August 6, 2019
Member Spotlight: Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
222 SW 36 Terrace, Gainesville

The mission of the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF) is to empower people with disabilities to exert their individual rights to live as independently as possible, make personal life choices and achieve full community inclusion. 

One in 4 people in Gainesville have a disability and the Center for Independent Living offers them the services to live healthier, longer, and more fulfilled lives. Their programs allow our residents to live independently in the community and they are essential in ensuring the rights, inclusion, and diversity of the most vulnerable people in Gainesville. They accomplish this through specific services such as Employment, Wheelchair Ramp Building, ADA Paratransit Screenings, Emergency Preparedness, Sign Language Interpreting, Disability Awareness Trainings, our youth programs, and much more!
The Center for Independent Living provides services to individuals with disabilities on a cross-disability basis (all types of disabilities), ages 14 and up. They are also consumer-controlled, having at least 51% of people with disabilities compromising both the governing board of directors as well as staff.

The best way for people to get involved with the Center for Independent Living is by learning about their services, the people they touch, and sending as many people to them that can benefit from their wonderful services and excellent staff. The center welcomes volunteers to share their interest, skills, and time to assist others in their journey towards independence. The CIL also accepts medical devices and adaptive equipment, various donations, materials, and funds to serve the community.
Lunch & Learn: Cyber Security and The Dark Web
Wednesday, August 7, Noon - 1pm
St. Leo University, Gainesville
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Last month, the  New York Times  wrote an extensive story on Lake City's municipal website falling victim to ransomware, with all city documents being held hostage unless a sum of $460,000 was paid.

In June,  Riviera Beach 's website was hacked and seized until a ransom of $600,000 was paid.

Last year, the same happened to the  city of Atlanta , who was forced to pay $51,000 to Iranian hackers, but millions to recover necessary data and files.

Company property and personal information can be taken easily by ransomware hackers, and it's important to have defense in mind. While internet viruses are less common than they used to be, ransomware has filled the void with new dangers for users.

How much could it cost your company if you fell victim to a ransomware attack?

With that in mind, the Greater Gainesville Chamber is dedicated to helping our members defend against ransomware attacks, and we ask that you research the potential hazards of ransomware and make steps to adequately protect your organization.

Tomorrow, we're hosting Brian Smith of Baseline Systems in our Lunch & Learn to educate you on ransomware, its threats, and most importantly, how to defend your company's and personal information against it.

Please  register here  if you wish to attend.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Small business is the strength of our local economy and Chamber. The Chamber is committed to helping ensure business growth for all of our members. These workshops are dedicated to assist in developing and educating our small business owners and their employees on topics such as wellness, social media, strategic planning, websites, career development and more.
Sponsored by
CEO InSights featuring Dr. Jim McClave, Founder and CEO of Info Tech
Wednesday, August 28, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

People Over Profit

Dr. Jim McClave has always believed in treating people right, and that philosophy has been the foundation of his leadership style for the last 40 years. When Dr. McClave founded Info Tech in 1977, he began leading the company focusing more on people than profit. This leadership style helped him stay true to who he is while also being a successful business owner. During his talk, he will share real stories and experiences that helped him develop his people over profit philosophy and why he would never lead any other way. 

CEO InSights is an event series featuring topic presentations by local presidents, CEOs and other community leaders in an intimate, studio-type setting. The goal is to share personal and timely insights on critical topics including leadership, innovation, culture and more. 
Registration is required.  A light breakfast will be served. 
CEO InSights is sponsored by BBVA.
 Join us for Business Before Hours 
Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 - 10am
First Baptist Church
14105 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville

Join us Tuesday, August 13th for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church.  Admission is free with your Chamber membership, registration is required.
Business Before Hours is a structured yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community.
You may find a strong referral source, a new vendor, the perfect client or simply get a foot in the door for connecting at larger events. Come build lasting business and personal relationships at Business Before Hours. We hope to see you there!
There are only a few spaces remaining. Once the event fills up, you will have the option of being added to the waiting in the event a cancellation occurs.
Call For Employers: September 10 Job Fair
Tuesday, September 10, 9am - 1pm
MLK Multi-purpose Center
1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville

To register your company, please call 352-393-8490 or email by August 10.
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 August 26 for our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Dr. Jerry Parrish
Monday, August 26, 11:30am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100
We are delighted to welcome to the Chamber the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Dr. Jerry Parrish on Monday, August 26 from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. Dr. Parrish will discuss his concerns that the current trade wars raise the probability of a Florida recession in the next nine months to almost 21 percent. A Q&A will follow his remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. These popular luncheons fill up quickly, register today!
More About Dr. Jerry Parrish
Dr. Jerry D. Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on the Florida economy and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future.

Dr. Parrish previously was the Chief Economist and Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University, and has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies.

Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.
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Cox Media Free Digital Marketing Workshop: The Trends You Can No Longer Ignore
Tuesday, August 27, 10am - 1pm
Cox Media Gainesville
6020 NW 43rd St, Gainesville

Take a deep dive with world-renowned speakers into the latest digital tactics available to target your ideal prospects.

  • Search engine marketing (SEM)
  • Transparent reporting dashboards
  • New tech trends from Silicon Valley
  • Display and targeted advertising
  • Brand safety and fraud
  • Digital marketing funnels
  • Addressable geo-fencing, geo-conversion lift and foot traffic conversions
  • TV Everywhere (TVE) and Over-the-top (OTT) ads

Limited seating available! Lunch will be provided by Cox Media.
North Central Florida Workplace Wellbeing Coalition Meeting
Friday, August 16, 10:30am - Noon
Infinite Energy
Building 4, Multipurpose Room/Non-Kitchen-side 
6901 SW 24th Avenue, Gainesville

Please RSVP for our upcoming North Central Florida Workplace Wellbeing Coalition Meeting on  Friday, August 16 from 10:30am-Noon at Infinite Energy (Building 4, Multipurpose Room/Non-Kitchen-side, 6901 SW 24th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32607). Light refreshments will be served!
NCFWWC vision is to assist North Central Florida employers with unique opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn about developing policies, programs, and resources which promote workplace wellbeing. If you are part of HR and Benefits or Workplace wellness this is the meeting for you. 
Our theme for this meeting is  The Build Environment and How it Impacts Workplace Wellbeing . We have an excellent panel of local experts including:
Juli Mitchell 
Interior Design & Planning
Walker Architects 
Domenic Scorpio 
President and CEO
Scorpio Construction 
Gerdien Van Atten-Kireta
Business Health/Company Care, North Florida Regional Medical Center

All About Elephants, Inc.

Comfort Suites

David Greenberg Communications

Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center at YMCA - Gainesville

International Diamond Center

Michael Carroll Insurance Agency

Portal Realty

Sacred Skin Studios

UFO Video


Alachua County Mini Maid


B'nai Israel

Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County

Clayton-Johnston, P.A.

Collaboratory for Women Innovators

Harbor Chase of Gainesville

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua

Julie Waldman Attorney

Mathnasium of Gainesville, FL

Meldon Law


Site Tour 360

Springhill Suites by Marriott

Sun Country Sports Center

TD Bank


The Breen Consortium International 

The ITM Group

University Air Center

Uppercrust Productions

WCJB TV Channel 20
Gainesville named #4 Best College Town to buy Investment Property

Gainesville, FL ranks fourth in Redfin's latest report, The 20 Best College Towns to Buy an Investment Property!

Redfin took into account affordability, walking distance to amenities, and the level of high-quality education. You can view the full report here .
Gainesville Country Club announces new development Sandhill Point
Residential community will appeal to new audiences
Gainesville, FL – July 29, 2019 - The Gainesville Country Club announced today it signed a letter of intent to purchase nearly 30-acres of property adjacent to the Club for development of a new residential community, Sandhill Point, which will offer a unique combination of residential options with membership to the Gainesville Country Club.

Located just east of the existing Gainesville Country Club, Sandhill Point will feature up to 300 homes designed for young professionals, young families and retirees alike. A distinguishing aspect of the community is the creation of new home lots on the George Cobb championship golf course. The inspiration for the development stems from the Club’s desire for an inclusive, fun and family‐friendly community. The new development will feature semi-custom and custom homes starting at 1,900 square feet. Proposal solicitation has begun for due diligence, concept planning and real estate marketing services. Pre-sales will commence this fall and construction is expected to begin within nine months. 

“We are honored to develop one of the last remaining parcels with direct access to the Club,” said Erin Henderson, Vice-President. “Like the development of the Gainesville Country Club was at its inception, Sandhill Point will be a unique community bringing a fun, new and exciting lifestyle experience to Gainesville.”

Each home at Sandhill Point will include membership at the Gainesville Country Club providing residents with access to all of the Club’s amenities, including the tennis complex, private golf course, pool complex, clubhouse and distinctive restaurants.

