March 26, 2019
Chamber 101 is this Morning!
Tuesday, March 26, 8 - 9:30am
BBVA Compass Bank
2814 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.   
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Lunch & Learn : Legal Issues to Protect Your Company as an Employee or an Owner
Wednesday, April 3, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by : Nouvelle Gonzalo, Esq.

Have you ever heard the saying, "You Don't Know What You Don't Know"?

In today's world, whether you are an Employee or an Owner, there are basic legal issues you should be aware of that can save you time, your reputation, your job and even your company.

Did you ever wish you had a lawyer in your pocket that you could ask key questions?

Did you ever want to know key legal considerations in your business without the overly technical legal jargon?

Well, now you will have an opportunity to understand the top legal considerations for you and your company. From how to properly sign agreements to how to advertise legally, there are important key areas in which we all can benefit. Atty. Gonzalo will cover key issues and answer your questions. 

This talk will educate and inspire employees and business owners to know the key ways to protect themselves and their organizations.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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Join us for  
Business Before Hours at Whole Foods Market
Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 - 10am
Whole Foods Market
Butler Town Center
3490 SW Archer Road, Gainesville

Join us Tuesday, April 9 for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at  Whole Foods.   Admission is free with your Chamber membership, registration is required.
Business Before Hours is a structured yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community.
You may find a strong referral source, a new vendor, the perfect client or simply get a foot in the door for connecting at larger events. Come build lasting business and personal relationships at Business Before Hours. We hope to see you there!

Click Here for more information and to register.
Business After Hours at 
UF Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 15, 5:30 – 7pm
UF Performing Arts Center
3201 Hull Road, Gainesville

Join us as we celebrate local business at the Greater Gainesville Chamber Business After Hours hosted by the UF Performing Arts. Enjoy food, drinks, door prizes and great company.

Expand your business network and unwind after work by connecting with other busy professionals in a relaxed environment. Business After Hours are held at Gainesville Area Chamber member business locations and feature networking, refreshments, giveaways and the opportunity to discover unique local businesses.  Attendees build valuable new contacts and make new friends, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and come ready to have fun!

The Chamber’s staff and its enthusiastic Diplomats are available to make introductions to business decision-makers. 

Admission is Free for Greater Gainesville Chamber Members 
We hope to see you there!
For more information and to register to attend,  Click Here .

Immediately following the Chamber Business After Hours, you are invited to stay for:

National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul
Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves.

Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

National Geographic Live is a night of exploration through film, photography, and discussion with acclaimed National Geographic photographers. Experience nature through the eyes, lenses, and words of the researchers, scientists, and storytellers that have made National Geographic an icon of global media.

The approximate run time of the performance is 65 - 70 minutes followed by Q&A between the speaker Brian Skerry and the audience.
Register Your Organization Now: "Just in Time" Career Fair
Friday, March 29, 10am - 2pm
Hough Hall, UF

REGISTER NOW! Open to ALL College of Business students.

Hire top talent from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business! The "Just in Time" Career Fair will provide you with a great opportunity to speak with and interview talented (undergraduate and graduate) business students to fill your organization's summer internships and “just in time” full-time roles. Register now!

If you have any questions, click here .
Save the Date: Santa Fe Career Fair
Wednesday, April 10, 9am - Noon
SF Gymnasium, Bldg. V
3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville

Registration is free but space is limited so reserve a table now—table and two chairs will be provided.

Please indicate any accommodations required prior to event—power is available but limited.

If your company is interested in sponsoring a light snack for employer participants, please let  James Schindler  know. Sponsors will receive prime placement of display and special considerations on marketing materials for this event.

Contact Career Placement office to register and with any questions about this event.
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
  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”
Wal-Staf Top Candidates List

This is only a sample of some of the outstanding employees Wal-Staf Personnel Services has recently brought on board, screened and ready to go to work at your location!

This is only a sample of some of the outstanding employees Wal-Staf Personnel Services has recently brought on board, screened and ready to go to work at your lo cation!

