A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
November 17, 2020
UPCOMING EVENT
Drink GNV at Blackadder TODAY!
Tuesday, November 17, 5 - 7 p.m.
Blackadder Brewing Company
618 NW 60th St Suite A, Gainesville

Drink GNV is back - this time with more social distancing and COVID-19 precautions! Season of Drink GNV is our 2020 brewery event, happening once per week for five weeks at five of our local breweries.

First up during our Season of Drink GNV is Blackadder Brewing Company. Blackadder Brewing Company has been a great part of our Greater Gainesville Community since December 2016 but owners, Chris and Sissy Hart, have been brewing for over a decade. Collectively, they have earned over 30 medals in homebrew competitions throughout Florida and the US. Needless to say, they bring a lot of knowledge, experience and passion to their brewery. Blackadder features Belgian inspired beers in an Old World atmosphere.

We invite you to join us for a flight, a pint of your choice, information on the brewery and brews from Chris and mingling with community members. Your ticket also includes a raffle ticket for the chance to win fabulous items! Snacks and water provided.
For information or to purchase a full season-pass, click below.
Drink GNV is sponsored by Servpro of Alachua County West.
UPCOMING EVENT
Support Local Business with 31 Days of Shop GNV!

Join us for 31 Days of ShopGNV from November 23-December 23. Retailers from across our region will offer monthly and daily deals to encourage you to ShopGNV this holiday season! Stay tuned this week for more information and a list of participating businesses. Limited sponsorship and retailer openings are still available. Contact Andrea Mender for more information.
31 Days of Shop GNV is sponsored by Lifesouth, Comfort Temp, and Celebrate Primary Care.
UPCOMING EVENT
Lunch & Learn: Scams & Your Business
Wednesday, November 18, Noon - 1 p.m.
 
Learn about COVID-related scams targeting small businesses and their employees. Cybersecurity incidents are increasing and data security is crucial to your business. We will share best practices for securing your devices and securing your credit.
 
Join us as a panelist of speakers from First Federal Bank share their insight into how to protect yourself, your employees, and your business from cyber threats and scams.
 
Panelists include Cori Wells, BSA, AML and Fraud Officer, Wayne Cochran Jr, Executive VP and Chief Information Officer and Tori Day, Information Security Officer.
Lunch & Learns are sponsored by Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs.
UPCOMING EVENT
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. 
EVENT RECAP
Chamber Honors Local Heroes During Veterans Event
 
On Friday, November 13, 2020, the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce celebrated some of our community’s honorable veterans and veteran-friendly organizations at the second annual Veterans Appreciation event, presented by VyStar Credit Union.
 
The event, held at Santa Fe College with proper COVID-19 precautions, was aimed to embody the Chamber’s continued gratitude and support for those who have served to preserve our freedoms, including those in the greater Gainesville community and worldwide.
“Today is about recognizing the men and women who serve and have served in the US Military, including our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists,” Chamber CEO Eric Godet said. “It is their service and sacrifice that protects our country and keeps us safe.”
 
ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY
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.
UPCOMING EVENT
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.
Let's Discuss Downtown; A Greater Gainesville Chamber Community Discussion
Thursday, December 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Join the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and local community leaders in discussing the obstacles to overcome in making Downtown Gainsville a safer, cleaner and more vibrant place for Gainesville residents.
Alachua County Public Schools’ food service director wins top national honor
 
Maria Eunice, Alachua County Public Schools’ director of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department, has won the highest national honor from the School Nutrition Association, sponsored by Basic American Foods.
 
Eunice has been named the winner of the prestigious Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award, the highest honor in the FAME (Food Service Achievement Management Excellence) Awards competition. According to the School Nutrition Association’s website, the award “recognizes outstanding achievements in leadership, spirit/dedication, innovation, community involvement and the bettering of the lives of students across the country.”
 
“We are so proud that Maria’s been recognized,” said Superintendent Karen Clarke. “She always goes above and beyond to support schools and children, and instills that same ethic in the people in her department.”
UPCOMING EVENT
University of Florida Campus Master Plan Public Workshop
Monday, November 23, 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.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Audi Gainesville is a J.D. Power 2020 Dealer of Excellence for the Customer Sales Experience
J.D. Power certified dealerships are among the top of their industry.

Gainesville, FL (November 4th, 2020) - Warren Henry Auto Group is pleased to announce that Audi Gainesville has been named to the J.D. Power 2020 Dealers of Excellence program for Customer Sales Experience. This prestigious program recognizes dealerships that provide customers with an outstanding sales experience, and its goal is to distinguish those dealerships for having an exceptional customer sales experience. In addition to these locations receiving this prestigious recognition, Land Rover North Dade, Land Rover South Dade, Warren Henry INFINITI and, Lamborghini Broward were also named 2020 Dealers of Excellence.

Audi Gainesville is one of the most highly rated Audi dealers in the nation as they keep exceeding customers’ expectations with its five-star customer service. They were also awarded the Magna Society recognition, for going above and beyond the standard sales targets and their strong business performance. Our team at Audi Gainesville is also big on community outreach as they support and participate in several non-profit organizations events within the community. One of them being their annual Oktoberfest that raised over $15,000 in 2018 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. “We are honored to receive the J.D. Power Dealers of Excellence recognition! Thank you, team, for always going the extra mile!” said Thomas Brinkmann, General Manager of Audi Gainesville.

