June 25, 2019
Go ALL IN with your team!
Friday, July 26, All Day
UF Hilton Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville

Looking for great training opportunities for you and your team? The ALL IN GNV Conference and Expo happening this July provides great opportunities for leadership, business management, and inspiration all here in our back yard! Skip expensive travel and use that time to not only gain knowledge, but network with your local community and business leaders! We will have speakers for everyone from the brand new start-up, to the seasoned professional. Check our website for the full list of speakers and topics and buy your tickets today!
Sponsored by Florida Credit Union
Maximize Your Membership!
Attend Chamber 101 Today at 8:30am
Today, 8:30 -10am
3814 SW 34th Street, Gainesville
New and re-engaged Chamber members are invited for a casual networking breakfast to learn more about the services included in your Chamber Membership. Attendees will interact directly with Chamber Staff, Diplomats and other new Members. Whether you just joined or have been a member for years, this is a beneficial experience for all. 
Chamber 101 is held quarterly and is open to any member who may need a refresher on their Chamber member benefits. Longstanding members are encouraged to send new employees through the program so that each company representative can fully utilize the features of their membership.
For more information or to register to attend; Click Here.  
Chamber 101 is sponsored by BBVA


June 25: Chamber 101

Join Us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration today at La Quinta Inn & Suites
Today, 4:30 - 6:30pm
La Quinta Inn & Suites
908 N.W. 69th Terrace, Gainesville

Join us as we celebrate La Quinta Inn & Suites beautiful new hotel! 

La Quinta Inn & Suites has been a hotel on Newberry Road for quite some time and they still will be for years to come... Rather than performing renovations to their original hotel, the local owner decided to custom build a brand new and innovative hotel to provide to our Greater Gainesville region! 
Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, live music, giveaways, tours of the new hotel and more! 
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5PM.
Market Your Business
2019 Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Gain exposure and build promising relationships with top-level business professionals.

Partner with the Chamber through sponsorship investment of exclusive programs and events to help your company gain exposure and build lasting relationships with key business leaders throughout the Greater Gainesville region.

With a variety of sponsorship opportunities available including annual signature events, development seminars, award dinners, community involvement initiatives and more, your company can be sure to invest in programs and events that fit its needs.

President’s Breakfast (meets monthly)
-        Presenting Sponsorship available

All In GNV Business Conference & Expo – Presented by Florida Credit Union (7/26/19)
-        A limited amount of sponsorships are available

Veterans Appreciation Luncheon – Presented by VyStar Credit Union (10/24/19)
-        Multiple opportunities still available

Business of the Year Awards – Presented by VyStar Credit Union (11/21/19)
-        Multiple opportunities still available

Membership Appreciation Party  (10/10/19)
-        Presenting Sponsorship available
-        Multiple opportunities still available

New Member Holiday Reception (12/12/19)
-        Multiple opportunities still available

Learn more about these opportunities available in 2019 or to start planning for 2020, contact Steve Cannon, VP Member Development at 352-334-7127 or  SteveC@GainesvilleChamber.com .
ALL IN Conference & Expo 2019
Friday, July 26
UF Hilton
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville

We are excited to be hosting the very first ALL IN Conference & Expo this July. To add more value and opportunity to our traditional expo we have done some reimagining and wrapped a fabulous conference around the event to bring education and inspiration to the day. The expo will still take place as it has in years past and guests can choose which elements they want to participate in. 

The conference will run throughout the day at the Hilton UF starting at 9am. The expo will open to the public at 1pm. Guests attending the conference will be able to attend the expo free of charge. Guests of the trade show can purchase conference tickets attend the education sessions. 

Would you like to do some professional development for you or your team but can’t take the time to leave the business for several days to travel for a conference? Now you don’t have to! We are providing opportunities for education right here in our backyard. We have topics and speakers appealing to all levels of experience. 
Topics that day include: 

  • Attracting and Engaging Gen Z throughout Your Hiring Process
  • Developing Brand Engagement from the Inside Out
  • Sell Anything to Anyone
  • Growing a Community of Entrepreneurs 
  • Ignite! Your Leadership Style
  • New Smart Cities

And many more! 

