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Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges including healthcare related costs. A stronger healthcare delivery system with lowered costs and a focus on better outcomes remains a top priority for the Florida Chamber. As a small business leader, your opinion matters. Register today and join the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council for our next conference call on August 21 which will focus on the impact of healthcare related issues on the small business community. We will hear from Jon Johnson, Founder & Partner at Johnson & Blanton, who will share information on what reforms are being looked at in Washington, D.C. and in Florida.

We will also be joined by Whitney Harris with the Florida Chamber Foundation, who will share important information about the Foundation’s Internship Program that focuses on matching talented interns with businesses throughout Florida.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in this important discussion and make sure your voice is heard. Register today!

Small Business Council Conference Call
Monday, August 21
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. (EST)


Drive the Discussion

Do you have specific information you would like covered during this conference call? Send your suggestions to Carolyn Johnson.


Get Involved

If you are not yet a Florida Chamber member and would like to participate in this call as a special guest, please email Carolyn Johnson.

Internship Program Graduates First Internship

The Florida Chamber Foundation has developed a program that matches businesses with qualified individuals with disabilities to be placed in internships. We are please to have this program’s first intern graduate, Alan. Alan interned with Christina Pilkington, Director of Administration, for the Kissimmee / Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, where he helped with administrative tasks that supported different departments including sales and special events.

“Alan’s work was greatly appreciated by the staff of the Kissimmee Chamber,” said PILKINGTON. “We appreciate the efforts of the Florida Chamber regarding this program, and, from our perspective, we believe it was a success.”

LISTEN to John Newstreet, President and CEO of the Kissimmee / Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, discuss why his chamber chose to participate in the Florida Chamber Foundation Internship Program.

Two more internships have been created by Crystal River Main Street in Citrus County, and My Nature’s Delight in Polk County. The Florida Chamber Foundation Internship Program is provided by a grant from The Able Trust. LEARN MORE about the program.

If your business is interested in creating an internship, contact Whitney Harris at .

Whitney Harris Discusses New Internship Program for Floridians With Disabilities

June 27, 2016


The Florida Chamber Foundation, through a partnership with The Able Trust, recently launched an internship program for Floridians with disabilities. Through this internship program, business will be able to hire a person with a disability and at the end of the internship, the Florida Chamber Foundation will reimburse them the full cost of that intern.

Earlier this year, Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry D. Parrish provided an independent analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey to develop the first-of-its-kind Florida Scorecard research, Quantifying the Unemployment Rate for Workers with Disabilities in Florida. According to the report,   there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between 16 and 65.

“We found that there are more than 700,000 people with disabilities that aren’t even included in the workforce and that their unemployment rate was three times that of everybody else’s at 18.1 percent, said WHITNEY HARRIS. “People with disabilities are a large untapped workforce. In order to create a more diverse group of workers for our state, we need to tap into every component that Florida has to offer.”

Contact Whitney Harris at 850-521-1237 if you are interested in taking part in the Florida Chamber’s internship program.


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