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 online 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.
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.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the students for Leadership Nassau Class 21.
Attendees include: Davis Bean (The Fiorentino Group), Summer Bias (Amelia Island Museum of History), Connor Fasel (Story & Song Bookstore Bistro), Lisa Finkelstein (Fernandina Beach Main Street), Chason Forehand (Pineland Bank), Jeremiah Glisson (City of Fernandina Beach), Holly Graf (Nassau County Property Appraiser), John Henderson (Baptist Medical Center Nassau), Miriam Hill (Nassau County Ocean, Highway & Port Authority), Bill Howard (Nassau County Board of County Commissioners), David Jensen (WestRock), Jessie Ladson (Ladson Construction), Jeanevette Miranda (Rayonier Advanced Materials), Megan Pirrotta (Family Support Services of North Florida), Mia Roberts (Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare), Tina Scannell (Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare), Andrew Schmidt (Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation), Lynda Smith (Mary Kay Cosmetics), Pedro Tamayo (Baptist Health System), and Chelsea Waldron (Amelia Island Vacations).
Leadership Nassau assists in the development of community leaders by providing participants from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the problems and issues facing the community. The program fosters the development of leadership skills and techniques in an environment that encourages the establishment of new relationships and communication networks between the participants.
The program begins with a day of team building activities, pushing the students to learn more about themselves while simultaneously developing relationships with fellow class members. Additional program days include Economic Development Day, Education, Justice and Law Enforcement Day, and West of I-95 Day. Over the course of a year, the students will complete a total of 10 Leadership Nassau program days. “The Leadership Nassau program gave me the knowledge I needed to better understand and serve my community. There is so much to learn and experience in the program, whether you've lived here for one year or forty”, said Joshua Whitfield, Amelia Island Museum of History, Leadership Nassau Class 19 graduate.
For more information about Leadership Nassau, click here or contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at (904) 261-3248 or info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
Join us Friday, July 30th from 9:00am-9:30am for 'Hot Topics: 5 Things Small Businesses Can Do To Improve Security Posture' at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, located at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Our guest speaker is Aaron Weiss, Owner/Analyst of Forensic Recovery, LLC.
Aaron Weiss is the owner and principal examiner of Forensic Recovery. Aaron has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts, and he has performed forensic examinations on computers and mobile devices for criminal and civil cases nationwide. Aaron has been involved in high-profile cases, and he has been referred by the Secret Service's Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force.
Aaron started his career in computer forensics in 2003 as a civilian member of the Orange County Sheriff's Office's Computer Crimes Squad. He has since received over 100 hours of training related to digital forensics, mobile devices, incident response, and electronic discovery from various known training organizations. Aaron has a Master of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida, and he holds numerous peer-recognized competency certificates, including: CompTIA A+ Certified Professional, and CompTIA Network+ Certified Professional.
In 2011, Aaron was hired as an adjunct instructor at American Intercontinental University, where he authored and taught computer forensics and electronic discovery courses as part of a Bachelor degree program specializing in digital investigations. He has since mentored newcomers into the forensics field, and he continues to participate in the local and national forensics communities.
This event is free for Chamber of Commerce members and $50.00 for prospective members. Advanced payment and registration is always preferred. For more information and to register, click here or email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
Name: Leah Ward-Lee
Business name: The $1,000 Start-Ups Consortium
Business phone number: 904-432-7760
Business address: 212 S. 8th Street, #B, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (Still moving in!)
Please provide 1-2 sentences about your business:
$1,000 Start-Ups is an Entrepreneurship, Financial Management and Life Skills program and micro-business incubator offered at no cost to members of the local community with grants of up to $1,000 to those who demonstrate need. By the end of the seven-month program the businesses are registered, launched, and the class has opportunities to get feedback from area small businesses who are invited to display at three small business fairs.
Please provide 1-2 sentences explaining why you enjoy being an ambassador for the Chamber:
It’s a wonderful opportunity to understand more about the issues affecting Fernandina Beach and Nassau County and how our Chamber and local business interacts with our local government. Being an ambassador also has allowed me to prioritize being part of the local business community and attending more of the informative Chamber programs.
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On-going promotions that you would like us to mention:
Local small businesses are invited to display with the 2021 Cohort at three small business fairs:
Click below to learn more about the Chamber's Ambassador Program and how you can get involved today!
Open to All® is a nonprofit campaign to transform America. At a time of deep divisions, we’re joining together from all walks of life and work to build a thriving and inclusive nation where all are welcome.
We know that building a stronger country means everyone should feel safe, respected and accepted as they live, shop, and work.
Yet far too often, we hear stories of discrimination, such as a Black woman targeted at a restaurant, Muslim women ordered to leave a café, people with disabilities being harassed in a restaurant, or an employee being fired just for being gay or transgender.
Open to All says: We must all lead the way to doing better.
At the core of changing our country, Open to All is a national nondiscrimination campaign based around the idea that everyone should be welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion or disability. We believe we all have something to contribute. We believe we can all learn from each other. We believe that when we work together, when we value our employees, when we care for our customers and each other, we all thrive.