#58712C Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable professional available in Gainesville with over ten years’ experience including data entry, customer service, Quick Books and MS Suites.
#58310C All Around Hard Worker now available in Gainesville with warehouse, forklift, inventory, stocking and quality assurance experience.
#70772D Dedicated and Focused Administrative Assistant available in Lake City, experienced in medical office, call center and general office settings, types 42WPM. 
#70769S Assembler/Customer Service Representative in Gainesville experienced putting circuit boards and plastic molds together, also worked as customer service representative in call center, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
#58393C Customer Service Plus! Experience in both medical and insurance environments, crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s, lots of data input, accurate typing and data entry.
#60010S Data Analyst in Gainesville who performed organizational analysis and prepared organizational charts, proficient with Microsoft Office software.
#45534D Medical Receptionist available in Lake City, hard worker, dependable with experience multi-tasking in a high call volume, fast passed office setting.
#70777S Customer Service/Marketing/ Management experience of a health store available in Gainesville, responsible for openings, closings, handling cash, inventory count, deposits, website, advertising and social media.
#70786C Medical Support Assistant in Gainesville experienced with phones, scheduling appointments, scanning medical records and administrative tasks as needed.
#70780S Part Time Office Assistant in Gainesville, many years’ experience dealing with family members needing assistance to settle and make arrangements after family member passing.
#70771C Lead Teller Trainer in Gainesville, supervised tellers, training and customer service to resolve any account issues.
#70787S Extremely Professional Administrative Assistant in Gainesville, experienced working in doctor’s offices as a therapist for natural treatments, has also worked as a leasing agent.
#70795S Store Clerk in Gainesville, experienced providing excellent, courteous, prompt, efficient customer service, operated cash register and set up advertising displays.
#70779C Collections Specialist/ Administrative Assistant/ Client Relations Specialist with insurance knowledge available in Gainesville.
Join us on April 15 for our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring An Insider’s Look at Local Election
Monday, April 15, 11:30am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome to the Chamber Republican Political Consultant Alex Patton and Democratic Strategist and Management Consultant Bryan Eastman as our Distinguished Speakers on Monday, April 15, from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. Alex and Bryan will provide insights into our local elections and a Q&A will follow their remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. These popular luncheons fill up quickly, register today !

About Alex Patton
Alex is the owner of the Ozean Media and founder of  Meer Research , a survey research firm. Alex has been a paid consultant on every level of political campaigns to include some brief international political experiences, and Ozean has won multiple national awards for political consulting and political media. Alex is experienced in all facets of political campaigning but is known for strategy, data analysis, political communication, and political media to include digital and social media. Alex is married, has two children, dabbles in photography, reads almost exclusively non-fiction, and enjoys riding his bike for exercise. He enjoys traveling and fly fishing to get away from it all.

About Bryan Eastman
Bryan is the owner of Gainesville-based Realist Strategies. He has worked on political campaigns for nearly a decade, working in Orlando and Gainesville and consulting on races across the United States. Locally he worked on the races of Gail Johnson, David Arreola, Lauren Poe, and Adrian Hayes-Santos, as well as the "No GRU Authority" Campaign, the Half-Cent for Schools, Gloria Walker for Judge, Ken McGurn for Congress, and more. In 2018, he consulted or managed over 20 races and issue campaigns across Florida, focusing on digital marketing and direct communications. Bryan is a board member for Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry that oversees Grace Marketplace. In what spare time he has left, he plays mandolin and guitar, and enjoys hiking the many great trails North Central Florida has to offer with his wife.
This event is sponsored by the UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health Program.
CareerSource North Central Florida Receives $350,000 in Funding to Expand Pilot Workforce Programs for Apprentices, Youth, and Re-Entry Populations

March 21, 2019 (Gainesville, Fla.) – CareerSource North Central Florida is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $350,000 in state pilot grants to launch or expand three pilot workforce programs for residents of Alachua and Bradford counties. The grants, established by CareerSource Florida and administered under a fund through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will expand two apprenticeship initiatives and a joint workforce re-entry initiative between the Florida Department of Corrections and CareerSource North Central Florida.

“Since 2011, our Board and team of providers have consistently prioritized bringing resources to our region to transform the community’s biggest challenges into its biggest opportunities,” said CareerSource NCFL Board Chair Dawn Strickland. “With record low unemployment, we know our businesses are looking for talent wherever they can find it, making this Board’s work all the more important in its mission to grow business through a competitive workforce.”

CareerSource NCFL determined the best programs to expand based on their knowledge of the needs within the community. Each program answers a specific gap in the workforce.

The three programs are:

Maker Professional Apprenticeship: CareerSource NCFL will collaborate with Made Right Here, the Florida Tech Toy Box, and the Gainesville Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council to match eligible out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 16-24, with Advanced Manufacturing employment opportunities in local manufacturing companies. The initiative attempts to address a shortage of qualified labor for advanced manufacturers while providing options for youth and young adults who want to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Stepping Stones: CareerSource NCFL will partner with the Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, Inc. (FCMEC), the Florida Masonry Apprenticeship & Education Foundation (FMAEF), and the Masonry Association of Florida (MAF) to establish the Stepping Stones program to expand the number of registered apprenticeships in the Building Trades/Construction industry in Florida.

