U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Majority Announce New Collaboration & Webinar Series to Help the Small Business Community Navigate Today's Economic Challenges
“The Bottom Line” webinar series will bring together SBA officials, small business advocates, and economic experts for discussions on how to address economic challenges facing small businesses today.
WASHINGTON – On Monday, August 22, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, and John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, signed a co-sponsorship agreement to partner on a new webinar series, “The Bottom Line”, to introduce our small businesses across America to SBA tools and resources to address timely economic challenges, on the heels of President Biden’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Please click here to view video from the signing event. A photo from the signing event can be found below.
“This alliance between the SBA and Small Business Majority will help expand and deepen the SBA’s outreach network to better connect with small businesses and entrepreneurs in every corner of our nation. Throughout COVID, with the support of our incredible network, the SBA has helped small businesses pivot and survive during COVID with relief from the American Rescue Plan. This collaborative training series comes at a critical time as small businesses continue to navigate inflation, supply chain disruptions, and workforce challenges,” said Administrator Guzman. “With Small Business Majority, we will be working to provide relevant educational webinars and better communicate to small businesses owners about the vital resources the SBA offers that can help them strengthen their balance sheets and leverage the opportunities and benefits in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act which will lower health and energy costs, bolster our clean energy economy and supply chains, and shrink our federal deficit – all while strengthening success pathways to the American Dream for our entrepreneurs.”
Announced following the passage of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which opens the door to enacting more robust, targeted policies that benefit Americans and small business owners still navigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including lowering healthcare and energy costs, reducing the federal deficit, and investing in clean energy solutions that create new opportunities for small manufacturers, the SBA and Small Business Majority have committed to helping entrepreneurs navigate challenges such as inflation, supply chain disruptions, workforce shortages, and other issues addressed in the IRA.
Through these webinars, members of the small business community will be connected to a diverse suite of SBA and resource partner tools and strategies for long-term, stable growth, facilitate networking connections, and receive insight on the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy priorities.
“Small business ownership is a potent force that can help address economic inequality and build dignity,” said John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority. “A healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem provides an innovative pathway for women, people of color, young adults, veterans, disabled people, immigrants, and rural residents to enter the mainstream American economy and build income and independence. We are excited to join in this collaboration with the SBA to bring forth knowledge-based and useful tools and resources that will help to enhance the business ecosystem and support a drive toward confident entrepreneurship.”
The first webinar in this series is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, titled “How to Combat Inflation as a Small Business Owner.” This session will provide an overview of operational strategies, funding options, and resources that can help business owners deal with inflation and will be a partner collaboration with organizations like the Urban League, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Prosperity Now.
SBA and Small Business Majority remain steadfast in lowering the barriers to opportunity for smaller firms and businesses and ensuring entrepreneurs, especially those in under-resourced areas, have equitable access to capital, essential benefits, and a solid pathway toward sustainable growth.
For additional information on “The Bottom Line” webinar series, please visit https://smallbusinessmajority.org/events/the-bottom-line-webinar-series-with-the-sba. Additional information on SBA funding opportunities can be found at www.sba.gov/funding-programs.
Please see below for a list of free support and educational sessions being presented by Community Hospice & Palliative Care throughout the month of August. For questions or additional information, please visit www.CommunityHospice.com.
Friday, August 19, 2022 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Understanding Grief: A Program for The Newly Bereaved
Understanding Grief is designed to help people learn that healing is possible after the death of a loved one and there are effective ways to cope with grief and loss. The 1-hour presentation will help attendees:
Understanding Grief is designed to be most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the last 90 days, and are at least 18 years old. Register today by calling 352.204.9876. This is an in-person session located at our Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring
Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Caregiver Conference at Edward Waters University
Are you the caregiver for a parent, loved one or another adult? Join us for a free workshop to discuss the common struggles caregivers face and discover resources that are available to help them. This FREE event is sponsored by Edward Waters University, UF Health Center for Equity and Engagement Research, New Town Success Zone, Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training, and Community Hospice & Palliative Care. Event Topics: Caring for the caregiver, how to recognize the signs for more care, preventing Alzheimer’s with cognitive training, ACTS2 faith-based caregiver skills-building and support, COVID-19 now, and community and community initiatives.
Free Continental Breakfast and Lunch. Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Edward Waters University | Milne Auditorium in the Lee Cousins Building
1658 Kings Road Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Register at: https://CaregiverConference.eventbrite.com or call (904) 407-6121.
