October 2013 Chamber of Commerce Events

Here is what's coming up in October at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

October 2013 Chamber of Commerce EventsAMELIA ISLAND, FL – Here is what’s coming up in October at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Island Council
8:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 2
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.

Speaker in October will be Fernandina Beach Mayor Sarah Pelican.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Optional breakfast is available. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 8
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.

Speaker in October is Ron Heymann of Davis Capital Management.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members; $25 for non-members. Optional breakfast is available. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Ground Breaking
9 a.m. Tuesday, October 8
Pirate Playground – Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center: 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors conduct a ground-breaking for the 8 Flags Playscapes Pirate Playground located behind the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.

Come join the Chamber as we help 8 Flags Playscapes celebrate this milestone in the creation of an accessible playground in our community.

8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the healthy physical, mental and social growth of children. Its mission is to create and maintain a community accessible playground that integrates exercise, art, nature, music, imagination and local history for children of all abilities. Its capital campaign is called 200 Pirate Dreams. Individuals, businesses or groups can commit to a $1,000 Dream and earn a pennant on the flagpole displayed in front of the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. The nonprofit is planning on completing the playground by May 2014.

For more information, visit www.8flagsplayscapes.org.

YBiz
8-9 am Friday, October 11
AIFBY Chamber: 961687 Gateway Blvd Suite 101G, Amelia Island

Young Business Leaders of Nassau offers professional development and community engagement for entrepreneurs and professionals under 40.

Topic in October is “Unplugged,” a chance to meet informally with local elected or appointed officials. Guests will be Fernandina Beach City Commissioner Pat Gass and Nassau County Commissioner Barry Holloway.

This will be the final YBiz meeting of the year.

Seating is limited, so an online reservationonline registration is required. Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

HR Council
Noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, October 14
The Surf Restaurant & Bar: 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s HR Council is designed to keep Chamber members who handle human resources abreast of best practices, the latest requirements and newest trends in this ever-changing field.

Topic in October is “Effective Interviewing.” Do you keep making hiring mistakes? Are you spending time and money training someone only to find they’re not a good fit for your company? Learn tips and techniques for conducting effective interviews that will find the person who’s right for the job and your business culture. And we’ll review what you legally can and cannot ask a job applicant.

This will be the final meeting of the HR Council in 2013.

Online reservations and payment required. Admission, including lunch, is $20 for Chamber members, $30 for non-members through Friday, October 4; $5 additional afterwards. Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance or all charges will apply. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Make Your Membership Work For You
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 15
Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q: 2742 S. Eighth St. Fernandina Beach

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

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.

This will be the last Make Your Membership Work For You breakfast of the year.

Admission is free for AIFBY Chamber members. Online reservations are required. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Business After Hours
5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 17
Quality Health of Fernandina Beach (Lime Street across from the hospital and next to the police station.)

Connect with up to 150 Chamber members at Business After Hours, Nassau County’s biggest monthly business gathering, sponsored in October by Quality Health of Fernandina Beach and Angel Watch Home Care.

Business After Hours is a great way to wind-up your business day by connecting with other local business people and making contacts that will help you get referrals. 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.

Angel Watch is a full-service home health care agency. We provide both medical and non-medical home care services. Angel Watch is Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited. Medical services include skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapies, home health aide and medical social worker services. Non-medical services include homemaker and companion service. Angel Watch is locally owned and operated and has been serving our community since 2003.

Admission to Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. Cash or check only at the door. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m. Friday, October 18
Colie’s: 4 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors celebrate Colie’s move to downtown Fernandina Beach with a ribbon cutting.

Come join us in wishing owner Ashley Phinazee continued success in her new location.

Colie’s has recently expanded into selling women’s boutique-style clothing in addition to fun jewelry and accessories for everyone. We have unique and on-trend styles at amazingly affordable prices. Colie’s also specializes in Game Day dresses and jewelry during football season. Buy Colie’s fashion and sparkles at its new boutique in historic downtown Fernandina Beach next to Kayak Amelia or online at www.shopcolies.com.

Health Care Council
8 a.m. Tuesday, October 29
Advance Rehabilitation: 463688 State Road 200, Suite 9, Yulee

The Chamber’s Health Care Council is designed to raise awareness of health care services in Nassau County and develop professional contacts among local health-related organizations and professionals.

October’s meeting is hosted by Advance Rehabilitation, a locally owned physical therapy practice providing high quality rehabilitation services.

This will be final meeting of the Health Care Council in 2013.

Admission is free to Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Quarterly Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, October 29
Fernandina Beach Golf Club: 2800 Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach

Mike Bell, director of External Affairs for Rayonier, will be the speaker as the AIFBY Chamber 2013 Quarterly Luncheon series concludes.

Bell will give an overview of the East Nassau Community Planning Area and its potential impact on the business community.

The East Nassau Community Planning Area is a state-approved Sector Plan that includes approximately 22,000 acres in eastern Nassau County. Most of the property lies between Interstate 95 and Chester Road on the north side of SR200/A1A. The entire property is owned by TerraPointe LLC, a division of Rayonier. In May 2011, it was created and adopted into the County’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan with a multi-use land designation. A Sector Plan offers a unique opportunity to master plan for long-term future growth.

Online registration and payment required. Luncheon admission is $20 for AIFBY Chamber members, $30 for non-members, through Friday, October 25; $5 additional afterwards. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or all charges will apply.

Prospective Chamber members should contact Wendi Groden-Thomas at (904) 261-3248 ext. 107 for information about attending.

Register at www.islandchamber.com/events.aspx.

Government Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 30
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.

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