February 19, 2019
Join us this Thursday for Business After Hours at Comprehensive Women's Health
Thursday, February 21, 5:30 - 7pm
Comprehensive Women's Health
724 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville

Join us this Thursday at 5:30pm at Comprehensive Women’s Health to celebrate the opening of their brand new health campus with a Business After Hours.

Expand your business network and unwind after work by connecting with other busy professionals in a relaxed environment. Business After Hours are held at Gainesville Area Chamber member business locations and feature networking, refreshments, giveaways and the opportunity to discover unique local businesses.  Attendees build valuable new contacts and make new friends, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and come ready to have fun!

The Chamber’s staff and its enthusiastic Diplomats are available to make introductions to business decision-makers. 

Admission is Free for Greater Gainesville Chamber Members and their employees.

Admission for Non-Members is $20.00. We hope to see you there!

Click Here for more information.
Join Us TODAY to Celebrate Luke Avizini’s new Edward Jones office!
TODAY, February 19, 4:30 - 6pm
Edward Jones Investments
3302 W University Ave, Gainesville

Edward Jones is a financial firm that has been serving the country since 1922. Currently, they serve nearly 7 million individuals across more offices in America than any other investment firm. By working closely with their clients and understanding what's important to them, Edward Jones works through an established process in order to help clients reach their goals. Luke Avizinis and his office look forward to serving many more in the Greater Gainesville region!

There will be food, giveaways, speeches and more!

The Ribbon cutting ceremony will commence at 4:50pm.

Click Here for more information.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration:
Pure Aesthetics & Gaines Plastic Surgery
Thursday, February 28, 4:30 - 6pm
Pure Aesthetics
217 NW 76th Drive, Gainesville

Join us next week, Thursday, February 28 to celebrate and welcome the brand new location for Pure Aesthetics & Gaines Plastic Surgery with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Pure Aesthetics is an all inclusive medical Spa that started off as a one woman show and in 4 years has blossomed into a brand new, state of the art office with 7 employees, an Allergan top 500 account and the most experienced CoolSculpting providers in the greater Gainesville Area. 

As a boutique practice, Gaines Plastic Surgery is committed to strong doctor-patient relationships and exceptional personalized care. With more than 15 years of service in the community, Gaines Plastic Surgery always ensures each patient's safety and comfort during every step of treatment.

The event will include speeches, Hors d'oeuvres and Refreshments.

The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:00pm.

Click Here for more information.
CEO InSights featuring Chad Paris of Parisleaf
Wednesday, March 20, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

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. 
Join us Wednesday, March 20th, as our guest speaker will be Chad Paris, Principal and CEO of Parisleaf.

Registration is required.  A light breakfast will be served. 
For more information and to register,  click here .
Sponsored by
City College Spring Career Fair
Tuesday, March 12, 11:30am - 1:30pm
City College
7001 NW 4th Blvd, Gainesville

Join City College for their Spring Career Fair! This event will be free and open to the public. If you're interested in attending, bring a résumé and wear formal attire.
Save the Date: Stay in the Swamp Career Fair
Friday, April 12, 10am - 1pm
Hough Hall, UF

Are you looking for an undergraduate or graduate University of Florida student who is interested in staying in the Swamp? Local organizations are invited to come and recruit UF students across all majors at the Stay in the Swamp career fair. This annual event connects local employers and students in an effort to keep talent in the region. Students not only want to learn about your company's open positions, but also why your company and employees thrive in Greater Gainesville.

Companies are invited to market its openings and culture at optional information sessions the evening before the career fair. For more information, contact  Craig Petrus  or  Stephanie Fajre .
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 towww.employflorida.com
  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”
Wal-Staf Top Candidates List

This is only a sample of some of the outstanding employees Wal-Staf Personnel Services has recently brought on board, screened and ready to go to work at your location!

