A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
August 18, 2020
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UPCOMING EVENT
Join the Florida Chamber’s Discussion on the High Cost of Living in Florida and its Role in Perpetuating Poverty
Wednesday, August 19, 10 a.m. - Noon
Online

In many ways, Florida is moving in the right direction. If Florida was an independent country, it would have the 17th largest economy in the world. Over the past few years, Florida has been creating one out of 11 jobs in the United States. Florida is the third-most populous state in the nation and welcomes 900 net new residents each day. For many, this is the Florida they live in- one that is prosperous, creates jobs, and propels economic opportunity.

Yet, many Floridians live in a very different reality. Florida has more than 3 million people living in poverty, or 14.8 percent. Nationally, 11.85 % of people live in poverty, with 72 % of them being children. Alachua County’s poverty rate outpaces state and national levels, at 21.8%, with 89% of people in poverty being children between the ages 5 and 17. Poverty affects businesses, the economy, and our state’s global competitiveness. We can and must do more to break the cycle of generational poverty by focusing on creating opportunities for all Floridians, especially those born into poverty.

Join the Florida Chamber of Commerce tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the 5th in webinar in the Florida Prosperity Initiative’s virtual event series to explore the high cost of living and moving in our state, is effects on families and businesses and how we can begin to address it.

Click here to register.
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.
Welcome New Members
We are excited to welcome the newest members of the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce.
Please remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!
 
Together we are Stronger.
Together we are GNV.
 
UPCOMING EVENT
Get your Elevate tickets today!
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Moving Forward with courage is all about living in the present while being mindful of what we want in our future. This event is designed to help you focus on 2020 vision for your future in spite of the circumstances and challenges that surround us.
Tickets are just $69 through Aug 31 - Use Promo Code: LEAD30
UPCOMING EVENT
Greater Gainesville Chamber Leadership Book Club
Tuesday, September 15, 8 - 8:45 a.m.

Lifelong learning is what differentiates performance over time.

Join us for our next Leadership Book Club Meeting where we will be discussing the book:
Book Name: Making Work Work
Author: Shola Richards
 
The leadership 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. 
Contact Steve Cannon with any questions you may have at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com.
POLICY UPDATE
Vote in today's primary election!
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.

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
Amazing Give
Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m. - Thursday, August 20, 6 p.m.

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. 
 
EDUCATION UPDATE
Metcalfe Reconstruction to Be Funded with Half-Cent Tax Revenues 

Last Thursday, Chamber President/CEO Eric Godet joined Alachua County Schools Superintendent Karen Clarke, school board members Leanetta McNealy and Eileen Roy, and Metcalf Elementary School Principal Jacquatte Rolle to celebrate the groundbreaking for what will be the new Metcalfe school campus. The project is anticipated to be complete by fall 2021.  
The funds that will pay for the reconstruction are generated by the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2018. The tax will generate about $22 million per year through 2030 and will cover much needed repairs at Alachua County schools.  

In December, the Chamber supported and the School Board partnered to host a community information session to update the public on all that has happened since October 2017, when the Chamber’s i3 (Putting Children First Infrastructure Investment Initiative) Steering Committee concluded nearly a year of research and public forums with Board support of a sales initiative to repair, modernize and increase capacity in K-12 schools. Attendees were provided the opportunity to learn more about the unprecedented volume of school capital projects slated through 2030, the positive economic impact the projects will have for years to come, as well as how the local business community can be more involved. To learn more about this, click here
Greater Gainesville Chamber Amazing Give Virtual Comedy Kickoff Party
Wednesday, August 19, 5 - 6 p.m.

The Greater Gainesville Chamber's Alachua County Education Compact Amazing Give Virtual Comedy Kickoff Party is the beginning of the 24-hour giving campaign for The Amazing Give.  
 
We will have a Comedian who is a teacher, a virtual escape game, and a Story Corp Connect presentation on how to record stories about the teacher that inspired you or family members of a teacher can record stories about the teacher's passion.
 
We plan to 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.
 
Register here.
UPCOMING EVENT
Amazing Give and Wrap-up Party
Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m. - Thursday, August 20, 6 p.m.

The Amazing Give will conclude this year with a virtual wrap party to celebrate local philanthropy and to count down to the total amount raised. The wrap party will be from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/CFNCF/.

“As nonprofits across the region continue to face many challenges, The Amazing Give is an opportunity to come together to further build a community of philanthropy and giving. We look forward to this opportunity to further our missions together to create a stronger, more vibrant community,” said Papa.

More than 110 nonprofits across North Central Florida are set to participate in The Amazing Give, our region’s fifth annual day of online giving, to be held from 6 p.m. on August 19 to 6 p.m. on August 20. Initiated by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, this event will raise funds and awareness for not-for-profit organizations located in or serving the North Central Florida community.

Donations can be made online at TheAmazingGive.org.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Sus Hi Eatstation is scheduled to host two Gainesville Grand Openings
University of Florida location - August 22
Butler Plaza - August 29

Sus Hi Eatstation is the number one fast-casual sushi brand in the nation. They specialize in fast sushi made with high quality ingredients. Sus Hi Eatstation was founded in 2011 by Robert and Teresa Ly, and currently has six locations in Florida. Sus Hi Eatstation utilizes classic cooking techniques paired with their distinctive ninja theme to create an exceptional dining experience in an environment that is fresh, fast, and fun. They serve a variety of products such as sushi rolls, sushi bowls, burritos, egg rolls, dumplings, rice fried edamame, krab rangoons, and more.

It’s always exciting to bring new-to-market concepts to the Gainesville food scene,” Hurst Says. “Sus Hi Eatstation is opening up two locations in prominent corridors adding a unique twist to the fast-casual restaurant business that has yet to be seen in this market.”

The UF Dojo’s (as they are affectionately named) grand opening will be held on August 22, 2020. The restaurant is located at 1404 West University Avenue Suite 20, Gainesville, FL 32603.

The Butler Plaza Dojo’s grand opening is scheduled for August 29, 2020. That restaurant is located at at 35243 Southwest Archer Road next to Starbucks, GiGi’s Cupcakes and Burger Fi.
UPCOMING EVENT
Pet Loss: Misunderstood Grief
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Thursday, August 20, 10 - 11 a.m.

Losing a pet can be as difficult as losing a family member. Other people may not understand the loss and this may make it more difficult. This workshop will provide information about grief related to pet loss and offer ideas about what helps with the grief. We will also discuss the impact of pet loss on seniors, children and other pets.

Presenter: Jim M. Monahan, M.Ed. - Jim has over 25 years of experience working with grief and loss. He has lectured about grief and loss in England, Portugal, Australia and Barbados. Most importantly, Jim is a pet lover.