August 2012 with the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

Coming up in August at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

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

Ribbon Cutting
4 p.m. Thursday, August 2
Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty, 5548 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island

Join AIFBY Chamber Directors and Ambassadors we welcome Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty to the community with a ribbon cutting.

As in art, wine and collectibles, the common denominator of homes represented by Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty is not a particular price range, but rather, the distinctive character of the property. Since 1975, Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty has been representing clients in Northeast Florida by bringing to every relationship an emphasis on exceptional service and a practiced eye for recognizing the unique value of a home. Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty is, by design, a locally owned company with a global reach enhanced by Sotheby’s International Realty’s network of more than 550 offices in over 44 different countries. At heart, Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty is a company that treasures the uniquely beautiful and the simple joy of presenting to clients not just a house, but the perfect home.

For more information about Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty, call (904) 277-6522 or go to

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Friday, August 3
Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach

Join AIFBY Chamber Directors and Ambassadors as we help the Amelia Island Museum of History, in partnership with the Amelia Island Blues Festival committee, launch its “History of the Blues” exhibit with a ribbon cutting.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by a reception and lecture about the genre and an acoustic guitar performance by Blue Storm recording artist Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. In addition, the official 2012 Amelia Island Blues Festival musical line-up will be announced.

Visitors can explore the exhibit, which will feature a blues history timeline, blues memorabilia, historic photos and an informative video. The two-month exhibit also features a tribute to the famed “Chitlin’ Circuit,” a collective name for venues throughout the southern and eastern United States that allowed African-American musicians and entertainers to perform during segregation.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Amelia Island Museum of History at (904) 261-7378 or visit For more information about the Amelia Island Blues Festival, which will run September 14-16, visit

Small Business Development Center Free One-on-One Counseling
Wednesday, August 8
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.

Hagan 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 to schedule an appointment.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 14
Whataburger, 463773 State Road 200, Yulee

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher of Culligan will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Yulee Area Council. This business council meets at 8:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month to network and discuss business issues. Admission is free for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Optional breakfast is available.

Member Benefits Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 14
Jack & Diane’s, 708 Centre St., Fernandina Beach

Find out how to make your Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce membership work for you at the Chamber’s next Member Benefits Breakfast.

Get an overview of how to get the most out of your membership and enjoy speed networking during this fun and informative event. The Member Benefits Breakfast 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; optional breakfast is available for $10. Cash only. If you plan to attend the Member Benefits Breakfast, please RSVP to the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or by Friday, August 10.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m. Thursday, August 16
Sun Gallery Vision Center & Sunglasses, 1480 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach

Sun Gallery Vision Center & Sunglasses will host the Chamber’s next Business After Hours. Come and enjoy great food, drinks, live music and door prizes while making new connections that can help grow your business at Nassau County’s largest networking gathering. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards.

Sun Gallery provides the ultimate experience for indoor tanners and can fulfill all of your eyewear needs as well. Sun Gallery is a licensed optical store with a board certified licensed optician and optometrist on staff. Choose from hundreds of pairs of designer and sports sunglasses, including Ray-Ban, Costa Del Mar, Versace, Native, Spy Optics, Charmant 100% titanium frames and much more. Tan free with the purchase of sunglasses or prescription eyewear. Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members.

Health Care Council
8 a.m. Tuesday, August 28
Coastal Vision Center, 6 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach

Stephen Lee, president of Baptist Medical Center Nassau, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the AIFBY Chamber’s Health Care Council, hosted in August by Coastal Vision Center.

The Health Care Council focuses on raising awareness of health care services in Nassau County as well as developing professional contacts among local health-related organizations. Admission is free for Chamber members, $25 for non-members.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29
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/state 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.

For more information about any of these events, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or

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