December 3, 2019
2019 Business of the Year Award Event 
This Wednesday Evening
(Fewer than 20 tickets remain!)
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 – 8:30pm
UF Hilton
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville

The Greater Gainesville Chamber is proud to recognize the following local businesses and nonprofit organizations for being finalists in the 2019 Business of the Year Awards, presented by  VyStar Credit Union . The finalists, judged by a group of member volunteers, stood out for their excellence and innovation in business practices and community involvement.

The finalists and winners will be recognized at the 2019 Business Awards ceremony, December 4th at the UF Hilton.

Congratulations to all the finalists!
Employer of the Year
Gainesville Health & Fitness
Infinite Energy
Foresight Construction
Bioscience Company of the Year
Arranta Bio (Captozyme)
Thermo Fischer Scientific

Commitment to the Environment Award
Emory Group
Solar Impact

Leading Women’s Business
Celebrate Primary Care
Pure Aesthetics
Sarah Cain Design

Tech Company of the Year
PHOS Creative

Manufacturing Company of the Year
Thermo Fischer Scientific

Startup Company of the Year
Imprint Genius
Titan MRI

Small Nonprofit of the Year
American Heart Association – Alachua County
Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida
The Education Foundation of Alachua County

Large Nonprofit of the Year
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network
United Way of North Central Florida

Small Business of the Year
Celebrate Primary Care
First Magnitude Brewing Company
Pure Aesthetics

Large Business of the Year
North American Veterinary Community

Community Involvement Company of the Year
Cox Communications
Gainesville Housing Authority

Diversity & Inclusion Award
UF College of Medicine

Join us and our co-hosts Collin Austin and Vicki Guy for an evening of celebration.

Music & The Fiesta provided by Elio Piedra.

Cocktail Hour sponsored by  UBS Financial Services, Inc .

There are a few tickets remaining.  To order tickets or for more information,  Click Here.
Presented by
 Lunch & Learn:
Mapping Out Your Sales & Growth Plan for 2020

This Wednesday, December 4,, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by : Brad Gamble
Co-founder / The Selling Factory

Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Departments Heads, Sales Professionals and Company Employees....

Ask yourself:

What are your goals for 2020 and are you ready?

How will you attain your desired revenue growth?
How will you increase your customer base?

This lunch & learn is for anyone looking to develop a strategy to accomplish their goals in 2020.
Brad Gamble has dedicated himself to sales, sales management, executive coaching and building companies.

At this month's Lunch & Learn, Brad Gamble will share his business expertise on how to best prepare for a successful 2020.
Sponsored by
Lunch & Learn: Mapping Out Your Sales & Growth Plan for 2020
Wednesday, December 4, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by : Brad Gamble
Co-founder / The Selling Factory

Brad has dedicated himself to sales, sales management, executive coaching and building companies.

Are you ready for 2020?

At this month's Lunch & Learn, Brad Gamble will share his business expertise on how to best prepare for a successful 2020.
Sponsored by
Join us for Business Before Hours Holiday Edition
Tuesday, December 6, 8:30 -10am
Aloft Hotel
3743 Hull Road, Gainesville

Join us Friday, December 6 for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at  Aloft Hotel.   Admission to this event is free to Chamber members and local nonprofit agencies.
Business Before Hours is a structured yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community.
Presented by the Greater Gainesville Chamber and The Community Foundation of North Central Florida.
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!
Seating is limited to 100 people.  Register early to secure your seat.

Click Here for more information and to register.
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”
i3 Putting Children First Facilities Sales Tax Update
Wednesday, December 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm 
Scorpio Construction 
3911 W Newberry Road, Gainesville

The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and the School Board of Alachua County invite you to join us for a Community Information Session.

The latest about our schools' infrastructure projects,
funded by the half cent for schools sales surtax 
The details on the positive economic impact
this work will have on our community for years to come 
How the local business community can be more involved
Professional and Personal Growth - Information session for EWITS (Empowering Women in Technology Startups)
Wednesday, December 4
UF Innovate | The Hub
747 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Ste. 295, Gainesville

While women drive the majority of purchasing decisions, they are significantly underrepresented in how products get to market - from invention to entrepreneurship and everything in between: marketing, sales, legal, accounting, etc. EWITS® aims to change that paradigm by empowering women to meet new challenges and pursue goals: professionally and personally. In addition to learning about business and entrepreneurial components, participants also build their networking, leadership and teamwork skills.

The best news: You don’t have to be an aspiring entrepreneur — or even a technologist — to benefit from this unique program. The only requirement is a bachelor’s degree.

Join us for an information session on Wed 12/4 from Noon -1 PM to learn more (lunch provided)- register here.

Visit  for more info!
New Members

Ichiban Sushi

Sterling Builders

Successful Living 2, LLC

The Bungalow

Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County

Renewing Members

Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A.

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, Inc.

Gainesville Black Professionals

Gator Moving & Storage Co.


