MARCH 28-29: U.S. Small Business Administration Announces Second Annual Women’s Business Summit
The summit convenes women entrepreneurs and thought leaders from across the public and private sectors
WASHINGTON – In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will hold its 2023 Women’s Business Summit from March 28-29, 2023. The two-day hybrid summit will feature virtual panels, “Ask an Expert” workshops, and fireside chats to help women-owned small businesses build, scale, and grow. In-person salon/listening sessions will also be held by local and regional hosts. The event will be held in collaboration with the National Women’s Business Council and co-sponsored by the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Wells Fargo, and the Association of Women’s Business Centers.
Additional speakers and schedule details will be announced at a later date.
Last year, more than 27,000 participants joined the SBA’s inaugural Women’s Business Summit, which highlighted resources and offerings by the SBA and partners. In addition, the inaugural Women’s Business Summit featured remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris.
WHAT: SBA 2023 Women’s Business Summit
WHEN: March 28-29, 2023
WHO: Isabella Casillas Guzman, Administrator, U.S. Small Business
Donald Malcolm Smith, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of
Women’s Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration
Tene Dolphin, Executive Director, National Women’s Business Center
Nicola Corzine, Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Other speakers and notable business leaders TBA
HOW: Registration is required. Click here to register or visit:
MEDIA RSVP: Please RSVP at Press_Office@sba.gov with the reporter’s name and press outlet by 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday, March 27, 2023. Additionally, media interested in one-on-one interviews should submit requests in advance.
MSC's ScanBaltic to USA service links Jacksonville to seven destinations in North Europe
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 23, 2023) – MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is now offering direct container service with seven destinations in North Europe through the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). MSC’s ScanBaltic to USA rotation is Jacksonville’s only direct container service to/from Scandinavia.
The bi-weekly service begins calling the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal with the arrival of the container ship MSC Olia in late April. SSA Atlantic will provide stevedoring services at Blount Island.
The port rotation is Klaipeda, Lithuania; Gdynia, Poland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Bremerhaven, Germany; Felixstowe, England; Antwerp, Belgium; Le Havre, France; New York; Philadelphia; Norfolk; Jacksonville; and Klaipeda, Lithuania.
ScanBaltic to USA is MSC’s fifth container service at JAXPORT. MSC also offers existing service from JAXPORT to destinations in Asia through the 2M Alliance; a North America service, Canada Gulf Bridge; and two Caribbean services, Bahamas Express and Florida Gulf Feeder.
“MSC is the world’s largest ocean carrier and JAXPORT’s largest container customer by the number of ocean carrier services offered through our port,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are proud of the relationship we have built with MSC and look forward to using our efficiencies to support their continued success in Jacksonville.”
The ScanBaltic to USA service is ideal for a number of commodities, including food and beverage, automotive parts, and forest products.
Located in the heart of the Southeast U.S., JAXPORT is Florida’s No. 1 container port by volume and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Jacksonville offers a 47-foot deepwater shipping channel, two-way ship traffic with no berth or terminal congestion, and same-day access to 98 million U.S. consumers.
The West Nassau Historical Society has selected Saturday, April 22, for their signature fundraising Railroad Day Festival. The all-volunteer nonprofit’s 18th annual celebration is an all-day event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed. This year’s event will celebrate the history of the area's dairy, poultry and other industries with photos, artifacts and maps of interest displayed inside the newest exhibit building on the Train Depot campus. The 142-year old wooden train station and 1940s-era caboose will also be open.
The arts/crafts vendors and food vendors are open from 9 AM to 4 PM and the kids area will include Joel Pace hands-on music zoo and a scavenger hunt. Local live entertainment will perform on the main depot stage from 9 AM to 4 PM. Callahan Cruisers will host a classic car show at Cochrane's Collision Center next door to the depot from 10 AM to 2 PM. Various citizens and sponsors will be honored and car show and contest winners announced during the festivities. Antique machines, tractors, and scaled trains will be exhibited outside the depot while model train layouts will be on display inside the Depot Annex. This is an outdoor event so please bring your lawn chairs. Admission is free and open to the public but donations are always gladly accepted.
The West Nassau Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of Nassau County’s rich and diverse history and culture as well as being entrusted with the upkeep of the historic Callahan Train Depot. Donations to the 501c3 organization are tax deductible in accordance to current IRS rules. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this year’s festival a success. For additional information on the 2023 Railroad Day Festival visit www.wnhsfl.org or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, vendor, sponsor, member, or donor call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 904-879-3406.
3/21/23 @ 10:30 a.m.- The County's bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. - noon (or until trucks reach capacity... whichever comes first).
Examples of items that will be accepted include:
What: Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event
When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8am-12pm (or until truck reaches capacity)
Where: Nassau County Road Department, 86200 Gene Lassere Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097
Please enter the facility utilizing Courtney Isles Way from Chester Rd. (see map below for details)
This event is FREE to Nassau County residents with proof of residency. Small businesses may also be approved to dispose of items for a small fee, however you must call Keep Nassau Beautiful in advance to register at (904) 261-0165.
Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Barnabas Food Pantry.
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3/21/23 @ 10:00 a.m.
The Board of County Commissioners and the American Beach Water and Sewer District are currently seeking applicants to serve on the American Beach Water and Sewer District Advisory Board. The Advisory Board represents the American Beach property owner’s interest by monitoring and evaluating the design and construction of the public water distribution and wastewater collection system within the District boundaries.
