January 8, 2019
2019 Annual Meeting tickets go on sale Thursday
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville

We are excited to announce the return of a dinner event for our 95th Annual Meeting on January 31. Shake off your cocktail dresses and pull your bowties down from the closet, as we have a night filled with fun and entertainment in store for you. We have much to celebrate, and many stories to share as we begin this exciting new chapter.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, January 10.  For event questions please contact  tiffany@gainesvillechamber.com . For sponsorship opportunities please contact Steve Cannon at steve@gainesvillechamber.com .
Join us TODAY for Business Before Hours
Tuesday, January 8, 8:30 - 10am
Bonefish Grill
3237 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville

Join us for Business Before Hours today, January 8th from 8:30 to 10am 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!

Click Here for more information and to register.
TOMORROW: Building Better Work Relationships
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.

The 2019 Lunch & Learn Series is sponsored by Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI).
Sponsored by
Chamber Business After Hours hosted by Hotel Indigo
Thursday, January 24, 5:30pm
Hotel Indigo at Celebration Pointe
5020 SW 30th Lane, Gainesville

Join us Thursday, January 24th at 5:30pm at Hotel Indigo for the first Business After Hours of 2019.

This event is sponsored by Florida Credit Union.  Enjoy food, drinks, door prizes and great company while expanding your business network.

Door prizes will include signed Gator Memorabilia as well as Free 1 Night Stays at Hotel Indigo.

Admission is Free for Greater Gainesville Chamber Members 

Admission for Non-Members is $25.00

We hope to see you there!

Click Here for more information.
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@gainesvillechamber.com to schedule a meeting and secure your 2019 sponsorships before they are sold out.

Register your company's hiring needs on the Santa Fe College Job Board
Job Fair April 10
Santa Fe College Gymnasium
3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville

Monday marked the first day students were back in class at Santa Fe College and many will soon be looking for full-time and part-time employment and internships necessary to make their education a huge success. 

Now is a great time to register on the Santa Fe job board  and post your company’s hiring needs by following the link above or if you are already registered, take a moment to ensure your job postings are up-to-date.

A couple of things for the new year:

  1. The next Santa Fe Job Fair is scheduled for April 10 and will be held in the gymnasium in order to accommodate the sheer number of local businesses wanting to participate. Santa Fe is not yet registering for this so add it to your calendar and keep an eye open for announcements as the time gets closer.
  2. Employers can now reserve a spot through the Career and Job Placement Office to setup a display and actively recruit students for your open positions. A table and 2 chairs will be provided and setup in an area on campus conducive to your business needs. Space is limited.
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”
Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring
Phoebe Cade Miles
Phoebe discussed how connections and creativity can transform a community

The Chamber was delighted to host Phoebe Cade Miles as our December Distinguished Speaker on Tuesday, December 11 at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation. Phoebe gave the packed house insight into how honoring her father’s legacy became today’s Cade, and how connections and creativity are transforming greater Gainesville.

The journey to get the Cade off the ground was anything but straightforward, reported Phoebe. Originally conceived as a Studebaker museum—Robert Cade was famously a collector of Studebakers—and an ode to the “highway of progress,” the Cade underwent many conceptual designs before the final concept was agreed upon. Dr. Cade was famous for his belief that “creativity is just connecting things,” and the Cade’s mission of “transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs and visionaries” truly reflects that spirit. Phoebe and her husband Richard live in Washington, D.C., but moved to Gainesville for the two years it took to bring the vision to life. Today, the Cades remain committed to the Cade’s mission. A key part of that effort, she said, is helping close our community’s income disparity gap, and provide less-advantaged children with the same opportunities she had as the youngest child of a creative scientist.

A Q&A from the enthralled audience followed Phoebe’s presentation, with questions about the inner workings of the museum and plans for expansion.

2018 was an inspiring year with our Distinguished Speakers, and planning is in full swing for 2019. On Monday, February 11, we welcome GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski and on Monday, March 4, we host State Rep. Ted Yoho. Visit Events at  www.gainesvillechamber.com for all of our upcoming events and to register for Distinguished Speaker lunches.

The Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheons bring prominent leaders to engage with Chamber members in a small, informal setting. These distinguished leaders–which have included policymakers and leaders at the local, state and national level—provide Chamber members perspectives on a wide range of topics of interest to our community.
Oelrich Construction partners with Cade Museum to establish STEAM field trip grant

Oelrich Construction understands that the cost of buses, fuel, and admission can be an obstacle for many schools interested in providing field trip experiences for their students.
In an effort to overcome this challenge and to spark interest in STEAM careers, Oelrich Construction has partnered with the Cade Museum to establish a new $20,000 fund designed to offset transportation/admission costs for teachers interested in bringing their classes to the Cade. Elementary school K-5 educators in Alachua, Levy, Citrus, Dixie, Putnam, Union, Bradford, Suwanee, and Columbia counties are eligible to apply. More information may be found here.
Florida Museum 40th Collectors Day
Saturday, January 12, 10am - 3pm
Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville

Celebrate the Florida Museum of Natural History’s 40th Collectors Day on January 12, 2019, from 10am to 3 pm. This free event attracts collectors from across the region. Enjoy a variety of personal collections and learn the history and context of these treasures. Discover how collecting isn’t just for scientists! For more information, click here or call 352-273-2061 .
Collective Paper Aesthetics @ the Cade!
Saturday, January 12 - Friday, March 1
Cade Museum
811 S Main Street, Gainesville
PolyCade, an interactive STEAM building program created by renowned international artist Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics, will be available to Cade Museum Guests January 12th, 2019-March 1st, 2019! 

