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Small business program upgraded

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 9, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Pinellas County has revised and renamed what used to be known as the Small Business Assistance Program.

Under its new name, the Small Business Enterprise Program allows qualified vendors to bid for county purchases from $2,000 to $10,000.

The program is designed to benefit all small businesses principally located in Pinellas County, regardless of the gender or race of their owners, with sales and staffing below established limits. Employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees and annual gross revenue of less than $2-million are eligible.

To learn more, call 464-3148 or e-mail businesshelp@pced.org An online application is available at www.pinellascounty.org/ purchase/sbap1.htm.

CLEARWATER

Restrictions on lawn watering in place

The city of Clearwater has restricted lawn watering to one day a week for most residents.

The limit comes as a result of the announcement of a severe water shortage by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Officials said the one-day-per-week restriction applies to the use of water from public and private water utilities, all wells and surface water sources such as ponds and rivers. The city's reclaimed water customers are not affected by this restriction and can water on any day of the week. Users of potable water will remain on their usual one-day-per-week schedule. Residents who use water from private wells or surface water sources can water one day per week:

- Addresses ending in even numbers or the letters A through M can water only on Tuesdays.

- Addresses ending in odd numbers or the letters N through Z can water only on Sundays.