By leveraging technology, TurnKey offers significant value to owners, including an Owner Dashboard that provides real-time financial information such as past and future revenue, payments, taxes, and expenses. TurnKey also provides technology that tracks maintenance and cleaning visits, professional property listings with comprehensive photos and detailed descriptions of amenities, extensive marketing of vacation rental homes on more than 50 rental websites, and local staff and licensed vendors to handle maintenance and professional cleaning.

TurnKey currently manages more than 2,300 vacation rental homes in more than 40 markets. Established in 2013 by vacation rental, travel and online company veterans, TurnKey employs more than 350 people.

About TurnKey Vacation Rentals

Austin, Texas-based TurnKey, the third-largest, full-service vacation rental property management company in the United States. They market and manage premier vacation rentals in more than 40 markets. Founded in 2012, TurnKey strives to make the experience of booking and staying at a short-term rental better than that of a hotel, providing a consistent, high-end experience for guests. By leveraging tech-enabled services and local support teams, the company provides superior service and more income at lower cost for homeowners. The company is led by Executive Chairman John Banczak (HomeAway, BedandBreakfast.com, Hotwire) and also CEO T.J. Clark (Hotwire, IAC, Limos.com). One of the fastest-growing start-up companies in Austin, TurnKey has raised $41 million in funding and has experienced 100+ percent year-over-year growth since its launch.

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Marathon Lutheran School

Marathon Lutheran School Enrolling Now

Aftercare Tuition Scholarships Funded by United Way of the Florida Keys

Marathon, FL. Marathon Lutheran School is excited to now offer tuition scholarships. Due to the need for after school care for Marathon families.

Children in grades K through 5 can get transportation from Switlik Elementary School to Marathon Lutheran School (across from San Pablo and behind the Napa Auto Parts Building) where they will receive homework help, outside playtime, craft and cooking opportunities, nature study activities, and lots of loving care.  The after school program at Marathon Lutheran School is open until 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.  This care is provided on early dismissal days, as well as most school holidays. An Early Childhood Center for children ages 1-5 is also at this location.

United Way of the Florida Keys is funding the scholarship program with $5,000 in grant money to the school.  This will help offset the cost of aftercare to families. Also so they may have a safe environment to spend the afternoon while parents are finishing their work day.

More information about this program, including enrollment information and scholarship applications, may be obtained by calling Marathon Lutheran School at 305-735-4762 or emailing MarathonLutheran@gmail.com.

Lutheran School Now Enrolling

LinkedIn

7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Grow your small business with LinkedIn by using these seven proven tactics.

There are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States, but only half of them will make it past five years. To ensure your small business is in the successful half, we encourage you to capitalize on the various ways LinkedIn can evolve your business.

With LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, you can generate leads, produce sales, and hire top professionals to fuel your growth. Here are seven ways to grow your business using LinkedIn:

 

  1. Create a LinkedIn Company Page

We’ve found that LinkedIn members are 50% more likely to buy once they’ve engaged with your business on LinkedIn. But they can’t connect with you if you don’t have a LinkedIn Company Page. According to Forbes, only 57% of companies have pages. The remaining 43% are missing out on a free opportunity to generate leads, talent, and, ultimately, revenue.

If you don’t already have one, create a LinkedIn Company Page. Personal profiles don’t have the same marketing, advertising, and recruiting features as Company Pages, making them less effective at promoting your business. As you create your page, think about the kind of impression you want to create among potential customers and employees. This will help you select the right photos and messages to use on your page.

For a step-by-step guide on how to create an above and beyond Company Page, view our LinkedIn Company Page Best Practices.

 

  1. Promote Your Company Page

Once you have a Company Page, announce it to your clients, employees, and personal network. This will help you gain your first followers, who in turn will help to promote your Company Page on the content you post to it.

Promoting your page on other platforms or via email is also a great way to grow your audience. Here are some simple ways to get the word out:

  • Announce the launch of the Company Page on your personal LinkedIn profile
  • Encourage employees to follow the Company Page by making it a part of your onboarding process—Social Media Today reports that content shared by employees receives eight times the engagement as brand shared content
  • Link to your Company Page in the footer of your marketing emails or newsletters
  • Embed a Company Follow button onto your website so visitors can easily follow your LinkedIn Company Page

 

  1. Share Content Regularly

The more you post, the more people you can potentially reach and convert. Best-in-class LinkedIn Company Pages are consistently updated to ensure that visitors have plenty of new content to consume and share.

To get started, try posting at least once per week. It’s not uncommon for companies to post three or more times per day. Post whenever you have something worth saying. Posting consistently shows Company Page visitors that your company is active on LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn’s Company Page analytics to see your top performing updates, your best times to post, and which members of your audience are the most engaged. With this information, it’s easy to make data-driven decisions to optimize your Company Page content.

