October 1, 2019
You're Invited to a Member Appreciation Party presented by First Federal Bank!
Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30 - 7:30pm
First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville
Thank you for your membership!  
The Greater Gainesville Chamber invites you and your colleagues to share an evening of friends, food, music and door prizes. This is a complimentary event for all Chamber members.
As part of our Member Appreciation Party, the Chamber will also recognize our members celebrating 10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 years of membership with the Greater Gainesville Chamber!
RSVP  here.
The Member Appreciation Party is sponsored by First Federal Bank.
 Lunch & Learn: Developing A Winning Team
Wednesday, October 2nd, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville
Presented by : Craig Wilburn
Team Dynamo / Keller Williams

At this month's Lunch & Learn, Craig Wilburn will share his philosophy and strategy for Developing a Winning Team. 
Takeaways from this include understanding:
1) What is a Team
2) How to select the right candidates for your team
3) The importance of Team Culture
4) How to Identify and Develop Future Leaders from within your team
Lunch & Learns are sponsored by Carr, Riggs and Ingram.
Join us for Business Before Hours 
Tuesday, October 8, 8:30 - 10am
Peaceful Paths
2100 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville

Join us Tuesday, October 8th for Business Before Hours from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Peaceful Paths.  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!
Seating is limited to 60 people. Register early to secure your seat.
Click Here for more information and to register.
Collaborative Wealth Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, October 3, 5 - 7pm
Collaborative Wealth
4915 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville

Join us to celebrate the new location and grand opening of Collaborative Wealth with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In business for 25 Years, Collaborative Wealth is a financial planning and integrated wealth management firm. Their team of professionals possess an in-depth knowledge of financial services, investments, employee benefit plans, insurance, and other tools necessary to help build an effective financial foundation for you, your family, or your business. Collaborative Wealth also works with the Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities, and local dog rescues. 

Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, music and speeches for the event.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:30pm.
Business After Hours –
TradePMR Oktoberfest and Brew Challenge
Thursday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Trade PMR
2511 NW 41st Street, Gainesville
Join us for the 5th Annual TradePMR Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30-7:30 PM.
Music will be provided by Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel.
Come support your favorite local brewery and participate in the Brew Challenge for the best Oktoberfest beer.
In lieu of admission fees, we will be collecting voluntary donations to support  Lyrics For Life .
Lyrics for Life is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Sister Hazel to help fight children’s cancer.
We hope to see you there!
Veterans Appreciation Luncheon presented by VyStar Credit Union
Thursday, October 24, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville

Join us as we celebrate and share our appreciation for our Veteran Community at the first annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon.

Presented by VyStar Credit Union and created in partnership between Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Veterans Health Services, and Alachua County Veteran Services. 
Join us as we recognize veterans and citizens providing veteran services who are making a difference in the community.

Keynote speaker: Randy Dexter of K9's for Warriors
Proceeds to benefit The Fisher House. 
For tickets, corporate sponsorships and more information, click here .
Below is the link to the nomination form for the Veterans Appreciation Awards. 

The Categories include: 
  • Veteran Innovators and Entrepreneurs - A Veteran who has successfully build their own company, or made innovative impacts in the start-up world.
  • Veteran Academic Achievements - Includes the accomplishments and achievements of non traditional students
  • Veteran Educators - Those that have served and are now continuing to serve the greater good by educating our youth (K-12)
  • Citizenship Award - Veterans who are making a positive impact in our community.
  • Impact Award - Outstanding Employee in Veterans services. (This can be awarded to a citizen or non-veteran)
 Save the Date and Begin the Application Process for Annual Business Awards!
Business Awards
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 – 8:30pm
UF Hilton

We love to celebrate our members and recognize all of the good they do not only in our region, but around the world! As we open up our nomination and intent to apply forms for the Annual Business Awards we encourage you to think about those member Businesses that are not only the best in their field, but are good neighbors, community members, and are leading by example.
The award categories for 2019 are: 
  • BioScience 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
  • Non-Profit (501C3 required) Large
  • Startup Company of the Year[
  • Technology Company of the Year
  • Small Business Company of the Year (<2 Million Revenue Annually)
  • Large Business Company of the Year (>2 Million Revenue Annually)
If you would like to let us know you intend to apply, or to nominate another company please complete the following form. We will follow up with the contact and make sure they receive the application and are aware of all important dates.
Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Job Fair
Wednesday, October 23, 10am - 1pm
Gainesville Career Center
10 NW 6th Street, Gainesville

Hiring for a position in manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, or logistics? We can help you reach highly qualified candidates in a short amount of time! 

You are invited to the Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, and Logistics Job Fair, hosted by Propel GNV, a collaborative partnership between The Greater Gainesville Chamber and CareerSource North Central Florida. The event will take place on October 23rd from 10:00am-1:00pm, in the CareerSource North Central Florida Gainesville Career Center located at 10 NW 6th Street. 

Through Propel GNV, the Greater Gainesville Chamber and CareerSource North Central Florida work together to ensure that each job fair has vetted, ready-to-work candidates, who are excited to apply to work with you! 
Want to join us?

