The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the sixth annual ‘Give the Gift of Local’ campaign, starting November 23rd and lasting until December 31st. This program was created to stimulate and reward local shopping during the holidays. The concept is simple; visit a participating local Chamber of Commerce member business and receive a ticket to be eligible for various prizes. No purchase necessary.
Tickets, available at participating businesses, are printed with a message of thanks for shopping local and are pre-numbered. Retailers simply give out the tickets (no purchase necessary) and winning numbers are published on the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce website at www.NassauCountyFLChamber.com. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce thanks you for shopping local this holiday season.
TOP 10 REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL
1. Shopping local creates jobs.
Most local stores hire within the community. Making them successful allows them to hire more people, which creates more jobs, and therefore more money spent locally!
2. Shopping local saves you money.
It might appear cheaper in big box stores or online but every little bit counts…including gas and shipping. When you shop at the store that you can walk to you won’t have to pay for any of that!
3. Local, independent shops give back to the community.
Most local businesses do a lot to support our communities through local charities, schools, and community events.
4. Great customer service.
Studies have shown us time and time again that people receive great customer service when they shop local.
5. Local businesses support other local businesses.
Local businesses employ a wide array of supporting services such as local architects, designers, cabinet shops, sign shops, contractors, accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, attorneys etc.
6. Shopping local keeps services in business.Local shops go hand in hand with the local services such as the tailor, hairdresser and banker. If there are no shops then there are no services…which means you’d have to cut your own hair.
7. Keep dollars Local
Fact: Locally owned businesses put a greater revenue share back into the local economy compared to chain stores.
8. Support entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is what fuels America’s economy. Be patriotic! Support innovation and prosperity!
9. Help the environment.
Not only are you helping your wallet by not spending money on transportation; you’re also helping the environment. Shopping local means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.
10. Local shops offer unique products.
Shopping locally provides you with the opportunity to discover something different. You’re not likely to find the same thing at a local store as you would at the mall
Every year, thousands of tourists and locals alike rely on our Discover Nassau Life & Leisure Guide to help them navigate Nassau County. Whether you're looking for restaurants that are dog-friendly or a list of real estate agents around town, the Discover Nassau Guide has you covered.
As a benefit of membership, every Chamber business has at least two listings in the guide. To ensure that the information in the guide is as accurate as possible, we are asking you to go to our website and check your listing in the Business Directory. If you see something that isn't right, please email email@example.com and your listing will be updated (both on the website and the new edition of the Discover Nassau Guide). We ask that you contact us with any and all changes to your business listing by November 1st.
Along with your business listing on our site, we're also asking that businesses check the 2019 Discover Nassau Life & Leisure Guide. Click the buttons below to view the various sections of our digital guide and make sure your information is up-to-date.
With the end of 2019 just around the corner, we're starting to get ready for the Annual Awards Dinner & Gala, the Chamber's biggest event of the year. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, over 400 local and civic business leaders will come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Nassau County businesses at this premier community event.
Each year, we encourage businesses to promote themselves by decorating a table at the Annual Awards Dinner & Gala. From pirate-themed tables (complete with treasure, of course) to tables with a candy tower centerpiece that even Willy Wonka would envy, we've seen it all! This is truly one of our favorite traditions of the Annual Awards Dinner and we always look forward to seeing what our members come up with.
There is no extra cost for a business to decorate a table. Simply sign up to decorate a table (with a total of 8 place settings), provide a centerpiece (that will be auctioned off at the end of the evening as a raffle item), and make sure to include lots of unique decorations, gifts and giveaways that promote your business. Get creative, elaborate and, most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Download the table decorator form below. For more information, please email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or call (904) 261-3248.
It's time to celebrate the successes of the Nassau County business community in 2019 at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner & Gala.
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, over 400 local and civic business leaders will come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Nassau County businesses at this premier community event. Nassau County is full of business and community leaders who go above and beyond what is expected of them. The Annual Awards Dinner & Gala is our chance to thank these hard-working professionals, who help make Nassau County such a wonderful place to call home.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce and Cheney Brothers, Inc. have partnered to form a 'Green Bulk Buying' program for members of the Nassau County business community.
The purpose of the 'Green Bulk Buying' program is to assist local businesses with their transition from plastic to paper products, in the easiest and most cost-effective way possible. Cheney Brothers, Inc. will make available 30 different paper products, including paper bags, food service items and containers, straws and other frequently used items. All items have been pre-negotiated with locked-in margins and secured pricing, ensuring businesses have access to best-in-market reduced prices for paper products.
"At the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, our aim is to continually improve our efforts, services and programs to better serve our business community. With environmental awareness in the forefront, it is our responsibility to create programs and practices in ways that have less impact on the environment but can also help our members' bottom-line. We are dedicated to the contribution of a sustainable future by educating and informing our members and implementing efforts in our business practices that conserve energy and natural resources and reduce waste. We hope to encourage our members to follow these environmentally conscious standards and invite them to participate in this new initiative," said Regina Duncan, President of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce and Cheney Brothers, Inc. will host an Open House on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 10:00-1:00 P.M. at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida. This event will enable interested businesses to see sample products and place discounted orders on paper products. For more information, CLICK HERE or call (904) 261-3248.
JTR Leadership Training is hosting an exclusive live simulcast of these world-class speakers for the first time ever THIS Friday, October 11th at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
The Live2Lead experience is designed to bring the exceptional speakers of Live2Lead into a setting that inspires. Participants are impacted by the energy we create and the collaboration of those who share the experience. Live2Lead is also the perfect setting for your team to gain ground and identify ways to reach their highest potential through this shared experience - sparking a renewed passion and purpose. Don't miss it...BE IN THE ROOM.
