Message from the CEO: Moving Business Forward

In the continuing effort to roll out COVID vaccinations, and based on the Governor’s Executive Order 20-315, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County is launching a program to streamline the process for providers, giving guidance to vaccinate individuals in the following groups:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

If these criteria are not met and an email has been sent to the Department of Health, the email will not be retained in the system. As the state moves through the next phases of vaccination rollout, additional people will be eligible to re-register. While waiting for an appointment, visit to read the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form, which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. This form will need to be completed on the day you receive the vaccine. To schedule an appointment, click here and complete the request form which will be placed in a virtual waiting room until vaccines become available.

FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has found a simpler way to test for COVID in saliva, making it quicker for labs to get results. Using vials that have chemicals mixed in can help keep samples longer and reduces the risk for lab technicians. FAU is sharing this new technology with medical communities across the country. Several clinics and hospitals are now using this testing option. Currently, FAU is working to make this technology easily adaptable for smaller laboratories.

Connecting members is one of the Chamber’s foundational pillars that helps us deliver our mission to promote and sustain economic priority in South Palm Beach County. Our newly released quarterly Connection magazine focuses on ways we connect our members to opportunities and each other. The 24-page full-color glossy publication is a vital resource that helps us achieve member connections. Click here to view the digital version or request an additional copy.

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We continue to provide you with valuable educational webinars and virtual experiences, with most being recorded and available for you to access on the Boca Chamber’s YouTube Channel. Hit the subscribe button to find out when new content is posted on our channel.

Below is a list of our upcoming virtual and in-person experiences:
1/19 – 3:00 p.m. Virtual Combined Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee Meeting  Topic: BLU-PAC Endorsed, Business-Friendly Boca Raton City Council Candidates Speakers: Constance Scott, Candidate, Boca Raton City Council Seat CBrian Stenberg, Candidate, Boca Raton City Council Seat D Click here to register1/20 – 8:30 a.m. Virtual South Healthcare Advocacy Network (S.H.A.N.)Sponsor: Memorial HealthTopic: Staying Active For LifeSpeaker: Amy Long, The Exercise CoachClick here to register

1/20- 4:30 p.m. Virtual Young Entrepreneur’s Academy CEO Roundtable and Elevator Pitch Competition Local CEOs talk about how they navigated the effects of the coronavirus to keep moving business forward. Following the CEO Roundtable, the Young Entrepreneurs will promote their businesses in the elevator pitch competition. This is a must-see event!
Click here to register

1/21 – 11:45 a.m. In-Person Successful Women In Business Luncheon Topic: Silver Linings: Turning Lemons into an LLC Speaker: Ashley Brown, Founder of The Event Collective Wyndham Hotel – Boca Raton1950 Glades Road / Wyndham Way Boca Raton, FL 33431Click here to register

1/22 – 8:30 a.m. Virtual Boynton Beach Women’s Business Council  Topic: Five Free Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Bottom Line in Today’s Economy! Speaker: Christina Grenga, Managing Partner Schooley Mitchell Click here to register

1/26 – 5:00 p.m. Virtual Live After Five: Happy Hour Meet, Greet, Connect and Have Fun. Network with Chamber Members at this fun “after-hours” event! Click here to register

On Wednesday, we welcome a new Presidential Administration. As I have said before, now is the time for the country to come together so we can move forward and operate successfully under the principles of our democracy. The business community must continue to lead by example, developing policy that will foster economic prosperity for all citizens of the United States.

As always, thank you for making Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and all South Palm Beach County the best place to Live, Work, Learn and Play.

Moving Business Forward,

Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP
President & CEO
Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

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