A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
August 4, 2020
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!
 
About Dr. Paul Broadie
Dr. Paul Broadie II began serving as Santa Fe College’s fifth president on February 1, 2020. In his inaugural address he pledged the following pillars would guide his leadership and path forward: student success, individual and institutional growth, innovation, partnerships and evolution. Dr. Broadie is passionate about being a part of the fabric of the community and ensuring that everyone has access to, and awareness of, the quality education offered by the college.  
 
For nearly three decades, Dr. Broadie has expanded academic programs, student services, innovative technology, community partnerships and campus facilities, always with a focus on the student. He is tireless in his commitment, as illustrated by his previously leading two community colleges at the same time—Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
At the national level, Dr. Broadie is continuing the college’s commitment to the League for Innovation in the Community College, of which Santa Fe is a charter member. Locally, he addresses academic and workforce needs in the community by serving on the boards of CareerSource North Central Florida and the Greater Gainesville Chamber.
 
Dr. Broadie was named among Connecticut’s 100 most influential by the NAACP and among the region’s 50 most influential by New Haven Biz magazine. He holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, an M.B.A. from Long Island University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Mercy College. 
Distinguished Speaker sponsor
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.
POLICY UPDATE
Make Your Voice Heard
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.
WORKFORCE UPDATES
Become a Work Experience Partner for Youth and Adults
Training Tomorrow’s Workforce Today
At CareerSource North Central Florida, we work every day to ensure our business community has access to trained, vetted talent. A key component to that process is building a pipeline of job seekers ready to take their place in the workforce. That’s why CareerSource North Central Florida provides the Work Experience program to employers in Alachua and Bradford counties.
 
What is the Work Experience Program?
Each year, over 30 local businesses choose to become a Work Experience worksite. Work Experience provides area employers with access to talented individuals at no cost to the employer. Employers work with a dedicated team to create training plans and work experience opportunities that train job seekers in high-demand fields. The program enables businesses to grow their bottom-line without increasing their overhead and participants to grow their resume experience while earning wages and gaining new skills.
 
CareerSource NCFL provides:
·      Paid and unpaid work experience through community partners
·      Employability skills training
·      Career and educational guidance
·      Support services
·      Occupational skills training
 
A Business-Driven Experience
As one of our 30+ worksite employers, you will have access to a dedicated business services team. Together, we’ll carefully curate, train, and refine top talent prospects to place in your business.
From there, you will receive access to our entire suite of no-cost services and a full-time team of professionals available to support you through the duration of your participation.
 
You Decide Who to Hire
While you work with our business services team, we’ll work with our career developers to identify job seekers who have been prepped, vetted, and are ready to work. We’ll present you with candidates who you can review and even interview. At the end of the process, you decide who you want to train.
 
100% of Wages Covered
As an approved Work Experience worksite, you’re in charge. You set the wages and work schedule, and we handle payroll and workers compensation eliminating costly overhead for you (approximately 12 weeks of work per participant depending on hours). Not sure what to pay? Our team can even recommend wages based on current local labor market data.
 
Safe, Secure, Credible
As an employer working with CareerSource North Central Florida, you will receive our commitment to provide you safe, secure and credible individuals. Upon request, we can provide programs to ensure your business is covered for any liability or risk.
 
How can I get started?
To learn more about the program or get started as a worksite, contact us today and request an appointment. We will identify your goals, make a plan, and see if your business is eligible to work with one of our youth (ages 16-24) or adult (Welfare Transition Program and SNAP) participants.
 
Contact Andrea Mender for more information at andrea@gainesvillechamber.com or (352) 334-7133.
Project YouthBuild Parenting Program

YouthBuild is excited to announce that Project YouthBuild is launching a Parenting Program for young parents and expecting parents ages 16 - 24 who live in Alachua County.
 
Program sessions and services will be delivered in both online and in-person formats. Any session that takes place in-person will include protocols that ensure small group size, appropriate social distancing, mask wearing and other precautions.
Sessions will be offered in communities throughout Alachua County.
 
The sessions will cover a wide area of topics including, but not limited to Developmental Milestones, First Aid & CPR, Literacy Development (using PhonoGraphix methodology), Interpersonal Communication, Co-Parenting, Social Support Groups, Nutrition, Financial Literacy, Safe Discipline, and more.

For more information or to apply, contact llevitt@iwionline.org.
UPCOMING EVENT
Keith Watson Events now offering rentals for DIY hosts
 
Whether it be for a wedding, social event, graduation, birthday, baby shower, etc., you can have complete control over the look and feel of your event. Keith Watson Events has a vast inventory of beautiful items sure to wow your guests! From table decor to linens to furniture, we have everything you need to make your wedding or special event unforgettable!

Visit www.keithwatsonevents.com to start designing. A 20% discount will be applied to your overall quote for all pick-up only rentals. Contactless pick-up also available.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Florida Museum hosts virtual mushroom seminar August 16
Sunday, August 16, 3 - 4p.m.
Online - registration required

In partnership with the Florida Academic Lichen and Fungi Enthusiasts League, the Florida Museum of Natural History hosts “Mushrooms with the Museum” Aug. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. This FREE virtual event features University of Florida scientists and experts from all over the country discussing the marvelous world of mushrooms including fungal biology and mushroom myths. Participants will receive an identification guide on mushroom parts and instructions on how to create spore prints at home. Pre-registration is required. To sign up or for a list of speakers, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/mushrooms.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
James Moore & Co. CPAs named one of Accounting Today's Best Accounting Firms to Work For

James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) has been named as one of the 2020 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For. This is the third time James Moore has received this award.

Accounting Today partnered with Best Companies Group to identify accounting companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the 100 best employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce and businesses.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor‐in‐Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to be an accounting firm with a facility in the United States, have a minimum of 15 employees working stateside and be in business a minimum of one year.

Continue reading here.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Touching Hearts At Home COVID-19 Hurricane Preparedness for Seniors
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Academy for Five Element Acupuncture clinic is OPEN!
(352) 548-2332

The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture clinic is ready to welcome you safely back for acupuncture and herbal medicine care. If you are interested in finding out more about telehealth herbal medicine visits, please call. If it is determined that a video visit is best for you, the Academy will provide instructions on how to prepare and begin a video visit.

The clinic has adjusted its schedules and the office flow to maintain the maximum health and safety of our clinic community. You can read more about the school and clinic on their website at acupuncturist.edu. To schedule an appointment call 352.548.2332 or email clinic@acupuncturist.edu.