August 27, 2019
 Lunch & Learn: Brand You
Wednesday, September 11, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville
Presented by the Team at Nationwide Insurance
This workshop will provide you with the tools to build and enhance your personal and professional brand. You will learn three key strategies to strengthen your brand.
By attending this presentation, you will:
1) Discover who you are and your current brand
2) Create your personal brand building action list
3) Learn how to execute your personal brand strategy

We look forward to seeing you there!
Presented by Carr, Riggs and Ingram
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.
Regional Business Before Hours
Wednesday, September 25, 8 - 10am
Campus USA Credit Union
14007 NW 1st Road, Jonesville
Join us for our Annual Regional Business Before Hours Tuesday, September 25th from 8 to 10am at  Campus USA Credit Union.
If you are a member of the Alachua Chamber, the High Springs Chamber, The Hawthorne Chamber, The Gainesville Area Chamber or the Newberry-Jonesville Chamber, you are welcome to attend. This event is intended to strengthen our region by creating opportunities for members of our regional chambers to network together.
Participation in our Regional Business Before Hours is included in your Chamber Membership.  
Seating is limited to 100 people and registration is highly recommended to secure your seat.
Come build lasting business and personal relationships at our Regional Business Before Hours.
Click Here  for more information and to register.
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”
Join us on September 9 for a Member Education Luncheon featuring Infinite Energy’s Darin Cook
Monday, September 9, 11:45am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Gainesville
We are delighted to welcome Darin Cook, energy expert and co-founder of Infinite Energy, to the Chamber on Monday, September 9th. Darin will be sharing knowledge regarding how Florida's electricity market operates and how it differs from other markets, as there is a chance that Floridians will vote on changing our electricity market during the 2020 electricity cycle. A Q&A will follow his remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. There is no fee for this event, but you must be registered to attend.
More About Darin Cook
Darin co-founded Infinite Energy with his business partner Rich Blaser in 1994. The company has grown from that two-man operation into one of the largest privately held companies in Florida. Infinite Energy today has about 350 employees and does $500 million in annual revenue, supplying electricity in Texas and natural gas in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey.
Darin and Rich continue to run the company as co-CEOs. The company has been named one of the best companies to work for in Florida by Florida Trend , Outside and Inc . magazines. All three of Infinite Energy’s brands have been recognized as part of the Gator100 a total of four times.

Darin holds a degree in Statistics from the University of Florida.
Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring
The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Dr. Jerry Parrish
The Foundation’s Chief Economist discussed the state of the state  
The Chamber hosted Dr. Jerry Parrish as our August Distinguished Speaker on Monday, August 26. Jerry informed our standing-room only audience about the factors he is watching, as Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, to gauge Florida’s economic health.
In his informative presentation, Jerry pointed to the wealth of data available through the Florida Scorecard, , which tracks not only population and unemployment data, but also metrics on third-grade reading scores, high school graduation rates, income migration, sales tax revenue, poverty rate and voter participation—among many others—for each Florida county and the state overall. Statewide heat maps provide easily digestible comparisons between counties as well.
Jerry also indicated that he continues to closely monitor metrics that point to the likelihood of another recession hitting Florida, warning that in early 2018, factors suggested only a 9% likelihood of a recession in the coming year. Those same factors today suggest a 34% likelihood.
A Q&A followed the Jerry’s remarks, with the audience interested in ways to address the fiscal cliff, in which employees cannot afford to take a job or a promotion because they will lose critical support/benefits, and where the high level of investment dollars available are coming from.
The Greater Gainesville 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.
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
Alachua County Public Schools adds Micanopy Academy to the Free Meals Program for the 2019-20 school year for a total of 47 locations
Alachua County Public Schools’ Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) will be expanding the program that currently provides free breakfasts and lunches for all students to 1 additional local school, meaning any student at those schools can receive the free meals regardless of family income and with no free and reduced-price lunch application required. The new location is Micanopy Academy. The program will now be in place at the 47 schools listed below. 
The program is part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schools were selected based on the percentage of students at the school who are participating in one or more of a variety of public assistance/service programs, such as Head Start, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

that you can upgrade your directory listing on the Greater Gainesville Chamber website to include your logo, photos and video? For information on the benefits of an Enhanced Web Listing, contact Mary Fox, your Member Engagement Manager at
4th Annual Lemon Ball Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, August 28, 6pm
3501 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville

Hosted by  93.7 K COUNTRY 's Lewis Stokes, enjoy live music and $20 all-you-can-drink lemon-ritas and $3 tacos!

Come out and meet the amazing team from the  UF Health Shands Children's Hospital   UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program ! Make donations to support families in need and be entered in a drawing for free tickets to the 4th Annual Lemon Ball on Friday, October 4th at  Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention !

Here's what your donations will go towards:
$250 for 20 tickets: Sponsor a family's full day of treatment in the clinical trial.
$100 for 15 tickets: Covers a family's accommodations for a day while receiving treatment.
$25 for 4 tickets: Provides transportation funds.
$10 for 1 ticket: Feeds a family in need.

100% of the funds raised at this event will go directly towards The  Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Family Support Fund at the University of Florida  that supports families by offsetting the cost of travel to Gainesville so their child can receive treatment.

Mark your calendars--we'll see you there!

Santa Fe Storage

The Virtual E

University Family Dentistry


American Heart Association

Atris Technology, LLC

Culver's Restaurant


Infinite Energy Inc.

Jenkins Kia of Gainesville

NovaBone Products, LLC

Rodan + Fields - Bob & Jamie Shrum
Meridian’s 4th Annual Steps to Wellness Luncheon to Focus on Addiction
Thursday, September 5, 11am
Hotel Indigo at Celebration Pointe
5020 SW 30th Ln, Gainesville

Goal is to Dispel Myths Surrounding the “Overdose Reversal” Drug - Narcan
Fact: Alachua Tops List of Florida Counties for Number of Non-fatal Drug Overdoses.
Gainesville, Fla. – On Thursday, September 5, 2019, Meridian, the region’s leading wellness provider, specializing in mental health, will hold its fourth annual Steps to Wellness Luncheon at the new Hotel Indigo in Celebration Pointe. This catered event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the causes addiction. Treatment options will also be discussed and a limited supply of the “overdose reversal” drug – Narcan – will be offered.
Keynoting the luncheon will be Meridian’s own Addictionologist – Dr. Stephen Straubing – a graduate of UF’s fellowship in Addiction Medicine. WCJB’s David Snyder will MC the occasion and prominent community members, including Mayor Poe, will be in attendance to show their support for Meridian and its mission. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction showcasing beautiful art pieces, jewelry, gift certificates from Accent Aesthetics, Embers Wood Grill, DeConna Ice Cream and over 20 other items.
Check-in begins at 11am and the program will begin at 11:30. Tickets can be purchased through the event’s Facebook page . A very limited number of tickets will be available day-of. All proceeds will further Meridian’s efforts to bring wellness within everyone’s reach throughout North Central Florida. This event would not be possible without the support of our generous community, auction donors, our Platinum sponsors BBI, Datis, Willis Towers Watson and all of our sponsors.
To learn more about Meridian and this event, please visit Meridian’s events webpage or call Stephanie Esposito, Director of Partnerships and Engagement, at 352.213.8306 x8630.
2019 Alachua County Heart Walk
Saturday, September 14, 7:30am
Santa Fe College & The Village
3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville

Please join 2019 Alachua County Heart Walk Chair, Betsy Pepine of Pepine Realty, and the Executive Leadership Team in supporting the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Promoting physical activity and heart health, while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke in our community!


For additional information, please contact the Heart Walk team:
PHONE: (727) 563-8083 EMAIL:

Local Sponsors:
AvMed • GRU • The Cardiac & Vascular Institute • The Sleep Center Superstores • UF Health • Capital City Bank • CHW Professional Consultants • Concept Companies • Enterprise Holdings • Koss Olinger Financial Group • Mindtree • Salter Feiber Attorneys at Law • Scorpio • The Village at Gainesville • Tish Oleksy | State Farm Insurance • Trimark Properties
United Way of North Central Florida Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors
GAINESVILLE, FL (Aug. 21, 2019) — United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) has elected new members to its Board of Directors.
UWNCFL’s new fiscal year began on July 1st and with that, new members were added to its Board of Directors.
The new members include Mary Alford of The Sustainable Design Group, Margo Cook of James Moore & Co., Ian Fletcher of the Greater Gainesville Chamber, Chris Floyd of Insight Insurance Group, Gavin Johnson of Avison Young, former County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson, attorney Evelyn Sapp and Jeff Thompson of Publix. All new members have accepted their positions and have been installed onto the Board.
“We are pleased that we have the opportunity to add so many new faces to United Way’s Board of Directors,” said UWNCFL President & CEO, Mona Gil de Gibaja. “This is an exciting opportunity for these new members to help make real change in our community.”
UWNCFL’s Board of Directors are currently in the final stages of a new strategic planning process and these new board members will have the opportunity to provide feedback before the plan is finalized, explained Gil de Gibaja.
The Chair, Vice Chair and Finance Chair of the Board of Directors, Scott Thomas, Monica McMillen and Kelly Shaer, respectively, will remain in their leadership positions on the Board.
“With these eight new members comes a variety of backgrounds, experience and new ideas to add to our strong Board of Directors,” said Chair, Scott Thomas. “We have whole-heartedly welcomed these new members and are eager to include their input in our strategic planning for the community.” 
Each UWNCFL Board member makes a three-year commitment to serving and can serve two consecutive three-year terms. 
For a complete list of current UWNCFL Board of Directors members, please visit .