Open to All is a growing coalition of more than 200 non-profits, from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Anti-Defamation League to disability groups, LGBTQ groups, faith organizations and more. We also unite thousands of large and small businesses across the country committed to being Open to All.
Never before have so many businesses and nonprofits joined together in a single, unified campaign that sends a message that everyone is welcome, valued and respected. Because when a business is open to the public, it should be open to all.
Join the hundreds of thousands of members of the Open to All coalition and help transform America.
For a limited time, Open to All slicks and posters will be available at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members can call (904) 261-3248 or email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com to have posters dropped off at their business. Non-members may stop by the Chamber office, located at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G in Fernandina Beach, to pick up materials.
After months of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of Leadership Nassau, a premier Leadership Development program.
Leadership Nassau provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the various socio-economic aspects that directly affect our region. During the 10-month program, students engage in activities that connect them with local leaders, while simultaneously helping them form a life-long bond with fellow classmates.
More than 325 members of the Nassau County community have participated in Leadership Nassau, with graduates ranging from Circuit Judges to small business owners and everything in between. The program is open to any resident of Nassau County, but recruitment targets individuals with diverse backgrounds and seeks a racial, gender, and age mix that is reflective of the local population.
For more information and to receive a Class 21 application, contact Leadership Nassau Coordinator Alex Wilmer at Alex@NassauCountyFLChamber.com. Interested parties may also click below to download a copy of the application. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 18, 2021 by 5:00 P.M.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend ‘Hot Topics: Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace’ on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 8:30-9:00 A.M. This hybrid event will take place in person at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G in Fernandina Beach, and virtually via Zoom.
The market for people from an employer’s perspective continues to tighten, even in the current COVID environment. Leveraging the growing diversity in Nassau County by creating an inclusive work environment is an untapped opportunity for many organizations, small and large. This brief talk will include the “what, why, and how” of attracting, retaining, and engaging a diverse workforce, through the broadest definition of diversity, as well as introducing the group to the newly formed Nassau Racial Equality Coalition.
Guest speaker Samir Gupte, Executive Director of Nassau Racial Equality Coalition, is an agile, balanced, and compassionate thought-leader with over 30 years of successful leadership experience in business (publicly traded, private equity, founder-led), entrepreneurship, non-profits, and consulting. His accomplishments include leading the human capital strategy that doubled the size and profitability of an award-winning airport concessions company, achieving consecutive years of a rising position on Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work list for the largest full-service dining company in the world, the integration of a $1B acquisition, the start-up of a Latin America division for an industrial automation manufacturer which integrated acquisitions in five countries, doubling the size and profitably growing an international hotel chain, the turnarounds of a distressed polished-casual restaurant chain and a specialty materials manufacturing plant, profitably growing a small-chain of Gold’s Gyms and improving a fiber optics manufacturing department from the lowest to top operational performance.
Hot Topics workshops are free for Chamber members and $50.00 for prospective members. In-person attendance is limited to 10 people; advanced payment and registration are required. For more information, email info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or call (904) 261-3248.
To register, CLICK HERE.
May 4, 2021 (Nassau County, FL) The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce has recently launched a new Job Board, making it easier than ever for employers and prospective candidates to connect with each other. The Job Board allows Chamber members to post available positions for free; non-members may also post available positions for a small fee. Employers have enough to worry about; finding qualified applicants for available positions should not be one of them. When the Quick Apply option is activated for a posting, employers will be automatically notified when a candidate applies, as well as a running list of all applicants for each position.
For job seekers, the job board is a fast, reliable way to apply to various opportunities with local businesses and organizations. This is not a third-party careers page or a cumbersome experience for applicants. With the Quick Apply option, job seekers can fill out their personal information and upload a resume in minutes. Applicants also have the option to add their resume to the Resume Bank, providing the job seeker with unprecedented exposure to all local employers, rather than just being seen by one or two businesses. Those looking for flexible schedules or part-time positions are encouraged to place their availability on the resume.
For the first time ever, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is offering a free resume writing service, available to Nassau County residents. Once basic information is provided, Chamber staff will create a professional resume, free of charge. Your resume will be sent back by the end of the day in both Word and PDF formats. To get started, simply contact the Chamber of Commerce staff at info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or (904) 261-3248.
Whether you are an employer or a job seeker, it has never been easier to find your next great employment opportunity.
Members of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce have exclusive access to special partner discounts every time they shop in store at Staples. Members can save on an assortment of products, from signage to PPE to business essentials and more.
20% off your in-store Print & Marketing Services order
10% off your in-store purchase of regularly priced items
Ready to start saving? Enroll now in Staples Rewards® at staples.com/rewards or click here to sign up online through the direct enrollment link.
Already a Staples Rewards member? To get your number, login to your account, click Rewards, and then click Rewards Profile to locate your Rewards number or call 800-793-3320 for assistance.
Are you a Nassau County resident, over the age of 55, and looking for a job? The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a division of the Department of Labor, to help local seniors find work!
Please find the SCSEP Participant Handbook and the pre-application form below. For more information, visit www.ncba-aging.org or call (904) 900-5011.
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