“To be receiving this prestigious award during such an unprecedented year is truly reflective of team members' commitment to our customers. We are so proud to receive this recognition, especially for Lamborghini Broward, which is the first-ever exotic store to be awarded a J.D. Power recognition,” said Larry Zinn, Executive General Manager for Warren Henry Auto Group.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
New Food Park and Event Venue, Midpoint Park & Eatery, to Open in the Gainesville Innovation District in March 2021

A new permanent food truck park and event venue is coming to Gainesville! Midpoint Park and Eatery is set to open in the Gainesville Innovation District in March of 2021. 

Described as a laidback, outdoor park for Gainesville residents to gather, eat, and mingle, Midpoint will feature four unique restaurants located in permanent food trucks on site.

In addition to the four food trucks, Midpoint will include seating for up to 100 patrons, a green lawn for guests to play and lounge, sun shades, and misting fans. Following COVID-19, a stage will be built so guests can enjoy live entertainment.

Construction recently commenced on the park, which is located at 931 SW Second Avenue next to UF Innovate | The Hub. It will be located within one mile of the main UF campus and downtown, making it an ideal lunch or dinner spot for both UF students and faculty as well as those working downtown and in the Innovation District. The park, which will be both pet- and family-friendly, is expected to be open for business seven days a week.

Two of the four restaurant spaces have already been leased by poke bowl restaurant Da Kine Poke and Mexican fusion restaurant Mexi Cocina. Two restaurant spaces remain available for lease for restauranteurs looking to join Gainesville’s newest food park concept. 

Those interested in leasing restaurant space can contact Matthew Luedecke at Trimark Properties at (352) 376-7568 or email commercial@trimarkproperties.com for more information.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Help provide Thanksgiving dinner to families in need with a meal kit from Peaceful Paths

Through community generosity, Peaceful Paths provides support for over 100 families during the holiday season. If you would like to help make a difference during this season of giving, please consider donating a Thanksgiving Family meal kit or donating on our website. A family meal kit is approximately $50/kit. Peaceful Paths hopes to have donations by Monday, November 23 in order to distribute to the families. If you'd like to sponsor a family meal kit remotely, you can do so on the "Neighborly November" page here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Florida Museum to offer virtual holiday camps in November & December
Mon - Tues, November 23 - 24
Mon - Tues, December 21 - 22
Students aged 6-10 are invited to enjoy virtual holiday camps with the Florida Museum of Natural History on Nov. 23, 24 and Dec. 21, 22. Dive into the sciences with these virtual sessions designed to educate and excite children about their natural surroundings. Topics include hiking, the beach, outer space and trees. Pre-registration is required, morning sessions are for ages 6 and 7 while afternoon sessions are for ages 8, 9 and 10. A session is $45, or $30 for members, and registration closes the Thursday before the start of camp. For more information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/kids/school-holiday.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Corinne Turcotte accepted into partnership of James Moore

James Moore & Company, P.L. (James Moore) is pleased to congratulate Corinne Turcotte, CPA, for her admission into the partnership effective Nov. 1.

A member of the firm for nearly ten years, Corinne focuses on nonprofit organizations, addressing their taxation issues and providing audit, assurance, and accounting and controllership services. Based in our Gainesville office, she is one of the leaders of the firm’s Nonprofit Services Team and is a certified member of the Not‐For‐Profit section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Corinne has been instrumental in the advancement of the nonprofit segment at James Moore. Through her leadership with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) process and her guidance on ideas and strategies, she has helped our nonprofit clients survive the COVID‐19 impact. She has also become the firm’s go‐to expert on uniform guidance single audits and led the charge into new geographical markets.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
The Windsor of Gainesville is offering Comfort, Joy and Savings

What could bring more comfort, happiness and joy than a vibrant holiday-style life all year long? New friends, social events, plenty of smiles, and personalized care are just the beginning. You can even go home for the holidays. To make it even more joyful, the Windsor is offering 2 Months Free Rent.

The Windsor is conducting in-person tours by appointment only. To set up a tour please call The Windsor at 352-372-1900. 
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Announcing Alivia Care, Inc.

Fernando Acosta-Rua, Chair of the Board of Directors of Alivia Care, Inc. announces the founding of Alivia Care, Inc., its newly formed Board of Directors, and the appointment of Susan Ponder-Stansel as President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I’m incredibly proud to announce the formation of Alivia Care, Inc., a non-profit focused on helping people live better lives, a vision my family and I had when we began supporting Community Hospice & Palliative Care 15 years ago,” says Acosta Rua. “Our family has been part of the fabric of Community, and now I’m humbled to chair the Alivia Care, Inc. board with like-minded compassionate individuals focused on the health and wellness of our community-at-large.”

Alivia Care, Inc., a non-profit organization, was formed after a multi-year strategic planning effort led by the tenured board of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, with the goal of helping more people, in more places live better with advanced illness. Alivia Care now serves as the parent organization of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Alivia Care Solutions, and Alivia Care of Georgia and is a joint owner of PACE Partners of Northeast Florida, which sponsors the only North Florida Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
November 21, 3 p.m. Deadline to Request Your Economic Impact Payment

Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (Payments) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to calculate and automatically send the Payments to most eligible individuals, however some may have to provide additional information to the IRS to get their Payments. The deadline to request your economic impact payment is Saturday, November 21, at 3 p.m.