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Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Gala

AMELIA ISLAND – Twenty-seven member organizations have been nominated for 2016 Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Businesses of the Year awards, while 15 individuals were nominated for 2016 Customer Service Professional of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, and Young Business Leader of the Year awards.

The awards will be presented during the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Gala on Friday, January 6, 2016, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. In addition, the 2016 Chairman’s and Board of Director’s awards will be presented as will the Harry Halley Bowtie Award, which is bestowed annually on a longtime Chamber of Commerce supporter.

New this year is the Healthy Business Award, established to recognize a company which provides healthy workplace programs within their company and Leadership Nassau Outstanding Alumni Award presented by the Leadership Nassau Alumni Association.

Nominations are made by Chamber members and the community. Winners are selected by the Board of Directors, including a select nominating committee.

According to Donald Stamets, 2016 Chairman of the Board, “We are delighted with the number of nominees this year, many of which were submitted by customers. These award nominations are evidence of the commitment each one has to our community, business environment and the Chamber of Commerce.”

The 2016 nominees are:

Large Business of the Year (25 employees or more)
Day Spring Senior Living
Osprey Village
Publix Super Market #1406 (Yulee)
The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill
Quality Health of Fernandina Beach

Medium Business of the Year (11-25 employees)
Amelia River Cruises & Charters
Coastal Pizza
Magna’s – A Full Body Salon
Speakeasy Vaporium
The Palace Saloon

Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees)
Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen
P5 Productions
Precision Chiropractic
Publix Super Market Pharmacy #1406 (Yulee)
Select Tronix, Inc.
Shapiro Insurance Group

Nonprofit of the Year
Amelia Island Montessori School
Barnabas Center, Inc.
Family Support Services of North Florida
Micah’s Place
Nassau Alcohol Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition

Green Business of the Year
A1A Solar Contracting, Inc.
Color It Green
Fort Clinch State Park
Kayak Amelia
Select Tronix, Inc.
White Oak Conservation Holding, LLC

Customer Service Professional of the Year
Destiny Bramstedt, Select Tronix, Inc.
Shelby Burnsed, Precision Chiropractic
James Hiser, Speakeasy Vaporium
Ray Harrington, First Coast Payments
Lisa Leugers, John T. Ferreira Insurance

Young Business Leader of the Year
Kalia Eckers, The Palace Saloon
Dallas Hempstead, Northwestern Mutual
Dr. Kevin Lin, Precision Chiropractic
Carl Lindsey Jr., Select Tronix, Inc.
Dr. Jonathan Williams, Amelia Express Care

Business Leader of the Year
Kerrie Albert, Nassau Alcohol Crime and Drug Abatement
Lynda Dahl, Imetry, Inc.
Jason Hambrecht, Construction Solutions Inc. and Speakeasy Vaporium
Ron Heymann, Davis Capital Management
Gianna Suarez, Go Yoga Amelia Island

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

September 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

September 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what is coming up at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce in September, 2015:

Wednesday, September 2, 8:30 am • Island Council • The Mustard Seed Café • 833 TJ Courson Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, September 8, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks • 463360 SR 200, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, September 15, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Florida Blue Retail Center • 13141 City Station Dr. No. 106, Jacksonville, FL 32218

Thursday, September 17, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours hosted by •The Golf Club at North Hampton •22680 N. Hampton Club Way, Fernandina Beach, FL • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Thursday, September 18, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting • Girl Power 2 Cure • 1881 S. 14th St. Ste 1, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Tuesday, September 29, 11:30 am-1:00 pm • Membership Luncheon • Fernandina Beach Golf Club• 2800 Bill Melton Road Fernandina Beach, FL • $25 for Chamber members, $30 for Non Chamber Members • Register through www.islandchamber.com

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August 2015 at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

August 2015 at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what’s coming up in August at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Tuesday, August 11, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks • 463360 SR 200, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, August 18, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, August 20, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours hosted by Castle Group, Amelia Island Plantation Community Association, and Osprey Village • Walker’s Landing • 1 Walker’s Landing, Amelia Island, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Friday, August 21, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting • Art on Centre • 503 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Friday, August 28, 8:30 am-11:30 am • First Coast CPR training for Chamber members • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL • Free for Chamber members, limited to 10 per class • Register through www.islandchamber.com

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June 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

June 2015 Events at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what is coming up in June at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 am • Island Council • Fernandina Beach Golf Club • 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free but requires registration through www.islandchamber.com

Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 am • Florida Main Street Presentation • Fernandina Beach Golf Club • 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free but requires registration through www.islandchamber.com

Tuesday, June 9, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • The Golf Club at North Hampton • 22680 N. Hampton Club Way • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Community Hospice Foundation of Northeast Florida • 96084 Victoria’s Place, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 am • Government Affairs Committee • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, June 18, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours • Island Art Association • 18 North Second Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Friday, June 26, 8:30 am-11:00 am • First Coast CPR training for Chamber members • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL • Free for Chamber members, limited to 10 per class • Register through www.islandchamber.com

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May 2015 Events at Your AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

May 2015 Events at Your AIFBY Chamber of CommerceFernandina Beach, FL – Here are the great events brought to you in May by the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, May 6, 8:30 am • Island Council • The Mustard Seed Café • 833 TJ Courson Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting for 15th year Anniversary • Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique • 809 South 8th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

*Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses | Yulee • 463867 State Road 200, Suite 4, Yulee, FL • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members*

Thursday, May 14, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting • imortage • 960194 Gateway Blvd, Suite 203, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Tuesday, May 19, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Amelia Island Health & Wellness • 5422 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 am • Government Affairs Council • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, May 21, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours • Littleberry Farm • 95546 Clements Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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November 2014 at the Chamber of Commerce

November 2014 at the Chamber of CommerceHere is what is coming up in November at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Island Council
8:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 5
The Mustard Seed Cafe, 833 TJ Courson Road, Fernandina Beach

Grow your business by making and strengthening your connections with Amelia Island-based businesses at the Island Council, which meets at 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month.

