Century Delays Business Center Space Leases For Non-Profit, Church At $1 Per Month : NorthEscambia.com

After lengthy discussion this week, the Century Town Council delayed action on $1 per month leases for a church and a non-profit.

Leases were prepared for approval for an building (pictured below) at the Century Business Center on Pond Street for Northwest Florida Community Outreach (NWFCO) and for a room (pictured above) at the center Wesley Chapel CME Church. No action was taken after both organizations expressed concern about air conditioning units that do not work.

Under the terms of both leases, HVAC and other maintenance would be the responsibly of the tenant, not the town, due to the low rent.

“We need to have those (HVAC units) working,” Mayor Ben Boutwell said. “That’s just good business.”

The council reached a general consensus to delay action on the leases until the heating and cooling systems could be evaluated to determine an estimated repair cost.

Interim Town Manager Vernon Prather said

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Bennett partners with Champaign Small Business Development Center to assist small businesses with B2B grants

CHAMPAIGN – In an effort to help local businesses take advantage of Back to Business (B2B) grants, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has teamed up with the Small Business Development Center at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation to hold open office hours for those needing assistance with their applications.

“The B2B grant program is essential for our small business community, who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bennett said. “The Champaign Small Business Development Center and I are committed to helping these businesses get back on track—if you have questions about the application process, stop by our open office hours to get the assistance you need.”

The B2B program, administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will award eligible small businesses one-time grants of up to $150,000 to cover operation costs, staff payroll and other expenses in an effort to make up for losses sustained

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Elizabethtown College-based business center expands into Berks

The High Center for Family Business, located at Elizabethtown College, announced Wednesday that it is offering programs for Berks County-based businesses.

The High Center, one of the oldest and largest family business centers in the country, offers family-owned and privately-held companies confidential executive peer groups, educational seminars with seasoned business experts, and proven business tools focused on strengthening family businesses through succession planning, leadership training, and legacy building.

“Berks County’s business community has been a key driver of the region’s success because of the significant number of family-owned businesses and privately held companies in the area,” said Scott Burky, managing director — new markets with The High Center, in a statement. “We saw the value of bringing a new set of resources and peer group opportunities to the region’s midsize to large family businesses.”

High Center Berks County members will have access to national and regional speakers such as

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Aurora NAACP launching BIPOC economic development business center

Omar Montgomery at a previous event. FILE PHOTO BY PHILIP B. POSTON/Sentinel Colorado

AURORA | A community hub in central Aurora is formally changing hands this week, swapping brochures on city amenities for grant dollars, cups of coffee and maybe even a yoga pose or two. 

The Aurora branch of the NAACP is set to cut the ribbon on a new economic development center Wednesday afternoon, opening a suite of free financial and business resources available to residents from across the metroplex. 

“During COVID, there were a lot of businesses that unfortunately weren’t able to receive some of the federal assistance money because they were just left out of the application process, or they weren’t approved, or in some cases, some mom-and-pop small businesses may not have had the infrastructure required for these loans, and there really wasn’t any technical assistance to help them,” said Omar Montgomery, president of the

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