A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
November 24, 2020
Support Local Business with 31 Days of Shop GNV!
Daily and Monthly Deals from Now until December 23

This year has undoubtedly been difficult for a lot of our community’s businesses, and we want to use this opportunity to ensure that we shop locally this holiday season!

On our site, you’ll find a list of deals and companies that are participating! Each will have a month-long deal to take advantage of, as well as a daily deal which will be available for just one day.

We hope you’ll take advantage of the many offerings our local retailers have made!

Check out our Facebook page daily to see what each day has to offer!

Visit our 31 Days of Shop GNV page for a full list of local shops and deals!
31 Days of Shop GNV is sponsored by and Celebrate Primary Care, Comfort Temp, DL Hulse Consulting, and Lifesouth.
Drink GNV at Big Top TODAY!
Tuesday, November 24, 5 - 7 p.m.
Big Top Brewing Company
201 SE 2nd Ave #101, 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.

Second up is Big Top Brewing Company. For years, Brewmaster, Josh Wilson, has been crafting beers in Sarasota, FL and for years his friends have been enjoying his art. So for him it made complete sense to form Big Top Brewing Company and bring those artfully crafted beers to everyone! In 2018, Big Top Brewing Company joined our Greater Gainesville community now giving Big Top 3 different locations in FL. Big Top Brewing invites you to "let every sip defy what you thought possible in beer."

Join us for a flight of brews, a pint of your choice, information on the brewery and their brews by a local representative and mingling with other community members. Each ticket also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win fabulous items! Water and snacks will be provided.
Drink GNV is sponsored by Servpro of Alachua County West.
Finalists announced for 2020 Business Awards
Thursday, December 3, 3:30 - 5:30pm
UF Performing Arts Center

Finalists for the 2020 Business Awards were announced Wednesday, with 37 local organizations representing 13 categories. Finalists were chosen after a panel of impartial judges carefully reviewed and graded each application.
The finalists are listed below:
Employer of the Year
Comfort Temp
Florida Credit Union

 Human Life Sciences Company of the Year
Arranta Bio
Ology Bioservices

Commitment to the Environment Award
Imprint Genius
Solar Impact

New Business of the Year
J&P Handyman Services
Lucere Labs
True North
Small Business of the Year
Celebrate Primary Care
Pure Aesthetics 
Student Maid

Large Business of the Year
Comfort Temp
Gainesville Health and Fitness
Leading Women's Business Award
Butler Enterprises
Celebrate Primary Care
James Moore & Company

Small Nonprofit of the Year

Gainesville Community Counseling Center
Pace Center for Girls
The Education Foundation

Large Nonprofit of the Year
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Community Involvement Company of the Year
Bogin, Munns & Munns
Campbell Spellicy Engineering
Florida Credit Union

Diversity & Inclusion Award
Ology Bioservices
Pace Center for Girls

Tech Company of the Year
Phos Creative
Slice Engineering 
After closely following reports and recommendations from national, state and community officials on community gatherings, our leadership has determined that attendees to our annual business awards will be limited to those directly involved with the program. The 2020 Business Awards will be invitation-only, and we will not be selling tickets to the public. We look forward to returning to a public celebration in 2021.
The 2020 Business Awards are presented by VyStar Credit Union.
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.
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.
Josh Greenberg Onward & Upward Grant to be awarded to minority-owned or social justice organization
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, December 2, 10 p.m.
Each year StartGNV honors the memory of Josh Greenberg, a beloved Gainesville entrepreneur, by awarding the Onward and Upward Grant to a local startup or nonprofit as part of their mission to grow the innovation ecosystem of Greater Gainesville.

This year, the $5,000 Onward & Upward Grant will be awarded to an early-stage startup or small non-profit organization that is minority-owned, minority-led, or focused on a mission of social justice. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 2nd at 10:00 PM EST.

