April 2, 2019
UPCOMING EVENT
Lunch & Learn: Legal Issues to Protect Your Company as an Employee or an Owner
Wednesday, April 3, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by : Nouvelle Gonzalo, Esq.

Have you ever heard the saying, "You Don't Know What You Don't Know"?

In today's world, whether you are an Employee or an Owner, there are basic legal issues you should be aware of that can save you time, your reputation, your job and even your company.

Did you ever wish you had a lawyer in your pocket that you could ask key questions?

Did you ever want to know key legal considerations in your business without the overly technical legal jargon?

Well, now you will have an opportunity to understand the top legal considerations for you and your company. From how to properly sign agreements to how to advertise legally, there are important key areas in which we all can benefit. Atty. Gonzalo will cover key issues and answer your questions. 

This talk will educate and inspire employees and business owners to know the key ways to protect themselves and their organizations.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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UPCOMING EVENT
Join us for  
Business Before Hours at Whole Foods Market
Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 - 10am
Whole Foods Market
Butler Town Center
3490 SW Archer Road, Gainesville

Join us Tuesday, April 9 for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at  Whole Foods.   Admission is free with your Chamber membership, registration is required.
 
Business Before Hours is a structured yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community.
 
You may find a strong referral source, a new vendor, the perfect client or simply get a foot in the door for connecting at larger events. Come build lasting business and personal relationships at Business Before Hours. We hope to see you there!

Click Here for more information and to register.
Join Us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration this Friday at South Side Auto Care
Friday, April 5, 5 - 7pm
South Side Auto Care
2425 SW 13th Street, Gainesville

Join us as we welcome the new owners of South Side Auto Care, Sylvia and Steve Carter, to the Greater Gainesville region and congratulate them on their revitalized auto care facility!
South Side Auto Care is a family owned business offering comprehensive auto repair services designed to get you back on the road quickly and affordably. Their shop will supply tires, service domestic & imported cars, trucks and SUVs. They specialize in preventative maintenance services (oil change, tire rotation, balancing, etc) and have highly qualified technicians for muffler & brake services, exhaust systems, internal engine repair services, electronic services, transmission work and heating & cooling repair. They pride themselves on having a reputation for honest and professional work.

There will be food, refreshments, giveaways, speeches and more! 

The Ribbon cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:35PM.

UPCOMING EVENT
Join us on April 15 for our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring An Insider’s Look at Local Elections
Monday, April 15, 11:30am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome to the Chamber Republican Political Consultant Alex Patton and Democratic Strategist and Management Consultant Bryan Eastman as our Distinguished Speakers on Monday, April 15, from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. Alex and Bryan will provide insights into our local elections and a Q&A will follow their remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. These popular luncheons fill up quickly, register today !
This event is sponsored by the UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health Program.
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
Save the Date: Santa Fe Career Fair
Wednesday, April 10, 9am - Noon
SF Gymnasium, Bldg. V
3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville

Registration is free but space is limited so reserve a table now—table and two chairs will be provided.

Please indicate any accommodations required prior to event—power is available but limited.

If your company is interested in sponsoring a light snack for employer participants, please let  James Schindler  know. Sponsors will receive prime placement of display and special considerations on marketing materials for this event.

Contact Career Placement office to register and with any questions about this event.
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”
POLICY UPDATE
Gov. DeSantis Appoints UF Faculty to Chief Environmental and Medical Posts

Gov. Ron DeSantis yesterday announced the selection of two UF Faculty members to fill prominent posts in both health and environmental science.
 
  • Dr. Thomas Frazer, currently the Director of the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Environment, was appointed as the state’s first Chief Science Officer. Frazer also serves on the faculty committee for the UF Climate Institute, which researches climate change, and chairs the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Frazer has served in his current role since 2012, and previously served as Acting Director of the UF Water Institute. Soon after being sworn in earlier this year, DeSantis created the chief science officer position as one component within an executive order aiming to implement major environmental reforms to ensure the protection of Florida’s environment and water quality.


  • Dr. Scott Rivkees, a professor and chair of the pediatrics department at the University of Florida College of Medicine, was appointed as the state’s new surgeon general. Rivkees will also serve as the secretary of the state Department of Health. Rivkees is an internationally renowned medical researcher specializing in pediatric endocrinology. Key areas of focus within the new surgeon general’s administration will be addressing the opioid crisis facing the state and implementation of medical marijuana now that a legislative solution is in place. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
City of Gainesville Relaunching its Small Business Mentorship Program

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.

You may RSVP via email to sbpp@cityofgainesville.org or by calling (352) 393-8481. Please RSVP by Friday, April 15.
EVENT RECAP
Buchholz High School Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA State Leadership Conference in Orlando
 
More than 4,300 of Florida’s best and brightest high and middle school students traveled to Orlando to  Leave Their Mark   as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to attend Nationals this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Florida Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its FBLA State Leadership Conference in Orlando on March 22 to March 24.  Participants from across the state of Florida including sixty-three members from the Academy of Finance at Buchholz High School attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 50 business and business-related competitive events.  

