A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
August 11, 2020
UPCOMING EVENT
Lunch & Learn - How to Enhance Your Marketing Strategy With Video
August 12, 2020, Noon - 1p.m.
Online

Video content is one of the best mediums for any business today and for good reason. If done correctly, storytelling with video increases engagement, making your message more memorable and more popular among your consumer audience by humanizing your company and brand.
Juan Carlos Tafur-Mejia, Owner of Innova Leaf Creative Solutions will share his expertise on the proper uses of video as part of your marketing strategy. 
 
During this session, you will learn:
·      How to use video to increase brand awareness
·      The various types of video available 
·      How to start using video in your marketing efforts
·      How to build trust with your customers through the use of video
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UPCOMING EVENT
Greater Gainesville Chamber Leadership Book Club
Join us for our next Leadership Book Club Meeting where we will be discussing the book:
Book Name: Making Work Work
Author: Shola Richards

Lifelong learning is what differentiates performance over time.

On August 4th the third Zoom meeting of the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Leadership Book Club was held. The group’s first book, Atomic Habits, focused on improving personal habits and performance. The second book choice, The Coaching Effect, inspired a good discussion about coaching and leadership.

The book club creates diversity of thought as you’ll read books you might not have picked. It creates accountability as you have a deadline to read or listen to it. The discussion reinforces the takeaways from each book and how members are implementing them in their lives and workplaces. 

The club welcomes lifelong learners to join us by contacting Steve Cannon at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com.
UPCOMING EVENT
Virtual Business Before Hours
Tuesday, August 18, 8:30 a.m.

This is a virtual edition of Business Before Hours is structured the same way as our past in-person events. Attendees will have opportunities to share in small groups who they are, what they do and who would make a good customer or referral for them. Come build lasting business and personal relationships at Business Before Hours.
Attendance is limited to 50 pre-registered attendees.
Space is Limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This event is open to Members Only
Digital Advertising Opportunity
When searching for business, services and an overall feel to an area, people look to the Greater Gainesville Chamber. We are excited to now offer our members a limited number of Digital Advertising opportunities available on our website, newsletter and Chamber lobby display.

For information contact Steve Cannon at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com.
UPCOMING EVENT
Virtual Distinguished Speaker - Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie
Monday, August 17, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Online - Registration required

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Broadie, Santa Fe College President, as our first virtual Distinguished Speaker on Monday, August 17, from 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m. We will have the opportunity to get to know Dr. Broadie better and he will provide an update on Santa Fe’s plans and priorities. A Q&A will follow his remarks. This Zoom event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. These popular luncheons fill up quickly, register today!
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POLICY UPDATE
One week away from primaries - Be informed on the issues!
Get to know your candidates and vote August 18

As you know, one key step to ensuring the business voice is heard is to become informed on the issues that matter to our community and to vote. Though the pandemic has necessitated a new way of doing many things, we are committed to helping you make your voice heard. Our Get to Know Your Candidate interviews are available. Our candidates are anxious for you to get to know them better—hear what they have to say here.
 
Your vote matters. Note these important dates for the August 18 primary election:
·     Early voting takes place: Monday, August 3 through Saturday, August 15
·     Deadline to request a mail-in ballot: Saturday, August 8 by 5:00 p.m.
·     Election Day: Tuesday, August 18
·     Deadline to return mail-in ballots: Tuesday, August 18 by 7:00 p.m.
 
For more information about this election, a list of candidates on the ballot and voting procedures—including adjustments due to the pandemic—visit the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website at www.votealachua.com or call the office at 352-374-5252.
AMAZING GIVE
ACEC aims to help first-year teachers start strong

We have all heard the stories of teachers spending money out of their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classrooms.  According to a recent survey by the National Center for Education Statistics, "94 percent of teachers spend their own money to stock their classrooms with the necessary supplies and resources. According to the survey, a teacher will shell out about $479 on average, although 7 percent spent more than $1,000".
 
For new teachers, beginning their careers in the classroom is a blank canvas. They need essentials supplies to make their classroom a warm, inviting and educationally stimulating environment for their students. For many, this is a steep hill to climb – especially with many juggling student loan debts and a lack of previous income to work from. In addition, teachers in this era are dealing with many unknowns of how COVID-19 will affect their classes.
 
When they are learning new education management tools under the anxiety of what to do if a student or co-worker contracts the Coronavirus, purchasing the needed supplies for their classroom is just one more weight on their shoulders.  
 
The Greater Gainesville Chamber's Alachua County Education Compact Foundation would like to help raise funds to purchase supplies for the 150+ new teachers starting their careers in Alachua County Public Schools this fall. This way, we can help them create a better and safer environment for their classrooms, and a more educational one for our county’s students. 
 
Bosses for Babies Initiative

The Children’s Movement of Florida launched the Bosses for Babies initiative to highlight how Florida businesses are taking action to support young children and families. We know that both quality early learning and family-friendly policies and practices in our businesses contribute to the best outcomes for children, and ultimately, to our state’s long-term prosperity. Business leaders have a direct impact on a child’s first teacher - their parents. Join the initiative today to share what your company is doing and to make a commitment – big or small- to show support for your employees.
UPCOMING EVENT
Blackadder Brewing Company now open with food service
618 NW 60th Street, Suite A, Gainesville

Blackadder Brewing Company has acquired a food service license from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation which allows us to be open again for consumption on premises under Executive Order 2020-09. In addition to our own Blackadder beer plus all our regular guest beer, cider, wine and Blackadder soda, we now offer a simple menu with crackers & cheese, Italian cold cuts, olives, mixed nuts, hummus & crisps, and pretzels/cheese balls. We still have visiting food trucks many evenings of the week for a choice of more robust dinner fare.

For more information on our food and beer offerings, please visit our Facebook page.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
The Amazing Give
Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m. - Thursday, August 20, 6 p.m.

Join us for our community's fifth giving day! For 24 hours, The Amazing Give will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing an easy way to connect you to the charitable causes you care about most.

This online event is hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida whose mission is to promote and sustain philanthropy among the communities of North Central Florida.