The ALL IN 2019 event will include: 
  • 35+ Speakers
  • 24+ Sessions
  • 62+ Vendors
  • 1 Fabulous Cocktail Party
  • Too many networking and education opportunities to count! 
Enterprise Holdings - Damage Recovery Unit Hiring Event
Thursday, June 27, 11am - 6pm
7303 NW 4th Blvd, Gainesville

We will be holding interviews for the following positions:

  • Recovery Specialists - $15.00 / hour, Full-time

We will be hiring for the following location

  • Enterprise Holdings - Damage Recovery Unit, Gainesville, FL 32607 US


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have at least one year of continuous work experience at the same employer
  • One year of administrative, clerical or office work experience that included daily use of computer
  • Must be able to work full-time
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship
  • Must reside in the Gainesville/North Central Florida metropolitan area
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”

t hat one of the benefits you receive as a Chamber member is the ability to add events to our Community Event Calendar? To submit an event for the Community Calendar, log into the Members Information Center and click on the Events Tab to Add an Event. For assistance logging into the Member Information Center or to receive a copy of the Community Calendar Guidelines, contact Mary Fox, your Member Engagement Manager at Mary@GainesvilleChamber.com.
Collaboratory for Women Innovators offers Startup Roadmap Program

Do you have an innovative idea or an early stage startup that has potential as scalable venture?

The  Collaboratory for Women Innovators  Startup Roadmap program provides an interactive, high-energy hands-on environment to roll up your sleeves and discover the business value proposition for your idea—and much more.  

You will work collaboratively with a Certified Coach in weekly, small-group sessions to apply a business-focused lens to your idea and assess your readiness for the next stage of development. At the end of the program, participants will have developed a commercialization road-map to help launch their venture successfully, plus a pitch presentation deck for investors and other appropriate audiences.

Program starts September 2019!    Total cost for program (9 weekly sessions) is $150. No prior business experience required.  

Interested in learning more?  Click here.

New Members

Dos Papas

Duo Studios, LLC

Everson Construction Group, LLC

Gainesville Healing House, Inc.

Nenita's Asian Bar and Grill

RAWE Recruits

Soup To Nuts

Tammy Broxson Real Estate Group
Renewing Members

Cloud 9 Spa Salon

Crime Prevention Security Systems

DoubleTree by Hilton Gainesville

Gator's Dockside


Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville

Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, FL

Martinback Group Inc.

North Central Florida Public Charter School (NCFPCS)

Perry Roofing Co

RTI Surgical

Trimark Properties
Double Home Dedication
Two Couples build their houses and a sense of community through Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership program

Gainesville, FL - Join us for the Alachua Habitat for Humanity double home dedication ceremony for new homeowners Jennelyn & Alex and Teameika & John. Help us celebrate as these two households receive the keys to their new homes in the Franklin Park neighborhood in southeast Gainesville. The home dedication will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at  1509 & 1513 NE 4 th  Ave.  in Gainesville. 

Every Saturday since last November, the homeowners-to-be worked side-by-side with Alachua Habitat volunteers to build their homes. During that time, not only did they build their homes, but they also built strong friendships. The time and commitment they have put in to bettering their families’ lives has created a bond between all of them that will never be forgotten. As a result, they are extremely excited to finally get to move in to their new homes and become neighbors. When they weren’t working on their houses they were persevering through their everyday lives. Teamika works as a deputy with Alachua County’s Sherriff’s office, John is a sports blogger and player development coach for The Rock School’s basketball teams, Jennelyn is a full time mother, and Alex works on flooring in the furnishing industry.

The generous support of house sponsors, Scherer Construction and City of Gainesville, made these affordable homeownership projects achievable. Both families appreciate and thank the sponsors for making their dream of living in a safe home possible. 

The two houses are located in the Greater Duval Community, the focus of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program. This effort, driven by residents in underserved communities, supports the creation of vibrant, safe, and inviting places to live for future and current residents. These two households were able to accomplish a greater life for their own families and participated in improving their new neighborhood.
Ransomware Attacks are on the Rise

Ransomware attacks on businesses and government networks are on the rise. For Q1 2019, ransomware attacks increased by more than 500 percent from the same time frame in 2018 with 336,634 detections. The attackers are targeting local governments with The City of Lake City - just a short drive north of Gainesville - recently falling victim to ransomware on June 10th. It was announced on June 20th that The City of Riviera Beach, FL suffered a ransomware attack that set them back $600,000 in ransom demands and $1,000,000 for new computers and hardware as a result of the hack.

Cities aren't alone. It seems like every day there is a headline claiming another company has fallen victim to ransomware. FedEx was hit to the tune of $300M, Maersk Lines lost $400M. An asphalt and paving business in PA lost $263,144. A church in TX lost $610,440. A cold pack shipping company in PA lost $19,000.

