CPR and AED Awareness Week
5/25/23 @ 3:10 p.m. - At the Monday, May 22nd meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 2023-112 proclaiming the week of June 1 - June 7, 2023, as CPR and AED Awareness Week.
This week is recognized nationally by the American Heart Association to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know how to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year and of those, 70% happen in the home. About 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, however the victim's chance of survival more than doubles if a bystander immediately performs hands-only CPR.
The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has spearheaded a free hands-only CPR and AED public education program and has already trained more than 800 Nassau County residents. The Board recognizes the value MRC's Lifesavers Initiative Outreach Program and extends their gratitude to its volunteers and educators for their service to the residents of Nassau County.
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DORCO Enterprises is proud to partner with CPT to host the VIABLE Small Business Conference for business owners who are looking to level up their business. The conference will take place on Friday, June 9, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Courtyard/SpringHill Suites Amelia Island, Lighthouse Ballroom C, 2700 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach.
We have several key note speakers ready to deliver you an action packed day full of knowledge, tips and information in order to successfully grow and maintain your business.
For additional information and to register for this power-packed event, CLICK HERE to visit the DORCO Enterprises website or call (904) 990-7755.
5/18/23 @ 2:45 p.m. - Please note that the Invasive Plants Class schedule being hosted by the UF IFAS/County Extension Office has been amended to remove the May 31st class on Mexican petunia. Unfortunately, our Extension/Ag Agent, David Herbert, has to attended a staff development training mandated by the University of Florida and will be unavailable to teach that day.
The class on Mexican petunia will be rescheduled for a future date. If you have any questions, please contact the UF IFAS/County Extension Office at (904) 530-6350 or email Mr. Hebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In 2017 Congress declared June 1 - 7 to be National CPR and AED Awareness Week. We saw early this year an example of how important it is to know CPR. The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps is committed to training everyone on the American Heart Association's "Hands Only" CPR technique.
Earlier this year, many of us witnessed a young healthy athlete collapse in cardiac arrest on live TV. He was one of over 350,000 people in the US who experience sudden cardiac arrest every year. Nearly 75% of those events happen at home. The athlete, Damar Hamlin, recovered and is doing well, but on average less than 10% of people survive after cardiac arrest. But with CPR, we can dramatically improve the odds of survival.
June 1 - 7 is National CPR Awareness Week. We encourage everyone to get trained. The American Heart Association has simplified the process so that we no longer need to do mouth to mouth breathing. All we need to do is Check, Call and Compress the chest. Watch the video at this link to see how easy it is to perform: https://www.nassaucountyflmrc.com/.
The Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps offers free classes on Hands Only CPR and AED use. The classes are 1 1/2 hours long and include actual practice performing CPR. You can email them at email@example.com.
Leadership Nassau, a program coordinated by the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, has announced the graduation of Class 22. This exclusive program assists in the development of community leaders by providing participants from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the problems, opportunities, and issues facing the community.
Over the last 10 months, participants heard presentations from various elected officials (including Secretary of State Cord Byrd, Congressman John Rutherford, Senator Aaron Bean, and Circuit Judge James Daniel, as well as local constitutional officers), business and community leaders (including Deputy Secretary Laura DiBella, Brian Flick with The Compass Group, Lisa Finkelstein with Fernandina Beach Main Street, Mark and Donna Kaufman of Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, and Shawn DeRome with Rayonier), and had exclusive access to behind-the-scenes tours of local and regional organizations that are usually closed to the public (including WestRock, the Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville Port Authority, Nassau County Jail, the City of Fernandina Beach Water Treatment facilities, and TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars).
The Leadership Nassau Class 22 graduates are: Nicola Barnack (Barnabas Center Inc.), Kimberly Burnsed (Nassau County Property Appraiser), Thomas Coleman (RYAM), Kimberly Corbett (Town of Hilliard), Maurie Dugger (Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau), Sean Duncan (Comcast/Effectv), Darron England (WestRock), Charleston Garrett (First Port City Bank), Laurie Holmes (Little Lambs Child Care Center), Doug Hurley (RethinkWork Consulting & Coaching), Jennifer Kirouac (First Horizon Bank), Anthony Lombardi (Nassau County Board of County Commissioners), Elaine Roberts (Omni Amelia Island Resort), Lisa Sanborn (PrimeSouth Bank), Carol Saviak (Florida Power & Light Company), Dionna Sowers (Nassau Humane Society), Jeffrey Tambasco (Fernandina Beach Police Department), Dunia Taylor (REMI Realty), Stephanie Triola (New York Life), and Richard Turner (Florida State College at Jacksonville).
