A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
January 20, 2020
UPCOMING EVENT
Tomorrow: Payroll Protection Program 2021 Guidance with Michael Chung
Thursday, January 21, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Michael Chung of the SBDC will be partnering with the Greater Gainesville Chamber to provide info on the 2021 updates to the PPP and answer questions during a webinar.

Michael Chung is a consultant at the SBDC who has experience with SBA programs like the Payroll Protection Program. He will be partnering with the Greater Gainesville Chamber to provide info on the 2021 updates to the program and answer questions.
Learn more about Michael Chung here.

There is no cost to attend the event, but you must register to join the webinar.
UPCOMING EVENT
Crossroads: Exploring Intersections in Race and Business
Wednesday, January 27, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

What is a microaggression? How do they affect us at work and in business? And what can we do about them? Join us for 2021's first episode of Crossroads: Exploring Intersection in Race and Business. 

Crossroads is a safe space. It is formatted to connect businesses, professionals, and the community with perspective, best practices and a safe space to productively comment and ask questions without having to be identified. The event is open to businesses, employees and the community, and we will accept questions and comments in advance and anonymously. If you submit a question or comment using the link below, even we won't know who you are, so please feel free to provide your most honest feedback or ask your most sensitive questions.


There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required. We hope you'll join us!
COVID-19 NEWS
UF Health working to quickly administer vaccinations
Dr. Michael Lauzardo & Dr. David Nelson
The Gainesville Sun

We agree with many of the points made in The Sun editorial published online Jan. 6, including the headline stating that problems administering the vaccine erode public trust. However, we believe the editorial conflates various concerns and jumps to conclusions that, ironically, have the potential to unintentionally do just that when it comes to the vaccination effort.
COVID-19 NEWS
Are Colleges Superspreaders?
Lilah Burke
Inside Higher Ed

Since colleges and universities announced last summer that they would be opening their doors to students, critics have argued that doing so was irresponsible and would lead to infections and deaths in nearby communities.

New peer-reviewed analysis released today in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering suggests that, for some colleges, the link was indeed present.

The analysis of 30 large U.S. universities indicated that in 18 of them, a peak in campus infections preceded a peak in the surrounding county by less than 14 days, suggesting infections were translated from the campus to the nearby community.

In some cases, the home counties of these large colleges had infection rates much greater than the rest of their state.
EDUCATION NEWS
Register today for Career Showcase
In person February 8 - 9
Virtual February 8 - 11
Reitz Union Ballroom
655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville

Career Showcase, UF's hallmark career fair, is designed to help employers find talented students and alumni for their organization. The largest career fair in the southeast, Showcase is traditionally a two-day event that highlights students in a wide variety of majors in one location. For Spring 2021, the event will transition from a two-day in-person only event to a four-day hybrid event. Our definition of hybrid is to offer both in-person and virtual engagement opportunities for all four days of the event. There will now be two in-person days (February 8 and 9) and four virtual days (February 8 – 11.)

Register today to attend Career Showcase in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom or virtually via Career Fair Plus.
EDUCATION NEWS
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. 

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.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Tickets now on sale for 52nd Annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Thursday - Saturday, March 11 - 13
Gainesville Raceway
11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville

It's time to go racing! For the first time in NHRA history, the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will kick off at the famed Gainesville Raceway, March 11-14, 2021. Tickets are now on sale for the 52nd annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

The pros of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will have one qualifying round on Friday, two rounds on Saturday, followed by their chance at the coveted NHRA Wally Trophy on Sunday. Fans will also see racing competition in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Factory Stock Showdown and the NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series. With the jam-packed racing schedule, the Gatornationals already has full entry fields in most NHRA sportsman categories!

Join us as we kick off the new season in Gainesville. We look forward to seeing the best fans in the world back at Gainesville Raceway in March!
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Florida Museum’s ‘Survival of the Slowest’ exhibit with LIVE animals opens January 23
Opens Saturday, January 23
Florida Museum
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

Slow and steady wins the race! Florida Museum of Natural History visitors can learn all about slower species and their survival techniques starting on Jan. 23, 2021 in the “Survival of the Slowest” exhibit. See 16 different species of LIVE animals, including a sloth, iguana, tortoise and more! The exhibit will highlight the unique adaptations of slow, small or weak animals to show how they’ve survived against all odds. A keeper is present in the exhibit to check on the animals, educate guests and answer questions. This is a bilingual exhibit with content in both English and Spanish. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for Florida residents and $7 for ages 3-17. Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/survival-of-the-slowest.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Dance Marathon at the University of Florida's 27th Annual Main Event to be held April 10-11

Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is hosting its 27th annual Dance Marathon event to culminate the yearlong efforts to raise funds and awareness for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Gainesville’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The Main Event will begin April 10 at 8 a.m. and end on April 11 at 7:06 p.m.; the Main Event will take place at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center and online through virtual engagement opportunities. 

Dance Marathon at UF is working closely with Dr. Cindy Prins and UF Screen, Test, and Protect (STP) to ensure that the Main Event can safely occur following the University of Florida and ​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)​ event guidelines. DM at UF will continue to work with UF STP as we plan for the Main Event. All information is subject to change ​to achieve our goal of keeping our members, Miracle Families and our community safe. 

In accordance with UF and CDC guidelines, many safety precautions will be enforced throughout the Main Event. All UF students attending the DM at UF Main Event will be required to provide proof of a “Cleared” status on their ONE.UF to indicate that they are cleared to attend campus events. DM at UF is advising all members to quarantine for two weeks leading up to the Main Event to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All members will have their temperatures checked before entering the O’Connell Center; temperatures must be below 100.5° to attend the Main Event. The O’Connell Center and UF STP have adjusted capacities to allow for physical distancing.

Capacities are broken down according to each location in the O’Connell Center and will be strictly enforced. All participants will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of the Main Event. During the Main Event, thorough and frequent cleaning procedures will be done throughout the O’Connell Center. This will include but is not limited to hydrostatic sprayers, routinely disinfecting highly trafficked surfaces and hand sanitizing stations. 

Continue reading here.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Cold Night Shelter Program Continues through January 20
 
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - City of Gainesville officials anticipate severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 20. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the continued activation of the city's Cold Night Shelter (CNS) Program, and it is expected to remain in effect until overnight low temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31. 
 
St. Francis House and GRACE Marketplace at the Empowerment Center will provide Cold Night Shelter services to people in need of shelter as long as overnight temperatures remain below 45 F. The CNS program providers serve additional persons in need of shelter so that families and individuals desiring shelter will have a warm place to stay. St. Francis House provides temporary shelter that is appropriate for families, women and children. GRACE Marketplace primarily serves individual adults.
MEMBER CONTRIBUTION
Drive-thru Food Distribution presented by Women Working With Women
Friday, January 29, 9:30 a.m.
4191 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville