May 14, 2019
CEO InSights featuring Nancy Eckert of LifeSouth Community Blood Center
Wednesday, June 12, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

Put Into Context.....With a Point of View

Our lives are influenced by the time and culture in which we live, as well as who we are. Decisions that may not have appeared significant when they were made can ultimately become defining moments. Facts, education, advice and instinct all play a role.

The CEO of an organization must make decisions that have far reaching impact on the organization. Blood banking is an integral part of the healthcare system. As such, decisions frequently are much more significant than merely the financial implications. Nancy will share with you some of the stories of the difficult decisions she made as CEO of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.

CEO InSights is an event series featuring topic presentations by local presidents, CEOs and other community leaders in an intimate, studio-type setting. The goal is to share personal and timely insights on critical topics including leadership, innovation, culture and more. 
Join us this Wednesday, June 12th, as our guest speaker will be Nancy Eckert, President and CEO of LifeSouth Community Blood Center.

There are a few seats still available.  Registration is required.  A light breakfast will be served. 
For more information and to register,  click here .
Sponsored by BBVA Compass
How To Achieve Success Through Mastermind Groups
Roundtable / Mastermind Kickoff Event
Friday, June 7, 7:30am - 9:00am
Carr, Riggs and Ingram
4010 NW 25th Place, Gainesville
As a Business Owner, do you feel your business benefit from being part of a small business peer advisors group? If so, join us this Friday for an "Introduction to Small Business Roundtables" led by Collin Austin, COE (Chief of Everything) and Owner of New Scooters 4 Less.
This meeting is exclusive for small business Owners / CEOs, attendance at this introductory event is the prerequisite to joining a Small Business Roundtable / Mastermind Group.

Collin will share his personal insight and experience on the value he received by participating in a Small Business Roundtable and the value you can expect to gain for your business. Registration is required with seating limited to 30 attendees.
Mastermind groups provide support, function much like a board or directors or executive coach, lend advice and serve as a confidential group of peers to discuss any challenges your business may face. Once the roundtables are formed, groups can chose to meet monthly when it is convenient for them.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to jumpstart your business by taking this step in your professional development.

Click Here to register.
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Don’t miss the first DRINK GNV Brewery Tour Presented by ServPro of Alachua County West
Friday, June 7, 3pm
First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch Street

The Chamber is launching a new Buy Local campaign that highlights what makes Gainesville unique and celebrates the talent we have here in our favorite community. EAT and DRINK GNV are two of those that we are most proud of and so we are very excited to host our very first Brewery Tour. 

Join us as we visit all of our Member Breweries including: 
Big Top, First Magnitude, Swamp Head, and Cypress & Grove. 
We will also provide food, snacks, and plenty of water along the way. 

Guests will meet at First Magnitude at 3:00pm (Parking available). We'll spend approximately 45 minutes at each location before boarding a bus and travelling to the next location. Each guest will receive a commemorative tumbler, a souvenir lanyard, and food and beverage (BEER!) at each location. 

Space is limited so be sure to book your spot early! 

Cheers to Drink GNV!

For more information and to register to attend,  Click Here .
Sponsored by Servpro Alachua County West
Lunch & Learn : Social Media Marketing for Business 2.0 – Using FaceBook’s New Design 
to your Advantage
Wednesday, June 5th, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by : Mary Reichardt, Director of Marketing at Butler Enterprises

Facebook has redesigned and revised itself, adding more features for its’ users. With these changes come opportunity for you and your business.  

Come join us for this informative talk where the audience will leave feeling more comfortable with the new Facebook changes and confident in how to take advantage of the changes to increase your business success. 

We look forward to seeing you there.
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ALL IN Conference & Expo 2019
Thursday, 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! 
Leadership Gainesville Class 46 now Accepting Applications
Deadline: June 14, 2019

Are you ready to make a difference as a leader in our community?

Leadership Gainesville is now accepting applications for its 46th class. This 10-month community leadership program is designed to give leaders of today the tools they need to grow their impact in the Greater Gainesville region. LG provides an in-depth immersion into the issues and opportunities of our region.

