A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
June 23, 2020
The following is our latest on coronavirus response and news:

  • DAILY PULSE: Today’s  Daily Pulse explores your thoughts on what the state should do to curb the increase in COVID-19 cases. Tell us what you think here.
  • WHAT YOU TOLD US: Yesterday’s Daily Pulse asked you about your thoughts on the Chamber’s daily newsletter. Here’s what you told us: 63% of respondents said they want the Chamber to keep the updates coming, and that they find them helpful and informative. 26% said keep them coming but not as often. 11% said they are looking for more information and that the Chamber’s updates are not informative enough or don’t have the right information.
  • NEWSLETTER FREQUENCY CHANGE: Based on member feedback, we’ve made the decision to move our newsletter to a three-times-per-week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • ATLANTA FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR TO JOIN RELAUNCH FLORIDA CALL THIS WEEK: Atlanta Federal Reserve President and CEO Dr. Raphael Bostic will join the Florida Chamber for an important discussion on the economy this Thursday, June 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT. You are invited to participate and have your questions answered by Dr. Bostic and Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish. Register here.
  • PROVIDE ANONYMOUS FEEDBACK OR QUESTIONS ON ISSUES OF RACE AND BUSINESS: As a precursor to Wednesday’s Crossroads workshop, we are giving members and the community the opportunity to anonymously ask questions and make comments. We will include as many of the questions and comments as we can in the discussion among our six panelists. Our goal? To provide a form for safe, authentic, productive conversation on the challenges we face at the intersections of race and business. Register here
  • REPORT CARDS ARE IN: The Florida Chamber and U.S. Chamber have released their annual legislative report cards, which “grade” lawmakers based on their votes on pro-business legislation. Each member of Alachua County’s federal delegation received the U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award and the majority of the Alachua County state delegation received A’s on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card. View the U.S. Chamber’s Legislative Report Card here. View the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card here.
  • CASE NUMBERS: Alachua County has reported 105 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday. For more information, visit the City's COVID-19 Dashboard.

For a more exhaustive list of updates, visit the Chamber's COVID-19 page.
The Chamber's Together page is a landing page for anything you may want to know for how the community is addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Below are some examples of information you can find using our Together page.

Some examples of resources on our Together page:





For more information on resources for small business, enacted regulations, and information on how to help, visit the Chamber's Together page.
Digital Advertising Opportunity
When searching for business, services and an overall feel to an area, people look to the Greater Gainesville Chamber. We are excited to now offer our members a limited number of Digital Advertising opportunities available on our website, newsletter and Chamber lobby display.

For information contact Steve Cannon (stevec@gainesvillechamber.com)
Lunch & Learn – Who Moved The Room?    
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Are you hosting or participating in virtual meetings?
Living in a virtual world or moving between an office and virtual setting certainly has its' challenges. Each environment requires a skillset for success. What does it take to make a smooth transition?
Join us for a ZOOM Lunch & Learn as our guest speaker Bob Ganzak from Dale Carnegie Training shares the skills needed to be successful in a virtual world and how you can transfer those success traits into your office environment.  Register to attend here.
POLICY UPDATE
The Count Continues!
The 2020 Census Needs Your Help

We are making strong progress with the 2020 Census. We’ve jumped ahead of the state and are neck and neck with the nation, with our completion rate at 61.1% (the nation stands at 61.6% and Florida at 58.8%.) Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to help our community!
 
Now the 2020 Census needs your help in another way , as they prepare to send Census takers out into the community later this summer and into the fall. The Census will be training these valued employees over the next two months, and is looking for local conference space to do so.
 
Training sites are needed beginning on June 26th and continuing through mid-August. Ideally, the site would have two rooms available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., have parking nearby, wifi access, air conditioning and restroom access. To meet physical distancing requirements, one trainer will work with just three trainees per session, and the trainer will clean and disinfect the space prior to and following each session. Any conference room that normally accommodates 15 or more guests will be large enough. If you can provide space for these critical training sessions, contact Grassroots Engagement Manager Vicki Gervickas, vicki@gainesvillechamber.com . Your help is invaluable!
 
