A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
March 10, 2020

Business After Hours at GatorNationals
Wednesday, March 11, 5pm
Gainesville Raceway
11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville

Join us TOMORROW, March 11 to celebrate the kick-off to Gatornationals at The Gainesville Raceway for Chamber Business After Hours, one of the Chamber's most popular networking events.  Presented by CenterState Bank . Mingle with business leaders and community members as you enjoy great food and refreshments.

Meet Top Alcohol Dragster Driver Cherissa Smallwood  at the event. Cherissa is a Gainesville native and drives a 4,000 horsepower Nitro-fueled dragster. Photo opportunities will be available with Cherissa and her dragster.

Last year we had over 500 members join us for this annual business building event.

Chamber Members and their employees receive Free Admission to this event as a benefit of their Greater Gainesville Chamber Membership.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor CenterState Bank
Automobile Sponsor Jenkins Kia of Gainesville

Corporate Sponsors:
Economic and Marketing Research Associates

Click Here  to register to attend.
Looking for talent? Find your next candidate at a job fair!

Are you looking for opportunities to meet with a variety of job candidates in a short time? Attending a job fair can be a good way to increase exposure of your business and meet engaged job seekers in your industry. Check back here for job fairs you can attend to find your next candidate!

Jobs for Florida Graduates Student Job Fair – March 17, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, CareerSource NCFL Gainesville career center, Meet with high school juniors and seniors looking for part-time, summer, full-time, and internship opportunities. Event information and registration link: https://members.gainesvillechamber.com/events/details/jobs-for-florida-graduates-student-job-fair-21654

Healthcare Industry Job Fair – April 1, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, CareerSource NCFL Gainesville career center, Hiring for a position in the healthcare industry? Open for clinical and non-clinical positions. Eventinformation and registration link:  https://members.gainesvillechamber.com/events/details/healthcare-industry-job-fair-21661  (not live yet, but should be by end of day)

ACPS School Bus Driver & Aide Job Fair - April 2, 3 - 4pm. District Board Room, 620 E University Ave, Gainesville. No experience needed, paid training, health and insurance benefits. Must be 21 or over with a valid driver's license and safe driving record. Must pass drug test and background check.

JC Penney Suit-Up Event - Sunday April 5, 2020, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
JC Penney @ Oaks Mall, Gainesville, FL
Please join us Sunday evening April 5th as JC Penney opens its doors after-hours to Santa Fe students, faculty, staff and alumni. Business attire will be marked down 30-60% off including scrubs and there will be plenty of giveaways. Grab that amazing outfit and plan to look your very best for the upcoming job fair!  

Santa Fe College Spring Job Fair - Tuesday April 7, 2020, 9 a.m. to Noon
Northwest Campus, Building R, Room 001
Employer registration is full as of 2/18/2020.
For more information including employer registration please contact James Schindler in the Career and Job placement Office at 352-395-5822 or email  james.schindler@sfcollege.edu .

Stay in the Swamp – April 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, University of Florida Hough Hall, This unique event offers opportunities for companies looking to hire students across  all majors from the University of Florida  who wish to extend their time in Gainesville. This annual event connects local employers and students in an effort to keep talent in the region. Students not only want to learn about your company's open positions, but also why your company and employees thrive in Gainesville! Inquire about opportunities for interview space or student information sessions by contacting Stephanie Fajre -  Stephanie.Fajre@warrington.ufl.edu .
Refundable registration:  http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/SSP/1400075598   *The refundable registration deposit will secure your career fair booth, refreshments and parking for up to two corporate representatives.

