A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
August 25, 2020
UPCOMING EVENT
Elevate is less than a month away!
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
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
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.
WORKFORCE UPDATE
PROPEL GNV Reaches 1,000 members!

Are you part of the PROPEL GNV Facebook community? This group allows employers to connect with This group is for EMPLOYERS & the COMMUNITY! It's all about JOBS! EMPLOYERS OF ALL INDUSTRIES, this group is for you. Feel free to post available jobs, internships or apprenticeships. We will contact you to help provide additional support with promoting your opportunities. Greater Gainesville is home to many amazing employers - start ups, large companies, small companies, and everything in between. Join this group to learn more, share posts, and be sure to invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/groups/propelgnv PROPEL GNV is a partnership between the Greater Gainesville Chamber and CareerSource NCFL.

If you are looking for additional ways to promote open positions post positions at no cost at EmployFlorida.com. There are currently over 2,000 jobs posted in Employ Florida.
WORKFORCE UPDATE
Support UF Students as a Reviewer for Project Resume
Wednesday, September 16 - Friday, September 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Project Resume Fall 2020 is a virtual opportunity for you to meet with candidates one-on-one and provide resume feedback the week before Career Showcase. This is a great opportunity for you to network & share your expertise with UF talent, increase brand visibility, or just kickoff your fall semester recruiting plans. The dates are September 16-18 with shifts available between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Sign up through Gator Career Link. Email Eirini Chaddon at echaddon@ufsa.ufl.edu for more information.
POLICY UPDATE
RECAP: Distinguished Speaker Virtual Luncheon featuring
Santa Fe College President Dr. Paul Broadie II
Getting to Know Our New SFC President
 
The Chamber hosted Santa Fe College President Dr. Paul Broadie at our first virtual Distinguished Speaker event ever on Monday, August 17th. Dr. Broadie told the large audience who tuned in via Zoom what brought him to Gainesville and shared his priorities and leadership vision for our number-one ranked college.
 
A Q&A followed his engaging presentation. An advantage to our current format is that we were able to record Dr. Broadie’s virtual luncheon. Click here to view.
 
The Gainesville Area Chamber’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheons bring prominent leaders to engage with Chamber members in a small, informal setting. These distinguished leaders–which have included policymakers and leaders at the local, state and national level—provide Chamber members perspectives on a wide range of topics of interest to our community.
The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series is sponsored by:
AMAZING GIVE
Register for the August 27 Career Discoveries FCAN Webinar
Thursday, August 27, 1 - 2 p.m.

A recent study by OECD found that student career aspirations have not changed much in the last 20 years, despite dynamic changes that have shrunk some industries while growing new ones. Students from low-income families are more likely to have a limited view of future career options. The risk of job loss due to automation means students need exposure to a broader array of careers — especially ones that lead to greater economic security — and the education needed to earn these more resilient roles. Career guidance helps students see the relationship between their future and the education needed to get there that can help keep them on track.

Communities are taking matters into their own hands, bringing together employers, students and education institutions to help students better understand careers available in their community that are in high demand and the education options that will help them prepare.  Ian Fletcher, Vice President of Education and Talent with the Greater Gainesville Chamber, and Chris Laney, Workforce Education Director with CareerSource Suncoast, will share how their communities are connecting careers and education options with students so they can make more informed choices.
UPCOMING EVENT
Patticakes to open second location at Tioga Town Center
12921SW 1st Road, Suite 111, Newberry

Tioga Town Center welcomes Patticakes, a local coffee and bakery staple focused on “building community” by providing a space where neighbors can gather and connect.
 
Patticakes ‘Coffee and Cupcakes’ recently announced plans to open their second location at Tioga Town Center. Their new 2,019 square foot space is located at, 12921SW 1st Road, Suite 111, Newberry, FL 32669 and expands upon their mission to create places where neighbors can gather and linger over top notch, hand-crafted treats and expertly prepared coffee and espresso.

The new Tioga store will offer indoor and outdoor seating, and will feature a variety of homemade, made- to-order treats! In addition to customized coffee and espresso, some other menu items include smoothies, milkshakes, breakfast sandwiches, quiches, scones, turkey and veggie panini’s, gluten-free muffins, even a vegan muffin, as well as 12 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, most of which are gluten free in addition to a dairy-free flavor. Patticakes will also offer their three classic cupcake flavors; traditional red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, black tie dark chocolate cake with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting, and vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, as well as premium flavors that change weekly based on the season.

Read the full release here.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Bread of the Mighty has moved over 12M lbs. of food in 5 months

Since March 1, the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank staff, 190+ Agency Partners and volunteers have been working tirelessly to meet the growing needs for food due to COVID-19. Last year the organization had a record year distributing over 8.4 million pounds of food to those in need. This year since March 1 Bread of the Mighty has distributed over 12 million pounds of food in just 5 months. That is 10 million meals! Hunger is real and COVID-19 has created so much more need. Bread of the Mighty gets the food out to where the people that need it can get it.

The food bank is so grateful for the support this community has shown during these challenging times. Every dollar received provides 10 meals. $0.96 of every dollar goes to the community. As food donations are down due to COVID-19 and people are staying at home, the monetary donations are helping Bread of the Mighty secure the food supply needed to feed the community. Bread of the Mighty continues to provide nourishment with meat, dairy and produce along with the non-perishables. As always our trucks pick up donated food with 100 stops each week at area Publix, Winn-Dixie, Hitchcock’s, Grocery Depot, Walmart, Aldi, Sam’s, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Save-A-Lot, Uppercrust, PFG, Florida Food Service and Earth Origins. Each of these businesses in the five counties we serve are helping Bread of the Mighty provide food and hope to the communities we serve.

Bread of the Mighty's mission is to provide food, hope and encouragement to those in need. The organization still holds out hope that someday we may celebrate together at Empty Bowls 2020. The sold out postponed event raised over $87,000 and donations still come in for it.

If you or your business want to donate, visit breadofthemighty.org, or host a food drive. Volunteers are welcome.
UPCOMING EVENT
Florida Museum open for rentals
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

The Florida Museum is again accepting rental reservations! Whether you need a meeting space, a unique location for a small dinner, or you just want to invite your guests to explore our exhibits after hours, the Florida Museum rentals team is here to make sure your event is safe and enjoyable. Find out more about rental options at https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/rentals/blog/business-events-at-the-florida-museum/.