The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention commissioned renowned Dutch artist Noa Haim to bring the internationally acclaimed Collective Paper Aesthetics to Gainesville. The resulting PolyCade Project was specially designed for the Cade, and we invite you and visitors of all ages to create and personalize foldable, 3D polyhedron structures in the Petty Family Gallery overlooking Depot Park. Once individual geometric shapes are created, they can be interlocked to form larger architectural structures that celebrate the collective creativity of our visitors and the entire community.
New Members

Bonefish Grill

Minority Business Listings

Renewing Members

Clayton-Johnston, P.A.

Communication Systems, Inc. DBA


Emory Group Companies

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Florida Pest Control

Focused Management Solutions, Inc.

Gonzalo Law, LLC

Keith Watson Events


Molly Maid of Gainesville

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Pranges Plantscapes & Florist

Scarborough Insurance/HUB International

The Selling Factory

TY Realty of North Florida

University Athletic Association

Wrap Spot
Santa Fe CIED offering monthly Entrepreneurship Workshop Series
Next class Wednesday, January 16, 10am - Noon
Santa Fe CIED
530 West University Ave, Gainesville

The Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) offers a monthly  Entrepreneurship Workshop Series dedicated to the growth of early to mid-stage business ventures. Past topics have included Defining Your Business Strategy, Starting a Non-Profit, Proactive Risk Management and Creating a Company Culture. These workshops occur the second Wednesday of every month from 10:00am until noon at the CIED (530 West University Ave.). All Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend these workshops free of charge.  For more information click here .
Join the Collaboratory for Women Innovators' Upcoming Events
Fatherhood Today: Stories from the child rearing front lines
Thursday, January 24, 5:30 - 7:00pm
UF Innovate The Hub
747 SW 2nd Ave, Ste. 140

Join panelists Marko Suvajdzic — Digital Worlds, Will Vash — UF College of Education, and Matt Brink — SharpSpring as they share their experiences navigating fatherhood and the changing dynamics of gender roles in parenting, such as paternity leave and what it’s like being the minority in a mommy and me group.

We are looking forward to having a great conversation with audience input! Fathers, future fathers, partners - everyone welcome! Please join us!  Includes post-panel networking and refreshments.
Free and open to all! But please register so we can plan by clicking here.
Women in Innovation: An evening of storytelling and networking
Thursday, January 31, 6 - 9pm 
Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention 
811 Main Street, Gainesville

The Collaboratory for Women Innovators will be hosting a special event in partnership with the  Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention  and  Guts and Glory GNV.  Join us for this special event! Be entertained, be inspired, be there!  Storytelling session from 7-8PM from past participants of the EWITS program (Empowering Women in Technology Startups). Opportunities for you to share your own stories, networking, refreshments, celebrate!  Open to ALL! Only $5!
Save the Date: GHDMC's 2019 Casino Night benefiting the development of new housing for those with special needs
Thursday, February 28
Warehouse Restaurant
502 S Main Street, Gainesville
Andrea True joins Folds & Walker, LLC

Andrea True has joined Folds & Walker, LLC where she will be focusing her practice on family law, local government law and general civil litigation. A Florida native, Andrea graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Following graduation, she attended law school at the University of Richmond in Virginia. During law school, Andrea was a member of the Client Counseling and Negotiation Board and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. She also received the 2015 Family Law Award from the Virginia Bar. After graduation, Andrea moved back to Florida and has represented clients in all areas of family law. When Andrea is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two spoiled puppies. Andrea is involved in the local chamber and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.  
Gainesville's Oldest Is Now Gainesville's Newest

The “oldest” family-owned restaurant in Gainesville is changing - Napolatano's is now the area's "newest" catering and special event venue!

Napolatano's has been serving Gainesville since 1979. Now they are open exclusively for private parties at THEIR PLACE, or off-premise catering creating anything you can imagine for the event AT YOUR PLACE. They have one of the most extensive selections of on and off-site catering in town - Featuring amazing appetizers, traditional and trendy pasta dishes, the freshest seafood, sandwiches and subs, and certified Angus beef.

Their wonderful indoor and outdoor venues can accommodate parties from 25-200! No mater what your special event - for wedding ceremonies and receptions, business meetings, birthday parties and rehearsal dinners. Off premise catering can be as simple as a drop-and-go feast to fully catered events. They are available for catering and special events seven days a week. Call or visit them at to plan your party at their place or yours.