We would like to thank Baptist Medical Center Nassau, City of Fernandina Beach, First Port City Bank, Florida Power & Light, Northwestern Mutual – Dallas Hempstead, Osprey Village, Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island, RYAM, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, The Canopy at Duval Station, The Fiorentino Group, Traders Hill Farm, VyStar Credit Union, and WestRock for sponsoring Class 22 program days throughout the year. Leadership Nassau would not be possible without their support, and we are truly grateful.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Leadership Nassau Class 23 through Friday, June 30, 2023. For more information about the program and the application process, CLICK HERE or contact Lynne Starling, Leadership Nassau Coordinator, at Lynne@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
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Nassau County Chamber of Commerce to Host Membership 101: Making the Most of Your Membership
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to join us on Monday, May 15, 2023, for Membership 101: Making the Most of Your Membership. The meeting will take place from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G in Fernandina Beach (across from Cantina Louie).
Membership 101 is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about the Chamber to join existing members for a brief but informative presentation from Regina Duncan, President of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will learn more about about the benefits of membership and the various tools and resources available to them through the Chamber. Light refreshments will be provided.
“Membership 101 is the perfect opportunity for business owners to discover how the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce can support their growth and success,” said Regina Duncan. “Our organization is committed to helping the business community thrive, and we look forward to sharing our expertise and resources with both current and prospective members.”
Membership 101 is free is open to the public. Advanced registration is preferred but not required for this event. For additional information and to register, CLICK HERE or contact the Chamber at info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
Over the course of 22 years, Leadership Nassau has grown to become the most exclusive leadership development program in our community. Leadership Nassau provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the various socio-economic aspects that directly affect our county and 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 360 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 23 application, contact Leadership Nassau Coordinator Lynne Starling at Lynne@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or call (904) 261-3248. Interested parties may also download a copy of the application by clicking the button below. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2023, by 5:00 P.M.
Since 2020, $1,000 Start-Ups, Inc. has helped launch 30 small businesses in Nassau County through its entrepreneurship, financial management, and life skills training program. The program is available at no cost to adults and includes up to $1,000 in business start-up funding. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization is now accepting applications for its 2023 program to begin on May 10, 2023 and concluding on January 27, 2024.
The 2022 cohort graduated from the program on Saturday, March 25 at the annual Spring Into Action Small Business Fair at the Peck Center Gymnasium. A variety of business types have participated in the program, including retail, bakers and chefs, artists, a wide range of service providers, and others. As a complement to the cohort, the $1,000 Start-Ups consortium includes dozens of established local businesses and organizations that serve as mentors, resources, and collaborators to participants.
The $1,000 Start-Ups cohort is guided through every step of starting and growing a successful small business in 26 one-hour sessions taught on Zoom led by Leah Ward-Lee with occasional professional guest presenters. Meeting on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m., the sessions alternate between course material and homework presentations that allow the cohort members to not only learn from the material, but from each other.
In a very practical application, four small business fairs are held throughout the year. The first is the prototype fair that allows the cohort to test the marketability of their products or services in a limited environment with friends, family, former graduates, donors, and supporters. Three additional small business fairs are open to the public and include other area small businesses that are invited to display at no cost. This collaboration allows the cohort to learn from established businesses, grow their network, increase their customer base and revenue, and circulate money within the local community.
Cohort members in good standing are reimbursed up to $1,000 business start-up or growth funding upon fulfillment of required milestones.
The enrollment process includes an interview with the lead instructor. During this interview mutual expectations are established before a written contract is signed. $1,000 Start-Ups never asks participants for money or for an ownership stake in their business. The application process begins at 1000dollarstartups.org/start.
$1,000 Start-Ups, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded by Leah Ward-Lee and Tony X. Lee with the mission to provide economic and re-entry opportunity by training and funding low-cost business start-ups for potential entrepreneurs from traditionally marginalized or at-risk communities – to build a consortium of businesses that mentor, support, and grow with each other and to provide entrepreneurship and life skills training to potential employees of consortium businesses.
To learn more about the $1000 Start-Ups mission and programs visit the website at www.1000dollarstartups.org or follow on social media @1000dollarstartups.
Nassau County Emergency Management & the Nassau County Sheriff's Office has coordinated a presentation to teach participants what to do if they find themselves in an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of law enforcement, and civilian response options.
This event is open to individuals 16+ and will take place on Thursday, April 25th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Yulee Middle School.
If you have any questions, please contact Jamie McCormick at (904) 206-3262.
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