Space is limited but tickets are still available. Businesses unable to attend are still encouraged to provide items for door prizes. For more information about this and other sponsorship opportunities, email Jason Roberts at jtrleadershiptraining.com.
Click the link below to buy tickets:
Join the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce for Hot Topics: 'Business Benefits of Diversity - How Human Rights Ordinances Help' on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 8:30-9:30 A.M. at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Guest speakers Genece Minshew and Dr. Theresa Sparks, President and Vice President of Fernandina Beach Pride, Inc., will give a presentation about the Human Rights/Relation Ordinance that was recently adopted by the City of Fernandina Beach and how it will impact local business owners.
Genece and her partner, Sue Simpson, have called Fernandina Beach home for the past 20 years. Today, Genece spends her time volunteering for several groups. She is the site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Fernandina Beach, serves as the chair of the Economic Vitality Council of Fernandina Beach Main Street, founded and became the first President of Fernandina Pride, Inc., and most recently, was appointed to the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board as a full member.
Dr. Theresa Sparks grew up "across the river" in Kingsland, Georgia. She and her spouse, Dr. Meighan Johnson, have lived in Amelia Island for 10 years and both are proud members of this community. Dr. Sparks has been an LGBTQIA+ activist and advocate for over 30 years.
Hot Topics workshops are free for Chamber members and $25.00 for prospective members. Advanced payment and registration are always preferred. For more information, CLICK HERE or call (904) 261-3248.
"Sending Joys of Christmas to Our Troops Overseas"
Thursday & Friday, November 7 & 8 / 9am-6pm
Saturday, November 9th / 9am-1pm
Maxwell Hall, Memorial United Methodist Church
601 Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach
Drive Thru Drop Off and Free Pick Up of Donations by calling (904) 206-3938
As per Customs regulations, please NO jerky or other meat products or homemade food
For more information, call Judi Mixon at (904) 206-3938, John Scherer at (912) 320-7840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Trees for America's Troops at www.TreesForAmericasTroops.org.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Rule regarding the salary thresholds that apply to certain exempt white-collar employees. The new salary thresholds will take effect on January 1. The DOL received more than 116,000 comments about its proposed regulations, which were issued in March. However, many of the comments were “form” comments with the same content.
Standard salary levels (Executive, Administrative, and some Professional exemptions)
The salary threshold levels for these exemptions were set at the 20th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage region (the South) or in the retail industry nationally.
For workers to be exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act based on the executive, administrative, or some professional exemptions, they must be paid at least the amounts indicated below as of January 1:
Because the DOL used the most recent salary data available at the time it drafted the Final Rule (from June 2019), there will be no updating in January 2020 to adjust for inflation.
Employers may count non-discretionary bonuses, incentives, and commissions toward up to 10 percent of the standard salary level as long as the employer pays those amounts at least annually.
Highly compensated employees
The total annual compensation level for the “highly compensated employee” exemption will be set at the 80th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers nationally. Under the proposed rule, the exemption would have been set at the 90th percentile.
For workers to be exempt from the FLSA overtime requirements based on their status as highly compensated employees, they must be paid at least the amounts indicated below as of January 1:
Special threshold rates
The final regulations also include special rates that apply in certain circumstances:
The final regulations do not make any changes to the “duties tests,” nor do they include any provision for automatic “adjustment” of the salary thresholds in the future. Regarding the latter, the DOL has said that it will periodically revisit the minimum salary and compensation levels through future notice-and-comment rulemaking.
According to DOL estimates, 1.2 million employees who are currently exempt under the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions will, without some intervening action by their employers, become eligible in 2020 for overtime under these new salary levels. Absent employer action, approximately 101,800 employees who are currently exempt as highly compensated employees are expected to become eligible for overtime in 2020.
The most significant differences between the new final regulations and the version issued in 2016 by the Obama Administration (which was invalidated by a court ruling), are that the current increases are more modest, and that there is no mechanism included for automatic adjustments in the future.
Some employee advocacy groups have publicly said that they plan to challenge the new regulations in the courts. Even if their challenges are successful, the effect would almost surely be to leave in place the current (significantly lower) threshold levels, which were set in 2004. Thus, the logic behind a legal challenge by worker advocates is not readily apparent.
Assuming, as we must, that the new regulations will take effect on January 1, employers will need to quickly reassess the exempt classifications of employees who are paid less than the levels mandated in the new regulations. Employers will have to evaluate whether to increase the salaries of those employees to retain the exempt classification, or whether to reclassify the employees as non-exempt (eligible for overtime).
While that reassessment is taking place, it is also an excellent time for employers to evaluate compliance with the job duties requirements applicable to the white-collar exemptions. Although the new regulations did not change the “duties tests,” job duties nonetheless remain requirements that must be satisfied in addition to the salary and compensation requirements.
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Friday, October 4, 2019 / 9:00-10:00 AM
This event will take place the first Friday of each month and is hosted by Steve Nicklas and Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.
When the markets become volatile and confusing, even the most patient investors may question the wisdom of their investment plan. At Janney, we've seen a lot of difficult markets and we can empathize with people who find the current environment confusing. We want to help, so here's what we have to offer:
A lively and timely discussion of financial issues over a hot cup of coffee. We'll also address topics impacting our community or around the U.S. - and sometimes have a local official drop in to provide insight. Mike Hickox, Nassau County property appraiser, will be a guest speaker at this month’s event. Mike will talk about local property values and his expectations for future growth in the county.
Contact Steven Nicklas at 904.572.0265 or email@example.com for more information. No RSVP required.
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