Apply here and check out this message from our Board President, Aidan Augustin for more information.
New Restaurant, Local Provisions, to Open at Tioga Town Center
Tioga Town Center welcomes Local Provisions, a locally owned neighborhood bar and grill focused on community, quality, and experience.
Local Provisions recently announced plans to open at Tioga Town Center. Their new 4,100 square foot space is located at 13005 SW 1st Road, Suite 129, Newberry, FL 32669 and will offer a family friendly atmosphere with high-quality food and beverage at affordable prices.
The Local Provisions concept was created by the owners of The Swamp Restaurant, and aims to create a space where memories can be made. Their experience-driven restaurant will feature a seasonal menu, sourcing local items when possible. The menu was the result of collaboration efforts between The Swamp Restaurant Owners and Kres Chophouse Chef, Mary Fonseca. The menu will feature a variety of high-quality food items aimed to please all palates. There will also be gluten-free options and vegan options, in addition to a craft cocktail list, an extensive upscale wine list, as well as an extremely tempting dessert menu featuring wildly creative treats. Lunch and Dinner will be served daily, in addition to a weekend brunch. A number of grab-and-go items will be offered including to-go family meal options.
With a goal to create memorable experiences for all their guests, Local Provisions hopes to be the go-to place for game days, girl’s nights, events, special occasions, and celebrations. The restaurant plans to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and is currently in the process of expanding their outdoor area. Local Provisions will offer a causal atmosphere to enjoy time with family, friends, and colleagues for all sorts of occasions and hopes to bring the Gator spirit to Tioga. Televisions will be visible from all dining tables. Outdoor Fans, misters, and heaters will be in place on the patio to make each season more comfortable. There will also be a semi-private event space with audio & visual capabilities, suitable for all types of gatherings, from social to professional.
UF Health ranked on two Forbes lists of best workplaces

With its flagship hospital already ranked the best in Florida, University of Florida Health has earned two more distinctions: It is No. 12 on Forbes’ list of the state’s best places to work and No. 50 in the nation for female workers. 

The business magazine and website publisher recently issued its rankings of the 100 best workplaces in each state and the District of Columbia as well as a national list of the top 300 organizations for female workers. 

On the Florida list, UF Health ranked higher than some of the state’s largest and best-known workplaces as well as national and international companies with a substantial Florida presence. UF Health, the university’s academic health center, includes UF and UF Health Shands employees working in six health colleges, 10 hospitals, dozens of faculty practices and nine research centers and institutes. The UF Health umbrella extends from Gainesville to Jacksonville and includes two hospitals and other services that provide care to the residents of the Central Florida community of The Villages®.
Micro-internships now available through Career Connections Center

The Career Connections Center at the University of Florida is excited to announce a new opportunity for employers to offer short-term, professional work experiences to students through Micro-Internships.

Through Micro-Internships, students can demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and develop their professional networks. These opportunities typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and many can be completed remotely.

Not only does this help the students, but it allows employers to get immediate support on tasks. In addition, by engaging these students earlier, you can help enhance your company’s pipeline for future interns and new hires.

Micro-Internships can include projects across all departments, including:
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Operations and Support
  • Finance and Accounting

To learn more and post projects, visit the Career Connections Center’s Micro Internship page to get started.
City of Gainesville awarded national grants to improve immigrant relations

The City of Gainesville has been awarded Gateways for Growth (G4G) research and technical assistance grants by the New American Economy (NAE) and Welcoming America. The competitive awards are part of the 2020 G4G Challenge to improve immigrant inclusion and economic opportunities in communities across the nation. 

The City will bring together area community leaders, advocacy organizations, academic institutions, health care providers and business partners to build a stronger environment of inclusion and social cohesion that maximizes the contributions of all area residents. 
The group will serve as a steering committee, helping advise City leaders on the development of inclusive policies that reflect immigrant issues and on ways to improve and operationalize policies that focus on more equitable service delivery to immigrants.

For additional information, please contact City of Gainesville Public Information Officer Rossana Passaniti at 352-393-7842 or passanitir1@cityofgainesville.org.