Wednesday, October 20th is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day and we want you to help us celebrate!
Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and share your favorite thing about being a member of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. If we've ever helped your business, let us know by tagging us and sharing the Support Your Local Chamber Day image. Members who tag us online and help us celebrate will be entered to win various prizes from local businesses. We appreciate the support of our members, volunteers, and community as we work toward a better tomorrow for Nassau County.
10/14/21 @ 8:30 a.m. - In case you missed it! The Nassau County Department of Health issued a Press Release last week regarding an enhanced WIC benefit that increases vegetable and fruit vouchers for a period of three months. See Press Release for full details.
For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program, call the Nassau County WIC Office at (904) 875-6111.
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10/12/21 @ 5:30 p.m. - If you received your COVID-19 Vaccine in the State of Florida and need a replacement card, you can obtain one from the Yulee Health Department located at 86014 Pages Dairy Road. Please note that you will be required to present a photo ID.
The Nassau County Department of Health has issued the attached FAQs further explaining how to get a replacement card. If you have any further questions, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at (904) 875-6110, Option 1.
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Barnabas Center Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Reduce Number of Patients with Uncontrolled Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association and American Medical Association celebrate Barnabas Center for commitment to prioritizing blood pressure control
Barnabas Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) for their commitment to helping improve blood pressure (BP) control rates among the patient populations they serve, earning Gold+ level recognition as part of the 2021 Target: BP™ Recognition Program.
The Gold+ award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to measurement accuracy and have 70 percent or more of their adult patient population with high BP controlled.
Hypertension (high BP) is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and preventable death in the U.S. In addition, there are 121.5 million U.S. adults living with high BP and less than half of those people have their BP under control  – making both diagnosing and effectively managing hypertension critical. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than other causes.
“High blood pressure is a leading risk factor of heart disease and stroke that can often be prevented or managed if diagnosed and treated properly,” said Michele VandenBossche, Barnabas Health Services Manager. “Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health – and critical today since heart disease and strokes continue to be a leading cause of death for Americans.”
Target: BP is a national collaboration between the AHA and the AMA aimed at reducing the number of Americans who suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize BP control. The initiative aims to help health care organizations improve blood pressure control rates through use of AMA MAP BP™ evidence-based protocols and recognizes Barnabas Center committed to improving blood pressure control.
The Target: BP Recognition Program celebrates physician practices and health systems, who treat patients with hypertension, for achieving BP control rates at or above 70 percent within the populations they serve. These achievements will ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of Americans who suffer heart attacks and strokes.
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The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Barnabas Center. The grant will support Barnabas with the purchase of much-needed dental supplies.
The Barnabas dental program provides affordable dental services for low to moderate income adults without health insurance. Services include exams, extractions, cleanings and more. Barnabas provides help and hope to individuals and families in need in Nassau County to improve their stability, health, and well-being. For more information about Barnabas’ programs, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
For more information about Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, visit the company website at https://www.deltadentalins.com/about/community/philanthropy/.
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Partnering with Florida Chamber of Commerce for Campaign School and Community Leadership Training Program
Have you ever wondered how people get elected to local office or how to volunteer to help with a political campaign? Perhaps you are considering running for office yourself but don't know where to start. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, an initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, to host 'Campaign School & Community Leadership Training'.
This three-part training is free, open to everyone, and non-partisan. Participants are welcome to attend any or all days offered. Each session will include presentations by state and local political experts, university professors, elected officials, and community leaders. This event is highly recommended for candidates, and anyone interested in running for local or state office, serving their community, or managing campaigns.
The first session, Preparing to Run, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 5:30-8:00 PM; the second session, Organizing Your Campaign, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM; the third and final session, Running Your Campaign, is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM.
To register online, please visit www.FIPL.org/register and for more information, call (850) 688-8940 or click here.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization with a mission to promote and maintain a healthy business environment and quality of life for Nassau County.
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
September 30, 2021
Barnabas Center recently received two grants totaling $10,000 and gift cards valued at $2,000 from Publix Super Markets and Publix Super Markets Charities to support the agency’s food programs.
The donations enable Barnabas to provide much-needed food for the food pantry and mobile food distributions throughout Nassau County to help people in need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, one of the grants represents a platinum sponsorship for Barnabas’ 8th annual Empty Bowls fundraising EXTRAVAGANZA coming up on November 12th.
In the last year, Barnabas provided food to 14,000 men, women and children who are food insecure or experiencing hunger. Thanks to its supporters, including Publix Super Markets Charities, Barnabas is helping to address hunger in Nassau County.
For more information about Publix, please visit the company website at www.publixcharities.org.
