Blu LLama Greenhouse Rebuild

My name is Brian Monk, and my business has been almost destroyed by hurricane Irma. 

11 years ago, I started Blu Llama Orchids, a company that grew from my passion for orchids and photography. The business  maintained itself, but there was no way for it to grow without adequate space.  Three years ago, I moved my family to Naples, Florida, and after several months of fruitless searching, I found an old, used, bare-bones greenhouse structure that I could afford.  Blu Llama Orchids exists on a shoestring budget,  but I finally had the means to expand the business and pursue success as an orchid breeder, lecturer, and photographer.  It took me 2 years to build this structure, again because my budget was very limited.  What I couldn't make up with money, I made up with my time, and I have spent many hours fabricating new rafters, side walls, end walls, and adding to the structure to create a professional and very stable greenhouse.  It is the centerpiece of my business, without which a commercial orchid grower (no matter how small) cannot function or even exist.  Hurricane Irma blew through Collier County, Florida on September 9, just over a month ago, and completely destroyed  all of my work over the last 2 and a half years.  The bones of the greenhouse still stand, but the rafters and superstructure connecting everything was pulled apart.  3000 square feet of plants were sitting in a foot of water for almost a week, and I have lost all of the plants I sell, all of my seedlings, and almost half of my personal collection.  As I said before, this business is a project of passion, and I have been trying to grow Blu LLama into something more, all while having a full time job and family obligations.  It took over 2 years to put this together, and Irma destroyed it in day.  Putting this back together cannot wait, but neither can I afford the cost of a timely repair, and this needs to be done as soon as possible.  I have estimated the cost at somewhere between 7-10 thousand dollars, with $1000 for labor, $1000 for heavy equipment rental, and approximately $5000-$7000 for materials.   I am asking humbly for your help. 

Sincerely,
Brian Monk
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Brian Monk 
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Naples, FL
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