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.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual ‘Doing Business with Big Business’ event on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
‘Doing Business with Big Business’ is a program that provides small Nassau County businesses the unique opportunity to meet with some of the largest companies in our community. Attendees will gain an insight into the decision-making process at big companies and learn what these organizations are looking for from smaller suppliers.
This event is perfect for local, existing businesses, entrepreneurs and startups that want to learn more about how procurement works in large organizations and are looking to gain an understanding of the considerations of buyers during a negotiation.
This year’s ‘Doing Business with Big Business’ event will take place virtually via Zoom. Representatives from each business will be placed in a ‘Zoom Room’ and will speak one-on-one with attendees for 2 minutes each. Local businesses and organizations in attendance will include the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
‘Doing Business with Big Business’ is free for Chamber of Commerce members and $50.00 for prospective members. Advanced registration and payment are required to attend. For more information and to register, click here or call (904) 261-3248.
The mission of the Government Affairs Committee is to influence the development of policies and regulations that aid in the creating opportunities for job creation, business growth, and financial success.
The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for the legislative program, whose volunteer members examines, analyze, and monitor relevant legislation of the governmental bodies. We monitor economic and regional issues of local and state governments that could have an impact on the business community. The committee maintains a continuing dialogue with elected and appointed government officials from the city, towns, county and state. Our overall focus is on supporting legislation and activities that benefit the economic development and overall quality of life in Nassau County.
The committee meets monthly to talk about issues of interest and if action is warranted, gives recommendations to the chamber’s board of directors. After the board adopts a position or policy, the Government Affairs Committee participates in disseminating the information to the membership and begins discussions with or presents positions to the appropriate officials. All chamber members are encouraged to bring their ideas or concerns about economic development in our region to any member of the committee.
For more information about the Government Affairs Committee, please contact President Regina Duncan by calling (904) 261-3248 x104.
Nassau County, FL (December 9, 2020) Nassau County’s largest business advocacy group, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, proudly announces the 2021 Board of Directors. With incoming business leaders from various industries and backgrounds, this year’s Board is diverse, experienced, and ready to serve the Nassau County business community.
The Board of Directors will be led in 2021 by Chairman Tracy Stockdale, USHealth Advisors, a United Healthcare Company. Mr. Stockdale takes over the helm from 2020 Chairman Ed Hubel, President of Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Janet Morris, Wildlight/Raydient Places + Properties, will serve as Treasurer and Amber Bullington Tipton, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, will serve as Chairperson Elect.
Serving on the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2021:
Emily Baumgartner, West Nassau Historical Society
Greg Cook, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Laura Lott Harris, Lott’s Furniture
Bob Hartman, Residence Inn Amelia Island
Olivia Hoblit, Seaside Amelia Inn
Ed Hubel, Baptist Medical Center Nassau
Marcos Jovel, Salt Life Food Shack
Josh Mattox, PrimeSouth Bank
Sean McGill, Taylor Morrison Homes
Janet Morris, Wildlight/Raydient Places + Properties
Jennifer O’Neal, MosquitoNix
Mary Pitcher, Sea Horse Properties
David Richardson, Florida Public Utilities
Cindy Rogers, UF Health Wildlight
Eric Schmidt, WestRock
Lynda Smith, Mary Kay, Independent Beauty Consultant
Theresa Sparks, PhD, Fernandina Beach Pride
George Spicer, Individual Investor
John Stack, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Tracy Stockdale, USHealth Advisors, a United Healthcare Company
Amber Bullington Tipton, Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
Arthur “Buddy” Jacobs, Jacobs, Scholz & Wyler, LLC (Ex-Officio)
Tracy Stockdale is currently a Licensed Agent for USHealth Advisors, a United Healthcare Company. He proudly serves on various community boards and committees of the Chamber of Commerce.
“Our goals for 2021 will remain the same, as well as continuing to be a significant resource for our members as we recover from COVID-19,” Stockdale said. “We will foster an environment of responsible business growth and employment opportunities while working alongside our elected officials. As per previous years, the Chamber’s mission is to promote and assist our membership and work to better the quality of life for all businesses throughout East, Central, and Western Nassau County.”
Leaving the Board of Directors this year is Paula Biener of Paul Clark Ford, Jim Bush of Florida Power & Light Company, Jonathan Levitt of First Port City Bank, and Michelle Myers of Mint Magazine.
The Board of Directors sets the goals and policy direction for the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to promote a vibrant business environment and economic prosperity in Nassau County by providing vision, expertise, and innovative solutions.
Incoming Members of the 2021 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
December 2, 2020 (Nassau County, FL) The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners recently partnered with the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce to use a portion of the funds from the CARES Act for the distribution of sanitizing supplies to the local business community.
Due to the overwhelming response and need within the business community, more sanitizing supplies are available. Each business will be provided supplies based on the number of employees and materials will be available until all supplies have been distributed. Businesses must bring a copy of either their utility bill or Florida Division of Corporations 2020 registration to receive free supplies. The provided document must show the name of the business and a Nassau County address.
Nassau County businesses that previously received supplies may participate again.
Cases of supplies will be available at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce on the following date:
Monday, December 14, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce
961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Supply distribution is available for every Nassau County business, while supplies last. For more information about this program, please contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at (904) 261-3248 or info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
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