August 20, 2019
Join us for our DRINK GNV Brewery Tour!
Friday, September 6, 3 - 8pm
Bus meets at Dos Papas Taqueria
3501 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville

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 Brewing
  • Blackadder Brewing
  • Cypress & Grove Brewing
  • First Magnitude Brewing
  • Swamp Head Brewery
We will also provide food, snacks, and plenty of water along the way. 
Guests will meet at Dos Papas at 3:00pm (Parking available). We'll spend approximately 45 minutes at each location before boarding a bus and traveling 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 .
DRINK GNV is sponsored by SERVPRO of Alachua County West.
Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Gainesville Healing House
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 - 8pm
Gainesville Healing House
1810 N.W. 16th St, Suite E, Gainesville

Join us as we welcome The Gainesville Healing House to the Greater Gainesville region and the Greater Gainesville Chamber! The Gainesville Healing House is a private mental health practice that invites you to discover the healing process with them. Their two therapists, Kelly Nenezian and Eric Dutton, are happy to help you through this process with their various approaches such as talk therapy through individual or group therapy, bioenergetic analysis, dialectical behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR) and more!
Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, tours, networking and more! 
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 6pm.
Thursday, August 29, 11 - 11:45 am
Zoom Webinar
Receive link and call-in number upon registration

Are you looking to add new members to your team? Would you like to mentor a youth intern? Are you currently hiring, or wish you could but need some help with recruitment and candidate matching or need out-of-the-box thinking to support your workforce needs?
You are invited to a webinar to learn about ways the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s  PRO PEL Greater GNV workforce services program can support you.
Free to members.
Register online  or by contacting Andrea Mender, Director of Workforce Services at
Leisure, Hospitality, Finance & Insurance Job Fair
Wednesday, August 28, 10am - 1pm
CareerSource North Central Florida Career Center
10 NW 6th Street, Gainesville

Hiring for a position in leisure, hospitality, finance or insurance? We can help you reach highly qualified candidates in a short amount of time! 

You are invited to the  Leisure, Hospitality, Finance, & Insurance Job Fair,  hosted by Propel GNV, a collaborative partnership between The Greater Gainesville Chamber and CareerSource North Central Florida. The event will take place on August 28th from 10:00am-1:00pm, in the Gainesville CareerSource North Central Florida Career Center located at 10 NW 6th Street. 

While we have ample space for many employers, this career fair tends to fill up quickly so register soon! 

Want to join us?
  • Step 1 - Register online. Complete a Job Order Form for each position you are recruiting for if the positions are not already in the Employ Florida system.
  • Step 2 - We will add the position to Employ Florida, allowing both job fair attendees and job seekers to view your available positions.
  • Step 3 - Arrive at the Career Center between 9:30am-9:45am to set up your display. Bring items that help tell your story: handouts, business cards, giveaways, etc. 
  • Step 4 - We will provide a table, two chairs, and if needed, ample room to screen and interview prospects.

As a reminder, CareerSource North Central Florida hosts career fairs at no cost to participating employers.  Thank you in advance and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
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 to
  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”
Made in GNV: The Manufacturing Council's 3rd Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 5:30 - 7pm
San Felasco Tech City

To register for this open event, click here.

For more information, contact: Atticus Steinmetz at or
Buchholz High student wins international geography championship
Buchholz High School sophomore Albert Zhang is the new champion of the prestigious 2019 International Geography Olympiad (iGEO), beating out more than 160 of the world’s top geography students to win the first place medal.
The Olympiad, which was held in Hong Kong last week, drew teams from 43 nations. With his top score, Zhang led the U.S. team to an overall 2 nd place finish, its highest finish ever. His three teammates earned one silver medal and two bronze medals.
Zhang said he was surprised when he was called up during the awards ceremony as the competition’s winner.
“I never felt like I aced any particular part of the competition, and I often thought that the other members of Team USA came up with smarter and more creative answers than mine,” he said. “At the award ceremony, when two of my teammates received bronze medals, the two of us that remained were absolutely terrified; we thought that we weren't going to get a medal at all.”
The international competition consisted of three elements. Those elements included a written exam, a multi-media exam that used photos, videos and audio input to test critical thinking skills, and a fieldwork exam. That trip required competitors to travel into the host city to collect data, then use the data to create maps and develop planning ideas.
Before traveling to Hong Kong, Zhang attended a short training camp with his U.S. teammates so they could get to know each other and practice fieldwork.
Zhang says the recent unrest in Hong Kong and a typhoon created some logistical issues, but he and his fellow competitors were still able to attend local cultural events, go on excursions and socialize with geography enthusiasts from around the globe. Participants even had the opportunity to develop and perform their own cultural presentations near the end of the event, which Zhang said was the most memorable part of the trip.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Zhang. “Including the training camp, it was ten packed and exciting days that I will never forget.”
Zhang earned his spot on the U.S. team after winning the United States Geography Olympiad in May.
 He says he plans to compete for a spot on the national team again in 2020.
“I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to maybe go to Istanbul for next year’s competition,” he said.

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Pepine Realty nominated as Florida Company to Watch

Pepine Realty is pleased to announce to be selected as one of 50 companies from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL. Pepine Realty was also the only business selected from North Central Florida and the only real estate sales company in the industry recognized for this award.

Pepine Realty’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award. Founder and CEO Betsy Pepine attributes the growth of Pepine Realty to the support the community has shown and the agents and staff that have worked tirelessly toward the company’s vision. 

“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said. 

From 2015 through 2018, these companies generated $923 million in revenue and added 935 employees, reflecting a 123.9% increase in revenue and 131% increase in jobs for the four-year period. That translates into a 31% average annual revenue growth and 32.2% average annual growth in employees. These companies projected continued growth in 2019, with a 34.8% revenue increase and 36.8% growth in employees compared to 2018.

Blackadder Brewing Company, LLC

Gideon Property Services

Gift Certificates and More


AC Hotels Gainesville Univ. Downtown

Alachua Habitat for Humanity

Chef Brothers Catering

Community Hospice and Palliative Care

Ference Insurance Agency

Honda of Gainesville

Kelly Services, Inc

Orkin Pest Control

Park Avenue Apartments

Power Production Management

Southeast Car Agency


The HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

The Knot Climbing Gym, LLC

Tijuana Flats #169

Watson Realty Corp

Watson Realty Corp - Tioga Town Center
September 12 is Hunger Action Day
Thursday, September 12
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
325 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville

Help Bread of the Mighty tell the story of hunger in our community!

In 2018, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank distributed 7.9 million pounds of food to those in need in Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Lafayette counties. That’s 6.6 million meals.

Their “Take Action” Food and Fund Drive for Hunger Action Month 2019 kicks off Thursday September 12. They are asking for support in their mission to provide food, hope and encouragement to help nourish the hungry and food insecure in our community. Let’s take action September 12. 

Ways to help:

  • Wear Orange to support Hunger Action.
  • Come to Bread of the Mighty for a tour.
  • Put together a food drive in your neighborhood, church, business, school or organization and drop it off to us at 325 NW 10th Ave M-F 8am-4pm.
  • Donate funds in person or at our website Remember $1 provides 10 meals.
  • Become a Hunger Hero. Our goal is to have 1,000 Hunger Hero’s sign up at for just $15 a month. This goal will bring us $180,000 and provide 1,800,000 meals per year.

Hunger Action Month donations continue through September 30th

Contact: Karen Woolfstead Communication/Development Director  352-339-6595

Interviews and tours available now.