A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
February 9, 2020
2021 Sponsorships & Advertising Options Available! Announce Your Support for the Gainesville Business Community

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities with the Greater Gainesville Chamber are some of the best ways for your business to gain exposure in the Gainesville region. By aligning your business with a 5-star chamber of commerce with sponsorship or advertising, you help immediately grow your company’s prestige, reputation, exposure and bottom line.

Click here to view the full overview of sponsorship and partnership opportunities available for 2021.

For 2021 marketing and exposure opportunities, contact Steve Cannon, VP Member Development, at SteveC@gainesvillechamber.com or call 352-334-7127.
Tuesday, February 16: Business Before Hours Virtual Networking
Tuesday, February 16, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Join us for our Business Before Hours Virtual Networking Event on Tuesday, February 16th from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
This is a virtual edition of Business Before Hours and is 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.
What is Fair Chance Employment? Learn How Second Chances Pay Off for Businesses and People
Wednesday, February 17, Noon - 1 p.m.

You may be aware of the benefits to the community when people with criminal records are able to get jobs. But you may not be aware of the ways that giving a returning citizen a second chance can pay off for your business. Join us to learn more about opportunities to access financial incentives and financial protection, and gain a dedicated team member when you hire a returning citizen. Wednesday, Feb. 17th, noon - 1 p.m. Free. Registration required.
This Week's News with Senator Perry

Each week, Senator Keith Perry distributes an e-newsletter to keep the community up to date. Check out the most current issue to learn more about Senator Perry's proposal to boost child car restraints from age 5 to age 6, reading scholarship accounts available to Floridians and more. If you're not signed up to receive Sen. Perry's email newsletter, sign up here.
Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) to award three $1,200 scholarships

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (February 3, 2021) — Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim A. Barton, through the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE), is proud to offer Florida college and university students the opportunity to apply for one of three $1,200 scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded as part of the association’s ongoing commitment to education in Florida. 

"I am so proud to be able to work with my fellow Supervisors of Elections to offer this opportunity to deserving students each year," Barton said, noting that Alachua County students have won scholarships in four of the last six years.
Reminder: Register to Vote for Gainesville City Election
The deadline to register is February 16th
As you know, one key step to ensuring the business voice is heard is to become informed on the issues that matter to our community and to vote. The City of Gainesville Regular Election will be Tuesday, March 16 and the deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, February 16.
City Commission seats for District 1 and At Large will be on the ballot. To register to vote in this election, visit the Supervisor of Elections website, www.votealachua.com.
We encourage our members to register and be informed. Watch for Candidate Interviews for this election—coming soon!
Scaling Up Your Small Business
TODAY, Noon - 1 p.m.

Every business owner wants to grow their company, but it is important to appropriately scale up your business to sustain this change. Join the City of Gainesville Office of Equity and Inclusion as we learn strategies from Mr. Shane Roach, Co-Owner of Mister Paper Business Products, as he offers strategies on to how to effectively scale up your business!

Technical Assistance Workshops:"Build your technical skills and be a better small business owner!"

From conception to simply managing your company, owning a small business can be challenging, especially when you are unsure of how to navigate the technical aspects. Take part in workshops as facilitators guide you step-by-step on how to expertly manage and improve your company, while becoming better leaders along the way.

Watch from your smartphone or desktop. There's limited spacing. Register today!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 352-334-5051 or email sbpp@cityofgainesville.org.
The Education Foundation offering over $200,000 in college scholarships
Deadline to apply: February 16

The Senior Scholarships program is open to high school seniors in the Alachua County Public Schools system. Students must complete one application to be considered for the more than 50 scholarships which they may be eligible.

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $60,000 for eligible seniors who meet the scholarships’ criteria, and last year, The Education Foundation awarded about $750,000 in scholarships including Senior and Take Stock in Children scholarships. 