5th Annual Community Job and Resource Fair , in collaboration with the Re-Entry Partnership Initiative – April 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Alachua County Public Library – Headquarters Library, . The Community Job and Resource Fair aims to strengthen families and the community by helping individuals re-enter the workforce, thereby increasing the stability of families and empowering the economy! Event information and registration link:  https://form.jotform.com/GNVChamber2/job-resource-fair

Technology, IT, and Biotech Industry Job Fair – May 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, CareerSource NCFL Gainesville career center. This job fair is open to any company in the technology, IT, or biotech industries hiring a technology-based position.
The Gig Economy and Florida's Workforce Survey
As a new member of the Florida CareerSource Gig Economy Multidisciplinary Workgroup, Dr. Jerry Parrish is working with CareerSource Florida and other industry leaders to better understand emerging workforce models, and they need your help. Your input is requested on a short survey. The results will be used to better design CareerSource Florida skills-building and training programs to meet business needs for fast and flexible workforces.

To take the Florida Gig Economy Survey, please  click here .
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”
Join us for our March Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring UF Innovate’s Jim O’Connell
Monday, March 23rd, 11:30--1:15
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome to the Chamber Jim O’Connell, assistant vice president for commercialization with UF Innovate, as our Distinguished Speaker on Monday, March 23rd, from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. Jim will provide the latest news from UF Innovate, the umbrella organization over Tech Licensing, Sid Martin Biotech and The Hub. A Q&A will follow his remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. These popular luncheons fill up quickly, register today!
Distinguished Speaker Event Sponsor
We’re Counting on You! The 2020 Census is on its Way
April 1 is Census Day

One of the simplest ways we can all help our community is to participate in the US Census. Why? Because the data collected from each person in the United States is used to allocate federal funds for roads, schools, hospitals, social programs and public services.

For the first time this year, we’ll be able to complete our Census online. Starting the week of March 12, every household will begin receiving a postcard with its secure code to access the Census. You’ll be able to complete the Census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee! 

We were surprised—and not a little dismayed—to learn that the estimated undercount for Alachua County in 2010 was 33,827 people, which resulted in a $390 million loss of federal funds over the last 10 years. It’s not hard to come up with a quick list of how we could have put that money to good use!

Your Greater Gainesville Chamber is partnering with other organizations around the County to help ensure a complete Census Count this year. Watch for upcoming events—we’re Counting on You. And check out  countingonyou.us  for more information on local and national efforts. 
Retail Smarter Conference 2020
Wednesday - Thursday, March 25-26
University of Florida, Reitz Union
655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville

The  2020 Retail Smarter Conference  gives companies the opportunity to connect with University of Florida students who are interested in retail careers. But Retail Smarter is much bigger than just recruiting. You'll benefit from multiple professional development opportunities – hearing from impactful speakers and network with your peers in the retail industry.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary by saving $30 off registration now!
SBIR/STTR Grant Workshop
Thursday, March 26, 9am - 5pm (Lunch included)
UF Innovate | The Hub
747 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville

SBIR/STTR grants support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research for early-stage R&D. Help increase your competitive edge by joining us for our upcoming SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) Workshop. The SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Workshop begins with an overview of the programs and then takes you through a simple but comprehensive process for developing a credible and competitive Phase 1 (up to $256,000) proposal. The day concludes with an overview of Phase 2 of the programs, with tips for companies preparing Phase 2 (up to $1.6 million) proposals. The program will emphasize NIH and NSF applications but will be relevant to other SBIR/STTR agencies as well.  Open to all! 
Sixth Annual Tree Fest
Saturday, April 11, 1 - 11pm
Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42 Ave, Gainesville

The sixth annual Tree Fest will be held on April 11 from 1 pm until 11 pm at Swamp Head Brewery. 

Solar Impact and Swamp Head Brewery joined forces to create Tree Fest in 2015 with the goal of planting trees on Alachua Conservation Trust land in Alachua County. In the last six years, the response has been overwhelming. We've planted over 344,000 trees in those five years which represents the majority of trees planted by ACT each year. Our goal is to plant more than 125,000 trees this year.

The basic concept is that people come to Swamp Head Brewery to eat, drink, and talk with community environmental organizations. Trees will be planted for every food and drink sale. For example, 5 trees will be planted for each Swamp Head beer purchased. You’ve never felt so good about drinking a beer.

