May 7, 2019
UPCOMING EVENT
CEO InSights featuring Nancy Eckert of LifeSouth Community Blood Center
Wednesday, June 12, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

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
UPCOMING EVENT
Ribbon Cutting Celebration Today:
Humane Society of North Central Florida
Today, May 7, 5 - 7pm
Humane Society of North Central Florida
4205 NW 6th St, Gainesville

Join us as we not only celebrate the new organization that is the Humane Society of North Central Florida but also their new spay/neuter expansion! 

The Alachua Humane Society has been helping "furry ones" in our community since 1974. In 2018, the Alachua Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue and Helping Hands Pet Rescue joined together to become the Humane Society of North Central Florida and accomplish even more in the community. HSNCF is the community's largest limited in-take, no-kill rescue shelter. Their mission is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in North Central Florida. 

There will be drinks, hors d'oeuvres, music, tours and more! 

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:15pm.
UPCOMING EVENT
Join us for 
Business Before Hours at Backstreet Blues
Tuesday, May 14, 8:30 - 10am
Backstreet Blues Chophouse and Oyster Bar
6500 SW Archer Road Suite E, Gainesville

Join us Tuesday, May 14th for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at  Backstreet Blues Chophouse and Oyster Bar.   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!

There are only a few spaces remaining.  Once the event fills up, you will have the option of being added to the waiting in the event a cancellation occurs.

Click Here for more information and to register.
UPCOMING EVENT
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! 

Chamber members are allowed priority ticketing. Future members interested in attending will be waitlisted.

Cheers to Drink GNV!

For more information and to register to attend,  Click Here .
Sponsored by Servpro Alachua County West
UPCOMING EVENT
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  joe@gainesvillechamber.com.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
April 2019 Economic Indicators Report Available

The latest Edition of the Alachua County Economic Indicators Report is now available. To see a quick highlight of the Economic Indicators report, please click  here . To download the April 2019 full report, please click  here .
CSNCF Healthcare Career Fair Recap

CareerSource North Central Florida hosted a Healthcare Career Fair on April 30. This fair targeted businesses in the healthcare industry looking to hire any positions. In total, 29 employers, 13 resources, and 135 job seekers attended the event. If you would like more information about how to register to participate in future industry-focused career fairs contact Andrea Mender, Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Director of Workforce Services:  andrea@gainesvillechamber.com .
Opportunity Quest On-the-Job Training

Are you an employer looking to hire a tech position? You could qualify for wage reimbursement of up to 90% eligible employees’ wages for 16 weeks to train them on-the-job for the position! Contact Andrea Mender, Director of Workforce Services, about the Opportunity Quest program at (352) 334-7133 or  andrea@gainesvillechamber.com .
Youth Work Experience Worksites Needed

Each year, over 30 local businesses choose to become a Youth Work Experience worksite. Youth Work Experience provides area employers with access to talented youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 at no cost to the employer. This CareerSource NCFL sponsored program provides youth with employability and occupational skills training, career and educational guidance, and support services through paid and unpaid work experiences. Contact Andrea Mender, Director of Workforce Services, to learn more: (352) 334-7133 or  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 towww.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”
UPCOMING EVENT
College Signing Day
Friday, May 10, 7 - 9pm
City Walk at Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Gainesville

The Greater Gainesville Chamber's Alachua County Education Compact is pilot College Signing Day for seniors graduating from high school.  We want to recognize these students who are moving on with post-secondary plans whether they are planning on attending a 4-year college, 2-year college, technical school, or the military.

It will take place on Friday, May 10th, from 7pm to 9pm at Celebrations Pointe's City Walk.  There will be free food and drinks for students and their family members that attend. 

If you have seniors that would like to participate, please have them complete the attached form. They can also complete the form online at  https://wp.me/P9W3lj-KH.

