A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
January 14, 2020
2020 Annual Meeting tickets on sale NOW!
Friday, January 24, 5:30pm
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville

The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce is excited to be hosting our 96th Annual Meeting on January 24. 

Join us as we celebrate the progress and prosperity from our members and our community in 2019 while sharing our vision for 2020. 

We will honor our outgoing Chair, Bryan Harrington and officially pass the gavel to new board Chair, Nancy Eckert of LifeSouth Community Blood Center. Community leaders will be honored with the prestigious annual awards including the Chairman’s Award, Gainesville Citizen of the Year, Rotary Business in Ethics Award and Diplomat of the Year.

Cocktail attire is appropriate, and dancing is expected as we welcome our Master of Ceremonies and post-event entertainer Billy Buchanan.
For event questions please contact  Tiffany@gainesvillechamber.com . For sponsorship opportunities please contact Steve Cannon at  SteveC@gainesvillechamber.com .
The Horror and Triumph of Business Leadership
Wednesday, January 15, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by :Brandon West
CEO & Founder / PHOS Creative
If you are in the growth stage of your business, considering starting a business, or you just started a business,  this talk was designed just for you.

Owning a business is difficult. The only people who know that are people who have been doing it for any extended period of time. The heaviest moments in our leadership in business can yield deep feelings of broken-heartedness, confusion, and loneliness.

That's why leadership requires perseverance.

But why do we persist? What's the point? What's the driver that keeps us going when the weight of our leadership seems so overwhelming? 

This talk is a transparent discussion about the difficulties and joys of owning a small business. It's an inspiring message to stay the course and why your perseverance is so critical to our local and global communities.
Presented by
Ticket Clinic Ribbon Cutting Wednesday
Wednesday, January 15, 5 - 7pm
The Ticket Clinic
1927 N.W. 13th Street, Gainesville

Join us in welcoming The Ticket Clinic to the Greater Gainesville region and the chamber! After over 30 years helping those in Florida, they are happy to join our community. Their traffic attorney team provides legal services to motorists charged with speeding, suspended licenses and driving under the influence. Their goal is case dismissed or no points and no school. They fight tickets!

Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, giveaways and more! The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:30pm.
Newk's Eatery Ribbon Cutting Wednesday
Wednesday, January 15, 5 - 7pm
Newk's Eatery
4041 Plaza Blvd., Gainesville

Please join us as we welcome Newk's Eatery to the Greater Gainesville region! 
Newk's Eatery is a fast-casual chain founded on family values and wholesome made from scratch meals. Their Co-Founder, Chris "Newk" Newcomb, has curated his family's original, wholesome and craveable recipes, as well as new twists on classic favorites, all while providing guests with a generous portion of hospitality. Newk's takes no shortcuts at all, except in their name! Their kitchen is an open book where they make every meal to order from scratch. They hand prep over 50 fresh ingredients daily for hand-crafted salads, sandwiches and pizzas, and marinate, flame grill or oven-roast our protein in-house, with no fryers or microwaves, ever. They bake delicious treats and signature Dozen-Layer Cakes in their very own bakery.

Join us for speeches, a ribbon cutting, and giveaways! Each Greater Gainesville Chamber member is invited to stay for a complimentary lunch immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Newk's also invites you to come back later that day as they will have appearances from the Florida Gators Spirit Teams from 4 – 5 p.m., which will include Cheerleaders, Dazzlers and the official mascots of the University of Florida – Albert and Alberta. There will also be swag and prize giveaways from 3 – 5 p.m!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 11am.
2020 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.

The Chamber is proud to present the 2020 Circle of Champions, where business leaders receive premier marketing and advertising support to help grow their market share and support key initiatives at the Chamber. Through the Circle of Champions, businesses gain exceptional exposure throughout the year with a variety of benefits and price points to fit any budget.

