January 3, 2019
Brammer Bio continues expansion, now up to 240 employees in Florida

ALACHUA, Fla. — Brammer Bio (“Brammer”), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) serving companies seeking to develop and commercialize gene therapies, has expanded its Progress Park location dramatically over the past two years.Brammer is expanding its Alachua-based process and analytical development laboratories and quality control laboratories by the end of 2018. This expansion follows a doubling of its clinical capacity in Alachua in 2017. The site incorporates equipment and design concepts that are setting the standard for process and analytical development for clinical trials and ultimately, commercial scale manufacturing.

At the time of its formation in 2016, Brammer had around 100 employees located in Alachua, Fla. The company currently has 240 employees and plans to bring on another 30 within the next six months.

Brammer Bio was formed through a merger of Florida Biologix® and BrammerBio pharmaceuticals on March 31, 2016.  At the time of the merger, Florida Biologix®, had a 10-year track record of providing development, early clinical phase manufacturing, and testing services, supporting biopharmaceutical clients with advanced therapeutic products and processes, including cell and gene therapies.

Ampersand Capital Partners, the private equity firm that supported the spin-out of Florida Biologix® from the University of Florida, as the majority shareholder, made an additional investment in the combined company and is the only institutional investor in Brammer Bio. The Brammer Bio management team is led by Brammer founders Mark Bamforth, President and CEO and Dr. Richard Snyder, CSO, and by Chris Murphy, COO.

In addition to Alachua, Fla., Brammer has locations that complement Alachua with commercial viral vector manufacturing in Cambridge and Lexington, Mass. The footprint in Alachua is around 80,000 square foot with 8,000 square feet of labs under renovations. Brammer plans to increase the square footage by another 15,000 to 25,000 square feet within the next year as part of its recent announcement to invest $200 million between all three facilities.

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Join us in welcoming the newest members to our Circle of Champions!

Community Bank & Trust of Florida

Gray Robinson, P.A.

Scherer Construction of North Florida

Our Circle sponsors are not only leaders in the Chamber, but they represent the leaders of our business community. By being part of the Circle of Champions, your business will announce its support of the growth of the business community and represent yourself at the top of your industry.

Become a Circle of Champions sponsor today.  For information contact Steve Cannon, Director of Membership, at  stevec@gainesvillechamber.com or call 352-334-7127.
Join us for Business Before Hours 
Tuesday, January 8, 8:30 - 10am
Bonefish Grill
3237 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville

Join us for Business Before Hours Tuesday, January 8th from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Bonefish Grill. Admission is free with your Chamber membership.
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!

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Building Better Work Relationships:
Skills to Influence, Engage and Empower
Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, January 9, Noon - 1pm
St. Leo University
4650 NW 39th Pl B, Gainesville

Kick off 2019 with a powerful lunch and learn presented by Jennifer Webb designed to share tools for building rapport, overcoming conflict and negativity, and building trust and camaraderie.

Research indicates people vote for, buy from and hire based on an intangible essence, they like or trust the person they are dealing with…it’s the chemistry! Effective communication coupled with emotional intelligence is the key ingredient that generates credibility, changes perception and fosters allegiance. And it increases profits, peak performance and helps outperform the competition.

Join us for a high-energy program that teaches how to influence people, communicate using non-verbal skills and that solidifies what author Daniel Goleman said: 90% of our success in life comes from our Emotional Quotient (EQ) and only 10% from our IQ!

Registration is $10 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and lunch is included.  Seats are limited for this event so be sure to  register today to reserve your seat.
Learn more at  www.gainesvillechamber.com

The 2017 Lunch & Learn Business Matters Workshop is sponsored by  Carr, Riggs and Ingram (CRI).
2019 Sponsorship & Partnership Guide Now Available

The 2019 Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities Guide is now available. The guide provides details on our annual marketing program the Circle of Champions as well as all Chamber events for 2019.  There are a variety of sponsor levels and benefits designed to fit your marketing and budget needs. Now is the time to plan your company's marketing efforts through Chamber sponsorship by choosing the events which best align with your target audience and corporate mission.

Contact Steve Cannon, Sr. Director of Membership at stevec@gainesvillchamber.com to schedule a meeting and secure your 2019 sponsorships before they are sold out.

