A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
December 1, 2020
Join us via live stream for our 2020 Business Awards
Thursday, December 3, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Live stream link below

Our 2020 Business Awards will be available for you to view from the comforts of your home or office this year! While our safety constraints may impact our in-person show, we're making sure you'll be able to take part from a safe distance.

This year's show will feature opportunities for you to remotely interact with us and participate in the fun!

Simply go to the link below as the show begins, prepare some snacks and enjoy the show!
The 2020 Business Awards are presented by VyStar Credit Union.
Support Local Business with 31 Days of Shop GNV!
Daily and Monthly Deals from Now until December 23

This year has undoubtedly been difficult for a lot of our community’s businesses, and we want to use this opportunity to ensure that we shop locally this holiday season!

On our site, you’ll find a list of deals and companies that are participating! Each will have a month-long deal to take advantage of, as well as a daily deal which will be available for just one day.

We hope you’ll take advantage of the many offerings our local retailers have made!

Check out our Facebook page daily to see what each day has to offer!

Visit our 31 Days of Shop GNV page for a full list of local shops and deals!
31 Days of Shop GNV is sponsored by and Celebrate Primary Care, Comfort Temp, DL Hulse Consulting, and Lifesouth.
Drink GNV at First Mag December 7th
Monday, December 7, 5 - 7 p.m.
First Magnitude Brewing
1220 SE Veitch Street, Gainesville

Join us for a Season of Drink GNV! Next up on the list is First Magnitude Brewing Company.

Back in 2012, four friends came together with the idea of opening a brewery in their hometown. The group all had the same goal: make excellent beer, build awareness and appreciation of Florida's springs, have a great space for people to come by and enjoy a pint, be an exceptional place to work, and be a big part of the local community. Since opening, they've made a lot of thing- award winning beer, a fantastic team, community connections and great friends.

We invite you to join us for a private tasting event (yes, we have the whole brewery to ourselves!). Enjoy multiple tastings of different brews as a First Magnitude representative guides you through them. Then, enjoy safely mingling with community members at our socially distanced tables outdoors.

Each ticket also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win fabulous items! Water and snacks will be provided.
Drink GNV is sponsored by Servpro of Alachua County West.
Gainesville Chamber Leadership Book Club
Tuesday, December 15, 8 - 8:45 a.m.

Join us for our next Leadership Book Club Virtual Meeting where we will be discussing the book:

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson
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. 
Join us for Business Before Hours - Virtual Networking Event
Wednesday, December 16, 8:30 a.m.
This is a virtual edition of Business Before Hours is a member event structured the same way as our past in-person events. Attendees will have opportunities to share in small groups who they are, what they do and who would make a good customer or referral for them. Come build lasting business and personal relationships at Business Before Hours.
Attendance is limited to 50 pre-registered attendees. Space is Limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is required. 
Watch our latest PIVOT video!

The latest PIVOT video focuses on the perspectives of several of Greater Gainesville’s working women – Staci Bertrand of the Greater Gainesville Chamber, Lisa Magary of Celebrate Primary Care, Edwina Hurst of Maple Street Biscuit Company, Nicole Irving of Irving Publications and Jackie Schoemaker Holmes, Ph.D.
Understanding the Needs of Black Businesses
Wednesday, December 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Virtual event

What are the needs of black-owned businesses? What are the barriers to their growth? What resources exist in the Greater Gainesville region to help them flourish? Join us virtually on Dec. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. as we host a conversation to explore these and other questions to gain a better understanding of what is needed to foster the growth of black-owned businesses in the Greater Gainesville region. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
Let's Discuss Downtown; A Greater Gainesville Chamber Community Discussion
Thursday, December 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and local community leaders in discussing the obstacles to overcome in making Downtown Gainsville a safer, cleaner and more vibrant place for Gainesville residents.
Support Talent Strong Florida this Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, donate to support the Greater Gainesville Chamber's career pathway programs to ensure Greater Gainesville remains Talent Strong.
As Florida business and government leaders work to not only restart but reinvent Florida's economy, they would do well to embrace a simple but transformative idea -- that every Floridian needs education or training beyond high school.
The single best way to build a resilient economy that is able to weather and quickly bounce back from disruptions like COVID-19 is to cultivate a Florida that is well-educated -- that is, talent strong. As evidence of that, consider that the workers who recovered best from the Great Recession had at least a bachelor's degree. And nationwide, 99% of jobs created since the last recession went to people with at least some college education.
StartGNV Celebrates Resilience this week

This year startGNV is going totally virtual to celebrate the strong, creative, and community-minded innovation ecosystem in Greater Gainesville. Join us!

P.S. No Facebook, no problem. Check out the Celebrate Resilience Eventbrite page. Livestream links, event details, and all the good stuff will be there too!
Meridian Releases Annual Data that Demonstrates an Increase in Acute Care Services and a 500% Increase in Telehealth Usage 
Gainesville, Fla.-  Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. releases the Resilience Edition of the organization’s Annual Report to the Community for fiscal year July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. 
Data and the report is normally released during the annual board dinner which is an open annual meeting attended by partners, supporters, and interested community members each year in December. This year the meeting will be prerecorded and streamed virtually, on YouTube and Facebook, utilizing a lighthearted news story theme called 42 Minutes as Meridian celebrates 42 years of serving North Central Florida.

Read more here.
Carr, Riggs & Ingram Congratulates new partners

Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs congratulates Adria Deren and Amy Miller on their recent promotions to partners in the organization.
Adria Deren
Amy Miller
Oelrich Construction accepting applications for Summer Internship Program
Internship takes place May 1 - August 6, 2021

Oelrich Construction's Summer Internship Program is taking place from May 1 - August 6, 2021 and is now taking applicants.

Three, five week rotations:
Preconstruction, Project Management, Field Management
◊ Hands-on experience
◊ Paid | Full-time | M-F

To be considered, email your Resume, Letter of Reference from an employer or professor, and Cover Letter to Bif Sheffield at bif.sheffield@oelrichconstruction.com by Thursday, January 31.