Topic in November is “Holiday Marketing.” The Mustard Seed Cafe is located inside Nassau Health Foods.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Optional breakfast is available. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com.

Ribbon Cutting
11 a.m., Friday, November 7
Nassau Humane Society, 639 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors will celebrate the grand opening of the Nassau Humane Society’s new Animal Rescue Center with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by tours from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m. Additional tours will be offered at the same times on November 12, 14 and 15.

The new shelter provides additional space for animal rescue and indoor protection from the weather. Capacity for dogs has increased 150%, from 25 kennels to 64. The new cattery has additional space for the 40-50 cats, as well as private areas for less social cats or kittens. Dedicated space for adoption counseling helps increase adoption rates. Lab space allows the Nassau Humane Society to care for animals in a less stressful environment. For more information on the new shelter and the Nassau Humane Society, contact Executive Director Tom Christenson at (904) 321-1647 or executivedirector@nassauhumanesociety.com.

From Amelia Island Parkway, turn onto Airport Road. The Nassau Humane Society is located 2/10th of a mile on the right.

Join the Chamber as we celebrate this important milestone for the Nassau Humane Society and our community!

Victory Casino CruisesAIFBY Chamber Membership Appreciation Night
5 p.m. Monday, November 10
Victory Casino Cruises, 4378 Ocean St., Jacksonville

Victory Casino Cruises will host an Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Membership Appreciation celebration aboard the Victory II dockside in historic Mayport Village!

Victory will provide transportation for Chamber members and their guests from the Gateway to Amelia center to Mayport where Victory will host this mixer dockside from 5-6:45 p.m. aboard the Victory II. This great event includes food, two drink tickets and live entertainment.

Admission is free to Chamber member employees and one guest.

Victory Casino Cruises also invites all attendees to sail with them that evening with free boarding, a $10 food voucher and $20 in free qualified slot play. The cruise will sail from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The bus to the event will depart from the Gateway to Amelia at 4 p.m. Free parking is available at Victory Casino Cruises in Mayport for those who prefer to drive themselves.

Victory will provide free transportation back to the Chamber following the reception and the cruise at 7 p.m. and midnight, respectively.

Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com. Each Chamber member employee must register individually to let us know if you want to ride the courtesy bus and if you plan to attend the mixer only or the mixer and cruise.

Please join the Chamber for this special event as we say thank you for your support in 2014.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Contact us at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com for information about attending an upcoming Chamber event as our guest.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 11
Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses, 463867 State Rd 200 Suite 4, Yulee

The Yulee Area Council meets at 8:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month to network and discuss issues of interest to the Yulee business community.

This month’s meeting is hosted by Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses, located in the Villages of Amelia shopping center.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Contact us at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com for information about attending an upcoming Chamber event as our guest.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Thursday, November 13
Pate Sucree Restaurant, 232 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors will celebrate the opening of the new Pate Sucree Restaurant with a ribbon cutting!

This popular catering business is now open as a restaurant offering good food made with fresh ingredients along with beer and wine, all at reasonable prices Soups, salads and sandwiches with daily specials for lunch and dinner. Pate Sucree Restaurant will continue to sell favorite offerings from its Farmers Market booth such as meatloaf and Italian meatballs, all cooked, vacuum-sealed and frozen for your convenience. Just drop the bag in boiling water and you’ve got dinner! And of course, customized menus are available for all your catering needs.

Pate Sucree Restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (904) 626-1677 or check out their Facebook page.

The ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. will be followed by a reception until 6:30 p.m. featuring appetizers and beverages. Come join us in wishing owner Donna Reilly success!

Public Officials Reception
5-7 p.m., Monday, November 24
Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 39 Beach Lagoon, Amelia Island

The Chamber’s annual Public Officials Reception is an intimate gathering that kicks off the holiday season by bringing together local, state and federal officials with Nassau County business and community leaders to network in a relaxed social atmosphere while enjoying fine wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

The event is sponsored by Florida Public Utilities and RockTenn with additional support from Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

The Public Officials Reception is being hosted by the Amelia Island Plantation Community Association at Walker’s Landing. Catering is by Pate Sucree Catering Inc./My Personal Chef.

Admission is $75 per person for AIFBY Chamber members through November 7, $85 afterwards. Admission is $250 per person for non-members.

All reservations must be made online by November 20. No payments or walk-ins accepted at the door. Cancellations must be received by Friday, November 21, or all charges will apply.

Online registration required at www.islandchamber.com.

Registration is required for all AIFBY Chamber events except Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings. All events are subject to change. For current information and to register, go to the Chamber events calendar at www.islandchamber.com. Click on the event you want to attend, and then click on the registration link in the event listing. For more information about any of these events, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com.

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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October 2014 Events at YOUR Chamber of Commerce

 October 2014 Events at YOUR Chamber of CommerceHere are the upcoming events for October 2014 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Ribbon Cutting – Amelia Boat Club & Rentals
5 p.m. Thursday, October 9
Amelia Island Yacht Basin, 251 Creekside Dr., Fernandina Beach

Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate the new owners and name of Amelia Boat Club & Rentals with a ribbon cutting.

The boat club was previously known as Suntex Boat Club and Watersports and operated by the Amelia Island Yacht Basin. Monty and Capprice Kitchen recently purchased the business and changed the name to reflect the community. The boats and business remain at the Amelia Island Yacht Basin, but the location within the marina has moved to Dock E.

Amelia Boat Club & Rentals still provides boat club memberships (offering a hassle-free, convenient boating alternative to boat ownership) and boat & waverunner rentals to the public.

Come learn about the changes at Amelia Boat Club & Rentals and join us in wishing Monty and Capprice success!

Ribbon Cutting – Amelia National Tennis Club
Noon, Friday, October 10
95211 Clubhouse Road, Fernandina Beach

Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors as we celebrate the opening of the Amelia National Tennis Club with a ribbon cutting!