Leadership Gainesville allows you to:
  • Broaden your perspective and understanding
  • Develop your leadership expertise
  • Meet local & state leaders
  • Develop & expand network of contacts
  • Visit local sites & facilities
  • Gain exposure to current issues and developments
  • Build personal & professional relationships that last a lifetime
  • Impact the community through class projects
  • And more!

For more information, contact Joe Johnson at
Jackson Stoneworks offering Employment Opportunities

Jackson Stoneworks is Gainesville’s only advanced manufacturer of granite, marble and quartz counter tops with employment opportunities to learn our business and grow with our company. Employment Opportunities are available for the following key positions:
  1. Operations Coordinator-Purchasing Administrator
  2. Kitchen and Bath Design and Sales Professional –Inside Sales
  3. Commercial and Builder Sales
  4. Marketing Manager
  5. CNC Machine Operator
  6. Cabinet installer
  7. Counter top Installer
  8. Digital Templater
  9. CAD Programmer
  10. Paid intern positions for UF and SFC students
I would like to invite you to visit Jackson Stoneworks to introduce yourself in person. The best time for new applicants is 7:30 to 9:30 AM week days.
Please register at  to learn about our company before your interview.
  • Business Hours are 8-5 Monday to Friday, 9-2 Saturday.
  • Gates Open at 6:00 AM
  • Production Begins at 7:00 AM
  • Trucks are scheduled to leave at 8:00 AM
  • The best time to visit is 7:45 AM.
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”
College Signing Day Recap

The sound of laughter and celebration rung throughout Celebration Pointe Friday evening, memorializing Gainesville’s first College Signing Day. 
More than 30 students glided across the stage with glee in proclamation of their post-secondary plans at the inaugural Gainesville College Signing Day. Parents, family members, school administrators, friends and members of the Greater Gainesville community gathered to celebrate these students for their scholastic achievements and praise them for pursuing post-secondary education, whether a 4-year university, 2-year college, vocational training or the military. 

The Greater Gainesville Chamber and its foundation, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., d.b.a. the Alachua County Education Compact (ACEC) piloted this event at Celebration Pointe to celebrate graduating seniors. Celebration Pointe served as one of seven sponsors of the event. 

“This community believes in celebrating graduates as they close one chapter of their lives and prepare to transition into their post-secondary careers,” said Chamber President and CEO Eric Godet. 
Students in AVID program take charge of their learning and futures

One of the floor-to-ceiling cabinets in T.J. Spina’s class at Mebane Middle School is covered with hand-made college pennants. They’re the work of students in the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, and they represent those colleges and universities the students hope to attend one day.

“When I first got here I didn’t even want to go to college, and now I’m really motivated to go,” said eighth-grader Michael Contreras.

AVID is a nationally-recognized, research-based program that establishes high expectations and promotes college and career readiness, particularly among students who are typically underrepresented in higher education. It was implemented this year at Mebane, Santa Fe and Gainesville high schools and Westwood Middle School. Students give up an elective to attend the daily AVID class, which offers academic support, note-taking, organizational and other practical skills--long with plenty of motivation.

Spina says some of his students were apprehensive at first about participating in a new and unfamiliar program but are now fully invested.

“Teachers across the campus tell me that the students’ organization has improved, their grades and test scores are increasing, and their overall desire to be in class and learn has also increased,” he said. 

While Spina is the official ‘teacher’ of the AVID class, he considers himself more of a facilitator. That also goes for the community volunteers who have served as tutors in the class since the beginning of the school year.

Bob Purdy, Safety Specialist with the City of Alachua, said he wasn’t sure how he could be ‘plugged in’ to the AVID program, but he knew there was a need for adult volunteers, particularly men. He decided to take a leap of faith and sign up.

“It’s been a huge inspiration for me to be a part of such a great program,” he said. “I’m so encouraged about playing a small role inspiring these young students to exceed their expectations.”
Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring The Honorable Lauren Poe
Gainesville’s Mayor outlined the city’s projects and priorities

The Chamber hosted City of Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe as our May Distinguished Speaker on Monday, May 13.The Mayor informed our standing-room-only audience on the city’s current projects and priorities, the first being the national search for a new city manager. The Mayor and his fellow commissioners hope to have candidates in for interviews mid-summer, with the goal of making an offer in August or September and having the new manager in place no later than January 1. 