The deadline to apply for Senior Scholarships is February 16. For a full list of scholarships and to apply, visit https://edfoundationac.org/scholarships/#seniorscholarship.
GrayRobinson Announces Expansion of Gainesville Footprint in Innovation District

Gainesville, Fla. – GrayRobinson, P.A. (GrayRobinson), a full-service law and lobbying firm with 14 offices located across Florida and one in Washington, D.C., today announced it is expanding its Gainesville footprint with new office space in the Innovation District
On March 1, 2021, GrayRobinson will be moving to a new Gainesville office, a 3,620 square-foot office suite in the state-of-the-art Ingenuity building located in the Innovation District. The Innovation District is located between the University of Florida (UF) and Downtown Gainesville.
“We are excited to expand our footprint in Gainesville and continue our crucial presence in the Innovation District,” said GrayRobinson President and CEO Dean Cannon, who holds a J.D. and B.S. from UF; served as a UF Student Senator, Student Body President, and Vice President of Florida Blue Key; and is a part of the UF Hall of Fame. “It’s been an incredible opportunity for our firm and clients to be in the heart of the UF innovative incubator. We look forward to continuing to be a part of the Gainesville fabric, and building upon the strategic partnerships our attorneys have made within the public, private, and non-profit sectors to support the area’s economic development and prosperity.”
Free Digital Health Check from LOCALiQ

The Greater Gainesville Chamber and LOCALiQ at the Gainesville Sun are partnering to bring you an exclusive partnership benefit available immediately and for a limited time. We share a commitment to support local commerce, enabling businesses to connect with customers where we live, work, and serve.

With that in mind, LOCALiQ’s digital experts are offering a free digital health check to audit your digital business and full online presence. They will also benchmark you against your competitors and identify opportunities to help you grow your business.

As part of our partnership, a LOCALiQ representative will be reaching out with this partnership benefit in the next week.

Click Here for the LOCALiQ Flyer or call them today to get started!
For questions, contact Rynni Henderson, Regional Market Leader at 503-867-5946 or rhenderson@localiq.com.
Edward R. Potts Named member of board of directors at Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central FL

"I share the firm's philosophy that we shouldn't just work in the communities where we establish our offices - we should live in those communities, and we should contribute to those communities," Potts said. "I hope I can make a difference, even if it is a small one, by giving my time and energy to Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central FL."

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.5 trillion in client assets under care. Visit edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.
Tioga Town Center earns accreditations and expands offerings

Tioga Town Center, The Flats at Tioga Town Center, and ownership, Hankin Group and Hankin Apartments, won multiple awards during 2020, and now offer 11,827 square feet of new commercial space, 144 brand new modern luxury apartment homes, in addition to a new state of the art Playground and other Town Center improvements.

Read all the details in the full release here.
Dollar General Drive-Up Hiring Event
February 13 from 10am-12pm
Drive-Up Hiring Event
Alachua Distribution Center
11750 NW 115th Ave N. Building 200 Alachua

General Warehouse Workers- Job #11259619
Requisition ID: 201616604

To Apply:
1. Go to ​www.employflorida.com
2. Log in or register as a new job seeker.
3. Search for job order # (listed above) and complete referral process.
4. Complete the Dollar General online application by February 12
5. Attend Recruitment Event at the Dollar General Distribution Center in Alachua.

US Chamber COVID-19 Resources and Vaccine FAQ

As part of its Reopening Business Digital Resources Center, the U.S. Chamber has added a new component—titled Vaccine Guidance and Resources—to provide you and your members with the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19 vaccine development, prioritization, and distribution.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Guide and FAQs: A primer on vaccine allocation, prioritization, and timelines from the U.S. Chamber.
  • GIPC's Discover and Deliver Map: An interactive map to see what kind of COVID-19 research is going on in your community.
  • Tracker on Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines from the National Governors Association (NGA): A tracker providing information on state and territorial plans for phased allocation of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Vaccine Finder: An online portal to help get communities get connected to vaccine providers once COVID-19 vaccination is widely available to the public

Click here for additional vaccine guidance and resources.
Dance Marathon to hold second annual Miracles in Color 5K February 13
Saturday, February 13, 7 a.m.
Flavet Field at UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is hosting its second annual Miracles in Color 5K race on February 13 benefiting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Gainesville’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

The race is a chance to brighten up participants’ Saturday morning while bringing light into the lives of the children at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The 5K begins at Flavet Field and runs through the University of Florida campus. ​Each 30-minute registration shift will be limited to 100 participants to keep capacities within University of Florida and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Participants are invited to attend with up to three other members of their QuaranTeam and will be instructed to maintain social distancing. Runners will go through multiple color stations throughout the course and a final color station at the finish line. Should runners opt to stay clean, event staff will provide them with the proper marker.

Participants can register for the event on the organization’s website for $25 at https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=4383​. ​All money raised for the Miracles in Color 5K will go directly to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. ​The registration closes Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11:59 p.m. After that point, no more online registrations will be accepted nor will registration be allowed at the event due to capacity limits. All participants will receive a ​Miracles in Color 5K white shirt with registration.

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