The Advisory Board shall consider matters related to and submitted by the District staff to the District Board related to the design and construction of the system and may offer comments, if any, concurrently. Comments relating to design and construction of the system from the community residents, property owners, resident groups, associations, and other owner-based organizations may be considered by the Advisory Board and provided to the District Board.
The Advisory Board is comprised of five (5) members, all of whom shall be legal owners of property in the American Beach Water and Sewer District service area and shall be appointed by the District Board. Appointments to the Board shall be made based on prior community service experience and involvement in the community improvement planning within the District boundaries.
Applicants must include proof of ownership in the form of one of the following:
Please note, all members of the Advisory Board shall abide by Florida Sunshine Law, F.S. Ch. 286; Florida Public Records Law, F.S. Ch. 119; Florida Code of Ethics, F.S. Ch. 112; and all other applicable local or state statutes, ordinances, or rules.
Applications and backup documentation will be accepted through Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm.
Apply here: https://www.nassaucountyfl.com/1087/American-Beach-Water-Sewer-District
If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Manager, Amy Bell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Registration Open for National Small Business Week Virtual Summit Taking Place in May
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses and a resource partner of the SBA, announced that registration for the 2023 National Small Business Week Virtual Summit is now open. The two-day online event will take place from May 2-3, 2023. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, visit National Small Business Week Virtual Summit registration.
This year’s NSBW Virtual Summit will feature educational workshops presented by event cosponsors, access to federal resources, and networking. A detailed agenda and list of cosponsor speakers will be published at a later date.
“Providing support to small businesses through education, networking, and mentorship is what SBA and SCORE do best,” said SBA Associate Administrator for Communications and Public Liaison Christina Hale. “This annual event has become a cornerstone of National Small Business Week, attended by thousands of entrepreneurs across the country.”
“In this rapidly evolving climate for small business owners, SCORE is proud to partner with the SBA on the 2023 National Small Business Week Virtual Summit,” said SCORE CEO Bridget Weston. “This summit offers incredibly valuable information, tools, and resources to American small business owners at no cost and in an accessible virtual environment. We look forward to connecting with thousands of entrepreneurs and supporting them on their journeys to success.”
For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/NSBW.
Join VegeCooking Camden and celebrate summer with sensational summer recipes, crafts, and fun!
WHEN: May 29-June 2, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WHERE: Yulee Lions Club, 893 US Hwy 17, Yulee, FL
There are only 10 spots available! (We need a minimum of 4.) So secure your child's spot ASAP! Advanced registration is REQUIRED.
Let your kid come and learn a life skill while having fun this summer! We will LEARN to cook & LOVE our veggies! Kids will learn cooking basics - chopping, whisking, measuring, blending, etc. We will cook two recipes each day They'll work both individually and as a team to create the recipes of the day. Then they sample their creations. We will focus on fun, flavorful, and nutritious summery foods and snacks that they should be able to replicate at home with minimal assistance. Visit the Facebook event page here.
Classes are open to all children ages 5-15. You MUST register by 5/21/23
List of Dates: May 29-June 2; Please let me now if you'd rather just come May 30-June 2.
Please have kids bring their own drinks in spill-proof containers.
For additional information and to learn more about VegeCooking Camden, visit www.Vege-Cooking.com.
Under the direction of the Deputy City Manager, the goal of the Fernandina Beach Citizens’ Advisory Task Force on Walking and Biking (“Task Force”) is to gather proposals from residents and visitors on sidewalks, trails, paths, and bike lanes to make our community more accessible and friendly for walkers, runners, cyclists and people with mobility issues.
Every recent Fernandina Beach citizen survey reflects walkability and bikeability as the number one priority for residents. With a growing population and 1.6 million visitors to Amelia Island each year, it’s time to prioritize mobility alternatives for walking and biking.
The Deputy City Manager has appointed a panel of six City residents representing diverse neighborhoods, interests and physical abilities, including a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.
How and When
The Task Force will hold its initial organizational meeting on March 22, 2023 at City Hall, 204 Ash Street. In April and May , there will be three Community Walking and Biking Town Hall Meetings to invite citizen input. Additionally, the Task Force will work with City staff to develop an online tool to gather additional public input. In June, there will be two final Task Force consensus-building meetings to select short-, mid- and long-term recommendations and draft the Task Force Final Report. On July 7, 2023, the Fernandina Beach Citizens’ Advisory Task Force on Walking and Biking will present their Report of Community Recommendations to Promote Safe and Accessible Walking And Biking Travel in Fernandina Beach to the Fernandina Beach City Commission. The presentation of the Task Force Report of Community Recommendations in early July will make the information available to the City Commission early in the City’s FY 2023/2024 budget planning processes.
Possible Task Force Members
Lorelei Jacobs, Grants Administrator
Jeremiah Glisson, Public Works Director
Kelly Gibson, Planning and Conservation Director
Catherine Vorassi, Parks and Recreation Director
Taylor Hartmann, Planner
Daphne Forehand, Planner
The Board of County Commissioners is currently HIRING! Current open positions include:
In addition to having the ability to work close to home and to serve your community, the County offers the following benefits:
If you have any questions, please contact Nassau County Human Resources at (904) 530-6075.
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