Fernandina Beach, FL, June 30, 2022 - Attention all Nassau County Businesswomen, the Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) invites you to join them Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 pm for a presentation sharing the Five Best Practices for Growing your Business.
Starting at 5:30 pm at Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach, the chapter will host Stephanie Marquardt, founder and CEO of Continuous Synergy LLC. This consulting firm helps business owners grow their businesses. Continuous Synergy’s mission is to help small business owners get their companies into constant Synergy to enable growth and create a balanced life in and outside the business.
Marquardt is certified as a Lean Six Sigma process improvement practitioner. She is a graduate of the EOS® Integrator Masterclass. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, a master’s from Johns Hopkins University, and an executive leadership certificate from Cornell University.
“Most of us start our business wearing all the hats of IT, HR, Operations, and Sales. We must remove our Operations hat to continue growing,” says Marquardt. Continuous Synergy, LLC ensures its clients that the company is running effectively and efficiently while moving it to the next level using Lean Six Sigma, Entrepreneurial Operating System®, and Baldrige tools and systems.
“We look forward to having Stephanie giving us practical take-aways to grow our businesses.,” says Marie Fenn, professional development co-chair.
The local ABWA chapter has been helping women succeed in business in Nassau County for nearly 53 years. Each monthly meeting provides Professional Development speakers who impart the motivation and skills needed to create success in today’s business world. In addition, there is ample time for networking with women from various businesses, skill sets, and experiences. The organization meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, beginning with networking, a light meal, a speaker, and networking time after the speaker. Please visit www.abwaeightflags.org to learn more and to register for the meeting. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
The mission of the American Businesswomen’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care is hosting free support and educational sessions throughout the month of June. See below for more information or visit www.CommunityHospice.com.
Open Support Groups – In-Person & Virtual Events
Grieving the death of a loved one is never easy, but support from others and sharing your loss can lessen the burden. To help you, Community Hospice & Palliative Care conducts open bereavement support groups throughout the year.
These support groups create a safe and comfortable environment where you can share with others who are grieving. Led by our trained bereavement counselors, these sessions are ongoing and available to anyone who has experienced a loss.
Open support group participants do not need to contact Community Hospice & Palliative Care before attending a session. This group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Please contact the Bereavement Department at 904.407.7001 to attend.
Father’s Day Workshop – Virtual Event
Community Hospice & Palliative Care invites adults grieving the death of a father to join our Virtual Father's Day Workshop, Wednesday, June 15th, from 6 - 7 p.m. Join us as we reflect on the memories and their bond of love. We will share ideas on how to honor our loved ones and care for ourselves as we grieve their loss and ultimately celebrate their lives. To register, please call (352) 204-9876, or email Bethany Wilcox at email@example.com.
Understanding Grief – In-Person & Virtual Events
Understanding Grief is designed to help people learn that healing is possible after the death of a loved one and there are effective ways to cope with grief and loss. Space is limited, please call 904.407.7001 to register.
Tickets are still available for the Window Workshop at the Thompson House (11 S. 7th Street) on Friday, May 27, at 8:00 am.
This full day workshop includes hands-on restoration work led by experts in the window restoration trades. You’ll learn window anatomy and mechanicals, restoration vs. replacement, energy efficient upgrades, restoration tools and techniques, and cost saving maintenance plans.
$25 tickets available on eventbrite.com (advance purchase required)
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Hosting Online Campaign School & Community Leadership Training April 26-28
Nassau County, FL - The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Florida Institute for Political Leadership (FIPL), an initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a virtual Campaign School & Community Leadership Training April 26 - 28, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. each day.
This no-cost and nonpartisan 3-day program is open to everyone and recommended for elected officials, current or future candidates, campaign workers, and anyone interested in serving in an appointed position. As we aim to secure Florida’s Future and move Florida’s economy from 17th largest in the world to 10th largest by 2030, it is necessary to ensure candidates running for office understand the issues facing Florida and our local Nassau County Community.
FIPL Campaign School & Leadership Trainings provide a comprehensive briefing on emerging local and state issues, educate attendees about the local opportunities that are available for appointed or elected positions, offer guidance on how to prepare to run for office in the future, and provide training on how to run winning campaigns.
Presenters include state and local political experts, elected officials, university professors, and community leaders.
