May 2014 Events at the Chamber of Commerce

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

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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