Greetings,
 
Happy Black Business Month! This August has been an excellent time to leverage community support and excitement, to position your business for success.
 
In the spirit of celebrating Black Business, tomorrow we are kicking off our inaugural Empowerment Business Conference...virtually! It will include virtual breakout sessions, a luncheon speaker, panel discussions and more.

Don't forget! On Day 2 - Tuesday, August 25th, minority owned businesses will have the opportunity to get matched with large corporations that need their services. Let's end this month with some new contracts on the table! Tickets are still on sale, last chance: https://bit.ly/2Xta2hE

As always, please stay safe during these challenging times of Covid-19. You are not alone, we are all in this together.

Tanisha Nunn Gary
President & CEO AACCCF
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Business Spotlight: Proficiency Background Services, LLC

This month we asked AACCCF Member, Adrian Thacker, owner of Proficiency Background Services, our usual questions to learn more about their business and why they joined the African American Chamber of Central Florida. They provided the insights... READ MORE.
These minority-owned restaurants are feeding the NBA Bubble

ORLANDO, Fla. - The NBA is working with 10, minority-owned restaurants in the Orlando area to keep all the staff and players in the NBA Bubble fed. All 22 teams are finishing the rest of the season at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports ...

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Orange County Government launches program to curb evictions

Orange County, Fla. (Aug 11, 2020) – In an effort to help curb the onslaught of possible evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program at today’s Board meeting. The $20 million program will launch on August 25, 2020.
Seminole Cares Small Business Grant Now Open!

The online portal for Seminole CARES Small Business Grants opened today at 10:00a.m. Business owners in Seminole County could receive between $5,000-15,000, depending on zoning and number of employees.
 
Two hotlines to assist applicants:
  • The Small Business Grant Hotline- (877) 298-3539
  • The Individual Assistance Grant Hotline-(877) 330-1818
AUGUST 21 | 8:45AM EMPOWERMENT BUSINESS CONFERENCE
TOMORROW!

This year, the Empowerment event takes on a new format, from a luncheon, to a full day Business Conference! Attendees will learn from respected community leaders and business professionals from a variety of industries.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!
OCTOBER 26 | 8:00AM INAGURAL GOLF OUTING

Play or learn how to play golf at the Player Development Clinic, all while networking with other professionals.

Sponsorship opportunities still available!
SEPTEMBER 29 | V.O.T.E
Virtual Guide On The Election.

Come hear from your Orange County and Seminole County Supervisor of Elections!
This is an important election year so we'll be going over the details of: 
  • Voting by mail 
  • Voting in person in the covid era 
  • Constitution amendments that you will see on your ballot

DETAILS & REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
Opera Orlando is excited to announce a new initiative of positivity and inclusion: #RepresentationMatters.
 
#RepresentationMatters builds on Opera Orlando’s community focus and pledge to meet and condemn violence with music and acceptance for all. 
This ethos drove the 2016 One Voice Orlando concert, which was a benefit for the LGBTQ+ and LatinX communities in response to the Pulse shootings. It now takes on a broader meaning to lift up and focus on the Black community with a series of interviews, panel discussions, and reflections entitled Black Artists | Black Stories. 

The Series Premiered last month. Watch Episode 1!
Minority/Women Entrepreneur Business Assistance (MEBA) Program by Downtown Orlando Partnership

The Minority/Women Entrepreneur Business Assistance (MEBA) Program is a small business assistance program that was established to retain existing minority-owned businesses located within the Target Area, and to attract new minority-owned businesses to this area. 

This business incentive is offered through the Downtown Development Board (DDB) office of the City. 

Contact Kimberley Allonce.She can be reached at kimberley.allonce@downtownorlando.com or 407.246.2102
Digital Empower presents Pitch for a Purpose

Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in collaboration with SEED SPOT, this startup competition celebrates social entrepreneurs and their ideas that will change the world. Digital Empowers’ Pitch for Purpose competition will recognize mission-driven founders whose startups leverage emerging technology to address social and environmental challenges. Six founders will have the opportunity to pitch their venture live on the Digital Empowers National Summit virtual stage for a chance to win $15,000. Finalists will also receive access to additional in-kind business services and mentorship to take their startup to the next level. 

Application Deadline: August 21
Hello, Dolly! | Aug 27 - Sep 27, 2020

Full of humor, romance, and exquisite dancing, this blockbuster hit features some of the greatest songs ever written for the theatre, from “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” and “It Only Takes a Moment” to the irresistible title song, “Hello, Dolly!” Presented by Bob and Dianna Duffy. Tickets available at www.GardenTheatre.org/Plays  

To best protect your health, we have implemented physically-distanced seating for most of our season. We have reduced the number of tickets sold each showtime for Hello, Dolly!, Ugly Lies the Bone, Matilda the Musical, A Class Act, and A Raisin in the Sun. We plan to fully seat the theatre beginning with Beauty and the Beast.  For our Health & Safety Policy, please go to https://www.gardentheatre.org/about/plan-your-trip/?.
Graham Leak Branding (GLB) is now offering branded solutions for safety and protection
Census 2020 Update

Data from the 2020 Census will aid in the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds each year that support education, health care, emergency services, housing and food assistance and more.
 
Starting next week, Census workers will begin visiting households that have not responded to the census to help ensure that everyone is counted. Members of your community can minimize the need for census takers to follow up in person by responding to the census now (Online, by Phone or by Mail).

Florida Technical wins multiple awards

The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges named Florida Technical College the 2020 Institution of the Year. In addition to taking home the top award, FTC also claimed the Graduate of the Year Award, won by Angela Salazar and the Educator of the Year Award, won by Eddy Jorge, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Pembroke Pines campus....