Step 1 - Register online . Complete a Job Order Form for each position you are recruiting for if the positions are not already in the Employ Florida system.

Step 2 - We will add the position to Employ Florida, allowing both job fair attendees and job seekers to view your available positions.

Step 3 - Arrive at the Gainesville Career Center between 9:30am-9:45am to set up your display. Bring items that help tell your story: handouts, business cards, giveaways, etc. 

Step 4 - We will provide a table, two chairs, and if needed, ample room to screen and interview prospects. 

Need help? We’ve got you covered! Just respond to this email, and we can work with you one-on-one to get the Employ Florida process started.

As a reminder, CareerSource North Central Florida and the Greater Gainesville Chamber host career fairs at no cost to participating employers.
2019 NCF - SHRM Conference
Thursday, November 14, 7:30am
CareerSource North Central Florida | Gainesville Career Center
10 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville
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 www.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”
 Alachua County Delegation Luncheon & Public Hearing Recap
Our Community Shared Issues of Importance with Our Delegates
The Greater Gainesville Chamber hosted a luncheon for our Alachua County Delegates—Senator Keith Perry, Representative Chuck Brannan, Representative Chuck Clemons and Representative Clovis Watson—last Monday, September 23, in advance of the Delegation’s Public Hearing. Held at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, our members first enjoyed lunch and networking with each other and our Delegates before the start of the hearing. About 100 community policy leaders and citizens then testified before the Delegates on their concerns leading into the 2020 Florida Legislative Session.
The Chamber petitioned the Delegation for several items, including: full funding for the state’s economic development and tourism marketing entities; measures to promote job creation and economic opportunity in key industries; support for funding for the University of Florida to continue its ascent to top-five status; and funding to advance the construction of the Santa Fe College downtown Blount Center campus. To view the Chamber’s full 2019-2020 State Policy agenda, click here .
Other issues presented to the Delegation included: needed environmental protections; infrastructure upgrades; increased funding for schools and technical and vocational training programs; increased funding for healthcare and mental health programs; salary increases for public safety and enforcement professionals; and equity in our justice system, among others.
The 2020 Florida Legislative Session opens January 14, 2020, with upcoming committee weeks held October 14 to 25, 2019; November 4 to 8 and 12 to 15, 2019; and December 9 to 13, 2019.
The Alachua County Delegation Luncheon was sponsored by AT&T.
4th Annual Lemon Ball
Friday, October 4, 6 - 9pm
Cade Museum
811 S. Main Street, Gainesville

Join us for a fun evening of music, food, and drinks including our signature lemon cocktails!

Tickets are available for a chance to win the George Strait Las Vegas Concert Package and the Live Auction will include A 7 Day vacation at Villa Blanca. An Exclusive, Professionally Staffed, 5 Bedroom, 8 Bath Luxury Vacation Home located in the gated community of La Punta in Manzanillo, Mexico.

This will be a great evening to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and their efforts to fund 2 active childhood cancer research grants at UF Health Shand's Hospital. ALL proceeds benefit ALSF. The Lemon Ball is hosted by Northwestern Mutual - Gainesville and is presented by Davis Gainesville.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page .

To purchase tickets to the Lemon Ball, click here .
Startup Sprint
Friday - Sunday, October 11 - 13
550 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville

Gainesville's premier hackathon and pitch competition, Startup Sprint, will be held on October 11th-13th by startupGNV at the Feathr office in Innovation Square. This 48-hour immersive event offers professionals, entrepreneurs, and students alike the opportunity to work on a startup idea over the course of a weekend and ends with a "Shark Tank" style pitch for prizes.  You do NOT need to come with an idea, nor with a pre-formed team!
 Florida Museum to host 14th annual Butterflyfest Oct. 12

Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s 14th annual ButterflyFest on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, conservation, backyard wildlife and more. Enjoy the ButterflyFest Plant Sale Oct. 11-13, one of the museum’s largest sales of the year with more than 150 species available. Experience outdoor butterfly releases and come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire for the pollinator parade! Food and merchandise vendors will be available. Visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/butterflyfest for more information or call 352-846-2000.
Managing Virtual Teams for High Performance
Thursday, October 17, 1 - 5pm
The TREEO Center
3900 SW 63 Blvd, Gainesville

This 4-hour live workshop is designed to engage leaders in experiences to increase awareness and determine action when working with colleagues in a virtual environment. We will examine common myths about working in a virtual team and determine how we debunk them with our actions. We will also explore how our behaviors can shape the success of our virtual teams.

Working in a virtual team is becoming more prevalent as organizations realize the benefits of virtual employees. This new way of working changes the way we communicate, collaborate and deliver results.

Audience: Any employee who works in or leads a virtual team. 

Participants will:
• Recognize the benefits of working in a virtual team.
• Define characteristics of high performing virtual teams.
• Determine common pitfalls of working in virtual teams.
• Learn strategies to increase engagement in a virtual team.
• Find ways to strengthen your connections in a virtual team.

