November 13, 2019
 2019 Business Awards Deadline THIS FRIDAY!
Business Awards
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 – 8:30pm
UF Hilton
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville

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! 

This year, our member businesses will be recognized in the following categories:

·        Bio-Science Company of the Year
·        Commitment to the Environment
·        Community Involvement 
·        Diversity & Inclusion
·        Employer of the Year
·        Leading Women’s Company
·        Manufacturing Company of the Year
·        Non-Profit (501C3 required) Small (<$1M Revenue Annually)
·        Non-Profit (501C3 required) Large (>$1 M Revenue Annually)
·        Startup Company of the Year
·        Technology Company of the Year
·        Small Business of the Year (<$2M Revenue Annually)
·        Large Business of the Year (>$2M Million Revenue Annually)
The 2019 Business Awards will be hosted on Wednesday, December 4th — an evening dedicated to rewarding excellence in economic prosperity, community development, and leadership in Greater Gainesville. Make sure your organization gets the opportunity to attend and be recognized at our very popular annual awards ceremony!

You're invited to submit your business or non-profit for one or more of the 2019 awards!

Applications have been simplified and are now available online. Click Here to submit your business or non-profit for one or more of the 2019 awards!
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CEO InSights featuring Domenic Scorpio, President and CEO of Scorpio Corporation
Wednesday, November 13, 8 - 9:30am
Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

Building People – The Foundation of Success

Over the course of his career in construction management, Domenic Scorpio has carefully cultivated three levels upon which professional success is achieved. First, master your industry. (Know what you want to do.) Second, create your company. (Know how you want to do it.) And lastly, grow and develop your team. (Know who you want to do it with.) This is the motivation behind “Building People”. Each of these levels delivers it rewards. Domenic has identified that by far the most significant and transformative success comes from helping others achieve their goal and that the foundation for every great achievement or organization is people.

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. 
Registration is required. A light breakfast will be served. 
Sponsored by
 Ribbon Cutting Celebration Today: Holiday Inn Express & Suites / Staybridge Suites
TODAY, 5:30 - 7:30pm
3370 S.W. 42nd St, Gainesville

Join us as we celebrate this brand new design of an IHG dual property featuring Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Staybridge Suites, an extended stay hotel! With Holiday Inn Express & Suites, guests can expect a memorable stay at a great hotel with a great centralized location. With Staybridge Suites, guests can expect by an upscale extended stay with incredible suites that feature full kitchens, flexible workspace and living area. 

Join us to support this beautiful addition (or additions) to our Greater Gainesville region! There will be drinks, hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, tours, music, networking and more!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 6:00PM.

For more information,  Click Here.
How To Achieve Success Through Mastermind Groups - THIS FRIDAY
Roundtable / Mastermind Kickoff Event
Friday, November 15, 7:30 - 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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 Maximize Your Membership!
Attend Chamber 101
Tuesday, November 26, 8:30 - 10am
2714 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.
2019 NCF - SHRM Conference
Thursday, November 14, 7:30am
CareerSource North Central Florida | Gainesville Career Center
10 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville
Teach at Santa Fe!
Wed., Nov. 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Thurs., Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Northwest Campus,  Robertson Administration Building, President’s Lobby, Second Floor, Gainesville

Santa Fe College’s  Information Technology Education  (ITE) department is seeking skilled IT professionals like you to provide instruction for students in several  ITE degree programs

Two upcoming networking events will provide you with additional information about SF teaching opportunities, compensation and benefits. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a copy of your resume and transcripts, if you have them.


Submit your interest online at .
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
  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”
Career Discoveries Day: Two $1,000 Scholarships to be Awarded
Saturday, November 16, 9am - Noon
Buchholz High School
5510 NW 27th Ave

The Greater Gainesville Chamber's Alachua County Education Compact and their partners Santa Fe College and the Alachua County Public Schools invite all middle and high school students and their parents/guardians to attend the 5th Annual Career Discoveries Day. This career showcase and exhibition is taking place this Saturday, November 16th, from 9 am to noon at Buchholz High School, located at 5510 NW 27th Ave. 

Career Discoveries Day offers students and their parents a sneak peek into local, emerging career opportunities in Distribution & Trade, Business Support Services, Agriculture Science & Technology, Human Life Sciences, and Digital Technology. Attendees will engage with exhibitors as they share their selected career pathway and existing opportunities in their industries. Maxwell L. Minch, a partner at Gray Robinson, P.A., is the featured keynote speaker. He will share his story of how he rose to success by creating his own pathway, shaped by a career technical education and his experiences serving in the U.S. Navy.

