April 23, 2019
Lunch & Learn: De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Wednesday, May 1st, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by Lara Zwilling, Lara Zwilling Counseling and Consulting

Recognizing someone who is in crisis and responding appropriately to that individual can be overwhelming and intimidating.

Whether it’s a coworker or a customer, understanding basic conflict resolution and de-escalation skills can be invaluable when working with the public, your fellow workers or in the community.

Come join us for this informative talk where the audience will leave feeling more equipped and confident engaging and assisting an individual experiencing high levels of distress. 

We look forward to seeing you there.
This event is sponsored by Carr, Riggs and Ingram CPAs and Advisors.
CEO InSights featuring Nancy Eckert of LifeSouth Community Blood Center
Wednesday, June 12, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

CEO InSights is an event series featuring topic presentations by local presidents, CEOs and other community leaders in an intimate, studio-type setting. The goal is to share personal and timely insights on critical topics including leadership, innovation, culture and more. 
Join us this Wednesday, June 12th, as our guest speaker will be Nancy Eckert, President and CEO of LifeSouth Community Blood Center .

There are a few seats still available.  Registration is required.  A light breakfast will be served. 
For more information and to register,  click here .
Sponsored by BBVA Compass
Don’t miss the first DRINK GNV Brewery Tour Presented by ServPro of Alachua County West
Friday, June 7, 3pm
First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch Street

The Chamber has recently launched a new Buy Local campaign that highlights what makes Gainesville unique and celebrates the talent we have here in our favorite community. EAT and DRINK GNV are two of those that we are most proud of and so we are very excited to host our very first Brewery Tour. 
Join us as we visit all of our Member Breweries including: 
Big Top, First Magnitude, Swamp Head, and Cypress & Grove. 
We will also provide food, snacks, and plenty of water along the way. 

Guests will meet at First Magnitude at 3:00pm (Parking available). We'll spend approximately 45 minutes at each location before boarding a bus and travelling to the next location. Each guest will receive a commemorative tumbler, a souvenir lanyard, and food and beverage (BEER!) at each location. 

Space is limited so be sure to book your spot early! 
Chamber Members: 

Cheers to Drink GNV!

For more information and to register to attend,  Click Here .
Sponsored by Servpro Alachua County West


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.
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”

that one of the benefits you receive as a Chamber member is the ability to submit one news article per month to be included as a Member Announcement in this newsletter?  To submit a Member Announcement,  Click Here .
Onward & Upward: Honoring the legacy of Josh Greenberg

Josh Greenberg Day was April 17 in Gainesville. Josh was well known as the co-founder and CTO of Grooveshark, one of world’s first music-on-demand streaming services. At its peak, Grooveshark served 40 million listeners monthly and employed 145 local professionals. What most don’t know about this Gainesville icon is how he served his community - A selfless model of giving, Josh always made time for others.

Josh worked tirelessly to build and nurture Gainesville’s startup community. He served on Gainesville’s Tech Council and acted as a mentor to countless startup founders. Understanding the importance of community and growth, Josh was insistent on improving Gainesville’s cultural infrastructure and building local companies.

Learn more about Josh Greenberg day  here .
Gainesville Dev Academy - Demo Day
Thursday, April 25, 6pm
Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 Northwest 4th Street, Gainesville

Join  Gainesville Dev Academy  (in conjunction with  Tech on Tap ) for our graduation night highlighted with demo's from students of the Web Application Development Essentials track....a class intended for the NOOB (no experience required). These students have spent weeks under their instructor Mike Sholty learning web app development.

Bring your questions, open-mind, invite anyone you think that my benefit from a class like this (be it entrpreneur, app developer wanna-bee, etc).

For details on Tech on Tap -  https://www.meetup.com/Tech-On-Tap-GNV/  

FREE drinks and light appetizers.
Santa Fe CIED offering Entrepreneurship Workshop Series
Next Session: Wednesday, May 8, 10am - 1pm
Santa Fe CIED
530 W University Ave, Gainesville

The Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) offers a monthly  Entrepreneurship Workshop Series dedicated to the growth of early to mid-stage business ventures. Past topics have included Defining Your Business Strategy, Starting a Non-Profit, Proactive Risk Management and Creating a Company Culture. These workshops occur the second Wednesday of every month from 10:00am until noon at the CIED (530 West University Ave.). All Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend these workshops free of charge.  For more information, click here .

New Members

Citron Clean

Juan’s Mobile Detailing
Renewing Members

Avant Garde Salon

Coach K's Sports Performance

Everett Design Build

Goodwill of North Florida

Lubee Bat Conservancy

Parrish McCall Constructors, Inc.

Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk

The Oaks Mall

The Rock School

Touching Hearts at Home

UBS Financial Services Inc

United Country Real Estate Property and Auctions
Understanding Racial Inequity: A Groundwater Approach
Wednesday, May 29, 1 – 5pm
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
718 SE 11th Street, Gainesville

This workshop is an interactive presentation on the nature and impact of structural racism and what it looks like across institutions. We examine narratives around racial disproportionality and make use of compelling research data to illustrate the systemic nature of racism and the fallacy of typical explanations like poverty, education, social class, individual behavior, or cultural attributes that often get associated with particular racial groups. Before addressing racial inequity or perceived acts of discrimination or oppression it is critical to understand what institutional racism looks like and the devastating impact it wields on our nation’s people, economy and social institutions. The Groundwater Approach teaches how to use data to measure the systemic impact of racism and to track institutional change.
Workshop logistics:  This 3-hour workshop is led by a multiracial team of trainers. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Register online here .
Government Contracting Workshop: Helping businesses grow and succeed
Thursday, June 6, 1 - 3:30pm
UF Innovate | The Hub 
747 SW 2nd Ave. Ste. 140 

The Collaboratory for Women Innovators and Washington Concepts, Inc. (WCI) invite you to this exciting and information-driven session providing a Live Seminar on how to do business with one of the largest purchasers of services and products. This session will begin to CONNECT Small, Minority, and/or Veteran Women-Owned Businesses (SMVWOBs) to Federal Government Contracting Information directly from government officials, detailed instruction and targeted opportunities.

What will you gain? 
·         Business Assessment
·         Training (Web-based and Live)
·         Business Development
·         Government Contracting Resources
·         The WCI Contracting NETWORK™
·         The WCI Strategic Affiliation NETWORK™

Fee: $10

Swift Creek Rebranding

Swift Creek Realty is thrilled to unveil their refreshed brand identity. The updates show the evolution of the company since its founding in 2006. While this is a significant change, their core beliefs haven’t changed. 

Over the last few months, Swift Creek leadership has poured our hearts and souls into creating a new image that would accurately depict who they are, at their core as a team.

They have made it their purpose to grow with intention as individuals and as a team. "We are empowered by these changes and an overwhelming sense of kinship throughout our team, and know that our team of like-minded, determined professionals will continue to enable their customer's success as well as each other’s success within our industry, and within our team member's chosen fields of specialty." says Amber Crawford.

In the spirit of rebranding, Swift Creek will continue to commit to their customers and provide the same, or better, level of professionalism they have experienced and the team would like to take the opportunity to thank our loyal customers and business partners for your trust and friendship in business.

They are currently in the planning a chamber event to celebrate the rebranding with the Gainesville Community. Details coming soon.
Gainesville Public Relations Professionals Win FPRA Local Image Awards

Five members of the Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) were presented with Image Awards for excellence in public relations programming and projects at Thursday’s awards luncheon. The winners and awards were:

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Sarah Coulson
Submittal Title: CPAmerica Prospective Member Brochure
Category: Printed Tools of Public Relations – Brochure

Awards Won:  2019 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Judges’ Award and Award of Distinction

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Damian Niolet
Submittal Title: Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.’s 2018 Annual Report
Category: Printed Tools of Public Relations – Annual Report

Awards Won: 2019 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Judges’ Award and Award of Distinction

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Kevin Coulson, APR, CPRC, UF College of Education .
Submittal Title: What’s in those Norman Lockers Anyway?
Category: Digital Tools of Public Relations – Online Audience Engagement

Awards Won: 2019 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Judges’ Award, Award of Distinction and Image Award

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC
Submittal Title: RTI Surgical Remote Inventory Access Tool
Category: Digital Tools of Public Relations -- Other

Awards Won: 2018 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Image Award and Judges’ Award

Winner: FPRA Gainesville Chapter Member Amy Azoulay
Submittal Title: United Way’s ReadingPals & The Amazing Give
Category: Digital Tools of Public Relations – Online Promotion

Awards Won: 2019 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Judges’ Award, Award of Distinction, Image Award and Grand Image Award. 

The Chapter also recognized its 2018-19 Rising Star of the Year, Member of the Year and John S. Detweiler, Ed.D., APR, CPRC Professional of the Year. Each award is given annually to three distinguished members who go above and beyond to promote the chapter and the public relations profession in the Gainesville community. The honorees were:

John S. Detweiler, Ed.D., APR, CPRC, Professional of the Year Award: Kevin Coulson, APR, CPRC (Digital Communications Strategist, UF College of Education)

The Gainesville Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month for lunch at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. For additional information on the Gainesville Chapter of FPRA please go to:  http://www.fpragainesville.com/

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The organization’s 15 professional and 12 student chapters provide professional development, networking and recognition opportunities for nearly 1,500 members across the state. FPRA is the nation’s oldest public relations organization, established by Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC in 1938. For more information, visit  www.fpra.org