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 above:
  1. log on towww.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”
Graduation Rates Increase in Alachua County

Last month, the Alachua County Public School District announced the latest graduation statistics for 2018. The results showed that graduation rates are up over 5 percent from last year, with African-American graduation rates up nearly 11 percent:

According to figures just released by the Florida Department of Education, Alachua County’s overall graduation rate for 2018 is 88%, up from 82.7% in 2017. That again puts the district ahead of the state average, which was 86.1 % this year.

The graduation rate for local African-American students rose from 68.3% in 2017 to 79.2% this year, an increase of nearly 11 percentage points...The graduation rate for white students also increased, from 90% to 92.2%.

The Greater Gainesville Chamber would like to congratulate Alachua County Public Schools on increasing their graduation rates for all students. The Chamber's Alachua County Education Compact's central mission is bringing our students to a 100 percent graduation rate, and these statistics show that we are moving closer to that goal. Since the launch of the Compact in the 2014-15 school year, graduation rates have increased by 14 percent. 

We're encouraged by the progress being made in the local educational system and we are motivated to work harder towards a perfect graduation rate.
Maple Street Biscuit Company in Tioga Town Center to launch a 1st Sunday Missional Brunch Series with Created Gainesville
Sunday, January 6, 11am - 3pm
Maple Street Biscuit Company - Tioga
140 SW 128th Street, Suite D, Newberry

Maple Street Biscuit Company's mission is to help people, serve others and be a part of the community. The Maple Street Tioga location plans to continue living out that mission as they launch the 1st Sunday Missional Brunch Series. This will be a monthly series of cause-related brunches in order to build awareness and to inspire others to give toward some of Gainesville's uniquely dynamic, local causes who are making significant impact in our community.

For their inaugural brunch, they will be partnering with CREATED Gainesville (www.createdgainesville.com) - an organization dedicated to reaching and restoring women caught in sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, educating our community, and preventing youth from becoming trapped.

"We would love for anyone who has a heart for this cause and a stomach for some quality, comfort food to plan to come out to support this event" says Edwina Hurst, Community Leader at the Maple Street Tioga location. "We want people to learn more about how you can support Created's mission and a portion of the proceeds generated from this event will go toward financially supporting the mission of CREATED Gainesville. This will be the goal for all of our 1st Sunday Missional Brunches throughout the year", continues Hurst.

Maple Street Biscuit Company Tioga will hold their Missional Brunches on every 1st Sunday throughout 2019 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at their location in Tioga Town Center (140 SW 128th Street, Suite D, Newberry, Florida 32669.)
US News and Best Lawyers report names Donnelly + Gross one of Best Law Firms

Donnelly + Gross is proud to announce its recognition among the “Best Law Firms” for 2019 as ranked by US News and Best Lawyers®. The firm received four Tier 1 rankings in the metropolitan area of Jacksonville (which includes North Central Florida) regarding employment and labor law.
“Best Law Firms” is the leading survey of attorneys worldwide, providing a comprehensive view of the legal industry in the United States. Law firms are chosen for the U.S. News and Best Lawyers® report based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from attorneys in their industry, and review of formal submissions by the firms.

Additionally, for 2019, Paul Donnelly and Laura Gross have been named “Best Lawyers®” for labor and employment law representing the top 2% of attorneys in the state of Florida for more than 10 years and received AV Preeminent ratings from Martindale Hubbell.  Mr. Donnelly and Ms. Gross also were selected as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2018 and Florida Super Lawyers for 2018, which are based on a statewide survey of lawyers, attorney-led research, and peer-reviews by practice area.  Jim Brantley, a member of the firm, has been selected to the Super Lawyers 2018 Florida Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Donnelly + Gross has offices in Gainesville and Fort Myers, protecting businesses and professionals on employment law matters, representing fire-rescue, law enforcement and public servant associations, and serving as general counsel for multi-million dollar retirement funds all around Florida. For additional information, please visit donnellygross.com or call 352-374-4001.
New Members

Dayton Heating & Air

Direct Auto Insurance- Archer Road

Fresh Coat of Gainesville

Maple Street Biscuit Company - Tioga

Mega Social Enterprise

MOD Pizza

Renewing Members

Alachua County Library District Headquarters

BoyCott Realty

City Auto Repair

Clayton-Johnston, P.A.