Fifteen students from Buchholz High Schools Academy of Finance in Gainesville, Florida received recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on March 24.  First Place winners were Kelly Wang for Accounting I, Ben Gao for Business Calculations, William Liu for Economics and Justin Kim for Securities and Investments. Second Place winners included Theo Jiang for Accounting I, Daniel Chen for Agribusiness, and Samantha Santalices for Organizational Leadership.  Third place finishers included Zach Hilman for Coding and Programming, and Devika Kumar for Introduction to Business Cmmunication.  Minh Huynh finished 4 place for Advertising, Jack Hudson for Computer Applications, Jialin Zhao for Graphic Design as well as Xiya Zhou for Introduction to Business Procedures. Fifth place finishers were Jae Mercer for Healthcare Administration and Erick Jiang for Spreadsheet Applications.  William Liu and Justin Kim not only won trophies, but also $250 each.  Samantha Santelices was also awarded a trophy and $150.  

“It is great to take students to the state level of FBLA to compete and to have fifteen students place is so exciting,” said Michele Brothers, Director of the Academy of Finance and FBLA Advisor.  “I am very proud of their accomplishments.”
                  
In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops and attended a general session with keynote speaker Dr. Davis Sampson.

that one of the benefits you receive as a Chamber member is the ability to add events to our Community Event Calendar? To submit an event for the Community Calendar, log into the Members Information Center and click on the Events Tab to Add an Event.  For assistance logging into the Member Information Center, contact Mary Fox, your Member Engagement Manager at mary@gainesvillechamber.com .
UPCOMING EVENT
Maple Street Biscuit company to host a Sunday brunch this weekend to benefit Foster Florida
Sunday, April 7, 11am - 3pm
Maple Street Biscuit Company
140 SW 128th St, Building 5 Suite D, Newberry

Maple Street Biscuit Company’s mission is to help people, serve others and be a part of the community. They have begun a new series of cause-related, 1st Sunday brunches in order to build awareness and to inspire others to give to some uniquely dynamic, local causes who are making significant impact in our community. This Sunday, April 7th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Maple Street will be partnering with Foster Florida. Foster Florida’s mission is to empower families on the frontlines of foster care by mobilizing and equipping their communities to support them. Please plan to come out to support this event to learn more about how you can support their mission and a portion of the proceeds generated from this event will go toward financially supporting the mission of Foster Florida.
MEMBER NEWS
Florida Museum Launches "One Tree, One Planet" App April 8
Wednesday, April 3, Noon - 1pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, Room 232
4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville

The Florida Museum of Natural History will premiere a new app April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of a multimedia experience celebrating life on earth. The app will educate users on the relationships between humans, animals, plants, fungi and microbes, which share the planet. Attendees may interact with an indoor projection by artist Naziha Mestaoui depicting the Tree of Life. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/tol or call 352-846-2000.
New Members

Aroma Solutions Company

Climb for Cancer Foundation

Coman Leadership

Essence Events, LLC

Raichel To the Rescue

Stefanie Cubbedge-Wiggins Allstate Insurance
Renewing Members

Avison Young

CAMPUS USA Credit Union

Dex Imaging, Inc.

Frankel Media Group

Gainesville Dev Academy

GrayRobinson, P.A.

Hanburry & Dickinson Mechanical

Manuel's Vintage Room

School Board of Alachua County
UPCOMING EVENT
"Sweet Sixteen" Cade Prize Finalist Expo
Wednesday, April 10, 6 - 9pm
Cade Museum
811 S Main Street, Gainesville

You are invited to join us on April 10th from 6pm to 9pm in exploring the ideas and cutting-edge inventions of Florida-based visionaries and inventors competing for the 10th Annual Cade Prize. These “Sweet 16” Finalists are in the final round of judging for the Cade Prize competition which will be awarded on Saturday, May 18th at our Inventivity Bash.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. Come meet the "Sweet 16" Finalists, listen to short presentations from a randomly chosen few, and enjoy light appetizers and drinks.

Non-members: $10

Members: Free
UPCOMING EVENT
8th Annual Empty Bowls
Thursday, May 2, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville

Come dine on a simple but delicious meal. Receive a handcrafted bowl made by local art students as a reminder of the empty bowls on tables of families throughout our community. The evening will feature drawings and both live and silent auctions with lots of fun and unique items

Come be inspired as we celebrate with stories of courage, strength and gratitude.

Come help us fill the bowls with hope!
UPCOMING EVENT
LENDIO | SANTA FE IPDC's CrowdPitch Competition
Monday, May 6, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Cade Museum
811 S Main St, Gainesville

Lendio North Florida and Santa Fe IPDC’s CrowdPitch competition can best be described as Shark Tank meets Business Lending. Three companies pitch their operating business and growth plan to a panel of six business and lending experts. Panelists will ask tough questions and provide actionable feedback for founders to improve their business and fundability. Everyone votes for the best pitch. The winner takes home the grand prize.

3 Companies, 6 Experts, 200+ Attendees,1 Awesome Event.

To learn more, click  here.