Kara Winslow- Makeup Artist

OEC Business Interiors

SWI Photography
Holiday Tree Lightings in the Greater Gainesville Region

December 6

City of Alachua Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Visit, 6-8pm
Downtown Main Street Park

Christmas in Newberry Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-8pm
Join us for holiday cheer as we light our spectactular Christmas Tree to kick off the holiday season. 
25440 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669

December 7

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Thomas Center,
302 NE 6th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

30th Annual NFRMC Pond Lighting, 5-8pm
6500 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605
It’s that time of year again! Time to light up the duck pond at North Florida Regional Medical Center’s main campus. In benefit of Toys for Tots, join us for a FREE night of lights, music, and fun!

December 14

Alachua Christmas Parade, 2-4PM
Downtown Main Street Park

City of Hawthorne 37th Annual Christmas Festival & Parade, 11-5:30 (Parade at 3)
SE 221st Street, Downtown Hawthorne
Operation Santa Delivery
Saturday, December 7, 10am - 1pm
Intersection of NW 39th Ave & NW 91st St, Gainesville

A Gainesville holiday tradition continues December 7 with the annual Operation Santa Delivery at Santa Fe College.

The free event, that’s sponsored by Santa Fe College, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, and ShandsCair runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The highlight is Santa’s arrival by helicopter at Santa Fe’s north field at the corner of NW 39th Avenue and NW 91st Street.

Nearly three dozen community organizations will be offering games and fun activities for kids. There will also be opportunities for free photos with Santa.

LifeSouth will host a blood drive that can help save lives during the holidays. Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.

For more information call LifeSouth at 352-334-1000.
ChayaVeda Anniversary & Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 8th, 2–4 PM
ChayaVeda Retreat in Turkey Creek Forest
8620 NW 13th St. Lot 63, Gainesville

Celebrate the holidays and 3 year anniversary with Ayurvedic and Healthy Home Made Holiday Tapas, Door Prizes, Recipes, Gifts for Purchase, Community and Fun!

Get a free ChayaVeda Inspirational Greeting Card with a gift certificate purchase.

Optional: Help our mission and bring non-perishable food items for Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and help make the holidays nourishing for everyone in our community.

Find more details about our menu and RSVP on the facebook event page. Say you are going and enter a chance to win a prize:

Use Google maps, not Apple maps!
Once inside Turkey Creek Forest, continue straight, then left on 39th Terrace, or follow the open house signs.
FPHA Mental Health Regional Training
Thursday, December 5, 2019
University of Florida College of Public Health
225 Center Dr, Gainesville

Join UF College of Public Health & Health Professions at the FPHA Mental Health Regional Training to learn more about how community based mental health and substance abuse treatment systems work. Hear from community leaders who provide mental health services at a local, regional, and state level.

Click  here  to find draft agenda

Parking will be provided. 
 North Florida Regional Medical Center Celebrates 30th Annual Pond Lighting with “A Walk Down Memory Lane”

GAINESVILLE, Florida – (December 2, 2019) – North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) will be kicking off the holiday season with its 30th Annual Pond Lighting celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission to the family-friendly event is free of charge and open to the public, however, attendees are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Every year, thousands of residents gather to spend an evening at North Florida Regional MedicalCenter’s Pond Lighting cultivating the holiday spirit. The 95,000 light display, featuring a host of symbolicholiday figures, has been a time-honored spectacle for the Gainesville community. The theme of the 30thanniversary celebration is, “A Walk Down Memory Lane.” In tribute to our theme, guests will have a chance to view a display of photos from past pond lightings, and historical pictures of our hospital as they enjoy the lights around the duck pond.

Major Dennis Wait along with Gainesville High School Junior ROTC and Mr. Brian Chrisp, Alachua and Tri-County Coordinator for the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots, will kick off the festivities with a community welcome, followed by live performances by the Hidden Oak Elementary, Buchholz and Eastside High School choirs, the UF Sedoctaves acapella group, and dancers from Doxa Dance Studio and Gainesville Ballet Theatre. Event emcee, Storm Roberts of WKTK-FM will then lead the traditional countdown to the amazing moment when the pond lights up.

Among this year’s merriments are ornament decorating, penguin bowling, as well as the opportunity totake pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, among other activities. Children will get the chance to experience true holiday cheer with face painting, horse-drawn carriage rides, snowball toss and launch a lump-o-coal carnival games, as well as enjoy our Frozen themed bounce house and other inflatable climbing structures. Enjoy free holiday refreshments, play games and win prizes, and bite into some food truck goodness while enjoying the array of lights and holiday music.

“This year is a historic celebration for us, as we ring in the holiday season and 30 years of Pond Lighting,”said Eric Lawson, CEO of North Florida Regional Medical Center. “In keeping with our mission, it is especially important to us to raise awareness for the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots cause, and share the true meaning of the holiday season. We would greatly appreciate any support the community can give in helping us provide a little Christmas magic to local children this holiday season.”

The Pond Lighting event will benefit Toys for Tots in memory of Lance Corporal Philip Paul Clark – a local hero who gave his life fighting for our country with the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan. The
US Marine Corps Toys for Tots is an organization whose mission is to help
throughout the country experience the joy of the holidays as well as deliver a message of hope.

North Florida Regional Medical Center encourages attendees to help the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots in their mission by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to Pond Lighting. These gifts will then be distributed as Christmas presents to less fortunate children in the Gainesville community. Those who bring a toy or toys for Toys for Tots will be given a “Golden Ticket,” which will gain them VIP access to the event’sactivities.