Additional speakers include: Karen Oakey with Fracture, who will speak on talent management; Kristin Schreiner with Junior Achievement, who will present JA MyWay Career Pathway; and Tia Brock with The Education Foundation of Alachua County and Shareen Baptiste with Dream on Purpose, who will co-present on college finances. Seniors and their parents will also receive assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

RSVP for FREE today at
For questions, please contact
Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring NFRMC CEO Eric Lawson
Monday, November 18, 11:30am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome to the Chamber Eric Lawson, North Florida Regional Medical Center CEO, on Monday, November 18, from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm. Eric will provide an update on developments at NFRMC,and a Q&A will follow his remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch.
Distinguished Speaker Luncheons are sponsored by UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health.
Chamber aims to retain talent,diversify industries by 2025
Taylor Girtman, Gainesville Sun

Ed Jimenez doesn’t want to explain Gainesville in relation to Orlando. He wants people to recognize the city in its own right.

Jimenez, CEO of UF Health Shands, spoke Thursday at the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s kickoff event for its 2025 economic development strategy. The $5 million plan, Collaborate 2025, will begin in January and has three focuses: talent, opportunity and place.

Jimenez said the talent at UF and Santa Fe is strong among more than 50,000 students, but Gainesville’s issue is keeping talent in town.
“It would be wonderful if they all stayed and worked here, but they don’t,” he said.

The talent goals of Collaborate 2025 include producing “homegrown talent” at Gainesville colleges, attracting and retaining workers. “Opportunity” goals include attracting businesses to the area, business policy advocacy and innovation. “Place” goals include building desirable live-work-play communities and increasing mobility and infrastructure.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers hosting third annual “Taste for Life” event
Friday, November 15, 6 - 10pm
Hippodrome Theater
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville

This unique event will feature a grand prize raffle for a bottle from Buffalo Trace’s 6 Millionth Barrel, an impressive tasting lineup, heavy hor d’oeuvres, music and a premier silent auction. “Taste for Life” will take place on Friday, November 15 on the lower level of the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, FL (25 SE 2nd Pl).

Event ticket information
Event Entry Ticket: $50, includes private venue and silent auction access, bourbon tasting, heavy hor d’oeuvres and one free drink ticket.

VIP Entry Ticket: $75, includes early access to the event (6 p.m.), select hors d’oeuvres and a VIP tasting.
Grand Prize Raffle tickets: $50, win a bottle from Buffalo Trace Distillery’s 6 Millionth Barrel. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

For more information or to purchase event or raffle tickets,  click here . Event and raffle tickets can also be purchased through payroll deduction by contacting Chelsea Maxwell at .

*Must be 21 and up to purchase raffle and event tickets. You  do not  need to be present to win.
EWITS® Spring 2020 cohort applications open and information sessions announced

While women drive the majority of purchasing decisions, they are significantly underrepresented in all aspects of technology commercialization. EWITS® aims to change that paradigm by empowering women to make the leap from research and development to bringing products to the market. This 12-week program immerses women in a simulated business experience grounded in real technology, providing guided mentorship that strips away barriers and helps unlock potential. The best news: You don’t have to be an aspiring entrepreneur — or even a technologist — to benefit from this unique pro-gram. Our only requirement is a bachelor’s degree. In addition to learning about business and entrepreneurial components, participants also build their networking, leadership and teamwork skills. One of the main objectives of the program is to increase confidence to meet new challenges and pursue goals: professionally and personally. You’re invited   to what could be one of the most empowering programs of your life — one that can help you learn how to better translate research for industry—from the benchtop to marketplace—to have an impact on society. Visit  for more information.
New Members

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Renewing Members

Atmosphere Apps

Butler Enterprises

City College

Clayton-Johnston, P.A.

David's Real Pit BBQ West

Folds, Walker & Maltby

Gainesville Community Ministry, Inc.

Gainesville Housing Authority

Mat Life Training Center


Mobiquity, Inc

Panera Bread # 4189

Ronald McDonald House Charities of NCF 

Theissen Training Systems, Inc.

Tower Hill Insurance Group, LLC

Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers-Shands

Santa Fe CIED Entrepreneurship Workshop Series
The Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) offers a monthly Entrepreneurship Workshop Series dedicated to the growth of early to mid-stage business ventures. Past topics have included Defining Your Business Strategy, Starting a Non-Profit, Proactive Risk Management and Creating a Company Culture. These workshops occur the second Wednesday of every month from 10:00am until noon at the CIED (530 West University Ave.). All Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend these workshops free of charge.  