Fantastic 2020 marketing and exposure opportunities, contact Steve Cannon, VP Member Development, at  SteveC@gainesvillechamber.com or call 352.334-7127.
 CareerSource NCFL Targeted Hiring Day
Wednesday, January 15, 10am - 2pm
Gainesville Career Center
10 NW 6th Street, Gainesville

CareerSource NCFL will be hosting a targeted hiring event on Wednesday, January 15 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM.  Job seekers will have the opportunity to apply and potentially interview with four companies with a variety of positions available. To see more about the available positions go to  www.employflorida.com .
 National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
Application deadline: February 15, 2020

The National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) provides a rigorous entrepreneurial learning and development opportunity for veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in the military. VEP is designed for veterans interested in starting a new venture as a means to financial independence and for veterans who have an existing business for which they would like to increase profits.
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”
More Alachua County Public Schools’ graduated in 2019

A higher percentage of Alachua County Public Schools students graduated on time in 2019, continuing a steady climb in the district’s graduation rates.

According to figures just released by the Florida Department of Education, Alachua County’s overall graduation rate for 2018 is 88.5%, up from 88% in 2017. For the third straight year local students outperformed their state peers, who graduated at a rate of 86.9 % in 2019. 

The 2019 gain represents a five-year increase of more than 14 percentage points in the district’s graduation rate, which was 74.3% in 2015.

According to DOE, Alachua County Public Schools had both a larger ‘cohort’ of seniors and more graduates in 2019. The number of seniors rose from 2021 to 2082, with the number of those earning diplomas increasing from 1779 to 1843. 

“I want to applaud our teachers, staff, administrators and particularly our students and their families for all their hard work in getting more of our students across the finish line,” said Superintendent Karen Clarke. “Earning a diploma on time in Florida is not easy, and it’s good to see more of our students rising to the challenge each year.” 

Newberry High School has the highest graduation rate in 2019, with 100% of its students graduating on time. Eastside High had the biggest increase, from 92.5% to 94.9%.

The graduation rate for local African-American and Hispanic student also increased this year—from 79.2 % to 79.9% for African Americans and from 83.7% to 90% for Hispanic students. 

African-American students at all of the seven high schools operated by Alachua County Public Schools graduated at a higher rate than their state peers in 2019. At six of those schools, the African-American graduation rate was 90% or higher this year. 

Newberry High had the highest rate of 100%, while Eastside had the biggest gain in that category as well, with the graduation rate for its African-American students jumping from 84.9% to 91.8%. 
Wintr Ball 2020
Saturday, January 18, 7 – 11pm
The Cade Museum
811 S Main St, Gainesville

Each year Feathr hosts a delightful night of music and dancing to raise money for charity and celebrate the new year in style with our community. This fun and fabulous party will take place at Gainesville's fabulous Cade Museum!

This year's theme is: Classic Hollywood

The Wintr Ball benefits a local charity as part of our commitment to community empowerment; this year, we're pleased to be supporting The Cade Museum's STEAM Curriculum Partnership Program with the YMCA.

This fabulous event has grown pretty steadily over the past couple of years, so be sure to get your ticket now before we are sold out!
City of Gainesville Accepting Applications for Advisory Board Openings
DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 5pm

The Gainesville City Commission is pleased to receive applications for consideration to the  following boards/committees . Applications from previous application cycles will not be considered; all applicants must submit an application during the current cycle. For information, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in person (City Hall, 200 E. University Ave., first floor) or by telephone at 352-334-5015. Applications may be picked up and submitted in person or  online . Applications must be received in the Office of the Clerk of the Commission by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 (11:59 p.m. if applying online).

City Residency Required:

  • Board of Trustees of the Consolidated Police Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement Plan (1 partial term ending June 24, 2021, special condition: fifth member position, voted on by the board members)
  • Historic Preservation Board (1 partial term ending June 1, 2021, 1 student seat Sept. 30, 2020)

City Residency Not Required:

  • Fire Safety Board of Adjustment (3 full terms ending Nov. 1, 2022, 1 student seat ending Sept. 30. 2020)
  • Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board (1 full term ending Sept. 30, 2022)
  • Public Recreation and Parks Board (1 student seat ending Sept. 30, 2020)
  • Tree Advisory Board (1 full term ending January 1, 2023)
Spring "What Colors Do You Bleed?" blood drive competition
Monday, January 20 - Friday, January 24
All LifeSouth Blood Center locations

"What Colors Do You Bleed?" is the annual blood drive competition between the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky to see which team can bring in the most blood donors. The event will take place between January 20-24 at all LifeSouth donor centers, bloodmobiles and the Reitz Union room G330. Help Florida beat Kentucky on and off the court! All donors will receive a limited edition t-shirt.

