Cloud Auto Parts looks to expand with 2nd location in Vernon
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Cloud Auto Parts looks to expand with 2nd location in Vernon

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz As things stand now, Cloud Auto Parts is a fixture of the Bonifay business community, with a shop on Wauskesha Street where customers can stop by or call in to get what they need for their vehicles. However, the local business is looking to expand into neighboring Washington County–specifically, a second location at 3246…

Bonifay officials look to pursue grant funding for downtown redevelopment
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Bonifay officials look to pursue grant funding for downtown redevelopment

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Currently, some privately owned buildings in Downtown Bonifay are vacant. However, officials and staff with the City of Bonifay are looking into pursuing grant money and using that funding to purchase the buildings and revitalize the area. The Bonifay City Council unanimously approved going after grant money that would go towards purchasing downtown buildings…

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FloridaCommerce mobile unit to be at CareerSource Chipola

The FloridaCommerce One-Stop Business Resource Site for businesses impacted by the severe weather will be located at the CareerSource Chipola center parking lot (behind Click On Cleaners on Hwy. 90 in Marianna) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13, through Monday, January 15. Businesses will receive information about the Florida Small Business Emergency…

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Opportunity Florida encourages businesses to participate in Business Damage Assessment Survey 

Opportunity Florida urges any business impacted by this week’s severe weather to participate in the Business Damage Assessment Survey activated Tuesday by FloridaCommerce and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT).  Survey responses will allow the state to expedite January Severe Weather recovery efforts by gathering data  and assessing the needs of affected businesses.  Businesses can complete the…

Brandon Newsom, Joe Rone continue war of words over Busy Bee project
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Brandon Newsom, Joe Rone continue war of words over Busy Bee project

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Holmes County Commissioner Brandon Newsom and Holmes County Development Commission Executive Director Joe Rone kept verbally sparring over the expected new Busy Bee location during a Holmes County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Newsom has taken issue with the changing terms of an agreement Busy Bee has for the coming…

Outback Springs offers weekend getaway with Australian flavor
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Outback Springs offers weekend getaway with Australian flavor

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Tucked away in Bonifay off Highway 79 is Outback Springs RV Resort, which aims to provide people with a place to enjoy the outdoors in Holmes County–with Australian flavor. Outback Springs is owned by Australian resident Pete Swales, who acquired the former Florida Springs property in 2017 with business partner Lane Cline. The Holmes…

Holmes County Chamber kicks off Small Business Season
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Holmes County Chamber kicks off Small Business Season

Special to Holmes County Advertiser The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce has announced a new campaign this year to support small businesses called Small Business Season. The “Gnomes of Holmes” shop local program will serve as a reminder for local residents to spend some of their holiday budget with the businesses of Holmes County. Chamber…

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Local internet provider looks to expand broadband in Holmes County

  cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Due to the rural nature of Holmes County, residents in the area may not always have the quickest internet speeds or best internet access. That is expected to eventually change. Local internet provider Tritech Wireless, LLC dba Tritech Fiber-based in Holmes County-is working on the first of four projects intended to develop broadband…

Ponce de Leon Family Dollar/Dollar Tree hosts ribbon cutting, creates new jobs
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Ponce de Leon Family Dollar/Dollar Tree hosts ribbon cutting, creates new jobs

  Holmes County’s new combo Family Dollar and Dollar Tree store celebrated official ribbon cutting ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 4.  The grand opening was hosted by store manager Gwen Peterson and store team member Angela Wright, along with several members of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, Holmes County Commissioner Jeff Good and wife Melinda. Free donuts, gift…

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Florida unemployment numbers released

  The latest unemployment numbers for Florida are in. The September unemployment rate for Holmes County was 3.4%. With a total labor force of 7,443, the unemployment level is 251. Holmes County was ranked 31st out of 67 Florida counties in terms of the unemployment rate.  The September rate is the same as the August…