Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019, which I am proclaiming as the Year of Small Business at United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL). We have some exciting events and projects in the works, which will take our Small Business Partner Program to a whole new level! 

It all starts with our second annual Small Business Summit: Purpose-Driven Leadership, which is coming up on Thursday, February 21st. This half-day event will leave you with 1) a better understanding of the big impact small business has on our community, 2) tips and tricks to advance your leadership skills and improve your business, and 3) a network of fellow small business partners. Active Small Business Partners receive a set number of free tickets and you can reserve your seat(s) beginning January 10. This event is open to the public with tickets available for purchase.

Q1 Focus: Financial Stability
The United Way Express Bus Tours are back for the third year in a row. A HUGE thank you to Candies Coachworks for donating the motorcoach! Monthly tours begin February and go through October. This is your chance to see firsthand how your dollars impact our community! First quarter 2019 we're focusing on financial stability programs funded through the Community Investment Fund. The bus leaves United Way promptly at 9:00 A.M. to tour three different Community Impact Partners. We'll return to United Way's conference room no later than 12:30 for lunch and a presentation from one of our rural partners. Email me,  Amber Miller, to reserve your seat on the bus or call 352-331-2800.

Also in the works is an exclusive Small Business Partner Directory available in PDF so partners can easily collaborate with one another. We're also bringing back quarterly educational breakfasts so stay tuned for dates, speakers and topics. 

On behalf of the entire UWNCFL Team and Small Business Leadership Council, we look forward to working with you in 2019 as we make an even bigger collective impact in North Central Florida. Thank you!

Ever grateful,

Amber Miller
Director of Resource Development Partnerships
Direct: 352-333-0856
Cell: 352-226-6658
New & Renewing Partners
Welcome NEW Partners!

The HR Lady
Thank You Renewing Partners!

Medicare Advantage & Health Insurance
Law Office of Ramona M. Chance
Northwestern Mutual - Joe Belgrade
Small Business Spotlight
The HR Lady
Wendy Sellers is an HR expert and speaker who focuses on being relatable without overcomplicating things. The HR Lady, LLC. offers affordable HR consulting services for small businesses. She is passionate about group and individual management training and employee development.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our country, yet often lack the expertise needed to help employees be amazing. This is where I can help." 

Something interesting that most people don't know about Wendy is that she's a minimalist living in a tiny space. Her advice to her younger self, "using empathy will get you way further in life than just being bossy." 

Her favorite quote: "Suck it Up, Buttercup - you might be part of the problem!"

Visit The HR Lady to learn more about this partner.
PHOS Creative
PHOS Creative is a strategic digital marketing agency helping businesses identify and invest in opportunities for growth through strategic consulting, branding, web design and digital marketing. Their business philosophy revolves around the agency's vision: to be a company that team members never want to leave, clients can't do without, and that the world is better for.

CEO and Founder Brandon West is passionate about his commitment to United Way's Community Investment Fund.

"In a conversation about community impact, I don't think there is a better word that someone could use to describe a successful strategic plan other than 'united.' I'm passionate about PHOS' partnership with United Way because that mentality is the heartbeat of the organization. I love that our investment into the Community Investment Fund supports such a wide variety of initiatives that are aligned with our values as an agency." 

When asked what his older self would say to his younger self, Brandon's response is: "My younger self wouldn't care about what I have to say. But, if younger me would listen, I would tell myself you have a purpose in life, it's not you, and the sooner you find that, the sooner you can pursue it, and the more fulfilled you'll be."

See the rest of Brandon's spotlight in the next issue of UWNCFL's E-newsletter out next Wednesday and visit PHOS Creative to learn more about this partner.
Upcoming Events

United Way Express Bus Tour
United Way | Feb. 6 | 9 AM - 1 PM
All aboard the United Way Express as we tour three nonprofit impact partners to see firsthand how your dollars impact financial literacy programs funded through the Community Investment Fund.  RSVP to  Amber Miller or call 352-331-2800.

2nd Annual Small Business Summit
Senior Rec Center | Feb. 21 | 7:30 AM - Noon
We're excited to bring you our second annual Small Business Summit: Purpose-Driven Leadership. Standard partners receive two free tickets and Premium partners get four tickets to this event. Reserve your seat(s) starting Jan. 10.
Impact Partner Spotlight
Three Rivers Legal Services
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. (TRLS) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to the provision of quality legal assistance to the poor, abused, disabled and elderly, and to empowering individuals through preventative legal education. TRLS provides free civil legal assistance to low-income families in 17 counties with three offices and a staff of 35, including 21 full time attorneys. 

United Way's Community Investment Fund helps TRLS provide legal assistance to low-income persons who are facing housing loss and housing-related legal issues such as eviction, substandard conditions, foreclosure and loss of housing subsidies. TRLS works one-on-one with families by providing legal advice and counsel, as well as representation through negotiations with landlords, lenders and banks; and through direct advocacy in State court and before housing agencies. 

Your support of the Community Investment Fund empowers TRLS in helping families maintain their housing and avoid the trauma of homelessness.
Volunteer Opportunity: Point-In-Time Count
Help Us Take Count of the Homeless
Point-In-Time Count | Jan. 23 | Shifts between 5 AM - 10 PM
Each year in January, the North Central Florida Alliance for the Homeless and Hungry in partnership with UWNCFL and along with hundreds of volunteers, band together to take count of our homeless population...literally. In January of 2018, 756 individuals within Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Putnam counties were surveyed along the streets, in our shelters and throughout Dignity Village.  We're looking for volunteers to hit the streets with us between 5 AM and 10 PM on January 23rd.

What is a Point-In-Time Count?  How many people are currently homeless in the United States? How many of them are families, youth, or veterans? The answers to these questions and more can be answered by point-in-time counts. It's an unduplicated count on a single night of the people in a community who are experiencing homelessness that includes both sheltered and unsheltered populations. On the local level, point-in-time counts help communities plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs, measure progress in decreasing homelessness and identify strengths and gaps in a community's current homelessness assistance system.
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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