A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
November 10, 2020
2020 Business Award Applications
Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Application Deadline 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020: Finalists Announced 
Thursday, December 3, 2020: Business Awards

Each year, the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce honors local businesses and organizations for their role in helping our region become a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity.  We love to celebrate our members and recognize all the good they do not only in our region, but around the world! 
Applications are now available for the following categories:

  • Commitment to the Environment Award
  • Community Involvement Award
  • Employer of the Year
  • Leading Women’s Business
  • New Business (2 years or less)
  • Technology Company of the Year
  • Human Life Sciences Company of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year (<2 million revenue annually)
  • Large Business of the Year (>2 million revenue annually)

  • Large Nonprofit of the Year (501C3 required) SMALL (annual revenue > $2 million)
  • Small Nonprofit of the Year (501C3 required) SMALL (annual revenue < $2 million)
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award
The 2020 Business Awards are Presented by VyStar Credit Union.
Join us for Business Before Hours - Virtual Networking Event
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m.
This is a virtual edition of Business Before Hours is a member event structured the same way as our past in-person events. Attendees will have opportunities to share in small groups who they are, what they do and who would make a good customer or referral for them. Come build lasting business and personal relationships at Business Before Hours.
Attendance is limited to 50 pre-registered attendees. Space is Limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is required. 
Support Local Business

This year to support our local businesses, the Chamber will be doing a new marketing campaign:

31 Days of Shop GNV

From November 23 through December 23, we will be promoting our local businesses, encouraging our community to shop locally.

Supporting Sponsors of the 31 Days of SHOPGNV will receive the following for their $500 investment:
·      Your Logo on our 31 Days of SHOPGNV television commercials
·      Your Logo on the SHOPGNV Web Page
·      Recognition in our Chamber Newsletter
·      Social Media Tags
To show your support of local businesses and be included in the marketing of The 31 Days of SHOPGNV, contact Steve Cannon at SteveC@GainesvilleChamber.com
Gainesville Chamber Leadership Book Club
Tuesday, November 24, 8 - 8:45 a.m.

Join us for our next Leadership Book Club Virtual Meeting where we will be discussing the book:

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content

The leadership book club creates diversity of thought as you’ll read books you might not have picked. It creates accountability as you have a deadline to read or listen to it. The discussion reinforces the takeaways from each book and how members are implementing them in their lives and workplaces. 
Leadercast Weekly Session: Matt Wallaert
Matt Wallaert, Behavioral Scientist and Chief Behavior Officer, Clover Health
 Wednesday, November 18th, 8:00 a.m.

For more than 15 years, Matt has spoken to hundreds of audiences about behavior change, including the United Nations, South by Southwest and more. His new book, Start at the End, explains science-based tips for implementing behavior changes in any organization.
Sessions are available for 36 hours starting at 8:00 AM, are approximately 30 minutes long and feature a recorded session from the Leadercast 2020 Event held earlier this year.

Registration closes for this session on Friday at 11:00 PM.
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Welcome New Members!

We are excited to welcome the newest members of the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce!

Please remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!
Together we are Stronger.
Together we are GNV.
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2021 Chamber Diplomat Applications Now Being Accepted

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Greater Gainesville Chamber? The Chamber Diplomat Committee is now accepting applications for new Diplomats. Chamber Diplomats are a group of representatives from member businesses who volunteer as an active extension of the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce staff.
Their mission is to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between the Chamber, our members and the community. Chamber Diplomats meet frequently to discuss the missions of the Chamber and several diplomats will attend every event to connect, refer and help ensure every member of the Chamber is getting the assistance they need. Participation in the Chamber Diplomat Committee is open to anyone who has been a Chamber Member for at least one year and is a Member in good standing.  
Applications are due by close of business on Wednesday, November 25. 
To request a Diplomat application, email Steve Cannon, VP Member Development here.
How Might the Omaha business community's DEI transformation inform Greater Gainesville's?
TODAY, November 10, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

The Greater Gainesville Business Coalition for Change is working to help our local business community transform diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their own companies and the community at-large. We hope you'll join us today at 4:30 p.m. to explore what could be next for the Coalition by taking a deep dive into another region's effort to increase DEI in its business community.