Building Bridges: Integrating Re-entry Services into the Career Center: CareerSource NCFL will expand its current collaboration with the Florida Department of Corrections Probation Services Circuit 8, multiple reentry and community-based organizations, and the business community to enhance coordination of services and maximize job and training opportunities for citizens involved with the justice system in Alachua and Bradford counties.
Advanced Manufacturing Council Meeting

On March 12, thirty manufacturing and associate members met at the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce for the monthly Advanced Manufacturing Council.

The meeting entailed a discussion on the structure of the new council, the manufacturing industry in the Greater Gainesville region, and the council’s 2019 goals. Gary Ascani, the chair of the council, spearheaded the meeting with an update on the council’s new structure and on the industry’s current state, gross regional product and unemployment rate, and training programs to attract and retain workforce to the region.

Ryan Loftus, the Manufacturing Director, touched on the educational awareness for career pathways and organizing facility tours. Our guest of honor, Amanda Bowen, executive director of the Manufacturers Association of Florida, explained the purpose and goals of the organization, and how it affects manufacturers at a regional level. Lastly, Eric Godet Sr., the chamber’s President and CEO, and Staci Bertrand, the chamber’s VP of Economic Development, emphasized the importance of building strong relationships with Enterprise Florida and highlighted the favorable business opportunities in the Caribbean for the manufacturing sector.
For more information on how to become a member, contact Steve Cannon, the Chamber’s VP of Member Development, at: or (352) 334-7127

that one of the benefits you receive as a Chamber member is having your company included in our Business Directory.  You can update your Directory Listing to include a description of your business, keywords, hours of operation, a link to your website and a Google Map.  Log into the Member Information Center to update your Business Directory Listing today. For assistance logging into the Member Information Center, contact Mary Fox, your Member Engagement Manager at .
Hartfield Insurance Group's Outstanding Accomplishments

Every year, The Gainesville Sun conducts a poll to select the best companies and services across Gainesville to educate local Gainesville residents about the best of the best during the year. Hartfield Insurance Group is proud to announce that they won the title of “Best Insurance Agency” of 2018. Hartfield is glad that Gainesville citizens recognize that they are here to help their homes, families, and businesses with a variety of products and superior customer service.

In addition to the company's accomplishments, they also would like to recognize our partner, Howard Rosenblatt for his superior award. 

A well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS to partner Howard Rosenblatt for receiving a pro bono award in the Supreme Court ceremony on February 7, 2019. Hartfield is so proud that their partner was given this award, alongside 22 other lawyers who were recognized for their astounding work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients.
Lunch n' Learn with AnnieMac Worx
Wednesday, April 3, Noon - 1pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, Room 232
4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville

Realtors...It's TAX TIME. Did you know self-employed Real Estate Agents have completely different income tax considerations than employee taxpayers? Join Annie-Mac's former IRS Auditor as he shows realtors how to fight the new tax code which punishes Realtors who do not act now.
New Members

American Cancer Society

Azalea Health

Champion Care

Colliers International

Event Tickets Center

Liberty Health Sciences 

neutral7 Design Group


PROST! Photography

Suda's Fit Foot

Totally Covered
Renewing Members

2 College Brothers, Inc.

352 Inc.

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

Company Name

Continental Imports

Drummond Community Bank

Micanopy Animal Hospital

Northwestern Mutual

PRAIZE 107.5 WPZM-LPFM Radio Station

Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure

Waldorff Insurance & Bonding, Inc

Whole Foods Market
Florida Museum to host DIY butterfly specimen pinning workshop March 30
Saturday, March 30, 2 - 3:30pm
Florida Museum
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting a new instructional butterfly pinning workshop on March 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. In addition to learning the process of pinning and preserving butterflies, participants will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit and Florida Museum Lepidoptera collections, and a large exotic butterfly specimen to take home. The program fee is $25 for non-members or $22 for museum members and includes all materials. Participants must be 18 years or older. For more information or to register, click here or call 352-273-2048.
Tony Barr Speaker Series at the Cade
Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cade Museum
811 South Main Street, Gainesville

Join the Cade Museum for an installation of the Tony Barr Speaker Series featuring Tony Barr on Wednesday, April 3 from 5:30 - 7:30pm.

This talk will be the official introduction (or definitive announcement) of his concept “A Model of Reality” and its implications for computer science. Mr.Barr will walk us through the aspects of his life’s work that led him to the development of this new paradigm, the philosophers and programmers whose work has influenced its development, and questions that remain. In a world where systems and language design are fundamentally built using frameworks where schema and data are separate, Tony Barr introduces us all to the idea that schema and data can coexist within a singular model, A Model of Reality.

Doors will open at 5:30pm and we will begin with light appetizers and drinks, followed by the lecture and audience questions beginning at 6:00pm.

Students $5 | Adults $10