‘Overwhelming’ demand for emergency loans

Due to the widespread impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and small businesses’ need for emergency capital, the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program has changed. Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program, a short-term loan designed to help business owners

Florida activates emergency bridge loans

Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 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 economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opened March 17  and runs

George L. Hanbury II shares insights on NSU’s dramatic growth

Either of George L. Hanbury’s two careers would be considered remarkable achievements. For 30 years, he was a city manager, where tenures are often short-lived amid the volatility in local politics. He started as an assistant manager in Norfolk, in his native state of Virginia, and worked in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach before serving as

CDC issues coronavirus guidelines for employers

The Florida Department of Health has announced eight new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida on Tuesday, with three new confirmed cases in the Tampa Bay area. Seven of the eight cases were travel-related, according to DOH. All of the patients are in isolation until cleared by public health officials, the DOH says.

Brightline going public under Virgin Trains USA

Brightline’s announcement Friday that it would rebrand as Virgin Trains USA was followed Monday by an SEC registration for an initial public stock offering. Blanks for the price and size of the offering weren’t filled in on the SEC S1 registration, but shares will trade on NASDAQ under the symbol VTUS. The book runners for

Brightline on track for Tampa service

The vision of a four-hour high-speed rail trip from Tampa to Miami is becoming closer to reality. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave strong support for the expansion of Brightline’s service to Tampa during a tour of the rail service’s sprawling MiamiCentral station complex. He was accompanied by an array of business leaders from the Tampa

Seminole Tribe details expansion in Tampa

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is investing $2.4 billion in its signature Florida casinos, with the latest announcement a $700 million expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. At the same time, the tribe and two partners just completed a $300 million makeover of the former Trump Taj Majal in Atlantic City, New

The Seminole Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Tampa will add three lavish outdoor swimming pools