LifeSouth supplies 100% of the blood to all of the hospitals in Gainesville and the surrounding communities.
The 2020 Gainesville Real Estate Forum
Thursday, February 6, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Best Western Gateway Grand
4200 NW 97 Blvd., Gainesville

The Beery Rainsberger Group has joined forces with James Moore & Company to present the 10th Annual Gainesville Real Estate Forum to be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.

The highlight of this year’s event will be a panel-style discussion with top local and national industry leaders on hot topics such as a real estate economic outlook from the Federal Reserve Bank, commercial and residential property trends and issues,the University of Florida’s master plan of development, a ordable housing, and more!

Refreshments : Appetizers, beer, wine, soft drinks and water
Sponsored By : CenterState Bank
Website : gainesvillereforum.com
Registration : https://10thannualrealestateforum.eventbrite.com
Huntington Learning Center of Gainesville, FL is Now Open for Business!

Huntington Learning Center (#1 Afterschool Tutoring Services in America) of Gainesville, FL is now open for business and are enrolling students. 
Huntington Learning Center has been the nation’s recognized leader in the educational services industry since 1977. One of the chief reasons for Huntington Learning Centers' success is their team of devoted tutors. Every tutor at Huntington Learning Center is here because they love seeing children succeed.

Huntington Mission Statement:
"To give every student the best education possible!"

At Huntington we offer children ages 5 to17 tutoring in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Study Skills, Phonics, Vocabulary, Science, Test Prep, High School Entrance Exam preparation, and SAT/PSAT & ACT preparation. In order to ensure that their students have a successful educational experience, their tutors are required to go through intensive initial and ongoing training in Huntington teaching methods and our highly developed curriculum.

Please spread the good news to everyone you think will benefit from their services!
Shen Yun at Curtis M. Phillips Center
Tuesday, January 28 & Wednesday, January 29, 7:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Ce nter
3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville

The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage...

Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!
Rosewood Day Recap

Lizzie Jenkins, Founder & CEO of the Real Rosewood Foundation shares this brief recap on how Rosewood Day came to be and what they would like to accomplish next:

Representative Clovis Watson, Jr. and State Attorney Bill Cervone have been serving on the Rosewood Board almost since its inception. I requested Representative Watson and Congressman Yoho to write a Proclamation proclaiming January 1, 2020, “ROSEWOOD DAY.”  

But on January 25, 2019, Congressman Ted Yoho went live on CSPAN and shared my family’s Rosewood history from the Halls of Congress. I was enlightened and inspired by his amazing speech crediting his constituent, ‘Miss Lizzie,’ as he refers to me, with humbleness. Congressman Yoho knows my struggle and desire to build a Museum in memory of my Aunt and the Rosewood people and how long—28 years—I have been researching, authenticating and preserving this one of a kind historic consequence by keeping it alive in the hearts of those who love history most. 

Rosewood Board Members’ goal to build a Rosewood Museum in Archer on the property of my Grandfather (Rev Charlie Brown) and the Rosewood schoolteacher’s estate (27 acres total) by January 1 st , 2023.

Famed Movie Producer, John Singleton, risked his license and put Rosewood history on stage. Had it not been for his creative hidden ability, we would not be reading this sensational story today. To add justice to reality, Florida’ Legislators presented Rosewood legislation and Governor Lawton Chiles signed the Rosewood Compensation Bill 591 on May 4 th , 1994. 

Ten years later, Governor Jeb Bush dedicated the Rosewood Historical Marker, located on State Road 24 in Rosewood, Florida on May 4 th , 2004, and I was honored to introduce him and write the initial script which is sponsored by the Florida Department of State and The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.