Workshop Facilitator: Vicki Guy,
Vicki Hall is an experienced, passionate and results-driven leader.
For the past 20 years, Vicki has enjoyed an award winning and successful career in leadership roles in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. Her positions in sales, sales management, sales training, account management training, facilitation and leadership development afforded her unparalleled knowledge of business and of the learning and development industry.
 City of Waldo Fall Festival
Friday, October 18, 5:30 - 8pm
Waldo City Square
14450 NE 148th Ave, Waldo

The City of Waldo, Florida (a member) is hosting its annual Fall Festival on Oct 18th, 5:30-8:00pm. The event will have family-oriented games, prizes, music, food & drink, a bounce house, face painting, etc. and is free admission.

The city of Waldo has partnered with the National MS Society (North Florida), who is hosting a Glow Race (5k) at the event.
Monkey Day 2019
Saturday, October 12, 1 - 5pm
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Join Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary! Monkey Day 2019 will include a full afternoon of events and activities for the whole family, including:
  • Live Music
  • Vegan food truck
  • Tours
  • Raffle
  • Merchandise
  • Meet the founder
  • Memories from the last 20 years

Gates open at 12:30pm and close at 2pm. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

$25 suggested donation to attend - Monkey sponsors are free.

For more information, call 386-462-7779. To RSVP, please email rsvp@junglefriends.org.
The Hope Weekend
Friday - Sunday, October 24 - 26

The Hope Weekend is the signature fundraising event for Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure. It's a weekend packed with celebration all to raise awareness and dollars for dystonia research.

For sponsorship information and volunteer opportunities, contact hparker@tylershope.org .
 James G. Pressly Stadium, Percy Beard Track to Host 2020-22 Track & Field State Championships

GAINESVILLE, FL (9/20/19)  –The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Friday that the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships will return to the University of Florida campus as part of a three-year partnership with the Gainesville Sports Commission (GSC).

“It gives me great pride to announce that the GSC will be hosting the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships on May 13th-16th, 2020 at James G. Pressly Stadium, Percy Beard Track” said Gainesville Sports Commission Executive Director, Joleen Cacciatore Miller.

She went on to say, “The GSC is excited to bring back the State Championships to our community, which has not been hosted here since 2004. Today’s announcement comes from the incredible collaboration of the FHSAA, GSC, Alachua County, University Athletic Association and University of Florida. Hosting the FHSAA Track & Field State Championships in Alachua County will allow our high school athletes to stay local and compete on this elite track. Additionally, this will create significant economic impact in our community by visiting attendees from all over the state of Florida. We look forward to welcoming the state track and field participants and spectators to Alachua County!”

Continue reading here.
 Oak Hall School seeking final Gold Partner Sponsors

This Business Partnership opportunity is one of the few opportunities open to businesses outside of those owned and operated by Oak Hall parents. Oak Hall School is now offering corporate sponsorships to businesses across Alachua County. With approximately 800 students and 500 parents, you can now advertise your business, big or small, with Gainesville's "Best of the Best" private school. 

Oak Hall School is offering 32 Gold Partner spots for the 2019-2020 school year. Business Partners will be prominently displayed on signage at both Upper/Middle School and Lower School entrances, in the Oxborough Gymnasium, as well as the school yearbook.

Gold Sponsors will have their company logo (14" x 14") prominently displayed on all three signs. All Gold Sponsors will also have their logo included in the full-page yearbook advertisement. There are only 7 spaces available for Gold Sponsorships. 

For more information, contact Jeffrey Malloy at jmalloy@oakhall.org.
2019 E.T. and Vam York Service Above Self Award

To express their appreciation for the support provided by Alachua County Rotarians during Dr. E.T. York’s tenure as District 6970 Governor, the late Dr. E. T. York and his wife Vam provided an endowment to fund in perpetuity the Rotary Club of Gainesville Service Above Self Award. In 2010 the award was renamed after its benefactors.

Presented annually, this distinguished award symbolizes Rotary’s commitment to service and the desire of the Rotary Club of Gainesville to encourage and recognize service to others in our community. The award takes its name from the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”

The recipient will be an individual or organization from the Gainesville/Alachua County area that has rendered outstanding, dedicated and unselfish service to enhance the quality of life of the citizens and youth of our area. The award is based on achievement during any appropriate time span - a year, or a lifetime. The award may be made in the memory of an individual.

What is the award?

  • A $1,000 gift to The Rotary Foundation, for support of international scholars, in honor of the recipient;
  • Designation of the recipient as a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation. (In the event the recipient is an organization, or is an individual who is already a Paul Harris Fellow, the recipient may nominate another individual to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship, subject to approval of the Club’s Board of Directors.)
  • A special plaque presented to the recipient, with name and date of recognition:
  • The inscription of the recipient’s name on a permanent plaque containing the names of all previous recipients. (This plaque is displayed prominently at the Gainesville airport terminal.)

The deadline for accepting nominations is Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

To nominate, please contact Jenni Van Hart at jvanhartrotary@gmail.com.