#70668S  Administrative Assistant/Patient Care Assistant in Gainesville, worked closely with District Director of Operations, handling weekly reports, helping office staff and outside vendors, also worked as a PCA working with nurses to provide patient care. 
#70679D  Highly Organized Professional available for either Lake City or Gainesville, excellent MS office skills, experience in project coordination, transcription, data entry and customer service.
#70626C  Former College Professor with Master’s Degree in Plant Biology and Environmental Science seeking a position working outdoors in Gainesville with plants.
#70617S  Customer Service Representative in Gainesville experienced taking inbound calls for call center data entry, assisting patients to obtain prescriptions, helping pharmacy techs resolve claim issues, proficient with Excel, Outlook, Windows and MS Word. 
#70693D  Medical Office Employee in Lake City with versatile experience including reception, coding, excellent computer skills, patient transport and couriering medicines. 
#58403C  Energetic Industrial Worker with forklift, warehouse, shipping, receiving and drill press experience available with transportation for Lake City area.
#70689S  Receptionist in Gainesville whose experience includes general office duties, data entry, customer service, preparing schedules & billing, Excel, Power Point, Quick Books, Windows and Word.
#51789C  Warehouse worker in Gainesville experienced with pick and pack, labeling, forklift, and has a Master Degree in welding.
#70692D  Office Assistant in Lake City with experience in accounts payables, time keeping, reports and labor audits.
#70696S  Certified Forklift Operator in Gainesville with several years’ experience operating both forklifts and tractors.
#70699C  Laborer, hard worker with excellent references available in Gainesville for indoor or outdoor work, days or nights.

“What’s it cost you and your company not to have the people you need?” Send an email to  bob@wal-staf.com  and we’ll send you a free copy of “How to Attract and Retain the People you need.”
Meet Mr. Kazumi Fujimoto, Japanese Enterprise Florida Deputy Director
Tuesday, February 26, 2 – 3:30pm
The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

The Chamber's International Council is hosting the Mr. Kazumi Fujimoto, Japanese Deputy Director of Enterprise Florida. Join us for as we learn about current trade relations and how to build business relationships in Japan. 

Please register here to reserve your spot!
Join us March 4 for our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Congressman Ted Yoho
Monday, March 4, 11:30 - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome to the Chamber Congressman Ted Yoho as our Distinguished Speaker on Monday, March 4 th , from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. Congressman Yoho will provide a legislative update and a Q&A will follow his remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. These popular luncheons fill up quickly, register today!

This event is sponsored by UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health Program.
Sponsored by:
Explore the brain with The Net and the Butterfly at the Cade Museum
Thursday, February 28, 5:30 - 8pm
Cade Museum
811 South Main Street, Gainesville

In his book, “The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking,” Judah Pollack revealed the inner workings of your brain’s innovation system. Using neuroscience as his guide, and his ten years working with some of the most innovative teams in the world, he designed tools to help people maximize their brain’s innovative potential. Your great ideas already exist. They’re sitting in your brain right now. You just have to uncover them. 

Buy your tickets here .

Book Event and Wine and Cheese Reception:  $35 per person, includes a copy of the book
·        5:30 – 6:30 pm: refreshments
·        6:30 – 7:15 pm: Judah Pollack talk and Audience Q&A 
·        7:15 pm: Book signing 
Neuroscience Based Tools for Innovation: A Creativity Boosting Workshop
Friday, March 1, 9 am – Noon
Cade Museum
811 South Main Street, Gainesville

Workshop:  $75 per person, includes a copy of the book (Discount for those who have already purchased the book)

Judah Pollack’s workshops use his tools in certain sequences to engage all these different parts of your brain. By the end of the workshop individuals and teams come away with a whole set of ideas they did not realize were sitting in their brains waiting to be uncovered. Ideas that can shape individual’s professional and personal lives and build neural pathways to ongoing innovation.

