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December 2012 at the Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce

December 2012 at the Amelia Island Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Coming up in December at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Please note: The Health Care Council is not meeting in December.

Island Council
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 5
Applebee’s, 2006 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach

Grow your business by making and strengthening your connections with Amelia Island businesses at the Island Council. This business council meets at 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month to network and discuss business issues.

Admission is free for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Prospective members are invited to contact Business Development Coordinator Lynne Starling for information about attending. Optional pancake breakfast is available for $8.

Ribbon cutting – Best Western Plus First Coast Inn & Suites
5 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 462577 SR 200, Yulee

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce celebrates the rebranding and renovation of Best Western Plus First Coast Inn & Suites with a ribbon cutting.

Join us as we wish Hitesh Bhakta and his staff success and enjoy light refreshments.

    -Best Western Plus First Coast Inn & Suites’ year-round pool and spa is open daily and is seasonally heated.
    -Social hour every evening for your enjoyment, as well as a 24-hour coffee bar, fresh fruit citrus refreshment center and free bedside candy.
    -Each spacious guest room is equipped with high end linens with new duvet style bedding, premium single cup, in-room coffee makers, high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator and high definition televisions with more than 150 channels.
    -Start your morning with a free deluxe hot breakfast buffet including sausage, two types of eggs, biscuits, make your own Belgian waffles and much more.
    -Free Wi-Fi and hardwired Internet access in all public areas and rooms, plus 24-hour fitness & business centers.
    -This hotel also offers meeting facilities which can accommodate up to 42 people.

Best Western Plus First Coast Inn & Suites is located behind the Burger King at the intersection of A1A and Interstate 95. For more information, call (904) 225-0182 or visit www.bwplusyulee.com.

Annual Awards Nomination Deadline – 5 p.m. Friday, December 7
AIFBY Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its awards saluting achievement by the local business community in 2012.

Nominees will be evaluated on how they fulfilled the Chamber’s mission to promote responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

Nominations are sought from the public in seven categories:

    Large Business of the Year (25 employees or more);
    Medium Business of the Year (11-24 employees);
    Small Business of the Year (10 employees or fewer);
    Green Business of the Year;
    Business Leader of the Year;
    Young Business Leader of the Year; and
    Customer Service Representative of the Year.

Nominees must be members of the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce. A Chamber membership directory and nomination forms with complete nomination criteria are available online at www.islandchamber.com. Nomination forms also may be picked up at the Chamber.

Nominations must be returned to the Chamber by Friday, December 7.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 11
Springer Controls Company, 96074 Chester Road, Yulee

Come hear about the State Road 200 Corridor Study to improve mobility along this major corridor in east Nassau County from representatives from the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization during the Yulee Area Council meeting in December.

The study will identify short- and long-term operational and access management priorities for the SR 200 / SR A1A corridor and other connectivity enhancements for all transportation modes in the area.

This business council meets at 8:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month to network and discuss business issues. Admission is free for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Prospective members are invited to contact Business Development Coordinator Lynne Starling for information about attending.

Small Business Development Center office hours
Wednesday, December 12, AIFBY Chamber of Commerce
961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

Cathy Hagan, certified business analyst and area director at the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida, is available every month at the AIFBY Chamber to provide one-on-one assistance to small business owners.

Business owners have the opportunity during these hour-long sessions to discuss any issues they’re facing, including business plans, marketing strategies and loan applications.

Cathy is at the Chamber the second Wednesday of each month. She also can meet with you at your place of business. Contact the SBDC at (800) 450-4624 or chagan@unf.edu to schedule an appointment.

Annual Membership Meeting, Sliders Seaside Grill
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach

Get an overview of the Chamber’s activities in 2012, meet the incoming members of the Board of Directors and find out what the Chamber has planned for 2013 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, sponsored by Cooper’s Luxury Transportation and Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center at Amelia Urgent Care.

Lunch will be available for purchase from the menu, but reservations are required by Monday, December 10. RSVP to the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com.

David’s Restaurant & Lounge Ribbon cutting
5 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 802 Ash St., Fernandina Beach

The Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opening of David’s Restaurant & Lounge, Amelia Island’s new fine dining restaurant, with a ribbon cutting.

Join us in wishing Myrta Defendini and Deborah Gold and their staff success and enjoy light refreshments.

David’s Restaurant & Lounge features a gourmet selection of the freshest seafood, fowl and aged meats on Amelia Island. The bar specializes in the finest wines, liquors and cocktails. Intimate private dining, events and weddings are available in our wine room. Live music on the weekends in the comfortable lounge and the impressive wine selection will enhance your dining experience. The restaurant is open 5-10 p.m. daily and the lounge is open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For more information about David’s Restaurant & Lounge, call (904) 310-6049 or visit www.ameliaislanddavids.com.

Event schedule is subject to change. For more information about any of these events, go to www.aifby.com or contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248.

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