WHAT: FIPL Campaign School & Community Leadership Training
WHERE: Register online at www.fipl.org/register
WHEN: April 26 – 28, 2022
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. each day
The Florida Institute for Political Leadership (FIPL), a newly-formed initiative of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, was created to assist leaders who want to improve their local communities by serving in appointed positions or in elected offices. The institute is a non-partisan program designed to recruit, train and guide people by providing leadership and training opportunities to get better candidates across the State of Florida. Organized, funded and managed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the institute partners with local chambers of commerce, and interested organizations, across Florida to host campaign schools and training programs. To date, FIPL has hosted 20 campaign schools and partnered with 111 local Chamber hosts and 26 community partner co-sponsors in 46 different counties. The program has trained 915 participants with 623 graduates, of whom 70% plan to run for office.
For more information and to register, visit www.fipl.org.
Are You Ready to be a Supplier for the World's Largest Retailer? Walmart Hosting Open Call Pre-Application Webinars
Ever wonder what it takes to get your product in front of a Walmart customer?
Walmart is looking for small businesses and U.S. manufacturers that have shelf ready, innovative items at the great value that Walmart customers and members are looking for. If your product is made, grown or assembled in the U.S. and you want the chance to pitch your products at Open Call 2022, join one of these Pre-Application Webinars to decide if you’re ready to apply. Hear directly from select Walmart Merchants about what they look for at Open Call, as well as insights from business owners who became Suppliers through this annual event.
Walmart Pre-Application Open Call Webinar
Monday, March 7, 2022 - 3:00 PM Central Time
Register in advance for this webinar
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 10:00 AM Central Time
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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 1:00 PM Central Time
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Note: Attending a Pre-Application webinar will not guarantee a successful Open Call application, but it will help businesses be better prepared in the event they apply and are invited to attend.
Registration for any of the above webinars does NOT constitute registration or qualification to attend Open Call 2022.
Walmart is strengthening their commitment to American jobs and communities and committing an additional $350 billion to products made, grown or assembled in America, supporting over 750,000 U.S. jobs.
Why does Walmart do Open Call?
Walmart hosts this annual event in support of our commitment to U.S. Manufacturing. This year’s Open Call is an exciting and unique opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to meet face-to-face with Walmart and/or Sam’s Club merchants and potentially get their product in the hands of millions of our customers. The Open Call event provides information to potential suppliers and gives businesses of all sizes from across the nation a chance at the big break they’ve been looking for. Check out our 2021 Virtual Event here. You can also view our FAQs for more information about Open Call requirements.
Alexandria, VA – CFRE International has named Andrew Schmidt as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Andrew Schmidt, Senior Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County joins over 7,500 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states CFRE International President and CEO Eva E. Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, (CFRE 2001-2016). “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE certification demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Andrew Schmidt to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.”
CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFREs know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.
The CFRE certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.
Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence, and ethics. It is how today’s fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals.
As the premier global credential for career fundraisers, the CFRE designation is endorsed and
supported by the world’s leading professional and philanthropic associations, including:
CFRE International congratulates Andrew Schmidt for achieving the CFRE designation.
For more information please visit www.cfre.org or call +1 703.820.5555.
Talkable Communities Website Launches to Provide Free Mental Health Training Courses to Northeast Florida Residents
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Laureen Pagel, Ph.D., CEO
March 8, 2022
Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare today announced the launch of the Talkable Communities Website. This milestone is a major move for the Talkable Communities partnership between Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, Clay Behavioral Health Center, Child Guidance Center, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, and Gateway – Steps to Recovery.
“This website has been in development for months,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “Now that it has launched, Northeast Florida residents will be able to visit the site, sign up and attend a free mental health training in their local community. This was our vision for Talkable Communities – making mental health training courses easily accessible to the residents of Northeast Florida with the goal of advancing mental well-being for children and families. It’s so exciting to see it come to life.”
While the main goal of the site is to have visitors register for one of the mental health training courses, visitors can also compare county suicide data to the state of Florida average, learn more about each of the partnering organizations, read the origin story of Talkable Communities, watch exciting videos, and much more.
To learn more, please visit www.talkablecommunities.org.
About Talkable Communities
Talkable Communities is a project funded by the Florida Blue Foundation and a partnership between five nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations (Clay Behavioral Health Center, Child Guidance Center, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, Gateway – Steps to Recovery, and Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare). The project advances mental well-being for children and families across six counties in Northeast Florida (Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties) by providing free and accessible mental health resources and training courses (It’s Time to Talk about it!, Question. Persuade. Refer., and Youth Mental Health First Aid). For more information, please visit www.talkablecommunities.org.
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
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