The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s, Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation™, Amanda Beights will discuss the importance of a collective impact and “Growing Effective Business Partnerships that Support Work Based Learning” at the NAF Next National Conference, July 8 -11, in Washington D.C.
In coordination with Future Ready Collier, Collier County organizations, businesses, schools and community members are making significant efforts to support College and Career Readiness for all students. The Naples Chamber’s Leadership Collier Foundation has partnered with Collier County Public Schools to promote and connect work-based learning opportunities for NAF Academy students. In June, the Naples Chamber was awarded the 2018 Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award for their partnership with the Collier County Public School District.
Amanda Beights will speak on a panel with other local professionals including: Tu Chi, Director of Human Resources, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort; Nicole Litchko, Manager, Career & Technical Education, Collier County Public Schools; and Courtney Stahlman, Manager, High School Career Academies, Collier County Public Schools. The panel will discuss the importance of developing community and business partnerships to create and sustain work-based learning in a small community.
Amanda Beights is the Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, she manages the Foundation’s programs, including: Leadership Collier™, Youth Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™), and Campaign for Leadership™. Additionally, Amanda administers the Foundation’s Alumni Association, comprised of over 1,800 graduates to date; acting as the primary alumni programs director and liaison for the Foundation’s Board of Directors. As the Leadership Collier Foundation continues to expand work with youth and workforce development, Amanda also oversees the implementation of the Chamber’s work-based learning initiatives.
Amanda is a graduate from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM), the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.
Naples, FL (June 14, 2018) - Nominated by Collier County Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a 2018 recipient of the Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award. The award was presented to Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber, and to Collier County Superintendent Dr. Patton at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Education Summit on June 13, 2018 in Tampa, FL by Florida Commissioner Pam Stewart.
The Naples Chamber and its affiliate the Leadership Collier Foundation™ (LCF) were awarded for its partnership with the school system and its dedication to the students of Collier County. “The Naples Chamber of Commerce is committed to its mission of making Collier County the best place in America to live, work and visit,” says President and CEO, Michael Dalby. “As part of that commitment, we are dedicated to supporting education and the Collier County Public Schools by working with local businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities for students, ultimately building a competitive workforce from a strong education pipeline.”
To support this effort, the Chamber hired a part time internship coordinator in 2017 and has recently increased this position to a full-time, work-based learning coordinator. Thanks to the collaboration between the school system, businesses, and the Chamber, community members view internships and work-based learning as a pipeline for future employees, supportive of the local workforce, and a way to gain fresh perspectives. Additionally, the Chamber and LCF support education and work-force efforts through career panels at schools, the popular Youth Leadership Collier™ program for rising high school seniors, and connections between businesses and future talent.
NAPLES, FL (June 25, 2018) – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected ArgoTrak, Inc as the Business of the Month for June 2018.
Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.
The Board of Collier County Commissioners and Bethany Sawyer, Membership Engagement Specialist, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce presented Jim Wheeler, owner, with a commemorative plaque at the June 12, 2018 County Commission meeting.
ArgoTrak is devoted to providing its customers with high quality, cost-effective GPS tracking solutions to track, monitor and protect vehicles, vessels, valuable assets, employees and loved ones.
Furthermore, ArgoTrak believes strongly in giving back to, and being active in, the community where we live and work. In order to do that, they have teamed up with several great organizations including: The Red Cross, the Greater Naples Chamber, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, Make a Wish and Literacy Buddies.
Utilizing their business resources (products, equipment, revenue, team members and community relationships), they provide used/returned GPS devices to non-profits such as, St. Matthew’s House, Youth Haven, private schools, youth servicing organizations, etc., at no cost and with donated or reduced monthly service fees. A few interesting examples:
ArgoTrak uses revenue to support local organization through sponsorships. For several years, they have sponsored the Naples Chamber Distinguished Public Service Awards providing the “kick-off” lunch, movie night and provide a free family movie, soda and popcorn. Over 250 first responders and their family members enjoy these activities at no charge.
Supporting education is also a high priority for ArgoTrak, both for high school and college students. Several of ArgoTrak’s “reach out” programs include:
ArgoTrak’s owner, Jim Wheeler, is grateful for those that mentored and invested in him and his team. An important goal is to encourage students to explore different fields and learn technology (ArgoTrak’s technology is unique) so that he can guide them to their future careers.
Community Enhancement Activities
Jim Wheeler believes in personal community involvement. He is a deacon for his church (Summit Church Naples) and serves on the hospitality committee preparing meals for up to 200 people several times a year for youth group retreats, fellowship gatherings, and lunch/breakfast at partner schools (Barron, Osceola, and Oak Ridge). He truly has a passion for cooking, especially BBQ.
He also referee’s for youth sports at First Baptist’s Beacons Youth Sports Outreach. In addition, Jim and Christine (Jim’s wife) are licensed foster parents currently caring for a six-month old who came directly from the hospital.
In addition, is active in the non-profit, Haiti Bible Mission where he and Christine sponsor two children. Jim spent time in Haiti doing clean-up work just after the devastating hurricane (on one of the first teams into Jeremie, Haiti). Following in their footsteps, Jim and Christine’s adult children (who also work at ArgoTrak) have spent time on mission for up to six weeks in Jeremie.
With all of Jim’s limitless energy, he would be more than happy to organize a four-some for any local charity golf tournament.
Throughout the week you and other community members have supported and participated in Economic Development Week. Our goal was to raise awareness about economic opportunity in Collier County and why ED is essential. It was great touring our local businesses, speaking to upcoming talent and connecting with other business professionals.
You all had wonderful responses to our questions! Take a look at the many answers. #CollierEDW2018
Hey there! Victoria here from Clean and Sassy. As a small business owner I've created a personalized office space to encourage effectiveness, collaboration and idea generation. An office can impact yourself and your employees' performance, mood and efficiency. In fact, "Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier -- they’re also up to 32% more productive." So, in honor of Spring Cleaning, I'm sharing all things inspirational to help promote productivity in the office whether you're at home or in a business setting.
"Wherever you are, be all there!"
In the days I spent working in a professional office, I always had to bring a touch of who I am to work because it helped me get through the day and more importantly, it made me want to be there. It's certainly not easy if you can't surround yourself with the things you love. Daily reminders are a reflection of your productivity, attitude and well being. Remember the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words!?" It's also something very simple yet, makes a huge difference. Add your favorite photos to your desk if you can. I wasn't able to bring photos of my family but I printed out a saying like this and tacked it on the board in our office.
Anything to make you smile deserves to be there. The littlest things will do that.
Here's some tips to allow you to become more productive in your work environment:
Make sure you have your days well balanced. For many individuals, mornings are more productive than afternoons because you may feel sluggish after lunch. Schedule meetings, prepare a fresh pot of coffee, have afternoon team huddles, capture photos, take a break and then get back to what needs to be done for the day.
A productive day in the office translates into a nice evening at home with a reflection of a job well done. So remember, "Wherever you are, be all there!" And if something doesn't get done today, there's always tomorrow.
Do you have a office space you love?! Share on social media and tag the chamber - @NaplesChamber.
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