If you haven’t had a chance to do your Census, there’s no time like now, and please continue to remind your employees, co-workers, friends and family. Visit www.2020census.gov for all the information you need to complete your census. And, to keep track of how the completion numbers look in your neighborhood, click here
 
Remember, We’re Counting on You, Alachua County!
WORKFORCE UPDATE
See our "Now Hiring" Video Series on our Propel page

We have several new "Now Hiring" episodes, featuring North Florida Regional Medical Center , SharpSpring , Liberty Air and Comfort Keepers . If you would like to participate in this series to get the word out about your job openings, contact  Andrea Mender .
REMINDER
Are you hiring amid the coronavirus outbreak?

To ensure you find the best candidates, please contact Andrea Mender at andrea@gainesvillechamber.com.
REMINDER
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”
Alachua County Library and Florida Museum receive NEA Big Read Grant

The Alachua County Library District and the Florida Museum of Natural History received a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant to launch a dynamic community reading program on the memoir “Lab Girl,” by award-winning scientist Hope Jahren. The two organizations will launch “Lab Girl” programs in the fall. 

From September 2020 through February 2021, the Library District and museum will present programming surrounding Jahren’s captivating biography including virtual programs, panel lectures, and workshops. The project will provide opportunities for participants to engage in discussions on “Lab Girl” themes including fighting stereotypes, cultivating friendships, following your passions, and living with mental illness.

The NEA Big Read offers a range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which supports community reading programs, each designed around a single National Endowment for the Arts Big Read book selection. This year, 84 organizations were selected to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for projects.
Oak Hammock names new CEO

Troy Cannaday has been named chief executive officer for Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, according to the Oak Hammock board of directors. The appointment was effective April 27. 

When Jeff Hagen, outgoing CEO, announced his retirement over a year ago, the Oak Hammock board of directors conducted a national search for his replacement.

Cannaday comes to Oak Hammock from Capstone Village, a retirement community on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, where he served as the executive director. He has a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation with a minor in gerontology from Lake Superior State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has spent more than 25 years working in the senior living industry.

“We conducted a thorough search for our new CEO, one who would be just the right fit for Oak Hammock,” Board of Directors President Donna Brown said. “We have accomplished many milestones with our staff and residents at Oak Hammock under Jeff’s leadership, and we are poised for the next chapter with Troy.”
Innova Leaf Moves into UF Innovate | The Hub

Innova Leaf is excited to announce their new location at the UF Innovate | The Hub. To provide customers with more space and better installations, they are moving to this new destination on 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 221 Gainesville, FL 32601. 

Depending on safety regulations, soon, they plan to announce an opening celebration day for guests to come and celebrate at their new office.

Innova Leaf has enjoyed doing business with the community and appreciates the support. This is just one of many exciting developments to come. To know more about their services as well as more information visit their website at www.innovaleaf.com or call to find more.
Jackson Stoneworks hiring Salesperson

Jackson Stoneworks is advertising a full-time position for an outside salesperson with experience selling building construction materials to builders, contractors, and designers in the Gainesville, Ocala, and Lake City Market areas.

Jackson Stoneworks is an essential manufacturer with the capacity to supply granite and quartz countertops to 1000 to 2000 homes per year. This position begins at $47,100 and is budgeted to increase to $62,120 with a sales-based performance bonus.
Taylor'd HVAC asks you to keep cool amid COVID-19

Taylor'd HVAC has been working tirelessly to keep Gainesville and surrounding areas clean and cool. The company has been busy changing filters and installing UV lights and air filtration systems to keep the air we breathe clean. With COVID-19 still active, Taylor'd will continue to keep customers cool and comfortable with the cleanest air possible. Whether it's a hospital or your home, Taylor'd is here for you.