Mayor Poe also discussed his vision for Gainesville’s Power District. He said the commission has “gone back to the drawing board” for this large economic development opportunity, looking to break the project down into more developable parcels. An Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) is also in the works for the former RTS facility. Additionally, the City and Alachua County Commissions have agreed to the restructuring of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) by eliminating its district boundaries. This, the Mayor says, will give the CRA more flexibility to use incoming funds in the areas of most need. The city is also focused on bringing new development to 8 th and Waldo Road and to the Cabot Koppers sites, developments that will take advantage of the particular potential for each of those parcels. Mayor Poe wrapped up his remarks with a report on the ongoing formal partnership between the city and UF, as well as the gains being made to reduce the inequities reported in the Racial Inequity Study last year.

A Q&A followed the Mayor’s informative remarks, with the audience interested in Gainesville’s potential to become a global city; the fate of Tacachale; the city’s digital presence; the Look East initiative; gentrification; and the immediate prospects for the city/UF partnership.

The Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheons bring prominent leaders to engage with Chamber members in a small, informal setting. These distinguished leaders–which have included policymakers and leaders at the local, state and national level—provide Chamber members perspectives on a wide range of topics of interest to our community.

This event was sponsored by UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health Program.

that if you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in our local economy versus only $43 if you spend the same $100 at a large business.  We at the Greater Gainesville Chamber encourage you to #ShopGNV, #EatGNV, #DrinkGNV, #FlyGNV, #CreateGNV and #StayGNV.

For more information on our local business initiatives, contact Steve Cannon, your VP of Member Development at the Greater Gainesville Chamber at .
K9s for Warriors Graduation
Thursday, May 16, 5:30 - 7pm
Gold Family Campus
11317 NW 199 th  Avenue, Alachua

This Thursday, K9s for Warriors is hosting their May graduation at their Gold Family Campus in Alachua. The public is invited to attend as we recognize the newest class of warriors and service canines!

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and/or Military Sexual Trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.

Their goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. They are the nation's largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans.
Florida Museum to Open New Crocodile Exhibit May 18
Saturday, May 18, 10am - 2pm
Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest featured exhibit, “CROCS: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” May 18 with special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can see live reptiles, test their strength against a crocodile’s bite, learn how they hunt using soundwaves and learn about Gomek, the largest crocodile exhibited in North America. While the event activities are free, there is an entrance fee for the exhibit, which is $8 for adults, $7 for Florida residents and $5.50 for ages 3-17. Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, click here or call 352-846-2000.

New Members

D.L. Larkin Intelligent Solutions

First Baptist Church of Gainesville

Results Chiropractic & Wellness

Shore Builders, Inc
Renewing Members

Affiliated Engineers Southeast, Inc.



Butler Gainesville LLC

Business Report North Central Florida

Contractor's Supply

CTD Holdings, Inc.

Felipe's Mexican Taqueria

Knellinger, Jacobson & Associates

Liquid Creative Studio

Mercedes Benz of Gainesville

Office Environments

Palm Garden of Gainesville

Scherer Construction of North Florida, LLC.

Skate Station Funworks

Supervisor of Elections

The Bartram Apartments, LLC
Junior League of Gainesville now Accepting Applications
Deadline: June 1, 2019

Are you interested in joining the Junior League of Gainesville?

The Junior League of Gainesville is now accepting applications for prospective new members. The Junior League is a charitable, not-for-profit organization of women who make sustainable improvements in their communities as a result of the civic leadership training and expertise they obtain through their experience in the League. 

Members of the League obtain valuable skills and experiences that enable them to reach their potential as leaders in the Gainesville community. Here are a few of the areas in which they acquire skills or knowledge:

·        Leadership
·        Organizational development
·        Community needs assessment
·        Mentoring
·        Advocacy
·        Communications
·        Fund development
·        Strategic planning
·        Consensus-building
·        Networking

Government Contracting Workshop: Helping businesses expand into a new market and succeed
Thursday, June 6, 2019 ǀ 1:00 - 3:30 PM
UF Innovate The Hub
747 SW 2nd Ave. Ste. 140, Gainesville

The  Collaboratory for Women Innovators  and  Washington Concepts, Inc. (WCI)  invite you to this exciting and information-driven seminar, The WCI FederalCONNECTOR POWER Session™, providing you with tools and “insider information” on how to do business with one of the largest purchasers of services and products, the Federal Government. This Session will begin to CONNECT Small, Minority, Veteran and/or Women-Owned Businesses (SMVWOBs) to Federal Government Contracting Information. This information comes directly from government officials, is free and accessible and is presented with detailed instructions and results-driven strategies to target contracting opportunities and grow your business.

