April 16, 2019
UPCOMING EVENT
Business After Hours at 
UF Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 – 7pm
UF Performing Arts Center
3201 Hull Road, Gainesville

Join us as we celebrate local business at the Greater Gainesville Chamber Business After Hours hosted by the UF Performing Arts. Enjoy food, drinks, door prizes and great company.

Expand your business network and unwind after work by connecting with other busy professionals in a relaxed environment. Business After Hours are held at Gainesville Area Chamber member business locations and feature networking, refreshments, giveaways and the opportunity to discover unique local businesses.  Attendees build valuable new contacts and make new friends, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and come ready to have fun!

The Chamber’s staff and its enthusiastic Diplomats are available to make introductions to business decision-makers. 

Admission is Free for Greater Gainesville Chamber Members 
We hope to see you there!
For more information and to register to attend,  Click Here .

Immediately following the Chamber Business After Hours, you are invited to stay for:

National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul
 
Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves.

Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

National Geographic Live is a night of exploration through film, photography, and discussion with acclaimed National Geographic photographers. Experience nature through the eyes, lenses, and words of the researchers, scientists, and storytellers that have made National Geographic an icon of global media.

The approximate run time of the performance is 65 - 70 minutes followed by Q&A between the speaker Brian Skerry and the audience.
UPCOMING EVENT
Join us for VyStar Credit Union's Alachua Branch Grand Opening
Saturday, May 4, 10am - Noon
VyStar Credit Union
16201 NW US HWY 441, Alachua
UPCOMING EVENT
Leadership Gainesville Class 46 now Accepting Applications
Deadline: June 14, 2019

Are you ready to make a difference as a leader in our community?

Leadership Gainesville is now accepting applications for its 46th class. This 10-month community leadership program is designed to give leaders of today the tools they need to grow their impact in the Greater Gainesville region. LG provides an in-depth immersion into the issues and opportunities of our region.

Leadership Gainesville allows you to:
  • Broaden your perspective and understanding
  • Develop your leadership expertise
  • Meet local & state leaders
  • Develop & expand network of contacts
  • Visit local sites & facilities
  • Gain exposure to current issues and developments
  • Build personal & professional relationships that last a lifetime
  • Impact the community through class projects
  • And more!

For more information, contact Joe Johnson at  joe@gainesvillechamber.com.

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

REMINDER
Hot Jobs through CareerSource NCFL

Each week, CareerSource North Central Florida staff members identify current Hot Jobs that employers are eager to fill.

If you’d like a vacant position to be included on this list, please call (352) 244-5112.   ...See this week's Hot Jobs
To apply for jobs listed:
  1. log on towww.employflorida.com
  2. Click on “Job Search” under “Quick Menu” on the left side of the page
  3. Select “Job Number Search” from the menu across the top of the page
  4. Enter the job number from the list above in the “job number” box
  5. Click on “search”
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
City of Gainesville Relaunching its Small Business Mentorship Program
GRU Admin Building
301 SE 4th Ave. Gainesville

The City of Gainesville will be hosting a relaunch event for the Office of Equal Opportunity's Small Business Mentoring Program on Friday, April 29 from 6 - 8pm at the GRU Administration Building at 301 SE 4th Ave.

The City of Gainesville, Office of Equal Opportunity is recruiting established business owners to mentor small business owners who desire to grow and develop their businesses.

This program is designed to allow small businesses to be trained by larger more mature businesses in order to enhance all aspects of their business operations.

The Office of Equal Opportunity will be hosting a launch event where you will meet prospective Mentors, Mentees, City Staff, as well as Small Business representatives from other agencies. You will also have an opportunity to hear more information about our program!

You may RSVP via email to  sbpp@cityofgainesville.org  or by calling (352) 393-8481.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 22.

that one of the benefits you receive as a Chamber member is the ability for all the employees to attend networking events like Business Before Hours and Business After Hours for free? You can add all your employees to the Members Only Section of the Chamber website, allowing them to check out events and register to attend.  For assistance logging into the Member Information Center, contact Mary Fox, your Member Engagement Manager
SURVEY
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Second Quarter Small Business Index Survey
Survey closes Friday, April 19, 5pm

Small businesses create two out-of-every-three jobs in Florida, and are the backbone of our state's economy. The Florida Chamber would like to know what issues are impacting your small businesses in your community. 

Please share a link to our  brief survey  with your members. As the Florida Chamber works to secure Florida's future, it's important to measure the health of small businesses. Please click on the button below to review our  Q2 Small Business Index Survey .

This survey will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019.  

As the voice of business, we also communicate your members' feedback to the legislature and statewide stakeholders. However, respondents will remain anonymous.

A special THANK YOU to Joe Catrambone, President/CEO of the Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce for his support! 

Get Involved

Get the latest information tailored just for small businesses during the Florida Chamber Small Business Council conference calls. Calls are held every other month. Contact Carolyn Johnson at  cjohnson@flchamber.com  for details. For more information on the Florida Chamber's Small Business Council,  click here .
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Gainesville Housing Authority to host Story time and Ice Cream Social in celebration of Fair Housing Month
Tuesday, April 30, 4 - 6pm
Cade Museum
811 S Main Street, Gainesville
In honor of Fair Housing Month, Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA), in collaboration with City of Gainesville’s Equal Opportunity Office, Alachua County’s Equal Opportunity Office and Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors (GACAR) is hosting its second “Fair Housing Story time Event”. This will be a family-friendly event with a reading of “It’s okay to be different” aloud, followed by a discussion on diversity and inclusion and how it relates to fair housing. 

A representative of Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office will be doing a special informational session on how fair housing impacts everyone. Following story time everyone will be treated to an ice cream social. The event will take place Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 4-6PM at the Cade Museum (811 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601).

New Members

Cabi Style with Leza

Everson Construction Group, LLC

Humane Society of North Central Florida

La Quinta Inn Gainesville
Renewing Members

Action Labor

Big Mill's Cheesesteaks 

Carpet Systems Plus

CenterState Bank

D.L. Hulse Consulting, LLC

Ed Crapo, Alachua County Property Appraiser

Florida Food Service, Inc.

Full Circle Cycle Studio

Hilton Garden Inn- Gainesville

Ilene's For Fashion

ITPro.TV

James Moore & Co., CPA's

Kilwin's

McGriff-Williams Insurance

NAVC

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Sonic Drive - In

Tioga Realty

Tommy Williams Homes

Velocity Advisory Group

Waldo Inn & Suites