Buy tickets here.
Phoenix Rising: 10 Years Later at Peaceful Paths
Thursday, February 21, 7:30am
Peaceful Paths
2100 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville

In 2009, Peaceful Paths experienced a total loss fire at their Gainesville Outreach Center. What felt like complete chaos at the time has turned into their most defining moment in their 45 year history. Join us for our Annual Stakeholder Breakfast to hear first hand how far they've come since 2009 and to learn how you can help them continue to innovate and grow.
Florida Museum hosts free workshop Feb. 24 to celebrate archaeology month
Sunday, February 24, 2 - 4pm
Florida Museum
3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville

Archaeology Workshop: Prehistoric Hunting Technology gives guests the chance to learn about how artifacts and hunting technology change over time from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to throw darts with an atlatl and make their own to take home in this free workshop led by the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/workshop or call 352-846-2000.
New Members

Absolute Health Center

Compass Self Storage

European Wax Center

Helping Hands Clinic

The Knight Security of Gainesville

Tuscawilla Photography
Renewing Members

Ace Hardware

Alachua County Farm Bureau

AMIkids Gainesville, Inc

Audi Gainesville

Bahama Breeze

Circa Properties

Courtyard By Marriott

Direct Auto & Life Insurance

LongHorn Steakhouse

O2B Kids

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Robinson Renovation and Custom Homes, Inc.

Scorpio Corporation

Shea's Glass Company

Simply Unforgetable Party Shop

SWI Photography

The Education Foundation of Alachua County, Inc.

The InterMed Group

Thomas Group Realty, LLC
Derby at the Brewery
March 10, 2 - 6pm
First Magnitude Brewing
1220 SE Veitch Street, Gainesville

First Magnitude Brewing Company has partnered with the NHRA Gatornationals to release a special beer for the upcoming 50th anniversary of this iconic event. The Red Line Red Lager will be released at the Derby at the Brewery, a classic Pinewood Derby on Sunday, March 10th from 2-6 PM. First Magnitude is inviting local businesses to participate by building a car and entering to take each other on! Kits and registration are only $8 and are available both at Lightnin' Salvage at Satchel's Pizza and First Magnitude. If you need help putting everything together, The Repurpose Project will be hosting build days from 2/26-3/2. Proceeds from the race will be donated to The Repurpose Project and other organizations. We welcome Chamber Members to table at this community event in exchange for a cash donation or a prize for our winners!
Gainesville Native American Festival
Fri - Sun, March 29 - 31
Alachua County Fairgrounds
3416 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville

The Gainesville Native American Festival comes alive with traditional dancing, music and art. come be a part of this one of a kind festival that not only entertains, but educates. Join us in our dances, learn to build a fire the primitive way and see the beauty of our handmade arts & crafts. 
Dance Alive National Ballet commemorates the 150 th Anniversary of Gainesville’s incorporation with  Land of La Chua…Our Town Through The Ages.
Friday, March 1, 7:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville

In the planning stages for over a year, DANB choreographers  Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner have brought together the talents of their exceptional company of dancers and the resources of an extraordinary community to create a walk through time with a focus on the people, nature and culture of this amazing community.

Artist Margaret Tolbert and  composer Stella Sung explores the beauty and magic of our springs while  poet Lola Haskins , along with images from the  Matheson History Museum take us to another time and place in and around Payne's Prairie.  Interwoven are the stories, poems and songs of  Florida's 'Black Hat Troubadour' Will McLean . Special guests include  UF's Schoolof Music Dr. Anthony Offerle backed by images of early UF leading the alma mater,  Dr. Elizabeth Graham singing 'Amazing Grace' while we are transfixed by a list of over 1,500 Gainesville veterans who fought in campaigns from the Spanish American War through Vietnam.  Weaver Gaines will speak of his ancestor  General Edmund P. Gaines who fought in the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars and the Mexican-American War.   Videography by Houston Wells and images by  David Johnston provide the visual background for this amazing project.

Will the work touch on every element important to the growth of the community?  No.  The choreographers have chosen to follow their interests and passions in our history – while insuring that the talents of collaborators and friends are made a meaningful part of the project.   The work itself will last approximately an hour and will be followed by a number of activities that audience members can participate in … or not!

  • A talk-back with artists and contributors will follow the performance.
  • Displays, memorabilia, music, film, a time-line provided by the Matheson History Museum as well as experts in a variety of subjects key to our history will be made available for audience members in both Fackler Foyers at the Phillips Center. 
  • In the upper lobby … a huge birthday cake while we toast our anniversary!