A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
May 5, 2020
Lunch & Learn: The Psychology of Persuasion
Wednesday, May 6, Noon - 1pm
Free Facebook Live Event

The Psychology of Persuasion:
Understanding the Secrets to Motivating Ourselves & Others 

Presented by:    Jennifer Webb

Description:   Influencing ourselves and others to stay inspired and motivated despite constant change and chaos can mean the difference between a successful thriving business or just getting by, between loving work or just enduring it. Research indicates people vote for, buy from and hire based on an intangible essence, they like or trust the person they are dealing with…it’s the chemistry! Effective communication coupled with emotional intelligence is the key ingredient that generates credibility, changes perception and fosters allegiance. And it increases profits, peak performance and helps outperform the competition.

Learning Objectives
Participants will learn techniques to:
  • Build rapport through targeted, insightful questions
  • Create great first impressions while understanding others’ needs
  • Communicate using the power of non-verbal language
  • Build trust and credibility through specific demeanor
  • Handle potential conflict through empathy and dialogue

Target Audience:  business owners, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, managers, professionals, and leadership teams.

About Lunch & Learns
Small business is the strength of our local economy and Chamber. The Chamber is committed to helping ensure business growth for our members and community. These workshops are dedicated to assist in developing and educating our small business owners and their employees on topics such as wellness, social media, strategic planning, websites, career development and more.
Presented by Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs
Frankel Media has created "Love, Gainesville," a short video tribute to the spirit of our community during this crisis. Take a quick break and watch the video  here
The following is our latest on coronavirus response and news:

  • TESTING AVAILABLE REGARDLESS OF SYMPTOMS: The Alachua County Health Department is offering COVID-19 testing to Alachua County residents, regardless of symptoms. Residents who want a COVID-19 test are asked to call 352-334-8810 for an appointment.

  • EDUCATION FOUNDATION TEACHER FUNDRAISER: Beginning Monday is Teacher's Appreciation Week. The Education Foundation is launching its Teacher's Appreciation fundraiser to support teachers. The fundraiser replaces their O2B A Kid Again event for teachers. The Education Foundation of Alachua County is looking to partner with local restaurants for a county-wide Teacher Appreciation effort. They are currently raising money to purchase restaurant gift cards/vouchers to be distributed to teachers. In total, there are 1700 teachers the foundation is looking to support.

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.

  • See what current policies in place are, including the latest on ordinances on restaurant operations.

  • Find out how to be tested for COVID-19.

For more information on resources for small business, enacted regulations, and information on how to help, visit the Chamber's Together page.
Below are our COVID-19-related business updates from the past week. 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.

  • May 4 is the kick off of Teacher Appreciation Week 2020. The Education Foundation is proud to announce “O2B in School Again!” a fundraising effort to support our local teachers. All proceeds will go toward teacher recognition, appreciation and support.
  • Tuesday, May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.
  • Chayaveda Integrative Healing Arts is hosting yoga via Zoom on Tuesday, May 5, from Noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information, view their Facebook group.
  • SCORE is hosting a webinar Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. outlining survey results to share with restaurant owners from over 2540 consumers in Central and North Florida. The webinar will cover topics such as; consumer restaurant habits pre-COVID-19, during the pandemic time span, and what guests anticipate their use will be when the “all clear” is given.
  • University of Florida Health is rolling out plans for a rigorous “test-and-trace” program to support the staged reopening of the UF, an expansive data-driven effort that will allow students, faculty and staff to return to campus as safely as possible while minimizing the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus.
  • Blackadder Brewing Company’s Charity Partner of the Month is the Lubee Bat Conservancy – Lubee is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on children and community engagement. Support them via the Blackadder store here.
  • Meldon Law provided Hogan’s Great Sandwiches to medical staff at the Malcom Randall VA Hospital.
  • Allen Law, Florida Credit Union, Quality Plumbing and Scorpio are collaborating to sponsor Operation Graduation 2020 on CBS 4/NBC 9. Each Alachua County Public High School will be celebrating graduation with their own televised graduation ceremony. More details will come soon.
  • A young boy decided to spend his birthday with employees of Leonardo’s of Millhopper donating food from there and Big Mill’s Cheesesteaks to the VA Hospital and the Gainesville Fire Department.
  • The Community Foundation of North Central Florida has released the findings from its most recent nonprofit needs assessment, available here.
  • Merry Maids is offering gift certificates for 2 hrs of cleaning for nurses in our community. For organizations looking to sponsor, visit merrymaids.com/gainesville.
  • As of April 28, GCM’s GoFundMe has provided for the purchase and donation of over $3,600 worth of food from 24 establishments to fire fighters, nurses, doctors and frontline workers.
  • Helping Hungry Hometown Heroes is a newly-launched group raising money to buy food and treats from local business for frontline workers.
  • Haven Hospice is offering virtual bereavement support groups for those grieving in this already-difficult time.
  • Cyber criminals are working overtime during this pandemic using social engineering to trick your employees into giving up valuable data. Atris Technology has written a post to dive in to what social engineering is, what threat is poses to your company, and the tools you can use to protect your employees and your business.
  • Miles for Meridian is going virtual, and the deadline to register is May 18. All proceeds will benefit Meridian Behavioral Healthcare. Register here.
  • IndepenDANCE Studio is going live with 50+ Live classes and events per week for Babies, Children, Teens & Adults. In addition to dance classes, the studio is hosting Family Scavenger Hunts, Virtual Spa Parties, Bedtime Stories, Princess Tea Parties, Dino Dance Parties and more. Contact the studio today to register or visit the website. Schedule is updated daily via the website and Facebook page.
  • LVR Ink designed Flatten the Curve t-shirts and sold them on their website for $10. All proceeds from the shirt were donated to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville. They donated $500 to the food bank.
"Now Hiring" Video Series

