A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
February 25, 2020
CEO InSights featuring Lisa Magary & Della Tuten of Celebrate Primary Care
Wednesday, February 26, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

Join us tomorrow, February 26th, as our guest speakers Lisa Magary and Della Tuten, Founders and Co-Owners of Celebrate Primary Care.

The dream began while attending Grad School together.  In five short years, Lisa and Della have successfully built a business from the ground up, in an untraditional marketspace.  Now with over 2,000 members and growing, these entrepreneurs are planning to take their business model to the next level.

Learn how their partnership grew with each challenge they faced and how working together brought their dreams to fruition.  The five lessons Lisa and Della learned and plan to share may be the mentoring you need to get to the next level.

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. 
There are a few seats still available.  Registration is required. A few tickets will be available at the Hippodrome the day of the event.  A light breakfast will be served. 
Presented by BBVA
Ribbon Cutting Celebration Today at Palmetto & Pine
Today, February 25, 4 - 6pm
Palmetto & Pine
220 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville

Join us as we welcome Palmetto & Pine to the Greater Gainesville region and the Greater Gainesville Chamber! Palmetto & Pine is a business startup in Gainesville focused on empowering parents by creating a space that allows us to have affordable access to open office space for collaboration, creation, or silent study with on-site babysitting included in a monthly membership.

There will be refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, tours, giveaways, a bounce house and more! Owner, Dallas Brown, invites you to bring your kids and let them entertain them while you check out their location and the amazing services that they offer!

The ribbon cutting ceremony will commence at 4:30pm. 

Business Before Hours at Oak Hall School
Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 - 10am
Oak Hall School
1700 SW 75th St, Gainesville

Join us Tuesday, March 3rd for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at  Oak Hall School Florida.   Admission is free with your Chamber membership, registration is required.  Seating is limited to the first 60 people who register.
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!

Click Here  for more information and to register.
Business After Hours at GatorNationals
Wednesday, March 11, 5pm
Gainesville Raceway
11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 to celebrate the kick-off to Gatornationals at The Gainesville Raceway for Chamber Business After Hours, one of the Chamber's most popular networking events.  Presented by CenterState Bank . Mingle with business leaders and community members as you enjoy great food and refreshments.

Meet Top Alcohol Dragster Driver Cherissa Smallwood  at the event. Cherissa is a Gainesville native and drives a 4,000 horsepower Nitro-fueled dragster. Photo opportunities will be available with Cherissa and her dragster.

Last year we had over 500 members join us for this annual business building event.

Chamber Members and their employees receive Free Admission to this event as a benefit of their Greater Gainesville Chamber Membership.

Click Here  to register to attend.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Lunch & Learn: Better Outcomes, Better Goals
Wednesday, March 4, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented By: John & Anthony Coman

Goal-setting is a fundamental business skill, yet many of our goals seem to hang perpetually on the horizon. This workshop will equip you with strategies for developing better goals and sticking to them.
Participants will workshop their own business goals and develop action plans for short, medium, and long-term success.
Learning Objectives

Participants will:
* Acquire tools to develop and achieve targeted business goals
* Develop and/or refine a key goal for the next year
* Begin an action plan for achieving that goal
* Access a complimentary follow-up coaching session (optional)

Target audience:  business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, administrators, professionals, and leadership teams.


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.
Event sponsor
Meal sponsor
Thursday, February 27, 9:00-9:45 am
Zoom Webinar
Receive link and call-in number upon registration

Are you looking to add new members to your team? Would you like to mentor a youth intern? Are you currently hiring, or wish you could but need some help with recruitment and candidate matching? Do you need out-of-the-box thinking to support your workforce needs?

You are invited to a webinar to learn about ways the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s  PRO PEL Greater GNV workforce services program can support you.
Free to members.

Register online  or by contacting Andrea Mender, Director of Workforce Services
Looking for talent? Find your next candidate at a job fair!

Are you looking for opportunities to meet with a variety of job candidates in a short time? Attending a job fair can be a good way to increase exposure of your business and meet engaged job seekers in your industry. Check back here for job fairs you can attend to find your next candidate!