For more information, click here .
 Jeremy Wright admitted into partnership of James Moore

Gainesville, FL (November 7, 2019) – James Moore & Company, P.L. (James Moore) is pleased to congratulate Jeremy Wright, CPA, for his admission into the partnership effective Nov. 1.

A member of the firm for nearly nine years, Jeremy focuses on commercial businesses and has experience across a wide range of compliance and advisory services. Based in our Gainesville office, he leads the firm’s Construction Services Team and is also a member of our Manufacturing and Technology Services Team.

Jeremy has made invaluable contributions both to the firm and to the industries he serves. He has played a major role in the growth of our construction segment, staying active in several industry groups including the Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF), the Construction Industry CPAs and Consultants (CICPAC) and the Florida Surety Association. He also helps area technology and manufacturing communities thrive by reaching out and helping companies in those industries. He serves as treasurer for StartupGNV and holds regular office hours at UF Innovate to help guide area startup businesses as they grow.

Jeremy earned a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida.

James Moore, founded in 1964, is a regional firm with offices in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Gainesville and Tallahassee. The firm specializes in providing auditing, tax, accounting, wealth management and consulting services.
2019 Gainesville Sun 40 Under Forty 

Nominate who you think should be named Gainesville Sun's 40 Under 40 and they will be featured in The Gainesville Sun 40 under 40 special section!

Click here to nominate!
 Colliers International in Gainesville Facilitates $6.75 Million Land Sale
Property to become 300-unit multifamily project at Newberry Park

November 5, 2019 — Gainesville, Fla. — The Drotos Ryals Team of Colliers International in Gainesville has facilitated the $6.75 million sale of a 300-unit multifamily site at Newberry Park, located at 12019 W. Newberry Road in Gainesville. The purchase closed on September 30, 2019.

Dan Drotos, Rory Causseaux and Mike Ryals represented the seller, Parkwood Alachua Land Investments, Inc., in the transaction. The property will be used for the development of Newberry Park, a 300-unit multifamily project that is anticipated to break ground before the end of 2019.

The development was approved under Alachua County’s Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) ordinance. Located between the Oaks Mall and I-75 trade area in west Gainesville and the affluent Jonesville/Tioga suburb to the west, this property is ready for development and includes all utility connects, off-site stormwater and internal parking and road systems. The property has also been approved for up to 150,000 square feet of commercial development.

“Gainesville’s multifamily market has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, as changing dynamics in the housing market have created demand for more upscale, walkable, mixed-use housing options,” said Drotos. “Newberry Park will provide unique amenities in the growing Jonesville submarket, which Gainesville’s multifamily market has not seen before.” 

The Drotos Ryals Team can be reached at 352-420-9889 and on social media at @drotosryalsteam.
Hotel Development & Management Group (HDG Hotels) celebrates construction of its first Gainesville hotel – A homecoming of sorts for founders

(GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA) - HDG Hotels is again growing its portfolio with its first hotel in Gainesville. The Florida-based hotel development and management company celebrated construction of the 105 room Comfort Suites by Choice Hotels (2603 SW 13th Avenue) at a groundbreaking ceremony on November 5.

“My brother and business partner, Azim, and I have ties to Gainesville and the University of Florida. We are proud to be investing in this community,” shares HDG Hotels CEO and President Navroz Saju. “Our entire HDG team is excited to grow our footprint into Gainesville and looks forward to establishingpartnerships that positively impact Gainesville and Alachua County.”

Also present at the groundbreaking were Congressman Ted Yoho (FL 3rd District), representatives from Choice Hotels, and Food Network host of  Eat, Sleep, BBQ  and founder of Big Lee’s, Rashad Jones, who offered remarks at the celebration. The Comfort Suites – Gainesville will open summer 2020 and bring the HDG Hotels portfolio to a total of 18 properties coast to coast across central and north central Florida and grow its team to well over 500 team members.
About HDG Hotels:

HDG Hotels is headquartered in Ocala/Marion County. The hotel development and managementcompany’s vision is “to positively impact the people and world around us.” To that, HDG offers its team members medical, dental and vision insurance, wellness programs, a 401K match, ownership opportunities, and other benefits. The company also partners with its team members on outreach efforts within the communities in which is has a presence. Learn more at
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