This afternoon from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, Bianca Harley, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce will help us solidify our own next steps by sharing the story of how Greater Omaha -- a region with many similarities to our own -- set out in 2016 to change its business community's culture. We plan to walk away from this discussion with insights on how Greater Omaha activated the heart, drive and intelligence of its business community to transform its commitment to DEI from just being necessary for compliance to being a catalyst for truth, belonging and growth.

Bianca leads the region’s “CODE” (Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity & Equity) initiative. Since it launched four years ago, CODE has secured commitments from over 300 Omaha-area CEOs to support increasing DEI in the Omaha region, and helped them mobilize their companies to turn DEI insight into measurable action. 

As always, participation is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Sidebar: Meet Our Speaker, Bianca Harley

After a 2017 survey by the Greater Omaha Chamber resulted in the recommendation of a full-time diversity and inclusion representative as part of its economic development strategy and outcomes, Bianca Harley was appointed to the role of Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion. With focuses on two aspects of diversity and inclusion: workplace and community, Bianca oversees initiatives aimed to develop and attract diverse professionals, working closely with business leaders, officials and others to assess diversity efforts and engage businesses in its importance.
County CARES Money Still Available for Businesses

If your company is in need of financial assistance, take a look at the County CARES program. Money remains available and you may qualify for assistance. Since the County launched the program, the amount available to individual businesses has increased and nonprofit organizations have become eligible to apply for assistance in the Small- and Medium-sized business category. For all related information, including application instructions, the County's most current FAQ and more, click here.
Small Business Power Hour
Wednesday, November 18, Noon – 1 p.m.
Building Strategic Partnerships
A "Lunch & Learn" workshop series designed to give power-packed information on how to further grow and develop your small business... all within ONE hour. 

In business, building the right relationships are essential to the success of your company! Unfortunately, many small business owners are either unsure how to do this effectively or simply neglect to do it. Join us as Virginia Grant, Executive Director of Gainesville Black Professionals offers us strategies and explains the value of building strategic partnerships. 
Register here.
Ology Bioservices named BioFlorida Company of the Year

Ology Bioservices Inc. (Ology Bio), a biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced today the company was named the 2020 David J. Gury Company of the Year by BioFlorida.

BioFlorida distributes the award annually to a company that has “achieved significant milestones and has contributed to the growth of Florida’s life science industry.” BioFlorida is the voice of Florida's life sciences industry, representing 6,700 establishments and research organizations in the BioPharma, MedTech, HealthIT & BioAg that collectively employ nearly 94,000 Floridians.

“We are honored to be named the 2020 BioFlorida Company of the Year,” said Peter H. Khoury, Ph.D., President and CEO of Ology Bio. “Our team at Ology Bio has been working diligently to serve our government and commercial clients in the development and manufacture of critical, life-saving drugs and biologics for the civilian and military population. As part of that work, we are very proud to be producing vaccines and monoclonal antibodies to eventually combat the spread of COVID-19, as well as supporting Operation Warp Speed.”

“We're excited to recognize Ology Bioservices as the BioFlorida Company of the Year and celebrate their growth and efforts towards manufacturing vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, viruses and nucleic acids for the U.S. government and commercial clients," said Nancy K. Bryan, President and CEO of BioFlorida. "With over 20 years of experience developing and manufacturing drugs and biologics for the U.S. government, companies like Ology Bioservices are poised to combat COVID-19 as well as other global health concerns."
Library District expands browsing hours to all branches

The Alachua County Library District has expanded browsing hours to all 12 locations.
The Library District now offers launch limited capacity browsing hours as follows:
Headquarters Library and Millhopper, Tower Road, and Alachua branches: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 2-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2-7 p.m.
Cone Park, Hawthorne, High Springs, Library Partnership, and Newberry branches: Monday-Saturday 2-5 p.m.

Archer, Micanopy, and Waldo branches: Tuesday-Saturday 2-5 p.m.
Patrons are asked to observe the 2-3 p.m. browsing hour for high-risk community members.

Outside service continues at all locations from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Patrons can walk up to pick up materials, renew library cards, and register for new cards. Curbside service is offered at Headquarters Library only 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for patrons who prefer to stay in their vehicles.

