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Protests have Naples business owners on edge

protests have naples business owners on edge

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Businesses in Collier County are still trying to get back on their feet after being closed due to the pandemic, and now some of them are worried about ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.
Protesters on Monday packed Fifth Avenue in downtown Naples. While the protest was mostly peaceful, it still has business owners getting prepared for future events, including a planned protest Tuesday evening.
“We’ve obviously had to suffer quite a dramatic decrease in our turnover due to the coronavirus and things have now started to move and get better for everybody,” said Frederick Overdijking, owner of the Fifth Avenue Coffee Company & Sixth Street Diner.
Fifth Avenue looks busier than it has in weeks now that people are finally able to start filling seats at local hot spots.
“We’re kind of lucky because we have some seating outside,” Overdijking said. ”I think in general people like to sit outside. With coronavirus it’s a more safe environment.”
Still, Overdijking worries about safety and whether peaceful protests just streets away will turn violent. He said one precaution they’re taking is putting their umbrellas inside.
There were extra law enforcement officers along Fifth Avenue …

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Fort Wayne restoration company see increase in business due to weekend protests

fort wayne restoration company see increase in business due to weekend protests

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered in downtown Fort Wayne over the past few days. But when protests turned destructive, restoration companies like Protechs Inc. were called in to help replace broken doors and windows.

Protechs Inc. is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so Protechs Operations Manager Bruce Adams said it’s not uncommon to receive calls about boarding up businesses.

But Friday and Saturday night was a first, he said.

“The shock at first was when we were called out to do some of this, there was still a lot of activity downtown,” Adams said. “You are trying to put boards on and cut wood, it’s dark already, and now you have tear gas flying around. You don’t know what people are doing and obviously you got your back to the street and you are trying to secure these properties. It can be very stressful.”

Friday night, crews were busy boarding up broken windows. Then on Saturday and Sunday, crews came back to board up remaining windows and doors on some businesses as a precaution.

“Boarding up the properties in the grand scheme of things is less costly than turning around and …

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$300M small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to Gov. Edwards’ desk

$300m small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to gov. edwards’ desk

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Lawmakers created a new fund for small businesses that have been left out of prior coronavirus aid by diverting $300 million away from local governments in the final minutes of the regular legislative session Monday, June 2. The plan is now headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk for final approval.

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After a rush for more small business funding, PPP loan money remains untapped

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In 14 days, the Small Business Administration processed 14 years’ worth of loans, in the first round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. The second round has been an entirely different story.After a rush to replenish the program with $310 billion in additional funding, the second funding round began April 27. More than a month into round two, there’s more than $120 billion still left unallocated for small businesses.Compare that to the first round, where in less than two weeks, during an unprecedented economic crisis, over a million loans accounted for some $350 billion in funding. As of May 30, 4.4 million loans have been made in both rounds of the PPP program for a total loan value of $510.2 billion.The amount is lower than had been last reported by the agency a week earlier. The SBA said the totals reflect cancellations including duplicative loans, loans not closed for any reason and loans that had been paid off.The SBA declined to comment on demand for the program.Since the average loan amount has fallen in value from the first round of funding, to $114,000, some say the capital is reaching truly small businesses. But the question remains — why has funding demand dampened in round two, …

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‘Left to pick up the pieces’: Louisville business owners angry with response to looting

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Angry downtown Louisville business owners were still reeling early this week from violence, vandalism and looting after protests left a devastating trail of destruction. No totals of estimates of damage were available after consecutive nights of protests tied to the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman who was shot during a police raid at her apartment. But business owners and advocates fear millions of dollars in losses can’t match the damage to the city’s reputation.On Monday night into early Tuesday, more vandalism and looting occurred on West Broadway and parts of South Louisville after a second police shooting hours earlier led to the killing of David McAtee, a well-known barbecue stand owner. Several people in the crowd of demonstrators smashed plate-glass windows, hammered glass display cabinets inside stores and made off with everything from fine wines at the upscale Eddie Merlot’s to potato chips from a corner supermarket at Third and Broadway. They spray-painted BLM — Black Lives Matter — and other messages on buildings.A coin shop, restaurants, a Subway, a watch repair, CVS pharmacy, Heine Brothers coffee, Stewart’s Pawn Shop and several hotels were hit. That includes the 600-room Omni Louisville Hotel, where several street-level windows …

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Lake Trust Credit Union announces statewide crowdfunding program for small businesses