The Amelia National Tennis Club is a private tennis club that will offer eight state-of-the-art illuminated Har-Tru Clay Courts including two stadium courts. The Amelia National Tennis Club is staged to offer distinguished tennis programs under the direction of Owner and Director of Tennis Joe Mattingly. The highly trained staff, including Head Tennis Professional Vishnu Maharaj, are available to provide you with both private and group lesson instruction.

Amelia National Tennis club will offer Family, Couple, Single, Junior and Snowbird memberships.

Additional club amenities will include a 1500-square-foot club house complete with viewing deck and a full-service pro shop including a racquet customization center, stringing services, apparel from a variety of today’s top brands. A lounge area includes flat screen TVs and comfortable changing areas for both men and women.

For more information call (240) 446-5171.

To get to the Amelia National Tennis Club, take the Amelia Concourse to Amelia National Parkway. Drive approximately 1/2 mile to Clubhouse Road.

Join us in wishing Joe Mattingly and all the staff at Amelia National Tennis Club success, learn about their tennis programs and social activities and enjoy light refreshments, wine and beer.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 14
Missy’s Kitchen, 850859 U.S. 17, Yulee

Connect with local business owners and professionals, generate referrals and discuss issues of interest to the Yulee business community at the AIFBY Chamber’s Yulee Area Council.

In October, the Yulee Area Council will meet at Missy’s Kitchen on US 17, just south of the intersection with A1A/SR 200. Missy’s breakfast buffet will be available for $7.49.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers to the group are always welcome!

Registration and secure online payment required at http://web.aifby.com/events.

Thinking about joining the AIFBY Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

Nassau County Small Business Worksite Wellness Breakfast
8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 15
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach

Are you looking for ways to make your office a healthy place for yourself and your colleagues? Maintaining a healthier workforce can lower direct costs at your business such as insurance premiums and worker’s compensation claims while at the same time lowering absenteeism and boosting worker productivity.

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, the Nassau County Health Improvement Coalition and the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council invite you to the inaugural Nassau County Small Business Worksite Wellness Breakfast for information and tips on creating healthy work environments that make it easier for employees to make healthy choices.

Come learn about evidence-based programs that increase employee engagement, productivity and overall employee well-being while networking with wellness leaders, business owners, HR specialists and physicians.

Sign up to receive free consulting services to develop a worksite wellness program at your company through a program funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

Cost to attend the event is $10 and includes buffet breakfast.

Vendors may promote their wellness programs-related business with an informational table at the event. Cost (which includes one breakfast admission) is $20 for AIFBY Chamber members, $100 for non-members.

Online registration is required to attend the breakfast or to be an exhibitor. Go to http://web.aifby.com/events to sign up.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

quality-health
Business After Hours – Quality Health Amelia Island
5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 16
Quality Health, 1625 Lime St., Fernandina Beach

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest networking event, sponsored in October by Quality Health.

Business After Hours is a great way to meet other local business people and make contacts that can help generate referrals for your business, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards! There is always great food, drinks and door prizes.

Quality Health of Fernandina Beach is a long-term care facility where peace of mind for residents and their families is the priority. Quality Health has been an important part of Amelia Island since 1984 as the only skilled nursing facility on the island. Quality Health strives to provide comprehensive care to meet the needs of our growing community.

Quality Health is located on Lime Street across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Fernandina Beach. This will be our final Business After Hours in 2014.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers.

Ribbon Cutting – ComForcare
5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 21
Horizons, 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island

Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
and Directors as we welcome ComForcare Senior Services to Nassau County with
a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. at Horizon’s Restaurant.

This national company is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical
senior home care. We serve clients who are 18 years of age or older; our
specialty is providing excellent care to our senior population. Our home
caregivers provide personal care for individuals seeking assistance with
Activities of Daily Living. We provide these services in many settings
including residences, assisted living facilities, independent living
facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or wherever our clients reside. Our
goal is to employ and provide our home care clients with the highest quality
caregivers available.

For more information, visit www.comforcarejax.com or call (904) 232-4407.

Horizons will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. where you can meet ComForcare
caregivers who serve Nassau County, learn about the wide variety of services
they offer and enjoy refreshments. Horizons is located in the Park Place
commercial center between Julia & Lewis streets. Entrance is after Summer
Beach Reality & before the BP gas station.

Health Care Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 28
Advance Rehabilitation, 1897 Island Walkway, Suite 5, Fernandina Beach

Join us at the October Health Care Council, hosted by Advance Rehabilitation, located in the Beam Center on Island Walkway, next to CBC National Bank.

Admission to the Health Care Council is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required. Please note this will be the final meeting of the Health Care Council in 2014.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at http://web.aifby.com/events.

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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AIFBY Chamber Comments on Nassau County Sign Ordinance

AIFBY Chamber Comments on Nassau County Sign OrdinanceYulee, FL – Abe Hassan, owner of Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill on the A1A corridor in Yulee, knows how important a sign announcing specials can be in increasing traffic for a business. But, he added, it’s equally important that there be standards.

“It needs to be something that’s classy, not trashy,” he said. “That’s important.”

Finding that middle ground has been the goal of the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce as it has provided input to the Nassau County Planning & Zoning Board and Growth Management Department as they have been considering changes to the sign ordinance for the SR 200/A1A overlay which stretches from west of the Shave Bridge to the interchange ramps at Interstate 95.

“Both as property owners and residents, Chamber members wholeheartedly support the overlay’s goal of making sure ‘sign clutter’ doesn’t occur along A1A,” said Wynn Fendig, chairman of the AIFBY Chamber Board of Directors. “And we also support the design standards that are in place. We all want attractive, safe signs on A1A.”

But the Chamber also believes strongly that the ordinance must be practical in cost and design and allow businesses a fair chance to be visible to fast-moving traffic along the roadway, Fendig added.

After consulting with business owners and growth management staff, the Chamber’s Board of Directors in August sent a letter to the Planning & Zoning Board outlining its recommended changes for making the ordinance more workable for businesses along A1A. Some, but not all, of those recommendations were approved by board during a workshop on Tuesday, September 2.