Are you hiring? Participate in our new Now Hiring Video Series. Since we can’t get together in person at job fairs and recruitment events this short video will allow you to promote your open positions to the community. Contact  Andrea Mender  for more information.
Are you hiring amid the coronavirus outbreak?

To ensure you find the best candidates, please contact Andrea Mender at andrea@gainesvillechamber.com.
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”
Foundation Park building sells for $12M

Avison Young  real estate services announced the sale of a $12 million, newly-constructed 43,180-square-foot biotech and life science research facility at Foundation Park in Alachua.

The sale, the largest in Alachua County since 2015 and part of a 1031 exchange, is the first of four buildings that are scheduled to be developed for  UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech  alum  Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC)  at Foundation Park, which is located across from  Progress Park  and the Incubator.
Santa Fe Vice President Dr. Naima Brown Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Dr. Naima Brown, Vice President for Student Affairs at Santa Fe College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the  Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship , a highly selected leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.

The  Rising Presidents Fellows  will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2020. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners.
Who Are You When You’re Strong?

We often get caught up in thinking about what’s not working or what needs improving in our lives, especially when we face difficulties.

Today is an invitation to look within for hidden treasures and discover the amazing gifts we already have.

Signature strengths refer to those strengths that are organic to us. We each have capabilities that enable us to move through life from a place of authenticity, which directly affects our quality of life and over-all health and well-being. We all know someone who is authentically generous, compassionate, courageous or loyal, or is an appreciator of beauty. Each of these is a strength, and each of us possesses core sustaining strengths that are an important foundation to healthy change. We just have to remember them and actually use them, either when we seek positive change or when life throws us challenges.

Take a few breaths and then take a moment to choose one or two words that describe your strengths that ring true to you about yourself. Some examples could be kindness, optimism, creativity, faithfulness, playfulness, determination, etc.

How Do You Respond To Life?
Resiliency is when we can sustain healthy transformations from leaning on our strengths in moments of stress. We can choose our actions and ways of being based upon our natural tendencies and the capacities that can move us forward. This doesn’t mean that we are not vulnerable, and often, we are often raw and exposed under stress, but what it means is that we won’t waste time punishing ourselves for who we are not, or ruminating about the gifts we don’t have. We take the moment of rawness as an opportunity to use the strengths we do have, while being open to what the moment has to teach us about growth.

Our energy follows our attention, so if we put our attention towards our strengths, we develop them and move forward with this writing the blueprint for our lives and perhaps, our new normal.

The next step is learning how to apply your knowledge of your strength.
Once you’ve identified your strengths, when a difficult or uncomfortable moment comes, center yourself and take out your list. Choose one of your strengths. Just one and apply that strength to your daily life for the next week, even if you only do it for a moment.
No matter what life brings, remember that you have more than one strength to bring to the table and you can apply it in the present moment, becoming the change we seek.
Who can we become when life pulls the rug out from under us? Our fullest selves, gifted with the qualities that enable us to rise. We simply must remember what they are and choose to go toward them.

As you practice focusing on your strengths, you may have your own insights into your behavior and how to handle difficult and uncomfortable situations skillfully and authentically, according to your nature. This is a peak experience, providing you with not only insight and stress reduction, but also improved energy levels, focus, productivity, happiness, personal and professional growth, attitudes and relationships, cultivating a new and authentic response to life for total well-being and unlocking your highest potential.

For information about the ChayaVeda Wellness Challenge, May 12th or One-On-One anytime use this link: https://chayaveda.com/wellness-challenge.
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VITAS Healthcare

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Alachua County Housing Authority

Avanath Realty- Savannah Apartment Homes

Bear Archery, Inc.  DBA Escalade Sports

Bullard Homes

Business Report North Central Florida

C. David Coffey, P.A.

Citron Clean

Ed Crapo, Alachua County Property Appraiser

Everson Construction Group, LLC

Florida Food Service, Inc.

Gainesville Community Ministry, Inc.

Gatorland Kubota

Harbor Chase of Gainesville

Hartfield Insurance Group, Inc.

Humane Society of North Central Florida


James Moore & Co. CPAs

Jeff Montgomery Associates, LLC. DBA Chevron At Hunter's Crossing

Juan's Mobile Auto Detailing

Nalbandian Properties, LLC

Ocala Jockey Club

Palms Medical Group

Renasant Bank

Scott Niehaus Air Conditioning & Heating

Sonic Drive - In

Supervisor of Elections

The Bartram, LLC

Tomlinson Motor Co.

Tommy Williams Homes

UF Mover Guys