Grant Dollars Announced – Must Apply by December 12th

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Port Aransas Businesses Additional Grant Dollars Announced – Must Apply by December 12th The Port A Chamber of Commerce and its partnership with the regional Coastal Bend United Chambers along with Rebuild Texas Fund, announce another Small Biz Grant opportunity for your business in its recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, This is the third Small Biz Grant program with the Coastal Bend United Chamber partnership and additional Grant funds will be available on a case-by-case basis. If you participated in the first Coastal Bend United Grant program in December of 2017, you will still be eligible to participate in this program. Note the maximum allotment for the Coastal Bend United program is $5,000, and is separate grant money from New Day Port A Fund/Chamber Foundation, in which you may have received previous grant funds. (note: disregard the past deadline listed on the top of the application) Click here to apply – it’s short! Please contact Sheri Johnson should you need further information.

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Volunteer Event

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Are you going to be in Port A for Thanksgiving? If so, how about spending some time volunteering with us! Port Aransas Low Life (P.A.L.L) will be hosting a workday/party on Saturday, November 24th. Click here for all the details, and to sign up to assist us as we #ReBuildPortA.

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Workforce RV Program

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The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new program with one of our many partners, Sandcastle Church.  Through a generous donation from Dow Chemical Company and Good 360, Sandcastle Church will be receiving 30 recreational vehicles to house Port Aransas residents and workers who have not found suitable housing. The RVs will be located at area RV parks and the use of the trailer is free to qualified applicants.  Applicants will only be required to pay space rent, utilities, and a fee for insurance and maintenance.  Participants in the program must be employed in Port Aransas, be drug-free, have a household income of at least $1,200 per month, and agree to keep the RV is a clean and orderly manner.  Please contact the New Day Port A or Sandcastle Church for more information or to apply..

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Register Now: Governor’s Small Business Forum for Women

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We are excited to announce the Governor’s Small Business Forum for Women in Corpus Christi, Texas on October 25, 2018. The Governor’s Small Business Forum for Women provides small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, actionable advice on how to start, operate, grow and sustain their businesses. The conference features private and public small business resources, practical solutions, best practices and expert assistance on a broad range of business topics and challenges. These events is an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and business- oriented non-profits, as well as local, regional, state and federal agencies. The Forum includes the Governor’s Small Business Awards to recognize outstanding businesses in the region. Parking and Lunch will be provided. REGISTER NOW

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Sign up for Volunteer Day

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Join us on the 4th Saturday of each month for Volunteer Day. We need electricians, carpenters, plumbers, strong able-bodied individuals for heavy lifting and anyone willing to assist with general labor. And of course, we are always looking for volunteers for every day of the week, so if you have a day off during the week, please give Jennifer White, our Volunteer Coordinator a call or drop her an email. Please sign up ahead of time at volunteers@portaransas.org or by calling 361-749-5919 ext 813. Volunteer sign-in is at 403 W Cotter Ave at 9 a.m. We need assistance with: Interior demolition Painting Window removal/installation Electrical/Plumbing repairs Yardwork/Landscaping Debris removal

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TWIA Petition

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We, the residents and property owners of the 14 coastal counties of Texas, petition the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Board of Directors, the Texas Commissioner of Insurance, members of the Texas State Legislature, and Governor Abbott to oppose rate increases for TWIA policyholders. It is insensitive and unnecessarily cruel to dump a significant premium rate increase on these policyholders while they continue to rebuild their lives. TWIA must explore any and all possible alternatives to a premium rate increase given the gravity of economic conditions in Hurricane Harvey impacted communities. Therefore, we the undersigned, call on the TWIA Board of Directors, the Texas Commissioner of Insurance, members of the Texas State Legislature, and Governor Abbott to recognize the plight of coastal residents and not impose a rate increase on TWIA policy holders. Click here for the petition.

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