As part of Solar Impact’s commitment to the environment, 500 trees are planted for every residential solar project and 1,000 trees for every commercial solar project they've installed this past year. However, we can’t meet our Tree Fest goal without people like you sponsoring. Please consider sponsoring Tree Fest and spreading the word.   Click on this link  for sponsorship details.

We hope that you will be able to join us at Swamp Head Brewery on April 11th from 1 to 11 pm and if you choose to sponsor, for the VIP Sponsor After Party in May!
Register for summer camps at the Florida Museum
Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

Registration is now open for Florida Museum of Natural History summer camps. Dive into the sciences this summer and investigate natural history through activities and hands-on exploration. Camps are full- or half-day programs offered weekly from June to August. For more information or to register, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/summer-camps or call 352-273-2061.
Avison Young managing director named Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla.—Nick Banks was honored as the 2020  Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center ’s Alumnus of the Year at its annual Trends & Strategies Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Banks (BSBA ’90) is a principal and managing director with Avison Young and responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities in North Florida. He is the global leader of Avison Young’s Retail Affinity Group and also a member of the company’s US Executive Committee.

“It was an amazing honor,” Banks said of receiving the award. “UF shaped my life and career in so many ways. It’s very gratifying to be able to give back to the students and play a role in helping to shape their lives and careers.”

Banks serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, where he is also a member of the executive board. In 2018, he became a member of the national board of directors for the University of Florida Foundation where he serves on several committees. He remains connected closely with the Bergstrom Center and real estate education at the Warrington College of Business.

“Our industry is changing rapidly,” Banks said. “The Bergstrom Center is helping to prepare future generations of commercial real estate professionals to lead this change. It’s exciting to witness the energy and talent of the students as they embark on their careers.”

Continue reading here.
Upscale Full-Service Hotel Announces New Business Community Travel Plan

Having recently hosted the incredible annual Greater Gainesville Chamber Business Awards dinner, where area businesses are recognized for their role in helping our region become the global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity, the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center announces a new business travel rate plan to help support the needs of the vibrant businesses that make up the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Membership. The rate plan appropriately named the Go Gainesville business travel plan is available year-round to Chamber members and provides savings off the Best Available Rate on hotel rooms and includes value-ads to help travelers control costs while maximizing their travel experience. 

“The recent awards ceremony was an inspiring event recognizing excellence, innovation and dedicated community involvement” said Andrew Congress, Business Travel Manager at the Hilton UF. “As we welcome a new decade and celebrate with our long-standing partners in the Greater Gainesville Chamber, it caused me to consider how we at the Hilton could be better partners and support our local business community.” 

Recognizing the overall impact and the cost that business travel has on corporate resources, the Hilton team generated the Go Gainesville business rate plan targeted towards small to mid-size companies to provide savings and travel perks usually only offered to larger companies with high travel volume. “We understand the role that business travel plays in the growth of a company,” says Congress, “and we are excited to announce a special member discount available throughout 2020 to help companies achieve their goals.” 

Whether your home office is in Alachua County or elsewhere in the area, this exclusive Go Gainesville rate plan is available for business or leisure travel to all Greater Gainesville Chamber members. Please contact the Hilton UF’s Business Travel Manager, Andrew Congress, for more information or assistance with booking travel. Additionally, members can access this exclusive rate plan on the member deals tab on the Greater Gainesville Chamber site. 
CenterState Business Banker Wins Award

Once a year, CenterState Bank honors its employees with awards across numerous categories. This year, we are proud to announce one of Gainesville’s own, Tyler Melvin, took home the Award for Top BLE Business Banker. CenterState’s Business Lending Express program is a competitive, 48-hour underwriting model that applies to commercial loans under $500,000. Tyler utilized this model, and led all Business Bankers in both volume and production. We are glad to have Tyler as a part of the CenterState Team, and look forward to his continued success.
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