Be prepared and don't become the next name in the list.

Ransomware is preventable, but extremely difficult to recover from if your data isn't protected properly. A few tips to help steer you in the right direction: 
  • Ensure your antivirus is up to date
  • Have a complete backup plan in place with cloud replication. (Ransomware has been known to encrypt your local backups too)
  • Consider signing up for security awareness training since ransomware attacks generally boil down to a user clicking a malicious link
  • Hire an IT professional who focuses on security. The worst thing you can do is "DIY Security"

If you would like our Cybersecurity Guide, visit  https://www.baseline-systems.com/secure-your-customers-data/  or visit  https://www.baseline-systems.com/security/  for more information on securing your business.
The Courage to Be Average !
Jennifer Webb, magiccomm.com
Don’t you just hate being average at something? Most of us want to look really good at whatever we do, whether we’re leading a meeting, grilling a burger or playing an instrument. We are a nation that needs to excel and since we are often defined by what we do, doing it in an average or mediocre way must define us as subpar, or not quite good enough.

We may want to be excellent—and to strive for perfection—but often we’re going to have to start off making mistakes, looking foolish and even being mediocre in order to master the task. And for many of us there will be numerous things we’ll never excel in, but the endeavor will still be worth doing just for the fun of it, or the learning experience, or for any number of other reasons.

A perfect example of “fear of not being perfect” is a program I taught years ago. I was hired to create and teach a workbook on presentational skills for Dunn & Bradstreet. Their experts marketed the program but there was a problem, people weren’t signing up. Then marketing had a brilliant idea and put in one extra line: “You do not have to get up and speak” and the classes filled up. People wanted to learn public speaking, as long as they didn’t have to get up and speak, and look foolish as they learned.
When we decide our unique self-worth is not tied up in how well we do everything, then we have the ability and freedom to get out there and get comfortable being uncomfortable. This is how we’re going to learn, and in many instances, become experts in something new.

Think about something you’d like to learn that could enhance your career or simply add value and joy to your life. Then strategize how you can start the learning process. It might be creating 20 minutes to study or rehearse three days a week, signing up for a course or finding a mentor. There are numerous ways to become proficient at something, as long as we’ve the courage to be just average first.

Remember thoughts become actions—I’m OK with how I appear to others, I’m learning. Actions become habits—I’m starting to feel more comfortable with this and enjoy the learning process. Habits become who we are—unique and daring and modeling courage for all those other folks who believe it’s either perfection or nothing, who miss out on the adventure and the fun!
Colliers International in Gainesville Facilitates 7,200-Square-Foot Lease for CPAmerica, Inc. in Tower Hill Office Park
Gainesville-headquartered business
to take occupancy of new space by August 1, 2019

June 20, 2019 — Gainesville, Fla. — The Drotos Ryals Team of Colliers International in Gainesville has facilitated a 7,200-square-foot office lease for CPAmerica, Inc. in the Tower Hill Office Park, located at 7555 West University Avenue in Gainesville’s Tower Road/Newberry Road submarket.

Dan Drotos, Rory Causseaux and Mike Ryals represented both the tenant and the landlord, Bolton Post Enterprises, LLC, in the transaction. CPAmerica, Inc., an accounting association of independent, certified public accounting firms, will relocate its 22 employees in Gainesville from its current headquarters in the Wells Fargo Building in Downtown Gainesville to the Tower Hill Office Park by August 1, 2019, pending completion of the office buildout.

The central location, flexible floor plan and space to support future growth were key factors in the decision to relocate. According to Drotos, the deal represents one of the largest moves in Gainesville’s office sector in recent months.

“It was a pleasure to use our teams' expertise to bring the landlord and tenant together for this transaction,” said Drotos. “After more than a year of searching Gainesville’s limited inventory of large office space, we were pleased to facilitate the match for both parties. We believe it will be a mutually beneficial partnership in the years to come.”

In 2018, CPAmerica, Inc. celebrated its 40th anniversary. For Alan Deichler, president of CPAmerica, Inc., the association’s new office aligns with his strategic plans for the association.

“It was important for us to find a space where we could continue our growth in our fifth decade of operation,” said Deichler. “The Drotos Ryals Team at Colliers International understood our vision and delivered a space that exceeded our expectations. We look forward to serving our member firms across the U.S. from our Tower Hill Office Park headquarters later this year.”

The Drotos Ryals Team can be reached at 352-420-9889 and on social media at @drotosryalsteam.