In addition to posting often, here are a few more stats to help you boost engagement:

  • Posts with links receive up to 45% more engagement
  • Images see an incredible 98% increase in engagement
  • Posts that have relevant “best-of” lists get almost 40% more amplification

When a post gets good engagement, consider promoting it to a wider audience with LinkedIn Sponsored Content. Take the Sponsored Content Tour and discover how Sponsored Content amplifies your best content.

 

  1. Showcase Thought Leadership

Seventy nine percent of buyers say thought leadership is critical for determining which companies they want to learn more about. To get started with thought leadership content, try to provide a unique perspective on your industry, product, or organization. Sharing your opinion on the future of your industry or creating a definitive guide on your product are just two ways to demonstrate your expertise and position your company as a credible partner.

For more ideas and advice on expanding your brand’s authority, download our Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Thought Leadership to learn more.

 

  1. Target Sales Prospects

LinkedIn has over 500 million users to date. That may seem like a lot to sort through, but LinkedIn also provides you with tools to identify and target your ideal audience.

LinkedIn members are more likely than other social media users to keep their profiles up-to-date, making it easier for you to find the right people. Use LinkedIn profile data to search for LinkedIn members based on geographic location, education, experience, and even connections. Once you’ve found prospects using the search feature, visit their profiles. Their endorsements or recent profile views might surface additional qualified prospects, too.

For more ways to reach your ideal audience, learn how to advertise on LinkedIn.

 

  1. Build an All-Star Team

LinkedIn has helped 75% of job switchers make informed career decisions, making LinkedIn a top recruiting network. What are candidates looking for when making those decisions? Our research shows that 66% of candidates want to see company culture over everything else. To take advantage of this preference, consider enhancing your Company Page with a LinkedIn Career Page.

Career Pages allow you to target audiences with a personalized look into your company, culture, and jobs. They give you dedicated Life and Jobs Tabs on your Company Page that attract and engage relevant professionals.

In addition to creating Career Pages, encourage employees to share job postings and “day in the life” content as well. This gives visitors a genuine idea of what it’s like to work for you and adds to your authenticity. If you have a few employees who lead the pack in sharing content, consider linking them to your Company Page’s Life Tab. Their shared articles and recent updates will automatically populate, providing visitors with up-to-date information. Watch our video below on how to use the Life Tab to attract the right talent for your company.

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  1. Hire Freelancers

You’ve probably had an employee who took on a task outside of their domain. You might have even done it yourself a few times. While the effort is commendable, learning on the fly can also be detrimental.

Fortunately, finding the right talent for the task at hand isn’t as tricky as it once was, even if you can’t afford the salary of a full time employee.

LinkedIn ProFinder enables you to post your projects, receive free proposals, and hire trustworthy professionals all in one place. ProFinder will even pair you with local professionals to ensure you have the best freelance experience possible. With 172 professional services available on ProFinder, it’s easy to find the perfect professional for any task.

LinkedIn vets all of the professionals on the platform to ensure they are qualified and leverages your network to find freelancers your connections have used, so you’re never in the dark about who you’re hiring.

By using freelancers, you’ll get access to outside perspectives & broad experience of professionals of all kinds, from creating websites and designing logos to managing your books or crafting your marketing strategy. Plus, with none of the management overhead of a full-time employee, you can focus solely on the job at hand.

Seafood Festival Application

Original Marathon Florida Seafood

Festival Vendor Application is ready

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor Application is ready for vendors! Got to the Website, under the tab at the top “Vendors” click on it and finally the application is there.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Return vendors may receive first right of refusal for previous booth space, however, not guaranteed.

Sponsored by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Organized Fishermen of Florida.

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor App

Original Marathon Seafood Festival Application

 2nd largest FL Keys event with over 20,000 attendees & growing every year.

In addition premier event for great/fresh seafood and entertainment in the Florida Keys. Bring the whole family for two days and enjoy great cuisine, entertainment, and also fun!

Bottom Line Bookkeeping

Welcome New Member: The Bottom Line Bookkeeping Services!

Mitzi Priest can help you with all your bookkeeping needs, and in addition is excellent with Financials.

Bookkeeper job duties include working closely with our accounting team to create and also analyze financial reports; to ensure legal requirements compliance, to process accounts payable and receivable, manage invoices and lastly tax payments.

Almost all businesses need help in this department, unless they are experts on financials themselves!

Call Mitzi Today at 305-743-5523

Location: Mobile and Home Office

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  1. The activity or occupation of keeping records of the financial affairs of a business.

Stay Adventurous: MARATHON

Check out Stay Adventurous’ Craig Zabransky’s recent blog and podcast on our very own Islands Of Marathon. 
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Marathon Chamber of Commerce Community Support

We here at the Marathon Chamber of Commerce are so happy to be a part of our amazing community. It’s through our wonderful members and supporters that allow us to donate and support our local charities and organizations.

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