By attending this Session, you will be provided with tools and information about what the federal government buys, which is EVERYTHING! If you want a new customer who spends $4.1 trillion on everything from catering, photography, management training and patented ideas to major projects in information technology, management consulting and construction, then you should attend this Session!

Parisleaf wins Two Golden Angel Awards

The  Angel Award Competition  celebrates excellence in public service advertising and design. As described in their call for entries, “Unlike the ADDY awards, the Angel competition judges will look beyond the creative elements. They will evaluate the work for message, audience, execution and results. In other words: How well did you do good?”

Parisleaf submitted two projects to the Angel Awards this year, and both were awarded gold: our brand identity and permanent exhibit design for the  Cade Museum , and our microsite for the  City of Gainesville’s Citizen Centered  initiative. We're honored, and it’s a thrill to know that these projects have served our clients well. 

Check out our case studies for the  Cade’s brand identity  and for the  City of Gainesville ,and stay tuned for a new case study featuring our sprawling, whimsical work for the Cade’s interiors. 
SharpSpring Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
Digital Journal

GAINESVILLE, FL: SharpSpring, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHSP), a leading cloud-based marketing automation platform, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Operational Highlights

  • Added a Q1 record 327 new SharpSpring customers, who selected the platform to generate leads, convert more leads to sales and measure the ROI of their marketing campaigns.
  • Finished the quarter with 1,804 agency customers and over 7,700 businesses using the SharpSpring Marketing Automation platform.
  • Significantly increased available growth capital through successful equity offering in March, resulting in net proceeds of $10.7 million after full exercise of overallotment.
  • Recognized by TrustRadius as a "Top Rated Marketing Automation Software" for the second consecutive year

Read more by clicking here.
Follow the Fox to Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville

With over 15 years of sales experience, Wendy Fox, has joined Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville ( ). Having worked in the yachting industry, Wendy’s knowledge of luxury products is outstanding. Wendy hails from Mystic, CT (where her father is renowned as the Mercedes-Benz Auto Mechanic for his company Riverside Foreign Auto Repair) and moved to Gainesville in 2017.

Following her move to Gainesville, Wendy became actively involved with (HOPE) Horses Helping People 501c3 ( ) and continues to support their commitment of equine therapy for at-risk individuals. Wendy is a member of the National Art Honors Society, PSI Beta, US Sailing Association and an avid supporter of the Special Olympics. 
Colliers International in Gainesville Facilitates Two Leases for Arby’s Franchisee
New locations coming to Thornebrook Village and Newberry Road

May 13, 2019 — Gainesville, Fla. — The Drotos Ryals Team of Colliers International in Gainesville facilitated two leases on behalf of Land O’Sun Management Corp., an Arby’s franchisee: one at an outparcel in the Thornebrook Village Shopping Center, and a second in the former Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q at 6760 W Newberry Road.

The Drotos Ryals Team represented the tenant, Land O’Sun Management
Corp, in both transactions. Asset Management, Inc. represented the landlord, Thornebrook Village Maintenance, Inc. in the Thornebrook Village transaction; Pro Realty of Gainesville represented the landlord, Lafayette Properties of Alachua County LLC, in the Newberry Road lease.

Both ground leases will be converted to Arby’s, a popular fast food chain based in Ohio. Construction for the Thornebrook Village location is underway and expected to be completed by mid-June 2019. Construction on the Newberry Road location will commence in August with a goal of opening in fall 2019.

“These two leases bring the total number of Arby’s locations in Gainesville
to four. Our team is excited to represent this great operator as they continue to expand into our market,” said Drotos. “Arby’s has the meats, and we have the deals!”

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

About Colliers International

Colliers International (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our 14,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 20 years, our experienced leadership team, owning more than 40% of our equity, have delivered industry-leading investment returns for shareholders. In 2018, corporate revenues were $2.8 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates), with more than $26 billion of assets under management.