A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
January 12, 2020
Join us January 19 for our Business Before Hours Virtual Networking Event!
Tuesday, January 19, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Join us for our Business Before Hours Virtual Networking Event on Tuesday, January 19, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

This is a virtual edition of Business Before Hours 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.
Dale Carnegie University is returning to Gainesville in 2 weeks

This is an in-person, 8-week course starting January 26th and commencing on March 16th at Hotel Indigo in Celebration Pointe.  

The Dale Carnegie University, developed by one of the most successful people of the 20th-century, US presidents, Fortune 500 executives, and many successful leaders credit the Dale Carnegie course for their success. Over 10 million Americans have taken this course. I cannot endorse this class enough and am thrilled to be able to offer you the opportunity to take the course.

The last Gainesville class graduated in December and every one of the participants recommends this course.

In this course, you will learn how to build trust and motivate people to project an enthusiastic attitude, communicate logically, clearly, and concisely. It will help you energize and engage listeners. You will also learn how to become a better leader, manage stress, and minimize worry while encouraging positive thinking and achieving continuous improvement.

Testimonial Video

For more information, visit www.jacksonville.dalecarnegie.com.
You can also register online here.

For further questions feel free to contact either the lead instructor, Bob Ganzak @ 229-506-1387.
January Diplomat Meeting Poem
by Theresa Glaeser
I'm excited to be here for business and fun.
To kick-start a new year called twenty twenty-one
Lets' forget the new normal; create a 'norm' of our own
We'll congratulate each other for the courage we've shown
We obey social distance and I won't be smug
I promise to wait to give you a hug
We'll FLY GNV when they say we can fly
We'll SHOP GNV at a business nearby
We'll CREATE GNV with pure innovation
We'll proudly promote the great Gator nation
Let's EAT GNV at all the fun spots
I can see by your faces you’re connecting the dots
Remember to STAY GNV at every opportunitee
And please DRINK GNV and save tickets for meee
I covered the bases, you can put me on mute
But first, I must give a tremendous salute
The Gainesville Chamber is our community advocate you know
Let's thank them most kindly and get on with the SHOW!!!
Alachua County COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Counties and cities have no direct role or authority in the vaccine decision-making process; however, Alachua County and our cities stand ready to assist in any way possible. Alachua County is working with our local health department and hospitals to assist in communicating the many variables in the Governor’s vaccine plan. In this effort, we are speaking to officials from the State Health Department in Alachua County and representatives from UF Health Shands and North Florida Regional Medical Center daily. 

1. Question: Who is in charge of the vaccination process in Florida?Answer: Governor DeSantis is in charge of the effort in Florida.

2. Q. Is there a priority list that determines who will get the vaccine and when?
A: The Governor’s Executive Order 23-315 states:  During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations: 
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff; 
  • Persons 65 years of age and older; and 
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact. 
Hospital providers, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Continue reading here.
ACCPTA, Santa Fe College hosting career workshop Tuesday
Tuesday, January 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
ACCPTA is teaming up with the Career Explorations Dept at Santa Fe College to host a workshop for students (8th to 12th grade) talking about My Career Shines to what education is needed for the careers that the students might be interested in. 

Register here.
The Education Foundation offering over $200,000 in college scholarships
Deadline to apply: February 16

The Education Foundation of Alachua County has opened its Senior Scholarships program application for spring 2021. 

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. 

Thirty-eight local families, businesses and civic organizations have partnered with The Education Foundation to make these scholarship opportunities possible. A number of these scholarships have been set up to honor someone and help keep their memory alive by sending students to college. These scholarships help Alachua County Public Schools students pay for college expenses such as tuition, fees, housing and books thanks to these sponsors generosity and continuous support of the Senior Scholarships program. 