Among the changes endorsed by the board were:
* Allowing banners to be displayed between a stand-alone, capped anchor with two, 2-foot wide, 6-feet high permanent columns. Those banners can be changed as often as the business wants.
* In the few instances where businesses along A1A also front another street as well, allowing those businesses to have signage on the second street.
* Allowing businesses to put up flags without getting a special events permit. A parcel or shopping center is permitted a maximum of up to three flags (on one pole or multiple poles), or up to two bow flags not to exceed 10 feet in height.
* Allowing businesses to apply for permits for special event promotions four times a year. Those events can last for up to 60 days.
* Allowing businesses whose frontage exceeds 400 feet to have an additional monument sign for each additional 100 feet, up to a maximum of 6 signs for the entire property.

The AIFBY Chamber also reiterated its support for the current ordinance’s prohibition against snipe signs and for better enforcement of the sign ordinance.

“We were pleased that language was added that Code Enforcement would be proactive in enforcing the sign ordinance along A1A,” said Chamber President Regina Duncan. “That’s one of the biggest things our members have been asking for — fair and consistent enforcement.”

While the Chamber had recommended that design standards be developed to allow electronic signs along the corridor, the Planning & Zoning Board disagreed. Current existing electronic signs will be grandfathered in. Those signs would be allowed to change once every hour instead of once a day as currently allowed.

The changes discussed on Tuesday still need formal approval by the Planning & Zoning Board at a regular hearing. The revised ordinance will also need to be passed by the Nassau County Commission before taking effect.

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September Events at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

 September Events at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Coming up in September at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 9
Junior’s Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 464073 State Road 200, Yulee

The September meeting of the AIFBY Chamber Yulee Area Council will focus on the widening of A1A/State Road 200 corridor in Yulee from four lanes to six. This project is scheduled to get started in October.

Our speakers will be Al Moyle of Eisman & Russo, which will be doing the construction inspection, and Ron Tittle with the Florida Department of Transportation. They’ll answer your questions about the time frame for the widening project, impacts on businesses along the corridor and more.

For this meeting, the Yulee Area Council will meet at Junior’s Seafood Restaurant and Grill at State Road 200 and Blackrock Road.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers to the group are always welcome! Optional breakfast available. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 17
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach

The AIFBY Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the local business community.

The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Chamber to discuss issues and to recommend formal policy stances for adoption by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

All AIFBY Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Wednesday, September 17
Lets Roll Entertainment, 463155 State Road 200, Yulee

Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors as we celebrate the opening of new business Lets Roll Entertainment!

This family entertainment center features indoor inflatables, games, stuffed animal building and laser maze. Lets Roll Entertainment offers walk-in and play-and-party packages including a private party room. Visit www.letsrollentertainment.com for more information.

Lets Roll Entertainment is located in The Shoppes at Midtown at the intersection of A1A and US 17 in Yulee.

Come wish owner Kim Sage success, check out all the fun and enjoy free ice cream!

Thinking about joining the AIFBY Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m. Thursday, September 18
Golf Club of Amelia Island, 4700 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest networking event, sponsored in September by The Golf Club of Amelia Island.

Business After Hours is a great way wind up your work day by meeting other local business people and making contacts that will help generate referrals for your business while enjoying great food, drinks and door prizes.

The Golf Club of Amelia Island is championship golf and so much more! It truly is the place for the time of your life with golf, tennis, a private beach club, various dining options and an active social calendar. The club is the perfect place to meet friends and share good times with family, as well as entertain clients. Visit www.golfclubofamelia.com for more information.

The Golf Club of Amelia Island is adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers.

Build a Better Business
8:30 a.m. Friday, September 26
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach

Join us at the September edition of Build a Better Business as we focus on two exciting new benefits available exclusively to AIFBY Chamber members to promote shopping locally!

Save Local Now is a digital marketing platform provided free with membership that puts you everywhere your customers are! It puts you in their search results because of optimization services that will rank your business at the top of search engines like Google and Bing. It puts you on their smartphones with a mobile app for Apple and Android. It puts you in their inboxes with email marketing. And it puts you on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus with 1-click social media sharing.

Just in time for holiday shopping, the AIFBY Chamber is launching Chamber Cash which will allow people to buy gift certificates online that are redeemable at any participating Chamber member business. One gift buys everything local!

Come find out how to put these benefits to work for you. Admission to Build a Better Business is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

Health Care Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 30
Amelia Home Health Services, 474256 E. SR 200, Yulee

The AIFBY Chamber Health Care Council works to raise awareness of health-care services available in Nassau County and develop contacts among local health professionals.

Join us at the September Health Care Council, hosted by Amelia Home Health Services, located across the street from Lowe’s at the intersection of A1A and Barnwell Road in Yulee.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

ken lawsonSeptember Membership Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 30
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Dr., Fernandina Beach

If you’re a licensed professional or you have a business in Florida, chances are your license comes from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Come meet the man who leads this critical agency as DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson addresses the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s September Membership Luncheon.

From hotels and restaurants to real estate agents, from veterinarians to certified public accountants and many industries in between, the DBPR licenses more than 1 million businesses and professionals.

Admission is $20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members through Friday, September 26, $5 additional afterwards. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

-Registration required for all AIFBY Chamber events except Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings.
-All events are subject to change.
-For current information and to register, go to the Chamber events calendar at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Click on the event you want to attend, and then click on the registration link in the event listing.
-For more information about any of these events, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com.

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Chamber Events for August 2014 in and Around Fernandina

Chamber Events for August 2014 in and Around FernandinaAmelia Island, FL – Coming up in August 2014 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Island Council
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 6
The Mustard Seed Cafe, 833 TJ Courson Road, Fernandina Beach

Grow your business by making and strengthening your connections with Amelia Island-based businesses at the AIFBY Chamber Island Council. Newcomers to the group are always welcome!

