From Business After Hours to ribbon cutting ceremonies, the Chamber offers members plenty of opportunities to network with other business professionals in the area. One of our favorites is our monthly NetPerks morning networking event, which we are excited to start up again in the new year!
NetPerks is meant for smaller businesses that might not be able to handle the amount of people who attend Business After Hours, but still want to show off their business to members of the community. NetPerks events take place in the morning on the last Friday of each month. There is no cost to host, but businesses are asked to provide light refreshments for all attendees, such as breakfast treats and coffee, and two door prizes for a raffle drawing.
Interested? Download the NetPerks Agreement form below or contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at (904) 261-3248 or info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com.
The nominations are officially in! The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards process is an opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Nassau County. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The winners for each category will be announced on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Annual Awards Dinner & Gala, the Chamber of Commerce's biggest event of the year. Tickets are still available, but space is very limited and filling up fast.
CLICK HERE for more information or call (904) 261-3248. Interested in promoting your business or organization at the Gala? CLICK HERE to decorate a table.
And the 2019 nominees are...
LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
NONPROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
See below for a list of week 1 winning ticket numbers for the Chamber's Give the Gift of Local campaign. For questions or more information about Give the Gift of Local, please email email@example.com or call (904) 261-3248. Good luck and thanks for shopping locally in Nassau County.
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. We will start posting winning ticket numbers on Monday, November 25th and will continue to post winning tickets each Monday morning throughout the month of December. 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
The First Coast Infant and Toddler Center, LLC (C04NA0072) just received their license from the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide child care in Fernandina Beach. The new center, located just off Old Nassauville Road, next to Pak's Karate Academy on Parliament Drive, supports infants beginning at 12 weeks, and toddlers progressing into their threes. There are also limited seats for children up to four years of age not enrolled in VPK.
Director Victoria Smith explains the philosophy behind the new center. "We support programs for infants, toddlers and children up to four years of age, infusing various philosophies to include Magda Gerber's Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), Dr. Emmi Pikler Principals, Waldorf and Montessori."
The curriculum-based center seeks to provide an alternative for working families in the area that provides a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment which supports encouragement of individuality, creativity, and a love of learning.
Active enrollment is underway, and with a maximum capacity of under fifty children, there is an anticipation the seats will fill up quickly. The Center is open daily, Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Center Director Victoria Smith at (904) 432-7267 or at Victoria@FCInfantAndToddler.com.
More information can also be found by going to www.FCInfantAndToddler.com.
Registration is now open for the Adult Mental Health First Aid class scheduled Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The 8-hour classes take place at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare’s Yulee campus at 463142 SR 200.
Starting Point staff member Katrina Robinson-Wheeler is certified by the National Council to provide the Mental Health First Aid program. Since Starting Point began offering the program in 2014, more than 2,000 Northeast Florida residents have received the training. The trainings are provided at no charge through funding from Baptist Health.
The Mental Health First Aid program teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the person who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Studies have proven the CPR-like program is effective in improving knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
Mental Health First Aid training classes are offered at community classes. Organizations and groups also may schedule classes. For more information or to register for a class, visit mhfanassau.com or call Katrina Robinson-Wheeler at 904.415.9350.
About Starting Point
Starting Point Behavioral Health 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 2,800 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 25 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, visit spbh.org.
Don't miss the last open house event for the Timber to Tides SR200/A1A Corridor Design Study on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida.
This event is intended to be convenient for residents living from Amelia Concourse to the Shave Bridge, but is open to all.
The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners and Planning and Economic Opportunity Department have kicked off a major corridor design plan for a 13 mile segment of A1A/SR200 in Yulee. The planning process is envisioned to be completed by the end of 2019.
The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners has engaged GAI Consultants to work with the County in completing a corridor design plan for the State Road 200/A1A/ Buccaneer Trail Corridor from Police Lodge Road west of I-95 and continuing east to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Envisioned as the Timber to Tides Trail, the goals of the study are to transform SR 200/A1A into a place that functions not just as a major roadway, but a place that provides different opportunities for living and working, and creates a sense of place in Nassau County based on our community’s history, character, and quality of life. The County seeks a plan for the Corridor so that it will be functional and of value to the community over the long-term. The study will emphasize community identity, enhance the public realm and streetscape, encourage recreation and bicycle and pedestrian activity, promote compact mixed-use development patterns, and improve environmental quality and floodplain management, while also attracting private investment and making use of already developed sites.
The County would like to hear from residents, businesses and visitors about your vision for SR200. Please join us at this open house event to learn more about the project and share your opinions on the future of the corridor.
For more information, please visit www.NassauCountyFL.com or call (904) 530-6010.
Barnabas Center will be coordinating the annual GoKids! School Supply collection drive in partnership with the Nassau County Public Schools and WestRock. This donation drive provides schools with supplies to distribute to students in need for the upcoming school year. All school supplies may be donated, including backpacks, notebooks, paper, glue sticks, crayons, #2 pencils, scissors, pocket folders, etc.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations in Fernandina Beach and Yulee:
Barnabas will collect and distribute donated supplies to schools in Nassau County. Monetary donations are also accepted and may be sent to Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine Street, Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please note that the donation is designated to GoKids! Last year, 1,560 pounds of school supplies were divided among all 13 schools in Nassau County.
For more information about Barnabas' programs, please visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
Family Support Services of North Florida is hosting a monthly educational program for social services professionals, foster or adoptive parents, kinship caregivers, and the general public.
This month's program will discuss understanding toxic stress and childhood trauma and how its implications on long-term health can enable us to collectively address and respond appropriately. Thus, building a more empathetic and trauma-responsive community.
There is no charge for this program, but please register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 225-5347.
The northbound I-95 ramp to State Road (S.R.) 200, exit 373, will be detoured Monday night, June 24 from midnight to 5 a.m., weather and schedule permitting. The detour is necessary for crews to install an overhead sign structure. Once the structure is installed the ramp will reopen. Drivers will be detoured north on I-95 to U.S. 17, exit 380, and travel south to reconnect with State Road 200. A map of the detour is attached for convenience.
The S.R. 200 improvement project in Yulee consists of the reconstruction and widening of 2.2 miles of S.R. 200/A1A from west of I-95 to west of Still Quarters Road, widening of ramps at Interstate 95/A1A exit 373 (to Yulee/Callahan/Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach), and the reconfiguration of the interchange under I-95 into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI).
The widening project will increase the roadway from four lanes to six lanes and includes raised medians, bicycle lanes, curb and gutter, sidewalks and high mast lighting.
J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc. of Jacksonville is constructing the $40 million project. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2020, weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting.
A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) is a type of interchange where the two directions of traffic below I-95 briefly drive on the opposite side of the road. The configuration will promote safety, due to the elimination of dedicated left turn traffic signal cycles. Additionally, the DDI configuration promotes efficiency with only two clearance intervals (the time for traffic signals to change from green to yellow to red) instead of the six or more found in other interchange designs.
For more information about the DDI and to watch a video of how it will work for this project, visit www.nflroads.com/DDI.
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