Good Morning Valued Chamber Member,
One thing is clear - democracy is alive and well in the United States. Americans have voted in historic numbers in this recent Presidential election - with Joe Biden receiving over 75 million votes and President Trump receiving more than 71 million. These numbers represent the most popular votes of any candidate in any Presidential election in U.S. history. With every vote being counted and any disputes being resolved, the Biden-Harris ticket looks to be officially declared the next President and Vice President of the United States. There is still much work to be done as we continue to restore public health and revitalize our economy. So many of our members are still recovering and our Chamber will continue to vigorously work to maintain that balance and advance our business agenda.
The Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) is now in its fifth week! Our students are already working on their business plans and elevator pitches. This program is successful because we receive tremendous support from the business community - from sponsors, instructors and mentors. It is at this time during the program that mentors are paired with the students and their businesses. These mentors give their personal time to each student and share their knowledge to best develop and articulate their business ideas. Our Mentors include small business owners to C-level executives of large companies. We are grateful for their time and talent to help the next generation of business leaders!
Pfizer announced Monday that their COVID-19 vaccine has been 90% effective in Phase 3 trials. Phase 3 trials began in the summer and consisted of testing approximately 30,000 voluntary participants in a double-blind study. The vaccine has proven to promote a vaccine efficacy rate above 90%, with the study requiring two shots taken 28 days apart. This vaccine, in addition to a handful of others, could be distributed in the coming months pending FDA approval. Essential health care workers and people in high-risk populations would have the first opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The public at large would be able to get the vaccine as more doses become available in 2021.
The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) have replaced its original No Sail order with a Conditional Sail order for cruise ships. This new order will consist of Covid-19 testing and additional safeguards for crew members. The order will also ensure that cruise ship operators have adequate health and safety protections, including the construction of laboratories onboard to test passengers. Additionally, simulated voyages will be required to test the ability of cruise ship operations to mitigate Covid-19 risk. Cruise ships successful in demonstrating the above will receive a certification from The CDC. A phased in approach will be used for future passenger voyages to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 to passengers, crew members, and U.S. Communities.
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We continue to provide you with valuable educational webinars and virtual experiences, with most being recorded and available for you to access on the Boca Chamber’s YouTube Channel. Hit the subscribe button to find out when new content is posted on our channel.
Below is a list of our upcoming virtual experiences:
11/10 - 5:00 p.m. Live After Five: Virtual Happy Hour
Topic: Network with Fellow Chamber Members, Connect with Clients and Build Solid Relationships at the Boca Chamber’s Monthly After-Hours Networking Event!
11/11 - 12:00 p.m. Virtual Boynton Beach Lunch and Learn
Sponsored By: Ithink Financial
Topic: How using Leading-Edge Technology Tracks Predators and How Your Support Can Help Rescue More Children Across the Globe.
Speaker: Alex Ortiz, Director of Advancement & Sustainability at Child Rescue Coalition, Inc
11/12 - 8:30 a.m. Virtual November Monthly Breakfast
Sponsored By: FPL
Topic: Looking Ahead
Speaker: Pamela M. Rauch, Vice President, External Affairs and Economic Development, Florida Power & Light
11/12 - 11:30 a.m. Virtual Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Speaker: Maria Sachs, Palm Beach County Commissioner – Elect, District 5
11/13 - 8:30 a.m. Virtual Business Workshop
Topic: How to Manage your Business and Stay Out of Debt in 2021
Speaker: Leslie H. Tayne, Esq., Founder/Head Attorney of Tayne Law Group
11/17 – 12:00 p.m. Virtual Smart Talk for Women
Topic: Using Your Talents: When is it Time to Outsource?
Speaker: Nancy Proffitt, Founder and President, Proffitt Management Solutions
11/17 - 5:30 p.m. PULSE: Tuesday Brewsday: Virtual Beer Tasting with Local Breweries
Join Your Fellow PULSE Chamber Members for a Virtual Beer Tasting. This Event is Limited to the First 30 Members who Register
11/18 - 8:30 a.m. Virtual Boynton Beach Government Affairs Council
Topic: City of Boynton Beach Social and Racial Equity Community Assessment
Speaker: David Scott, City of Boynton Director of Economic Development and Strategy, Caryn Lavernia, Jenesis Ramirez and Maria Ilcheva, Florida International University Professors
11/18 - 8:30 a.m. Virtual South Healthcare Advocacy Network
Speaker: Phillip Smith, RN Educator, Trustbridge
11/19 - 8:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Plus
Topic: The early bird gets the worm! Enjoy this FREE monthly networking opportunity. Grab a cup of coffee, meet new people and give your best 30 second elevator pitch – all before the workday begins!
Topic: Pandemic Recovery: Palm Beach County’s Job Creation Strategy
Speaker: Kelly Smallridge, President & CEO Business Development Board Palm Beach County
There’s a saying in the Chamber industry that goes like this: “the best compliment is a membership referral.” Not only is it nice to receive a compliment, but more importantly, we want to help all businesses be successful. If you know of a client, business associate or friend that could benefit from our ability to Connect Members, Advance Commerce, Protect Business and Enhance the Community, please have them reach out to the Chamber’s Membership Development Manager, Alison Miuccio. She can walk them through the numerous ways the Chamber can help their business.
Please continue to be Responsible, Safe and Respectful. And as always, thank you for making Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and all of South Palm Beach County the best place to Live, Work, Learn and Play!
Moving Business Forward,