City of Waldo Career Day and Job Fair – February 28, 1:00-4:00 pm, Waldo City Square, Participate in this event to educate individuals about opportunities that are available in the greater Gainesville region. City leaders want to help their residents see opportunities for career building that are available to them. For more information contact Andrea Mender –  andrea@gainesvillechamber.com

Jobs for Florida Graduates Student Job Fair – March 17, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, CareerSource NCFL Gainesville career center, Meet with high school juniors and seniors looking for part-time, summer, full-time, and internship opportunities. Event information and registration link: https://members.gainesvillechamber.com/events/details/jobs-for-florida-graduates-student-job-fair-21654

Healthcare Industry Job Fair – April 1, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, CareerSource NCFL Gainesville career center, Hiring for a position in the healthcare industry? Open for clinical and non-clinical positions. Eventinformation and registration link:  https://members.gainesvillechamber.com/events/details/healthcare-industry-job-fair-21661  (not live yet, but should be by end of day)

Stay in the Swamp – April 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, University of Florida Hough Hall, This unique event offers opportunities for companies looking to hire students across  all majors from the University of Florida  who wish to extend their time in Gainesville. 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 Gainesville! Inquire about opportunities for interview space or student information sessions by contacting Stephanie Fajre -  Stephanie.Fajre@warrington.ufl.edu .
Refundable registration:  http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/SSP/1400075598   *The refundable registration deposit will secure your career fair booth, refreshments and parking for up to two corporate representatives.

5th Annual Community Job and Resource Fair , in collaboration with the Re-Entry Partnership Initiative – April 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Alachua County Public Library – Headquarters Library, . The Community Job and Resource Fair aims to strengthen families and the community by helping individuals re-enter the workforce, thereby increasing the stability of families and empowering the economy! Event information and registration link:  https://form.jotform.com/GNVChamber2/job-resource-fair

Technology, IT, and Biotech Industry Job Fair – May 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, CareerSource NCFL Gainesville career center. This job fair is open to any company in the technology, IT, or biotech industries hiring a technology-based position.
Alachua County Public Schools Paraprofessional Job Fair
Tomorrow, February 26, 3-4pm
Administration Board Room
620 East University Ave, Gainesville

Para requirements:
  • high school diploma
  • 60 college credit hours
  • pass para pro assessment

For more information, call 352-955-7727.
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 www.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”
We’re Counting on You! The 2020 Census is on its Way
April 1 is Census Day

One of the simplest ways we can all help our community is to participate in the US Census. Why? Because the data collected from each person in the United States is used to allocate federal funds for roads, schools, hospitals, social programs and public services.

For the first time this year, we’ll be able to complete our Census online. Starting the week of March 12, every household will begin receiving a postcard with its secure code to access the Census. You’ll be able to complete the Census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee! 

We were surprised—and not a little dismayed—to learn that the estimated undercount for Alachua County in 2010 was 33,827 people, which resulted in a $390 million loss of federal funds over the last 10 years. It’s not hard to come up with a quick list of how we could have put that money to good use!

Your Greater Gainesville Chamber is partnering with other organizations around the County to help ensure a complete Census Count this year. Watch for upcoming events—we’re Counting on You. And check out  countingonyou.us  for more information on local and national efforts. 
DRMP's Gainesville Branch Relocates to GID

Orlando-based engineering firm DRMP’s Gainesville branch found a new home in Gainesville’s bustling Innovation District because of its amenities and energizing environment. 

In an exciting relocation, DRMP moved from its former location off of Tower Road into a modern space at 706 Southwest Fourth Avenue. Gainesville-branch employees and DRMP itself can reap more benefits due to their new proximity to the city’s central business district. In addition, DRMP is now situated closer to the city’s offices downtown, which is an entity the firm collaborates with regularly. 

“It’s so wonderful to see the Innovation District and this area take off,” said John Gilreath, office leader for the Gainesville branch. 

Founded in 1977, the company has become one of the largest civil engineering firms headquartered in central Florida. At the local level, the Gainesville branch jumps on infrastructure projects designed to better the community. 

“We like to the build the character of the community,” Gilreath said. 
Gilreath described the lively area of the Gainesville Innovation District as being full of “synergy.” The environment enhances the company’s efforts to contribute to the area through stellar service and dedication while furthering their goal of helping the community grow. 

“It’s changing the face of our city,” Gilreath said. Adding on, “So, we are excited to be a part of that growth.”