April 2013 at the Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what is coming up in April 2013 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Island Council
8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 3
The Mustard Seed Cafe, 833 TJ Courson Road, Fernandina Beach

Wilma Allen with Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library will speak about plans to build a new Fernandina Beach branch of the Nassau County Public Library during the April meeting of the Chamber’s Island Council.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Optional breakfast available. Prospective Chamber members should contact Chamber Business Development Coordinator Lynne Starling for information about attending.

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.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 4
CLUB 14 FITNESS, 1114 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach (in the movie theater shopping center)

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at an extra edition of Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest monthly business gathering, sponsored by CLUB 14 FITNESS, Amelia Island’s only 24 hour fitness club.

Business After Hours is a great way to meet other local business people and make contacts that can help generate referrals for your business. There will be great food from Sliders Seaside Grill, a wine tasting provided by Amelia Liquors, drinks and door prizes.

This BAH will have a “Superheros” theme, featuring “Super-Steppers” demonstrating CLUB 14’s newest program, Les Mills BodyStep, an energizing step workout. Club employees and members will deliver a 20-minute BodyStep class for anyone who wants to participate, as well as a short demonstration of BodyCombat, an empowering cardio workout inspired by mixed martial arts.

You are encouraged to dress up as your own favorite superhero!

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Prospective members should contact Lynne Starling about attending.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Friday, April 5
Missy’s Kitchen, 850859 US 17 South, Yulee

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce will welcome new restaurant Missy’s Kitchen to the community with a ribbon cutting.

Missy’s Kitchen offers a country breakfast and lunch buffet at a reasonable price in a homey, relaxed atmosphere. Buffet features include eggs cooked to order, fried chicken, salads and desserts.

Join us in wishing owner Missy Munton success and see what she’s serving up at Missy’s Kitchen. For more information about Missy’s Kitchen, call (904) 849-1394.

YBiz First Friday
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5
Halftime Sports Bar & Grill, 320 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach

Halftime Sports Bars hosts a knuckleball of a Friday night, welcoming the members of Young Business Leaders of Nassau and the opening day of the 2013 MLB season! The kickoff to the baseball season will include hot dogs and popcorn, just like you’re in the stands. The event is sponsored by CORE Health Clinic of Chiropractic.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $5 for Non-Chamber Members. Cash bar. RSVP to lynne@aifby.com.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9
Chick-fil-A, 464004 State Road 200, 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.

Our topic in April is Leadership Nassau, the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s long-running leadership development program.

Admission is free for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Optional breakfast available. Prospective Chamber members should contact Chamber Business Development Coordinator Lynne Starling for information about attending.

SCORE Counseling
12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

Bill Prey, one of the experienced business mentors at Jacksonville SCORE, will be available at the AIFBY Chamber to provide free, confidential mentoring to startups, coaching to existing businesses, advice on how to get a business loan and assistance with putting together a successful business plan.

Sessions will be one-hour long and appointments are required. Schedule your mentoring session online at jacksonville.score.org/.

Make Your Membership Work for You
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 16
Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 2742 S. Eighth St. Fernandina Beach

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Find out how to get the most out of your Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce membership at Make Your Membership Work for You.

Get an overview of your benefits and enjoy speed networking during this fun and informative breakfast. 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.

If you plan to attend Make Your Membership Work for You, please RSVP to the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com by Friday, April 12.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 18
Regions Bank, 1409 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest networking event, sponsored in April by Regions Bank in Fernandina Beach.

Regions Bank custom tailors accounts to suit your needs and goals, including free personal and business checking accounts, Internet banking, home equity lines, home mortgages, money market, savings and CDs, insurance and investing services, private client services and more.

Business After Hours is a great way to meet other local business people and make contacts that will help generate referrals for your business. There is always great food, drinks and door prizes.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Prospective members should contact Business Development Coordinator Lynne Starling for information about attending.

Basic iPad for Business
8 a.m. Friday, April 26
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The AIFBY Chamber’s Build a Better Business education series continues with “Basic iPad for Business.”

Presenter will be Bobby Carswell, corporate support manager with Mac+PC Tech Pro, a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Carswell will give an overview of how to effectively use an iPad at your business, including basic settings, differences between iPhones and iPads and examples of the iPad at work in business operations.

Space is limited to 25 people per session. Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Reservations are required and may be made through the Chamber’s online events calendar at www.islandchamber.com.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The Government Affairs Committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting AIFBY Chamber members by encouraging input and participation in local committees and boards.

The GAC meets the last Wednesday of the month to discuss issues and to recommend formal policy stances for adoption by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. For more information, contact Chamber President Regina Duncan at (904) 261-3248.

Quarterly Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30
Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper will be the speaker as the Chamber’s 2013 Quarterly Luncheon series continues. The April luncheon is sponsored by Mac+PC Tech Pro.

Leeper was elected sheriff in 2012, after a 35-year career with the Florida Highway Patrol. Leeper will address the challenges facing law enforcement and how the business community and law enforcement can help each other.

Admission is $20 for Chamber members, $30 for non-members. Prospective members should contact Business Development Coordinator Lynne Starling at (904) 261-3248 ext. 104 for information about attending.

Reservations are required by Friday, April 26. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance of the luncheon or all charges will apply in full. Sponsorships also are available. Contact Lynne Starling for more information.

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.

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is located at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Amelia Island, Florida.

(904) 261-3248
(904) 261-6997 fax

www.islandchamber.com
www.yuleechamber.com

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