In August, Butch Beard will lead us in a networking exercise. The Mustard Seed Cafe is located inside Nassau Health Foods on TJ Courson Road between Eighth and 14th streets.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Ribbon Cutting
5 pm, Thursday, August 7
Rendezvous Festival
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island

Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors as we celebrate the launch of the Rendezvous Festival with a ribbon cutting on the ocean lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and jazz while learning more about this new film, music and gaming festival commemorating the important history and cultural contributions of the famous Evan’s Rendezvous nightclub at American Beach. The nine-day festival will debut in June 2015 and highlight the entire island with screenings at Main Beach, American Beach, downtown Fernandina Beach and other locations. For more information, visit www.rendezvousfestival.com.

The entrance to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island on the Amelia Island Parkway is approximately .3 miles south of South Fletcher Avenue. Island formal attire requested. To RSVP, email info@rendezvousfestival.com.

Join us in wishing Rendezvous Festival success and find out all about this great new annual festival on Amelia Island.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 12
Whataburger, 463773 State Road 200, Yulee

Connect with local business owners and professionals, generate referrals and discuss issues of interest to the Yulee business community at the AIFBY Chamber’s Yulee Area Council.

In August, our speaker will be Curt LoGiudice, executive director of The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Find out about the fascinating work this Chamber member is doing to rescue big cats and to educate the public about the plight of these endangered animals in the wild and captivity.

Whataburger is located in The Shoppes at Amelia Concourse in Yulee.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers to the group are always welcome! Optional breakfast available. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Wednesday, August 13
Vida Fitness, 48 Osprey Village Dr., Fernandina Beach

Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors as we celebrate Vida Fitness’ new location in Osprey Village!

Vida Fitness has been serving Amelia Island for more than eight years. It has moved to a new fitness center where it is now open to provide one-on-one certified personal training, group training, private Pilates and yoga instruction and nutritional counseling. Vida Fitness caters to all fitness levels and age groups.

The ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Come meet owner Sean Keith and his staff and learn more about Vida Fitness’ mission to help everyone lead a stronger, healthier life.

From 1st Coast Highway, turn on to Burney Road. Head east for approximately .4 of a mile. Osprey Village Drive will be on your left.

For more information, contact Sean Keith at (904) 415-1429.

Make Your Membership Work for You
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 19
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach

Find out about your Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce membership benefits at Make Your Membership Work for You. Get an overview of how to get the most out of your membership and connect with other members during this fun and informative event.

We’ll discuss the resources available to you through the Chamber to grow your business, increase your credibility with consumers, generate referrals, promote your business and connect you with the local business community.

Make Your Membership Work for You is an ideal introduction to the Chamber for new members and great way for existing members to get up-to-date.

There is no admission charge. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 20
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach

The AIFBY Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the local business community.

The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Chamber to discuss issues and to recommend formal policy stances for adoption by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

All AIFBY Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m. Thursday, August 21
Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Suite 101, Fernandina Beach

Join us at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, sponsored in August by the Barnabas Center.

Wrap up your work day by making connections with local business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying great food, drinks and door prizes at Nassau County’s largest monthly business gathering.

Barnabas Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides qualifying residents of Nassau County with assistance during a crisis. This assistance includes food, subsidies that cover rent and utilities and vouchers to our New to You Resale Store for clothing and household goods. The Barnabas Samaritan Clinic is a free, urgent care medical clinic, where uninsured patients can receive prompt care. The Barnabas Dental Clinic is a low-cost clinic offered to those who are low-income and uninsured.

The Barnabas Center is located on Jasmine Street, between South 13th and 14th streets. Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers.

Folio Weekly Sam TaylorBuild a Better Business
8:30 a.m. Friday, August 22
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach

Join us at the August edition of Build a Better Business as Sam Taylor, president and publisher of Folio Weekly, gives an informative overview on “Reaching Your Target Audience.”

Taylor founded Folio Weekly in 1987, and the free, weekly tabloid now serves 132,000 readers and more than 350 of the top marketing companies in Jacksonville, St Augustine and Amelia Island.

The art of reaching your target audience is in the definition. Taylor will first help attendees hone their focus on what is their target audience and then on how to use the best tools – often free – to tell them a compelling true story.

Admission to Build a Better Business is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

Health Care Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 26
Savannah Grand of Amelia Island, 1900 Amelia Trace Court, Fernandina Beach

The AIFBY Health Care Council works to raise awareness of health-care services available in Nassau County and develop contacts among local health-related professionals.

The Health Care Council in August will be hosted by Savannah Grand of Amelia Island. The entrance to Savannah Grand is immediately east of the Residence Inn Amelia Island on Sadler Road. Savannah Grand is located at the end of Amelia Trace Court.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Steve GoransonAugust Membership Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 26
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Dr., Fernandina Beach

Did you know there are only five ways to massively increase your profits? More importantly, do you know what they are? Find out at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce August Membership Luncheon.

Our presenter will be business coach Steve Goranson speaking on “Five Ways to Drive Profit to Your Business.”

At this presentation you’ll discover:
* The five drivers of profitability in your business;
* How just a 10% increase in all five ways can increase your profits by 61%;
* What factors you should focus on first to start increasing your profits today;
* A simple (but often overlooked) strategy that puts extra dollars straight to your bottom line (and it’s not discounting).

Goranson has owned ActionCOACH Business Coaching of North Florida for the past 10 years. ActionCOACH is the world’s No. 1 coaching organization with more coaches around the world than all other coaching franchises combined. Goranson works with successful and emerging business owners and their teams to increase their sales, profits and cash flow, plus build amazing teams to get their business working so they don’t have to.

Admission is $20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members through Friday, August 22, $5 additional afterwards. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Wednesday, August 27
Precision Chiropractic, 1699 S. 14th St., Unit 18, Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors will celebrate the opening of Precision Chiropractic with a ribbon cutting!