“We are proud to add Sandhill Point to the Gainesville Country Club family,” said Joseph Hernandez, Chairman of the Gainesville Country Club “We are confident this development will seamlessly blend into the existing landscape and we’re eager to welcome the residents to our beautiful community.”
Pan American Games in Peru Carry Connections to the Ocala Jockey Club

Reddick, FL – August 1, 2019 – The Ocala Jockey Club is set to cheer for its past competitors and clients representing their countries in the eventing discipline at the Pan American Games taking place August 2-4 in Lima, Peru (“Pan Am Games”).

Team USA is represented by five riders at the Pan Am Games, all of which have previously competed at the annual Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event. The U.S. Eventing Team will compete August 2 – 4 at the Escuela de Equitación del Ejército La Molina in Lima, Peru. Boyd Martin will ride Tsetserleg, joined by Tamie Smith with Fleeceworks Royal, Lynn Symansky with RF Cool Play, Doug Payne with Starr Witness, and Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp with Cooley Quicksilver as reserves. The Ocala Jockey Club is cheering on Team USA as they look to get on the podium and to earn the chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next summer. Information about the Team USA human and equine team members and their performance at Lima can be found at The United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s website at .

“The Ocala Jockey Club is proud that our November event and farm has been supported by the best of the best in the sport. Along with all five Team USA riders having previously competed at our November Event, so have three of the five Team Canada members. In addition, Team Mexico spent this past winter season in residence at the Ocala Jockey Club, training to get ready for the Pan Am Games. The support by this caliber of riders confirms the quality of Marion County in general, and the Ocala Jockey Club farm in particular. This is yet another reason why Ocala is proud to call itself the Horse Capital of the World TM ”, said Pavla Nygaard, President of the Ocala Jockey Club.

This year’s 4th annual Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event is set to run November 14-17, 2019. This year’s CCI4-L and CCI4-S divisions will serve as a qualifying event to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the only one to be held in the Southeast. The cross-country course will be designed by Olympic Individual Silver medalist Clayton Fredericks along with Mike Etherington-Smith, the course designer for the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games, as Assistant Course Designer. Shelley Page, the eventing discipline organizer at the 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games, is the Event Organizer.

The OJC facility, with its rolling hills and showcase old-growth Spanish-moss-laden oak trees, is a crown jewel in the horse country of Ocala, Florida. About 200 acres of the 950-acre Ocala Jockey Club property serve as a Thoroughbred training farm and to stand stallions. The facility also includes townhouses and an iconic clubhouse, which serves as a unique venue for weddings, meetings and other special events. For more information on the Ocala Jockey Club, visit . For more information on the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event, visit .
 United Way of North Central Florida Celebrates $4 million in Prescription Savings
Partnership with FamilyWize delivers significant savings on prescription medications through its free, easy to use prescription discount card
GAINESVILLE, FL (Aug. 1, 2019) — United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) announced that 43,840 local residents have saved more than $4 million on their prescription medications, thanks to its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. 
Through this partnership, United Way Worldwide has helped promote the free, easy to use FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, which has helped more than 13 million Americans save more than $1.5 billion on their prescriptions.
“People should never have to choose between putting food on the table or taking their prescription medication,” said UWNCFL President & CEO Mona Gil de Gibaja “That’s why we partner with FamilyWize. Their free prescription discount card can reduce the costs of prescriptions for anyone who uses it. It’s an extremely valuable resource that everyone should use, regardless of their financial or insurance situation.”
The FamilyWize card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45 percent for people with and without insurance. Just by presenting the FamilyWize card or mobile app at their local pharmacy, people can save on the cost of their medicine, with no strings attached. 
“We’re excited to see the people of North Central Florida realize the benefits of our prescription discount card,” said Vickie Nisbet, Director of Community Relations at FamilyWize. “We hope that they continue to use the card and share it with others, as it can provide a significant savings.”
The Free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card can be used by anyone: uninsured, insured and even people with Medicaid or Medicare. The use of the card is unlimited, does not require any personal information from the user and has no eligibility criteria.
To take advantage of the savings that FamilyWize offers, please visit
UF ranked #2 on Kiplinger's "Best Value In Public Colleges"

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- For the second year in a row, the University of Florida is being ranked second on Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of "Best Value In Public Colleges".

This list is put together based on a school's academics, admission rate, and a low student to teacher ratio. Florida State is ranked ninth on the list.

UF has been ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Value Public Colleges" on the list since 2005.