Computer appointments and copier services are available at 10 a.m., noon, and during browsing hours at all locations. As always, thousands of books and electronic resources are available 24/7 at www.aclib.us.
ACI Learning acquires ITProTV

ACI Learning announced today that ITProTV will join its portfolio of Audit, Cyber and IT learning solutions for enterprise and consumer markets. ACI Learning will integrate ITProTV’s people, content/IP, production capabilities, and customer contracts into its core business operations effective immediately. The ITProTV brand name will remain in the marketplace, alongside the ACI Learning parent brand which combines the power of the MIS Training Institute (MISTI) and LeaderQuest.

Together the new ACI Learning will deliver lifetime learning to over 250,000 engaged professionals and members across six continents with custom content created to be as entertaining as it is effective. ACI Learning and ITPro.tv offer learning to professionals and the enterprises that rely upon them, with the choice of multi-modal delivery. Students can select from on-demand learning, online virtual instructor-led training, on-premise training, and live classroom learning at one of ACI’s five learning hubs across the U.S.

“Our combined expertise and capabilities enable us to better serve Enterprise, Professional, and Career Starter clients as their go-to training provider for all things technology and information management,” noted Brett Shively, CEO of ACI Learning. “We can offer our students the exact content and mode of learning they need at any stage in their career.”
Hospice Provides Compassionate Care Amid COVID-19 Challenges

The end of a loved one’s life is a difficult time under any circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made things even more challenging for families as well as those providing hospice care.

Requirements for protective gear and restrictions on visits to medical facilities and nursing homes, put in place to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, have complicated end-of-life care and the ability of family members to spend time with loved ones during their final days. These changes have affected the more than 233,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 as well as others in need of hospice care.

Pauline Taylor started March 2 as president and chief operating officer of Haven, which provides hospice care to patients and families in Alachua and 17 other North Florida counties. Taylor has more than two decades of experience in the hospice field, but nothing could have prepared her for her first month on the job at Haven.
Florida Museum events this month
Florida Museum
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

On Nov. 12, 7-8 p.m., join the Florida Museum and the Thompson Earth Systems Institute for “Science Off Tap: Mangroves on the Move” and learn about these unique ecosystems with Marine Conservation Fellow, Julie Walker! Sign up at https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/sot-mangroves/
Tired of Zoom webinars? Join the museum in-person at Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park for “Museum in the Parks: Fishes at Blue Springs” on Nov. 16, 9:30-11 a.m. for a safe, live Museum experience. Learn about Florida wildlife by exploring museum collections, observing live organisms as we hike along trails and participate in socially distanced activities about the plants and animals found in our parks! Sign up at https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/museum-in-the-parks-springs/
We’re also hosting virtual holiday camps on Nov. 23 and 24 as well as Dec. 21 and 22 for any families with children ages 6-10. And finally the second NEA Big Read Meetup to discuss the book Lab Girl will be taking place Nov. 17 from 7 to 8 p.m. Sign up at https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/nea-lab-girl2/
University of Florida Campus Master Plan Public Workshop
Thursday, November 12, 6 p.m.
The University of Florida will be reviewing the campus master plan that describes the projected growth for the University of Florida main campus and 13 Alachua County satellite properties for the next 10 years. (See maps below) This plan focuses on the areas of land use, transportation, housing, capital improvements, conservation, recreation, infrastructure, utilities, urban design and academic facilities.
A public workshop on the campus master plan will be held on November 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM via digital media technology.
The workshop is an informal information session with opportunity for questions and answers. Interested parties who cannot attend this workshop are invited to submit written comments to Linda Dixon, Director of Planning, at ldixon@ufl.edu or P.O. Box 115050, Gainesville Florida 32611.
Copies of the draft campus master plan documents and further access info is available online.
SCORE: Call for Business Mentors
The pandemic is destroying businesses at an unprecedented pace, but it is also driving displaced workers to consider the benefits of creating their own business. SCORE is currently receiving almost 4 requests per day for mentoring, and we need experienced business owners to help with the load.

Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.

Interested individuals should fill out the form at the link below and we will call you to discuss our mentoring program. Even if you can only help with one client per week, your assistance will help to foster the vibrant local small business community that support Gainesville and the surrounding counties.