For more information about Barnabas’ programs, please visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
September 28, 2021
As the major safety net organization for Nassau County residents in need, Barnabas Center is on the front line of helping residents in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Services offered to Nassau County residents with low to moderate incomes include food assistance, financial assistance, and medical and dental care.
Food Assistance: We provide about a 3-day supply of food per household that may include produce, dairy, meat and nonperishable items. – For more information about our food programs, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
Upcoming Food Distributions with Feeding Northeast Florida:
For information about available assistance and eligibility, contact Barnabas at (904) 261-7000, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org, or follow our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BarnabasNassau. For your safety and others during the pandemic, please call Barnabas for a telephone pre-screening for financial assistance, food stamp and/or Medicaid applications before visiting the office.
Proof of Nassau County, FL residency and pre-reservation required
Nassau County, Florida, September 15, 2021. Beginning Saturday, October 2 and on alternating Saturdays in October, Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) volunteers and partner organizations will be holding three free-tree drive-through events where residents will pick-up one or two free trees to be planted in Nassau County.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations may reserve free trees by completing these easy steps; reviewing UF/IFAS tree fact sheets for the available species and viewing an educational video led by UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension former Director, Mrs. Becky Jordi. Once the on-line learning is complete residents will be ready to complete the Free Tree Reservation form to select their preferred tree species and pick-up location. Completion of the reservation form is required 72 hours prior to the drive-through event. Nassau County proof of residency and completion of the reservation form is required the day of the event to pick up one or two of our 3-gallon size trees. Residents are also asked to help the tree get its best chance at a healthy long life by following a watering schedule until the tree gets established.
Free tree drive-through events are scheduled as follows: Callahan, Saturday, Oct. 2, Yulee, Saturday, Oct. 16, and Fernandina Beach, Saturday, Oct. 30. All events will be held between 9am – 11am. Details and reservation form at https://keepnassaubeautiful.org/news-and-events/.
The project is being generously funded through dedicated grants, fundraising activities and private donations. In partnership, the City of Fernandina Beach is providing free trees for residents of the City of Fernandina Beach. Liberty Landscape Supply sponsors the supply of the 4-species of trees for the drive-through events.
“Trees are essential to addressing the negative effects of climate change, maintaining wildlife habitat, retaining property values and providing aesthetic beauty,” said Kelley McCarter, KNB Beautification Committee member, “Keep Nassau Beautiful is looking forward to helping residents enhance their personal environment with these free-tree drive-through events.”
For more information KNB@KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 904-261-0165.
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County. www.keepnassaubeautiful.org
New Support for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The President’s plan will help more than 150,000 small businesses by strengthening the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides long-term, low-cost loans. The improvements will allow more business to get greater and more flexible support from the $150 billion in loanable funds still available in the program. First, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will increase the maximum amount of funding a small business can borrow through this program from $500,000 to $2 million, which can be used to hire and retain employees, purchase inventory and equipment, and pay off higher-interest debt. This increase will help small businesses: an SBA analysis of current COVID EIDL borrowers who qualify for the increase shows that more than 80% have 25 employees or less. SBA will ensure that no small business has to start repaying these loans until two years after they receive the funding, so small businesses can get through the pandemic without having to worry about making payments. Next, SBA will make it easier for small businesses with multiple locations in hard-hit sectors like restaurants, hotels, and gyms to access these loans. To ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to support businesses that truly need help, SBA has implemented tightened controls and will collaborate closely with the SBA Inspector General to monitor the program. And lastly, to ensure that Main Street businesses have additional time to access remaining funds, SBA will offer a 30-day exclusive window of access where only small businesses seeking loans of $500,000 or less will receive awards after the new improved loan product launches.
Streamlining the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Process
Through the PPP, the SBA has made more than 11 million loans to small businesses that can be forgiven and taken off of their books if they use the funds to keep employees on payroll. In order to receive forgiveness, borrowers have to complete an application with their PPP lender. The President’s plan will make it easier for more than 3.5 million PPP borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less to get their loans wiped clean. Under the new streamlined approach, SBA sends a pre-completed application form to the borrower who can review, sign, and send back to SBA, which then works with the lender to complete the forgiveness process. Since launching this new process on August 4th, more than 820,000 small businesses have applied for forgiveness, with borrowers spending an average of 6 minutes on the application and 60% of applicants completing the process on their mobile phone. SBA expects more than 2.5 million additional small businesses to take advantage of this streamlined process in the months ahead, helping them avoid needless bureaucracy and avoid costly principal and interest payments on their loans.
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