VYSTAR CREDIT UNION
New Downtown Jacksonville rooftop restaurant, bar opening soon
Estrella Cocina, a new specialty restaurant, bar and lounge space, is set to open this spring on the seventh-floor rooftop of the VyStar Credit Union campus downtown at 100 W. Bay Street. The restaurant has 3,500 square feet of indoor rooftop space with an additional 4,500 square feet of outdoor seating. “My grandmother was Mexican and I was born and lived in southern California until my early teens so I’m very passionate about the area.”AdNew downtown rooftop restaurant, bar and lounge opening soon“We love the synergy of what’s going on Downtown and are thrilled to be a part of the revitalization of the urban core,” said Cobbs. Progress on the space as well as savory menu teasers will be shared on Instagram @estrellajax and Facebook @estrellajax. AdNew downtown rooftop restaurant, bar and lounge opening soon
Mandarin High School’s Jim Schmitt named 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jim Schmitt, who teaches history and global perspectives and research at Mandarin High School, was named the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The 30th annual awards show, presented by VyStar Credit Union and hosted by News4Jax anchor Melanie Lawson, was also streamed on News4Jax.com. Teachers teaching teachers and being part of that makes it so special to me.”And Jim Schmitt is the 2021 @OfficialVyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year!! PHOTO GALLERY: See images from the 30th Annual EDDY Awards“You are all winners, and Jim is just the one who is going to stand and represent Duval,” said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. “This year, especially, Duval County Public Schools has gone through a great deal, and our educators have really stepped up and really supported our students in our community,” Greene said.
1 of 5 finalists will be named 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Five finalists — Kenneth Ford, Jameea Jackson-Gaines, Kimberly Parker, Nadine Ebri, Jim Schmitt — in the running to be the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year will find out Wednesday if they have won the honor. “After everything they’ve done for our kids, they deserve to have a moment when the community comes together and celebrates them.”Congratulations to our five finalists for the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. Besides the top honor, the TV special will also recognize every Teacher of the Year, along with the work of every teacher in Duval County who has persevered through a difficult year to support their students. She also founded the Association for Teacher Collaboration, which allows teachers to support one another throughout Duval County, including helping new teachers set up their very first classrooms. She has 32 years of teaching experience in several schools throughout Duval County, and she specializes in helping to turn around schools through literacy.
VyStar hiring 50 employees in Jacksonville, Gainesville Contact Centers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. If your looking for a new job, we have some good news. VyStar Credit Union is hiring 50 full-time Contact Center positions to assist with a recent increase in the volume of transactions that are completed online and over the phone, a release said. Contact Center employees help assist members with financial transactions and answer questions related to accounts, loan payments and more. The Contact Center is open every day, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., excluding holidays. Click here to learn more or to apply for a position at VyStar.
VyStar ranked No. 1 Credit Union in Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. VyStar Credit Union obtained more loans on behalf of small business owners through the SBAs Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) than any other credit union in Florida and second most in the U.S., according to data released by the United States Treasury Department earlier this month. After the PPP began accepting applications in early April, VyStar originated 4,431 loans totaling $146,593,337. These funds helped local small business owners retain employees, pay bills and remain viable despite the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Employees across all departments never stopped working for our members and small business owners, said Jenny Vipperman, VyStars Chief Lending Officer. Together, these credit unions saved more than 1.1 million jobs, according to data provided in the SBAs PPP report.
Patrick Tucker honored as All-Star Athlete
Patrick Tucker is on the basketball and golf teams at Bishop Kenny High School. Patrick is president of the Senior Class and president of the National Honor Society. He was selected as a member of the 2020 FHSAA Academic All-State Team. Patrick volunteers with Camp I Am Special, a camp for children with special needs. Patrick currently has a 4.4 GPA.
Jacksonville City Council to consider small business relief program
Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted over the weekend that the Jacksonville City Council on Monday will consider the small business relief program legislation that he announced last week. In addition, the City of Jacksonville tweeted that more details regarding the program in partnership with VyStar Credit Union will be announced Monday. "It is my intention at the city portion of this program will be focused on small businesses with some elements tied to employee retention.”More details for the City’s Small Business Loan Program in partnership with @OfficialVyStar to be announced tomorrow. The credit union also said its working with the city to help keep Jacksonville businesses afloat. On the federal level, Congress’ Paycheck Protection Program enables small businesses to receive up to $10 million.
Here are local, state, federal resources available to small business owners
Ron DeSantis in response to the coronavirus outbreak, but there are resources available for small business owners. The City Council is expected to vote and finalize the emergency loan program Monday. Small businesses with two to 100 employees are eligible. Ron DeSantis activates program to provide loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19On the federal level, Congress’ Paycheck Protection Program enables small businesses to receive up to $10 million. The Small Business Association will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll, rent, utilities and mortgage.
VyStar Credit Union completes acquisition of Citizens State Bank
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - VyStar Credit Union announced Monday that it has successfully acquired Citizens State Bank, a Florida state-chartered bank headquartered in Perry, Florida with $280 million in assets. VyStar first announced the move in January but it was expected to take until mid-2019 to complete the acquisition. The acquisition will bring VyStars total number of full-service branches to 55, and total assets to nearly $8.9 billion, serving more than 665,000 members. The credit union said all the operations integrations should be finished by mid-October. In addition, VyStar received approval from the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance and the FLOFR to expand into four Southeast Georgia counties: Camden, Charlton, Glynn and Ware.