Small Business Summit: Purpose-Driven Leadership
John Spence is recognized as one of the top 100 business thought leaders and one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world. He is an international keynote speaker and management consultant and has written five books on business and life success.

We are just 19 days away from the second annual Small Business Summit: Purpose-Drive Leadership. We hope you'll join us on February 21st at the Senior Recreation Center for this half-day event. If you haven't claimed your tickets yet, you can do so online right now! Standard Small Business Partners receive two free tickets, Premium Partners receive four tickets and guests can purchase a ticket for $50.

We have a jam-packed agenda loaded with great speakers such as Brandon West, PHOS Creative; Todd Louis, Tommy Williams Homes; Wendy Sellers, The HR Lady; and a keynote address by the one-and-only John Spence. Topics include Helping Your Team Find Purpose in their Contribution, Five Ways to Destroy Your Business (or Not!) and more!

Thursday, February 21, 2019
8:00 a.m. - Noon
ElderCare of Alachua County - Senior Recreation Center

Did we mention that our friends at Maple Street Biscuit Company will be catering the event? Yes, we will have a Build Your Own Biscuit bar! Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. and the event starts at 8:00.

For questions about the Small Business Summit please email Amber Miller or call (352) 333-0856.
New & Renewing Partners
Small Business Spotlight
AAA Porta Serve
AAA Porta Serve provides portable sanitation services for agriculture, construction, disaster relief, recreation and events across 6,000 square miles of north central Florida. Portable toilets save over 125 million gallons of fresh water across the US every day! Their team is proud to responsibly provide necessary services to make for better workplaces, weekends and our world. 

Managing Partner, Ross Ambrose, is proud to be a United Way Small Business Partner.

"Just like taking care of our employees is important, so is helping to take care of the communities we service. Our partnership with United Way allows us to maximize the impact our dollars can have across the entire region."

Before owning AAA Porta Serve, Ross worked in the film industry.

"I once ran an underwater filming unit for James Cameron at Ginnie Springs where he used 3D HD cameras underwater for the first time. The material eventually led to the Universal Picture movie Sanctum being produced."

Visit AAA Porta Serve to learn more about this partner.
Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy
Global MMA Academy is Gainesville's hometown training center. They are the area's oldest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Japanese Ju Jutsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Full-Contact Tactical Karate and MMA training programs. In addition to martial arts and combat sports, they also operate specialty fitness programs through Gainesville Combat Fitness, wellness programs through Warrior Wellness Collective, a retail store through Gainesville Fight Shop and combative self defense training programs through Gainesville Defense. All of these offerings are in one convenient location on Newberry Road between the movie theater and Gainesville Health & Fitness. Global MMA's business philosophy is to give their best to people on the mat and off. They don't do gimmicks or fast sales, just solid quality lifestyle training that works.

Owners Jason and Carly Dodd are committed to United Way and the Community Investment Fund.

"Jason and I are farm kid transplants to Gainesville and moved here when we attended the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. We believe in giving back and giving back to programs that work hard at what they do. We love that United Way provides accountable, comprehensive support to our community."

Learn more about this Small Business Partner by visiting Global MMA.
Upcoming Events

United Way Express Bus Tour
United Way | Feb. 6 | 9 AM - 1 PM
United Way | March 6 | 9AM - 1PM
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. Three guest speakers with keynote by John Spence. Get your tickets today!
Small Business Quarterly Ed Breakfast
United Way | March 20 | 7 AM - 8 AM
Take a deeper dive with Summit presenter Wendy Sellers, The HR Lady, as we discuss the topic of Accountability through Performance Management. This event is FREE for active Small Business Partners. Seating is limited to 30 people. Please RSVP to  Amber Miller or call 352-331-2800.
SAVE THE DATE: Campaign Finale
Best Western| March 28 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Mark your calendars for our 2018 Campaign Finale celebration luncheon and awards ceremony as we thank our amazing Employee Campaign Coordinators and their Campaign Teams, Sponsors, Small Business Partners and Community Supporters. 
Impact Partner Spotlight
The Arc of Alachua County
The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization commited to providing a continuum of services, support and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity, and be full participants in the community.

United Way's Community Investment Fund supports the Arc-2-Work program.This program is designed to increase the employment outcomes for high school graduates and clients of The Arc. Participants are provided with a 20-hour curriculum in pre-employment training taught in a classroom setting. Courses include career exploration, how to search for a job, the application process, financial literacy, proper appearance and demeanor, and mock interviews. Once participants graduate, they are placed in the field to volunteer and gain hands-on experience. 

Your support of the Community Investment Fund ensures individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have the knowledge and ability to gain real life experiences in the job market.
Volunteer Opportunity: VITA
VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Dates, Times and Locations Vary
Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference in the community! Volunteer to help prepare taxes for low- to-moderate-income households through United Way of North Central Florida's VITA Program. 

Our team will provide you with training to achieve certification in limited tax law. Submit your application now and you will be one step closer to becoming a VITA tax volunteer. Please note applicant's information will be forwarded to the appropriate IRS office.

For more information, contact Marilyn Taylor at or call (352) 333-0849.
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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