Good Morning Valued Chamber Member,
If you did not have a chance to request a vote by mail ballot, you can still participate in the August 18th Primary Election. Early voting continues this week with polling locations open from 10:00am-7:00pm now through Sunday, August 16th. If you prefer to vote in person on Election Day, click here to find your polling location.
The Chamber’s Business Leaders United Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) has endorsed the following candidates for the primary election:
Wendy Sartory Link for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
Frank Barbieri for Palm Beach County School Board, District 5
Erin Wright for Boca Raton Beach and Parks District, Seat 3
Eric Pendergraft for Boca Raton Beach and Parks District, Seat 5.
I hope you will join us this Thursday, August 13th, for our Virtual Monthly Membership Breakfast, presented by the City of Boca Raton. This month, we are honored to have Mayor Scott Singer present the State of the City. With over 200 business people already registered, you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from our Boca Raton Mayor. Please click here to register.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is continuing to host virtual workshops for small businesses affected by Covid-19. Small businesses still looking for funding or in need of questions answered regarding their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and/or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) can click here for more information.
This past Saturday, President Trump signed four executive orders which addressed providing additional jobless aid, suspending the collection of payroll taxes, avoiding evictions, and assisting with student-loan payments. The extension of additional jobless aid through December 6th would be at the reduced rate of $400 per week and would include a state match requirement of 25%. Additionally, the eviction order asks agency heads to explore options available from their agencies. A complete summary of the executive actions may be found here.
We are continuing to provide you with educational webinars and virtual experiences to help you and your business. Please see below for a list of upcoming virtual experiences:
08/12 – 12:00pm: Boynton Beach: Lunch and Learn – Sponsored by iTHINK Financial
Speaker: Nick Kaloyis, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc.
08/13 – 8:30am: August Virtual Membership Breakfast – Sponsored by the City of Boca Raton
Speaker: Scott Singer, Mayor, City of Boca Raton
08/18 – 8:30am: FREE Workshop: Setting Up Your Virtual Meetings
Speaker: Lionel Aluka, Founder and President Aluksons Business Solutions, LLC
08/18 – 12:00pm: PULSE Virtual Presentation: Commuter to Couch Potato –Revive Your Stay Home Work Routine
Speaker: Bell Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Quantitative Methods & Business Analytics Lynn University & Statistical Consultant, Stevens Strategy, Jane Kantor, Founder Twomentor, LLC and Natalia Sikaczowski, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Symmetry Physical Therapy
08/19 – 8:30am: South Healthcare Advocacy Network
Speaker: Keith Gibson, Director of Program Services, Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter
08/19 – 12:00pm Boca Raton Center for the Arts and Innovation – Planning Update
Speaker: Andrea Virgin, President of the Board, Boca Raton Center for the Arts and Innovation
08/20 – 8:00am: Boynton Beach: Coffee Plus Network
08/20 – 5:00pm: Successful Women in Business Virtual Happy Hour
08/21 - 1:00 p.m. The Fall Re-Opening Plan for Florida Atlantic University
Speakers: Dr. John Kelly, President of Florida Atlantic University & Stacy A. Volnick, M.Ed., Vice President, Administrative Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer, Florida Atlantic University
To stay up to date on all Chamber activity, visit bocachamber.com or download the Chamber App on your phone or tablet and stay connected! You can also access all of our past virtual experiences by visiting our YouTube Channel.
As businesses begin to approach their fiscal year-end still facing impacts from COVID-19, the Chamber continues to deliver on its four organizational pillars: Connecting Members, Advancing Commerce, Protecting Business and Enhancing the Community. Our mission to promote and sustain economic prosperity is steadfast and we want to assure you that your Chamber will be here - through it all - as you plan your upcoming year. Our volume of virtual experiences - and the value they provide your business - will continue.
Let us continue to do our part to help slow the spread - by avoiding Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings. And remember - Wash your hands, Wear your mask and Watch your distance.
Moving Business Forward,