Precision Chiropractic is a neural restoration health center based in Fernandina Beach. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive solution to problems related to structural abnormalities in the spine and nervous system, allowing your body to work at its highest capacity. Dr. Kevin Lin received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, Dr. Lin has five years of training in Neural Restoration Chiropractic through the Knee Chest Upper Cervical Protocol. For more information, visit http://precisionchirofl.com.

Join us in wishing success to Dr. Lin and his staff and find out if neural restoration chiropractic is right for you or your loved ones.

Precision Chiropractic is located in the Amelia Crossing commercial strip on South 14th Street, just north of Walmart.

Registration required for all AIFBY Chamber events except Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings. All events are subject to change. For current information and to register, go to the Chamber events calendar at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Click on the event you want to attend, then click on the registration link in the event listing. For more information about any of these events, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248.

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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A Taste of Wine by Steve Ribbon Cutting

A Taste of Wine Ribbon CuttingThere will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for A Taste of Wine by Steve in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 4:30 PM.

A Taste of Wine by Steve has moved and Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Directors and Ambassadors will celebrate its new Amelia Island location with a ribbon cutting!

Open house begins at 4:30 p.m. with servings of Bellinis. The ribbon cutting will be at 5 p.m. and will be followed by A Taste of Wine by Steve‘s weekly complimentary Friday wine tasting until 7 p.m.

Stay and sample a few of the fine wines available at A Taste of Wine by Steve. The shop already has a fair amount of high end wines on the shelves and plans to continue to build this inventory at the new location as well as continuing to offer good wine at all prices. The spacious new location caters to a retail crowd with a wine bar and glass-topped wine barrels for tables.

For more information, visit www.atasteofwinebysteve.com.

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July 2014 Chamber Events From Amelia to Yulee

July 2014 Chamber Events From Amelia to YuleeHere is what is coming up in July 2014 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8
Whataburger, 463773 State Road 200, Yulee

Connect with local business owners and professionals, generate referrals and discuss issues of interest to the Yulee business community at the Yulee Area Council, hosted by Whataburger located in The Shoppes at Amelia Concourse.

In July, Det. Wayne Harrington with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office will make a presentation on crime prevention.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers are always welcome! Optional breakfast available. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 16
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The AIFBY Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the local business community.

The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Chamber to discuss issues and to recommend formal policy stances for adoption by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

All AIFBY Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 17
Council on Aging of Nassau County, 1367 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest monthly business event, sponsored in July by the Council on Aging of Nassau County.

Business After Hours is a great way to meet other local business people and make contacts that will help you get referrals. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards! There is always great food, drinks and door prizes. Attire is business casual.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Nassau County is to provide services of compassionate care that foster independence and help our clients remain active, valued members of their community. The COA offers programs designed to allow seniors to remain intellectually, socially and physically active as long as they are able including Adult Day Health Care, In-Home Care, Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, support services and two Senior Centers (Fernandina Beach and Hilliard).

The Council on Aging of Nassau County’s Eastside Senior Center is adjacent to Baptist Medical Center Nassau on South 18th Street in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit www.coanassau.com.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers.

Health Care Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 29
Baptist Medical Center Nassau, 1250 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach

The AIFBY Chamber Health Care Council in July will be hosted by Baptist Medical Center Nassau, located on South 18th Street between Nectarine and Lime streets in Fernandina Beach.

Join us in the hospital’s conference room as representatives from Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Community Hospice of Northeast Florida give updates on their organizations and their partnership in the newly opened Center for Caring on the hospital campus.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

July Membership Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 29
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Dr., Fernandina Beach

This year will mark the completion of major fan friendly enhancements to EverBank Field including the installation of the world’s largest video boards. Join the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce for a “Jaguars Update” with Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping at our July Membership Luncheon.

Lamping was named president of the Jacksonville Jaguars in February 2012. A veteran of more than 20 years as an executive in professional sports, Lamping became the Jaguars’ first president since the end of the 1996 season.

As president, Lamping oversees all business operations for the Jaguars. Since arriving in Jacksonville he has directed a restructuring of the Jaguars front office, along with multiple initiatives designed to engage with fans, improve the in-stadium experience, increase ticket sales, strengthen relationships with governmental and civic interests and grow business opportunities locally, regionally and internationally.

Admission is $20 for Chamber members; $40 for non-members through Friday, July 25, $5 additional afterwards. Online registration and payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

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Leadership Nassau’s 14th Class Graduation

Leadership Nassau's 14th Class Graduation
Amelia Island, FL – The 14th class of Leadership Nassau, the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s community leadership development program, graduated May 15, 2014.

The 22 members wrapped up their 10-month immersion into the history, economy, environment, government and culture of Nassau County with a commencement ceremony during Business After Hours at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Although the class members have completed Leadership Nassau, they will continue to work on their class project to create a sustainable organization dedicated to the creation of a monument at the Nassau County Judicial Annex in Yulee.

The AIFBY Chamber is now accepting applications for Class 15 through Monday, July 1.

Leadership Nassau is open to any resident of Nassau County, but recruitment targets individuals with diverse geographical and socio-economic backgrounds and seeks a racial, gender and age mix reflective of the population. Cost is $650 for members of the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, $850 for non-members.

Applications for the 2014-15 Leadership Nassau class are available at the Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island, and on the Chamber’s website at www.islandchamber.com/Leadership-Nassau.aspx. To have an application e-mailed or faxed to you, contact the Chamber at info@aifby.com or (904) 261-3248.

