Meet the Small Business Leadership Council

Have you met our Small Business Leadership Council? 

Comprised of nine fellow Small Business Partners, the Council provides leadership and guidance over United Way of North Central Florida's (UWNCFL) Small Business Partner program. Current Council members include:
The Council works closely with the United Way team and has three sub-committees: prospecting, stewardship and events. If you're interested in serving on a sub-committee, please email Amber Miller. We'd love to have you on the team! 
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The New Year is fast approaching and we'd love to know your thoughts about UWNCFL's Small Business Partner program. Please take a few moments to answer nine quick questions so we can make great plans for 2019.

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Upcoming Events
Women United Holiday Luncheon
The Village at Gainesville | Nov. 7 | 11 - 1:30
Join us for our 8th annual luncheon. Learn more about how ReadingPals is making your community a better place and get a head start on your holiday shopping with 20+ local vendors!  Proceeds benefit ReadingPals. To buy a table or an individual ticket email Dana Clayton.
2nd Annual Small Business Summit
February 2018
We're excited to be planning our second annual Small Business Summit. This year's event will be a half-day affair to better accommodate your schedule. Have an idea for topics or speakers? Email Amber Miller with your thoughts.
Small Business Spotlight
Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
If you ask Betty Brunson, owner of Crafty Bastards, how the pub came to be she'll tell you it started with a very crafty idea. "Open a pub!" they said. "It will be fun!" they said. That was an understatement!

"When we opened our pub, Crafty Bastards, in 2015, people often asked us, 'What made you retire to do this.'  Our answer was simple: It's what we've always wanted to do! We felt the northwest area of Gainesville needed a local, convenient, quality craft beer pub that included a small selection of fresh, made to order food to complement the beverages."  

Three years later, Crafty Bastards is known as a full-service restaurant and pub that provides a family-friendly and fun environment. Visit Crafty Bastards to learn more about this partner.
The JAG Agency
The JAG Agency is a full service marketing and advertising agency dedicated to helping businesses effectively create a brand identity and to identify and properly communicate with their intended audiences. 

Owner, Tricia Garzon, has been volunteering and supporting the community since she was in elementary school.

"Over the years I have actively participated in more activities than I can count. Today as a business owner, while I continue to contribute as a volunteer to as many as I can, I know how much these organizations need funds to do the amazing work they do. The United Way Small Business Program allows smaller businesses like mine to make a much bigger impact by leveraging our contributions with matching grants. It's beyond gratifying and rewarding to know that these funds are helping people right here in our community, our friends and neighbors."

Connect with The JAG Agency on Facebook to see what this partner is up to.
Impact Partner Spotlight
Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Gainesville provides a child-friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused and neglected children. The Center is a place where professionals - social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, state attorneys, victim advocates, medical professionals and others - work as a team to coordinate investigations and interventions for child abuse, neglect and sex trafficking cases.

United Way's Community Investment Fund currently supports the Reducing Trauma to Abused Children - Therapy and Forensic Interview programs at the CAC. The therapy program provides individual and family therapy to assist both primary (children) and secondary (siblings and/or parent) victims in healing from the trauma they've experienced. The forensic interview program provides a safe, neutral, child-friendly setting for the multidisciplinary team investigation of child abuse cases. 

Your support of the Community Investment Fund ensures the CAC is available for free to children 24/7.
Volunteer Opportunity
Help make a child's holiday more joyful! We are serving over 600 children through our partner agencies this holiday season and we could use your help. Here's how you can get involved with United for the Holidays:
  • Donate a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy 
  • Donate money to purchase new toys
  • Volunteer your time
  • Host a collection site
  • Become a United for the Holidays sponsor
To get involved, please email Norinda Yancey or call 352-333-0844.
Our Small Business Partners
Special thanks to all of our Premium Small Business Partners for their commitment to the success of UWNCFL's Small Business Partner Program. Their additional gift supports Small Business Partner events.

Premium Small Business Partners
Medicare Advantage &
Health Insurance Plans, Inc.
To view all of UWNCFL's Small Business Partners visit the online directory.

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