Contemporary Management Concepts

Drury Inn & Suites

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, Inc.

Ellett Insurance, P.L.

Focused Management Solutions, Inc.

Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery, PA

Gonzalo Law, LLC

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

Keith Watson Events


Merrill Lynch

Molly Maid of Gainesville

OneBlood, Inc.

Panera BreadPanera Bread # 4189

PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality)

Phoenix Commercial Park

Pure Aesthetics

The Best Restoration

TY Realty of North Florida

University Athletic Association

VyStar Credit Union

Weyerhaeuser NR Company

Wildflower Luxury Apartment Homes

Wolf Security Systems

Wrap Spot
Gainesville given "Season of Giving Award" by Insurify

Gainesville has been awarded the  Season of Giving Award  for the state of Florida by Insurify. This award recognizes the community in each state with the highest percentage of workers who epitomize the spirit of giving, according to Insurify’s data.

Insurify's data scientists analyzed over 1.5 million car insurance applications, including information on occupations, which allowed us to identify the cities with the highest proportion of "giving" community members.

More information about the award and the full list of winning communities can be found here .
UF Health Douglas Williams Executive Health Program Sponsors 2019 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series
Destiny Knopf
UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health Program

We are delighted to announce that the Douglas Williams Executive Health Program will once again be sponsoring the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series. 2018 has been an incredible year for our program. Sponsoring series not only enhanced our business program visibility but also increased our individual knowledge of the Greater Gainesville business community. The past year has enlightened our staff at Executive Health of the power of our great community and we look forward to another year of engagement! 

If it takes a village to raise a child, how do we strengthen the village for more children? Without the support of the Greater Gainesville Chamber and all the staff, members, and businesses it would be impossible!

For more information on the UF Health Douglas Williams Executive Health Program, visit www.ExecHealth.ufl.edu or contact us at 352.265.8262. Your health directly influences every aspect of your life. By taking just one day of your time, we can help optimize your health and enhance your well-being. Let’s continue to strengthen our health and the good of the Greater Gainesville community!
Success Formula for 2019!
Jennifer Webb
Magic Communications

As I was traveling between Muncie, IN and Terre Haute, IN using transportation that was a cross between a taxi and Uber, my driver started telling me her life story. The short version…she was raising her three young grandchildren because one adult child was in jail, the other in a hospital for psychological issues. 
She opened the car service two years ago and confided how she was raising her grandchildren—all girls—to realize they could do anything. Every morning, she explained, she had her girls repeat after her that they were good enough just as they were, they were loving, smart and could do anything they wanted in their lives.

And she was very proud of the mantra she had taught them; she was conditioning them for success. We’ve all heard this before, yet when we realize we come factory equipped with some unconscious beliefs that can sabotage our success, we need to use her philosophy on an every-day basis in order to keep ourselves focused on getting the results we want.
As we prepare for the holidays and to sail into 2019, let’s look at a formula to exponentially improve our resolutions and give us a head start on the new year.

1.   Condition your thinking, change the outcome

My driver was conditioning her granddaughters to realize they had exactly what it took to create the outcomes they wanted. If you’re not making progress with your goal, it’s often because on some level—despite the work and the desire—you don’t really believe it’s going to be a reality, you may feel like you’re only kidding yourself. Rule of thumb: If you can’t imagine having what you’re working on, then it won’t happen. And your past habits/beliefs are not your destiny. There’s never a better time to change your outcomes and your life, than now.

Examine your beliefs and ask yourself, whose voice might be behind any limiting thought you still have about the outcome you want. Professors, teachers, spouses, bosses and others all contribute to the image we have and the worth we feel about ourselves and our abilities. Imagine what it feels like to have accomplished a goal (closing the enormous sale, standing up to the person, writing the last page of the novel) and maintain that feeling. Hard work is a given, but success stories have an additional element, successful people just keep imagining the outcome and it helps the prefrontal cortex look for opportunities to make the dreams a reality. With the right belief many opportunities seem to fall into place.

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