Leadership Nassau Class of 2014
* Myra Cockerham, Town of Hilliard
* Bill Cromer, Citizens State Bank
* David Emmons, Nassau County Economic Development Board
* George Faucher, Nassau County Fire and Rescue
* Steve Fentriss, The Fentriss Group
* Danny Fullwood, retiree
* Kimberly Geib, Nassau County Health Department
* David Hearn, Nassau County Road & Bridge Department
* Rebecca Jordi, UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension
* Amanda Just, Nassau County Animal Services
* Stephanie Knagge, Town of Callahan
* Brent Lemond, Nassau County School Board
* Angie Lester, City of Fernandina Beach
* Dr. Kevin Lin, Precision Chiropractic
* Laura Lott Harris, Lott’s Furniture
* Hugh McLean, Adminisolve
* Bruce Meger, HR Systems, Inc.
* Tiffany Murphy, Town of Hilliard
* Katrina Robinson-Wheeler, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
* Vivian Sankey, Pet Care Center Nassau
* Justin Taylor, Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office
* Mary Wasil, RockTenn

The members of Leadership Nassau Class 14 are (from left) David Emmons, Nassau County Economic Development Board; Laura Lott Harris, Lott’s Furniture; Kimberly Geib, Nassau County Health Department; Dr. Kevin Lin, Precision Chiropractic; Stephanie Knagge, Town of Callahan; Vivian Sankey, Pet Care Center Nassau; Myra Cockerham, Town of Hilliard; Bruce Meger, HR Systems, Inc.; Tiffany Murphy, Town of Hilliard; Steve Fentriss, The Fentriss Group; Angie Lester, City of Fernandina Beach; Justin Taylor, Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office; Amanda Just, Nassau County Animal Services; Hugh McLean, Adminisolve; Katrina Robinson-Wheeler, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare; David Hearn, Nassau County Road & Bridge Department; Brent Lemond, Nassau County School Board; Mary Wasil, RockTenn; Bill Cromer, Citizens State Bank; (not pictured) George Faucher, Nassau County Fire and Rescue; Danny Fullwood, retiree; and Rebecca Jordi, UF/IFAS Nassau.

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AIFBY Chamber Events for June 2014

AIFBY Chamber Events for June 2014Here is what is coming up in June 2014 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Island Council
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 4
Hola! Cuban Cafe, 117 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach

Grow your business by making and strengthening your connections with Amelia Island-based businesses at the AIFBY Chamber Island Council.

The council this month will meet at Hola! Cuban Cafe, located on North Second Street in downtown Fernandina Beach, behind the Palace Saloon. Our hosts are treating us to coffee, and we’ll be doing a networking exercise led by Butch Beard.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers are always welcome! Optional breakfast is available.

Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10
Whataburger, 463773 State Road 200, Yulee

Justin Taylor of the Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office will discuss Leadership Nassau, the Chamber’s community leadership development program, at the next meeting of the Yulee Area Council.

Connect with local business owners and professionals, generate referrals and discuss issues of interest to the Yulee business community at the Yulee Area Council, hosted by Whataburger located in The Shoppes at Amelia Concourse.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers are always welcome! Optional breakfast available.

Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Make Your Membership Work for You
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

Find out about your Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce membership benefits at Make Your Membership Work for You. Get an overview of how to get the most out of your membership and connect with other members during this fun and informative event.

We’ll discuss the resources available to you through the Chamber to grow your business, increase your credibility with consumers, generate referrals, promote your business and connect you with the local business community.

Make Your Membership Work for You is an ideal introduction to the Chamber for new members and great way for existing members to get up-to-date. The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

There is no admission charge. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The AIFBY Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the local business community.

The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Chamber to discuss issues and to recommend formal policy stances for adoption by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

All AIFBY Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 19
Baptist Medical Center Nassau, 1250 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest monthly business event, sponsored in June by Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

Business After Hours is a great way to meet other local business people and make contacts that will help generate referrals for your business. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards! There is always great food, drinks and door prizes. Business casual attire.

Area residents and businesses are fortunate to have first-rate physicians and a hospital and emergency department available 24/7 right on Amelia Island. Baptist Medical Center Nassau, a 54-bed acute care hospital, is one of the most up-to-date community hospitals in Florida. It offers a complete range of diagnostic services and a medical staff in 25 different specialties who provide care for most illnesses and injuries encountered today. If you or anyone in your family or business needs medical care, you can feel confident in the high-quality, comprehensive services available at Baptist Nassau and Baptist Health.

Baptist Medical Center is located on South 18th Street between Nectarine and Lime streets in Fernandina Beach. For more information, visit www.baptistjax.com.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers.

Health Care Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24
Precision Chiropractic, 1367 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach

Join us at the Health Care Council in June hosted by Precision Chiropractic, located in the Amelia Crossing commercial area on 14th Street, just north of Walmart.

Keep up-to-date on health-care services available in Nassau County and connect with health-related professionals at the Health Care Council.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members.

Registration and secure online registration and paymentis required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Catherine-Byerly-amelia-chamberJune Membership Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 24
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Dr., Fernandina Beach

Catherine Byerly, digital producer at the Jacksonville Business Journal, will discuss “Women at Work on the First Coast: Where We Are, Where We Are Going and How Exactly We’re Getting There” at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s June Membership Luncheon. The luncheon is sponsored by Advance Rehabilitation and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

Byerly will take a look at the wage gap in the seven-county Northeast Florida area and how it compares to the nation and region, using stories from the reporting trail and real people’s accounts of where they see the wage gap coming from. She’ll also discuss how area business leaders are moving equality forward, not only to the benefit of their employees but their businesses as well.

Byerly is the digital producer for the Jacksonville Business Journal, North Florida’s source for business news. Responsible for multimedia reporting, Byerly presents business news in alternative story formats in print and online. Before the JBJ, her reporting aired on WJCT, Jacksonville’s NPR station.

Admission is $20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members through Friday, June 20, $5 additional afterwards.

Online registration and payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

Registration required for all AIFBY Chamber events except Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings.

All events are subject to change. For current information and to register, go to the Chamber events calendar at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Click on the event you want to attend, and then click on the registration link in the event listing. For more information about any of these events, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com.

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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May 2014 Events at the Chamber of Commerce

May 2014 Events at the Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce has plenty of activities on tap for May 2014:

Ribbon cutting
Noon, Friday, May 9, 2014
Pirate Playground, Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center
2500 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors will conduct a ribbon cutting at 12 p.m. Friday, May 9, formally opening the 8 Flags Playscapes Pirate Playground behind the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.