The event will be a pep rally type event and will have DJ, a backdrop of the 4-year college, 2-year college, technical school, or the military branch the student is attending. The students will be called to the stage to sign the backdrop above the logo of the 4-year college, 2-year college, technical school, or the military branch they are attending.  

that when you support a Local Business, you are actually investing in our community?  Local Businesses keep more of your dollars here in the Greater Gainesville region, support local charities, and create local jobs. 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 SteveC@GainesvilleChamber.com .
UPCOMING EVENT
Leadercast Gainesville: Leading Healthy Teams
Friday, May 10, 8:30am - 5pm
Queen of Peace Academy
10900 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville

The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce is a proud MVP Sponsor of Leadercast for the 9th year in a row and we want to invite you to join us on May 10, 2019. (Steve Cannon, Vice President, Member Development, the Greater Gainesville Chamber)

Advantage Media Promotions & Team Dynamo are hosting this year’s event. There will be nine speakers in the simulcast including Andy Stanley, Ginger Hardage, Juliet Funt, Patrick Lencioni, Caroline Leaf, Craig Springer, Marcus Samuelsson, Gayle King and Carla Harris. If you have never been, you can watch the videos below to learn more. 


Great food will be served including a delicious lunch served by Sonny’s BBQ, hot cookies compliments of Chick-fil-A Oaks Mall, and a hearty breakfast from Maple Street Biscuit company, for our premium ticket holders. 

For more information, contact 352.577.LEAD or email  Jill@advantagemediapromotions.com

HR & Nursing CEU”s are available. Prices increase on May 4 so register today at  www.leadercastgainesville.com

New Members

Flow Space

Hunters Run Apartments

Mirador Studios, Inc.

Premier Event Co.

Scott Niehaus Air Conditioning & Heating
Renewing Members

AAA The Auto Club Group

Alachua County Tax Collector

Bullard Homes

Celebration Pointe

Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies

Florida Museum of Natural History

Gatorland Kubota

HPW

Kimley-Horn and Associates

Nalbandian Properties, LLC

Swamp Head Brewery

The Collier Companies

UF Mover Guys

Universal Engineering Sciences

Willis Towers Watson - Willis of Florida, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENT
BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology
Thursday, May 9, 9:30am - 1pm
Foundation Park
14193 NW 119th Ln, Alachua

Join BioFlorida on May 9 in Foundation Park!
  • Visit with 90+ exhibitors
  • Meet Companies and learn about the industry
  • Enjoy bus tours, food trucks and music

Stop by any time and stay through lunch!

No charge to attend.
UPCOMING EVENT
The Community Foundation Board Academy
Friday, May 10, 9am - Noon
3919 W Newberry Road Suite 3, Gainesville

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida is proud to offer the Board Academy. The Board Academy is a half day workshop providing knowledge and skills to current board and staff members and those that wish to be placed on a nonprofit board at the conclusion of the training.
 
Through engaging presentations from nonprofit experts and interactive role-playing, participants learn a board member's responsibilities and how these responsibilities relate to others within the organization.

The Board Academy workshop topics include:
  • Roles and Rules
  • Financial Policies and Fiduciary Duties
  • Legal Considerations
  • Meeting and Committee Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Fundraising
 
The next session is on Friday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Foundation.

Any Greater Gainesville Chamber Member can register for the workshop for a $25 discounted rate.

Register by clicking here.
UPCOMING EVENT
NCFAA Trade Show is Tomorrow Night
Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 - 8pm
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville

The upcoming NCFAA Trade Show takes place TOMORROW, May 8, 2019. This show is NCFAA's largest annual event, allowing vendor members to showcase their services to hundreds of local apartment staff, managers and decision makers. The venue this year is again in the Exactech Arena on the University of Florida's campus. Register now!
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Follow the Fox to Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville

With over 15 years of sales experience, Wendy Fox, has joined Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville ( https://www.mbofgainesville.com/about-us/staff/ ). 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 ( https://www.horseshelpingpeople.org/ ) 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.