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CLOSE Shops, restaurants and other small businesses in Michigan have a new fundraising tool as small business owners face financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, Lake Trust Credit Union announced a new program, ‘Great Lakes Giveback,’ which allows business owners to set up a crowdfunding page with the credit union matching up to $1,000. All small businesses are eligible to apply, according to a press release, but preference will be given to those with 25 or fewer employees. The Brighton-based credit union will distribute a total of $75,000 to participants, matching crowdfunded totals up to $1,000 per business. Matching funds will be granted through July 15. More: Tyrone Township couple hopes to train COVID-19 detection dogs; in need of virus samples“We know many small business owners have endured significant financial hardship throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lake Trust CEO David Snodgrass said in the release. “Lake Trust is focused on being an engine of economic wellbeing and that includes promoting the financial health and stability of the communities we serve. Small businesses are central to Michigan’s economy, and the Great Lakes Giveback offers a platform to provide direct support to small enterprises and engage their customers, neighbors and fans.”This campaign …

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Orlando business owners work to reopen after series of break-ins, smashed windows

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Local NewsAt least 8 businesses damagedORLANDO, Fla. – Business owners have been working to make repairs after several break-ins following protests in Orlando over the weekend.According to police, windows were smashed at more than a dozen businesses while a county-wide curfew has been in place during the hours of 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.Luis Arroyo, who owns Orlando Jewelers, said his business was broken into early Sunday when three men drove a stolen van through the storefront.”It’s like a movie. Stuff you see on TV,” Arroyo said. “I guess it doesn’t hit home until you actually feel it.”Surveillance video showed the van backing through the store until it became stuck on a security gate.“They tried to break through the gate, so they backed in a second time,” Arroyo said. “Obviously, they didn’t know what they were doing, because they were stuck.”Video showed the the men inside the van run by the side of the building before police arrived a few seconds later.At least two arrests were made in connection with the break-in, Arroyo said.During break-ins Monday morning, investigators said the following places sustained damage:Food store at 211 N. Parramore, front door smashedBeauty Depot …

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Fire damages Costa Mesa business-complex units

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An early Tuesday fire damaged several units in a single-story commercial complex in Costa Mesa, fire authorities said.The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. at 1515 MacArthur Blvd., said Capt. Joseph Noceti of the Costa Mesa Fire Department.

“There was someone on site who called it in,” Noceti said. “When (firefighters) got there, it was burning through the roof.”
It took 63 firefighters about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. At least three units were burned while another two had smoke and water damage, Noceti said.
No injuries were reported. Noceti said the strip of units hold businesses.
Investigators were working to determine what started the blaze.

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Volunteers help business owners clean up after night of protests, vandalism in Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, MI — Volunteers joined business owners at sunrise Tuesday morning with dust brooms in hand and plywood to pick up broken glass and board up windows after groups of protesters roved through downtown Kalamazoo.Some of the storefronts that were hit by vandals Monday night include: Gazelle Sports, Lanas Boutique, Jimmy Johns, Rose Gold Coffee Company, the Kalamazoo Exchange, the Kalamazoo building, Final Gravity Brewery, Terrapin World Import, South Street Cigar & Spirits and Discover Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo County Courthouse was tagged with red spray paint.Chris Lampen-Crowell, owner of Gazelle Sports at the Kalamazoo Mall was one of the business owners who came back to his store after the vandals had left the area early Tuesday morning.“Last night was scary to hear the alarms were going off, our alarm company was calling us, we’re calling the police, the police were saying, ‘Don’t come downtown,” Lampen-Crowell said.Lampen-Crowell said after Gazelle Sports’ alarm went off, police informed him not to come to his store until it was clear. Around 3:30 a.m., the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety contacted the business owner, giving him the all-clear to assess the damages.“Already there were volunteers and residents that were coming …

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Black-owned business in Tampa rebuilds after weekend looting

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The locally owned shoe store, Shoe Mountain, is rebuilding after looters broke in and robbed the store Saturday.

Instead of protesting the death of an unarmed black man while in police custody, a mob of 40-50 looters broke into Shoe Mountain, a locally black-owned business.

“They broke down our front gate that’s supposed to hold and stand up, but it’s not meant to hold 50 people coming at one time,” store owner, Kareef Johnston said.

Shoe Mountain has been in the Tampa Bay area since 2004. It’s a community staple that sells shoes, high-end sneakers, designer clothes, hats and more. When Johnston learned about the break-in, he was disappointed.

“I was just something hard to bare, you’re just speechless,’ Johnston said. “It’s something you see on TV, but seeing it in person is totally different.”

The looters stole hundreds of designer shoes, designer clothes, hats and more Saturday. Between damages and stolen merchandise, Shoe Mountain is out more than $100,000. After the looting, Johnston, his other business partners and family had to stand their ground to make sure no one else came back. This was such a disappointment as Johnston believes members of the community …

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