A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
March 24, 2020
The following is our latest on coronavirus response and news:

  • STAY-IN-PLACE ORDER: Alachua County and the City of Gainesville have issued a stay-in-place order effective midnight on Monday. Essential businesses are exempt — this includes grocery stores, healthcare providers, news outlets, banks and gas stations. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food will be allowed to continue to operate in compliance with the Governor's executive orders 20-6820-70 and 20-71.
  • BURN BAN: A burn ban is in effect as of Monday, excluding grills for private or commercial purposes.
  • CHAMBER WEBINAR: Video of the Chamber's webinar on Pivoting in a Rapidly Changing Environment is available to watch.
  • EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOANS: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources.
  • DEO SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER LOANS: Learn how to apply for a Small Business Disaster Loan in three easy steps.

For a more exhaustive list of updates over the past two weeks, visit the Chamber's COVID-19 page.
For more information on resources for small business, enacted regulations, and information on how to help, visit the Chamber's Together page.
For the latest information from restaurants or where to eat in support of local business, visit the Chamber's EAT GNV Facebook group.
UPCOMING EVENTS
 All forthcoming Chamber events are postponed until further notice.

For more information, contact Steve Cannon at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com .
UPCOMING EVENTS
All forthcoming Chamber job fairs are postponed until further notice.

For more information, 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”
POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT
Census Update

While our attention remains focused on mitigating the disruptions from COVID-19, please do keep watch for your 2020 Census invitation. This letter has your household's personal, secure code to complete your Census online on the device of your choosing. This year's Census questionnaire is short and easy to do, and your personal information collected by the Census cannot be shared, by law. As you know, the Census is critical to our community, with millions of dollars in federal funding for the next decade--for hospitals, schools, infrastructure, social services and economic development — determined by an accurate count. And a reminder from the U.S. Census: the Census Bureau will never ask for your social security number, your bank or credit card numbers or for donations or money. Should you encounter anyone asking for this information under the guise of the Census, please contact your local law enforcement. We will keep you updated on adjustments to the Census process and timeline due to the coronavirus. For now, we're in this together, and we're still Counting on You! Complete your Census online as soon as you can, and visit countingonyou.us for questions about the 2020 Census. 
FAQ
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
COVID-19 Member Announcements

To submit an announcement or update, visit our  eJournal page  and scroll down. Please limit your message to 50 words, and include useful links if possible.

March 23, 2020
  • Instant Imprints is running a promotional shirt sale to help raise money for the Food4Kids Backpack Program here in Gainesville.
  • James Moore & Co. is hosting a webinar on Thursday at 2 p.m., titled “Paid Sick and Family Leave in the Face of COVID-19: What Does it Mean for You?”
  • PHOS Creative is offering to help any local business update their website, or other digital platforms, with any information regarding COVID-19 at no cost. If you need to make a public announcement on your website or social media channels regarding the Coronavirus, contact their team.
  • The Alachua County Association of Pastors is hosting Community Relief Day, a drive-thru farm share event on Wednesday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pull up, project your lights and pop your trunk for two weeks worth of food.

March 22, 2020
  • MiDiCi Pizza company is giving away free meals for children in the Alachua County Public School system today from Noon to 8 p.m.
  • More than 1,400 grab-and-go lunches for kids over the spring break will be available at numerous locations in Alachua County starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, thanks to local businesses – CAMPUS USA Credit Union, MiApa, Gator’s Dockside and Gator BTW.
  • All local ACE Hardware locations are collecting any and all protective masks (including dust masks or respirators) to donate to local Health Care Professionals. Broken packages are accepted or returned as are non-sterile product.

March 21, 2020
  • BioFlorida unveils their Coronavirus Hub to assist bioscience companies with research and development resources
  • Lendio has launched a landing page for small business relief resources
  • Touching Hearts at Home creates program to submit homemade greeting cards for seniors.
  • Alachua Habitat for Humanity will remain operational, but working without their normal contingent of office volunteers, and is suspending volunteer construction. The Habitat Store will be open at reduced hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Junior League of Gainesville is hosting a food drive in partnership with Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS), Food4Kids Backpack Program, Southwest Advocacy Group, and Catholic Charities to feed hungry children in our community amidst school closures.
  • LVR Ink is selling a specialty shirt to help #flattenthecurve and raise funds for Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
  • Recycling Services of America (Behind Jenkins Kia on North Main) is offering free shredding services to help paper mills continue production of toilet paper.

March 20, 2020
  • Raichel to the Rescue is offering one-hour tech help anything related to computers, How To’s. zoom meetings, set up webinars, remote access, cybersecurity, software, digital marketing tech, for businesses and their workers while working remotely.
  • ITProTV is offering support to help local businesses facilitate remote learning and training.
  • The Amazing Give has pivoted to support emergency relief in the wake of coronavirus.
  • Columbia Care will remain open during regular hours to serve their clients, but encourage the use of iheartjane.comto submit online orders.
  • Chevron at Hunter’s Crossing is hiring extra retail staff amidst the situation. Those interested can contact montgomeryassociates@me.com.
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company – Tioga will be offering grab-and-go essential items for purchase including the following items: Cases of Water, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, and packages of food from 7am – 2pm starting Friday.

March 19, 2020
  • Touching Hearts is delivering home-cooked food to the elderly to prevent them from needing to go out.
  • Alachua County Tax Collector lobbies are closed to the public, but our staff is available to help citizens complete tag renewals and other services by phone or online whenever possible.
  • Cintas is committed to supporting your business with necessary sanitary supplies to provide continuity of service at all times.
  • Huntington Learning Center is still open and taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of everyone that comes to the center while providing education while schools are closed.
  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare will remain open and continue to care for clients while remaining safe and encouraging Telehealth in accordance with social distancing measures.

March 18, 2020
  • PRP Regeneration Specialists is offering “Immune IVs” to boost the immune system, mood and overall health.
  • RJ Young is seeking to help school kids with meals, as well as waving service charges for all community organizations and religious clients.
  • A Friendly Divorce is offering free one-hour meditation sessions to anyone facing a co-parenting, family, or workplace issue related to COVID-19.

March 17, 2020