Come join the Chamber as we help 8 Flags Playscapes celebrate the culmination of years of effort to create a true community accessible playground for children of all abilities. Countless individuals and businesses from the community have given their time to help build Pirate Playground, transforming a dirt parking lot into a magnificent play space integrating the history, art, and nature of Fernandina Beach.

For more information about Pirate Playground, visit www.8flagsplayscapes.org or call (904) 742-8331.

Be a part of the celebration by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9 or the grand opening play day starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 10.

SBDC Tracy NazzaroYulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13
Whataburger, 463773 State Road 200, Yulee

Tracy Nazzaro from the Small Business Development Center will discuss “Spring Cleaning Your Website” at the May meeting of the AIFBY Chamber Yulee Area Council.

Connect with local business owners and professionals, generate referrals and discuss issues of interest to the Yulee business community at the Yulee Area Council, hosted by Whataburger located in The Shoppes at Amelia Concourse.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Newcomers are always welcome! Optional breakfast available. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Michelle HeatherlyHow to Give Legendary Service
9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14
Residence Inn Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach

Great customer service and the positive word-of-mouth it generates has always been critical to business success.

In our digital age, where every customer has the ability to easily share their experiences – good or bad – via social media, every employee who deals with customers more potential than ever to significantly help or hurt your business.

Find out How to Give Legendary Service during the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s annual customer service seminar, presented by the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council and hosted by Residence Inn Amelia Island.

Presenter will be Michelle Heatherly, director of client engagement at Axia Public Relations, who will give your employees an overview of the impact both positive and negative word-of-mouth can have on your business and why their interactions with customers are vital to your success.

Attendees will learn how to engage with people in a positive way to ensure happy, repeat customers who are eager to tell others about your company.

Heatherly is a public relations and marketing communications professional with 16 years of customer service experience within the health/wellness and food/beverage/entertainment/hospitality industries and is an expert at translating the art and science of public relations into the language of industry. In her role as director of Client Engagement at Axia, she coordinates new clients into the public relations agency and ensures that they have an exceptional experience with Axia. She engages, retains, develops and manages new and existing client relationships through impeccable customer service and results.

Two identical presentations will be offered on May 14 allowing businesses to send half their staff in the morning and half in the afternoon. Discounted admission is available to every company that sends two more employees.

AIFBY Chamber members who send employees to How to Give Legendary Service will have a “Customer Service Commitment” designation attached to their listing in the Chamber’s online business directory.

Session One will be 9 a.m. to noon; Session Two will be 1 to 4 p.m. Seating is limited to 60 per session.

Discounted admission through Friday, May 9, is $49 per person. That drops to only $40 per person for companies that send two or more employees. Regular admission is $65 per person or $60 per person for two or more employees from the same company.

Payment must be received in full by noon May 13. Cancellations must be received by noon May 13 or all charges will apply.

Contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com to register.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 15
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach

Join us at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, sponsored in May by the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Wrap-up your work day by making connections with local business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying great food, drinks and door prizes. Business After Hours is Nassau County’s largest monthly business gathering.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is exemplary in its presentation of service and substance through its 27 holes of fantastic golf and its full-service restaurant and clubhouse. Located within short distance of both Jacksonville and Georgia, the Fernandina Beach Golf Club offers a welcome escape for residents and visitors alike. Bring your next golf outing to our club and experience Florida golf at its best! Planning a wedding, banquet, or other celebration? Invite your party to an exceptional, worry-free event at Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The AIFBY Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting the local business community.

The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Chamber to discuss issues and to recommend formal policy stances for adoption by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

All AIFBY Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate. Online registration is required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Contact us at (904) 261-3248 for information about attending an upcoming event as our guest.

Council on Aging Janice AncrumHealth Care Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27
Council on Aging of Nassau County, 1367 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach

Join us at the Health Care Council in May with speaker Janice Ancrum, executive director of the Council on Aging of Nassau County.

The Council on Aging of Nassau County’s Eastside Senior Center is located at South 18th and Nectarine streets, across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

Admission to the Health Care Council is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

Lori K. Mans HeadshotMay Membership Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 27
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Dr., Fernandina Beach

Lori K. Mans of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, a management-only labor and employment law firm, will speak on “Wage and Hour Compliance for Employers: The Top 10 Fair Labor Standards Act Mistakes” at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s May Membership Luncheon.

The meeting is sponsored by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

A partner in the firm’s Litigation Section, the primary focus of Mans’ law practice involves representing private and public sector employers in state and federal court employment litigation. She also represents employers in traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, grievances, and arbitrations. Mans is a frequent speaker and lecturer on various topics including discrimination and harassment in the workplace, disciplinary documentation, interviewing and hiring, leave and accommodations, and wage and hour compliance.

Admission is $20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members through Friday, May 23, $5 additional afterwards. Online registration and payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

The Fernandina Beach Golf Club is located between Amelia Island Parkway and South Fletcher Avenue in Fernandina Beach. From the Amelia Island Parkway, take Via Del Rey Road; from South Fletcher Avenue, take Bill Melton Road.

Thinking about joining the Chamber? Call (904) 261-3248 for an invitation to attend an upcoming event as the Chamber’s guest.

Deppe Communications Kim DeppeBuild a Better Business
8:30 a.m. Friday, May 30
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

Kim Deppe of Deppe Communications will give an overview of “Marketing 101 for Small Business” at the May edition of Build a Better Business.

Deppe Communications is a marketing agency serving professionals and businesses with outsourced marketing and public relations services. The marketing agency has wide experience in helping small business owners understand their marketing opportunities, even with a small budget. Kim Deppe, the company’s president, has more than 25 years of executive marketing and communications experience in retail, banking and healthcare. She regularly speaks to business groups regarding social media and other marketing issues.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Registration and secure online payment required at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

The AIFBY Chamber is located in the Gateway to Amelia complex at A1A/Eighth Street and the Amelia Island Parkway. You’ll find our office behind the flag poles.

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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