A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
June 30, 2020
The following is our latest on coronavirus response and news:

  • CHAMBER HAS FREE MASKS AVAILABLE: The Chamber has a limited quantity of masks available for businesses in increments of 5. Please click here to let us know if you would like any and to schedule a time to come to the office to pick them up.
  • GOVERNOR SIGNS 2020-2021 BUDGET: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a slimmer, $92.2 billion budget for the new fiscal year, which begins in two days. The Governor cut about $1 billion from the budget due to revenue shortages as a result of COVID-19. While teacher pay and several priority environmental projects remained funded in the budget, other areas have seen deep cuts. The Chamber will issue a special legislative update tomorrow summarizing notable vetoes.
  • DAILY PULSE RESULTS: Last Friday's Daily Pulse explored whether you had applied for and/or received funds from any government loan programs. Of all who answered, 72 percent applied for Paycheck Protection Funds, 14 percent applied for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and 14 percent applied for no loans. 80 percent of respondents who applied for PP loans were approved and have received the funds, while 20 percent were denied and received no assistance. Of respondents who applied for EIDL loans, none were approved or received assistance.
  • MASK POSTER FOR BUSINESSES: Alachua County Commission voted earlier this week to tighten up on the mandatory face mask requirement. Businesses are required to post signage reinforcing the mandatory face mask order and providing social distancing guidelines. Please feel free to print and display this free poster in your establishment. The County will be driving around as well to provide copies to businesses.
  • CASE NUMBERS: Alachua County has reported 214 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,159. 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.
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.
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)
POLICY UPDATE
The Count Continues!
The 2020 Census Needs Your Help

We are making strong progress with the 2020 Census. We inched forward last week, staying ahead of the state and are neck and neck with the nation, with our completion rate at 61.2% (the nation stands at 61.8% and Florida at 58.9%.) 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 now 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!
UF Partners with Coursera to offer Free Courses

The University of Florida Office of Professional and Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) company, to offer access to digital courses free of charge.

High school students are eligible for access to over 100 courses and one specialization. Students can find resume writing courses as well as workforce readiness courses.

The deadline to register for access for most prog rams is July 31. Register today at engage.aa.ufl.edu/coursera.
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”
New CEO and Structure for CareerSource North Central Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (June 24, 2020) – Scott Lippmann, former city manager of Williston, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer for CareerSource North Central Florida. Laura Guy-Rice has been appointed to serve as the Chief Financial Officer.
 
Lippmann began serving on June 8, 2020 and Guy-Rice will start on July 6, 2020. 
 
The appointments are part of restructuring of the Region 9 Local Workforce Development Board approved last month by the Alachua and Bradford Board of County Commissioners. The boards created three separate entities to oversee workforce development in the two-county region: CareerSource North Central Florida, the Dual County Workforce Development Council and the North Central Florida Workforce Development Board.
 
Board Chair Dr. Jeffrey Tate said, "CareerSource North Central Florida has come through adversity to achieve a fresh structure for the future of the Alachua and Bradford County workforce. We look forward to the leadership of these experienced executives as our local workforce development board opens a new Job Center location and gears up to address the current challenges facing our workers."
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Florida Museum reopening to public July 3

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Museum of Natural History will reopen its permanent exhibits to the public on July 3. The museum is offering members early access to exhibits on July 1 and 2. 
 
“We’ve missed our museum visitors and couldn’t be more excited to welcome them back,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum director of exhibits and public programs. “We’ve prepared thoughtfully and thoroughly for their return and look forward to reopening our doors.”
 
The museum will resume its regular hours Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The entrance to the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit will close at 4:30 p.m. daily.

For more information, click here.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
 The Power of Synergy: Face-to-Face with Bear Bryant
Jennifer Webb, Magic Communications

Charming, affable and easy-going, Coach ”Bear” Bryant couldn’t have been nicer when I interviewed him as a young journalist. I did my homework, researching why this man with the houndstooth fedora and strange nickname (which he acquired because he offered to wrestle a bear at age 13) was such a legend. What I learned with the research, was that Bryant knew the power of synergy and used it to create unbeatable teams wherever he went. Of course, he was best known for his 25 years at the University of Alabama where, as head coach, he amassed six national championships (tied for the most in modern college football history) and thirteen conference championships.

However it’s the synergy he created that is worth talking about, especially during a time in our lives when we are all looking for an edge, a new idea or smarter technique to enable us to handle the challenges created by COVID and move forward, even if it’s in a direction we’ve never ventured before.

It's not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters,” said Bryant.  And his preparedness turned a dissimilar group of college boys into a trusting unit that produced amazing results over and over again.

Continue reading here.