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.
Memory Support at The Village at Gainesville
Wednesday, January 27 • 6:00 p.m.
Online webinar

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 50 million people worldwide have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. The impact that this condition can have on your family and professional life are immeasurable. If you or your employees have questions about memory support care or memory support residences in our community, please join us for an in-depth discussion as we explore the Botes Memory Method offered at The Village of Gainesville. We’ll cover everything, from explaining this innovative solution offered at The Village to how much care costs and how to finance it.

To reserve your spot today, please contact Alexis Harwood at aharwood@nfrv.org.
Cash Flow Management Practices for Today's Challenges
Wednesday, January 20, Noon - 1 p.m.

Do you want to learn about cash flow management practices for your small business especially in these challenging times? Then, join "The Profit CFO™" Dwight L. Hulse, CPA/CITP, CGMA, CA of D.L. Hulse Consulting, LLC as he co-hosts this one-hour seminar with The City of Gainesville Office of Equity & Inclusion and presents it in their "Small Business Power Hour" Series.

Join us virtually on Wednesday, January 20th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. as we explore those cash flow management practices necessary to foster the survival and growth of small businesses in the Greater Gainesville area. Attendance is free, but registration is required to reserve one of the limited spaces available.

D.L. Hulse Consulting, LLC, founded in 2009, is a CFO Advisory Services company located in Gainesville but with a virtual reach worldwide. This boutique company specializes in providing CFO and controller services but also provides the complementary budgeting and forecasting, accounting, QuickBooks (Online/Desktop), bookkeeping, tax, payroll, and business consulting services as well. Since its inception, D.L. Hulse Consulting has served over 130 clients in more than 44 industries throughout Florida and beyond.
Community Caring Conversations, Get The Care You Want 
Thursday, January 21, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.

It's important that our family and health providers know what matters most to us so we get the care we want when faced with a serious or sudden illness. If you want to learn how to talk about what matters most to you and to make sure you the care you want, this session is for you.

We’ll discuss: 
• What matters most to you and communicating it to loved ones 
• Two important decisions to make before it’s too late 
• How to document these decisions so your wishes can be honored

Registration Links:
January 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - Click here to register 
February 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. - Click here to register
The Thrill of Breakthroughs – Gently Powering into 2021
Jennifer Webb, Magic Communications

We all carry around ideas of who we are…successful entrepreneur, creative parent, dedicated runner, etc. We label ourselves, often based on years of disciplined efforts to be the best we can be in our businesses and lives. And sometimes our labels aren’t productive, we see ourselves as less than we’d like, also based on years of habitual thinking.  As long as we believe our labels, to a degree we’re stuck. We have no idea what we’re capable of once we remove some of these labels. It’s this habitual way of thinking that blinds us to so many opportunities.

Let me give you an example. I broke my wrist the day after Christmas in a silly little accident, just not paying attention to where I was stepping. Since my arm began swelling immediately as well as hurting a lot, I picked up one of my current labels-- “woman of a certain age”-- meaning I started telling myself that perhaps my bones were more brittle these days and I should expect this…at my age.

Then I read about the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico who believed strongly in becoming more vigorous with age and demonstrated it by living well over 100. They were also the greatest known marathon runners.

What if I described myself as someone who became more vigorous and athletic as I aged? A crazy notion, or a different way to envision something. We are what we think, and perhaps one of our biggest drawbacks to doing and being what we want, is the beliefs we are holding right now about what is and isn’t possible. Change your beliefs, decide to selectively forget some of your labels, and see what may open up to you as a new business opportunity or revolutionary personal mantra that reshapes your world.

We’re all looking for breakthroughs in 2021- genuine eye-opening epiphanies that enable us to be better or newer versions of ourselves. As we head into this promising new year we need to remind ourselves that we’ve had months of conditioning to think small, hold ourselves in check and tell ourselves “no” in order to survive a year that dug deeply into our reserves of resilience and patience. A cautious, scarcity mentality (albeit temporary) was the norm, and pretty standard from a coping perspective.

Continue reading here.