Weekly Roundup: June 8-12

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Friday, June 12

LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN NEED OF TEACHERS FROM ALL WALKS

To fulfill its need for hundreds of teachers this fall, the Lee County School District hosted multiple, online recruitment events this week. A virtual webinar Wednesday schooled participants with a workshop on “How to Become a Teacher.” The purpose was to engage the local community in the process of how they can become a teacher although they may have a degree outside of education. Subject areas for which schools are always recruiting include math, science, special needs, English and elementary education, WINK News reports.
 

Thursday, June 11

MOST SWFL BUSINESSES STILL HAVE EMPLOYEES WORKING FROM HOME

More than half of Southwest Florida business firms responding to a local survey still had employees working from home during the last week of May. Twenty percent of the respondents from both large and small firms had less than 20 percent of their employees back working at the office after working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report produced for the Lee County Economic Development Organization and the Horizon Council of Lee County by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Regional Economic Research Institute. Fifty-six percent of respondents reported a decrease in customer demand of more than 50 percent as a result of the coronavirus and sales revenue decreased more than 50 percent for 60 percent of all firms. On the flip side, 15 percent of respondents reported an increase in demand and 9 percent of the surveyed respondents saw sales increase in May. Most executives – 61 percent – expect the adverse effects of the coronavirus to be temporary, according to the FGCU survey results released Wednesday. 
 

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Wednesday, June 10

LEE COUNTY SEES INCREASED BUSINESS, VISITORS AS REOPENING PHASES CONTINUE

More people are making their way to Southwest Florida, and businesses are enjoying more customers as the state continues to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. Several business owners on Fort Myers Beach said things are getting back to normal slowly but surely as people are coming to the Gulf community from all over Florida and some from other states, too. Lee County Port Authority says it continues to see an increase in travelers, with most airlines starting to increase the number of daily flights this month and in July, WINK News reports.
 

Tuesday, June 9

CAPE CORAL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN APPLY FOR $5,000 LOAN FROM CRA

Cape Coral small business owners can apply this week to receive a $5,000 loan for rent or mortgage payment help. In response to COVID-19 and its impact on businesses, the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency established a loan program to assist businesses with rent or mortgage assistance. The CRA is investing $300,000 in businesses located within the CRA special taxing district that were negatively impacted by closures and other restrictions as a result of the pandemic. Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, WINK News reports.

 

Monday, June 8

JCPENNEY CLOSING 154 STORES NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING TWO IN SWFL

Amid filing for bankruptcy, JCPenney says it plans to permanently close 154 stores of its nationwide locations following a comprehensive review of its retail footprint. Of the nine Florida locations being closed by the department store chain, two JCPenney stores are closing in Lee County. The stores at Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers and Coralwood Center in Cape Coral are closing. Click here for the full list of JCPenney store closings. 

 

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