A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
October 13, 2020
ALL IN GNV PIVOT Video Series Launches

This year all our plans were affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic – including our ALL IN GNV Conference & Expo. In light of that, we have created the ALL IN GNV PIVOT Video Series, a professional development virtual response where we feature dozens of speakers and guests who share their ideas, experiences and reflections on how COVID-19 has affected them both personally and professionally as they learn to pivot through these new uncharted waters.

The ALL IN GNV PIVOT Video Series is presented by Florida Credit Union with our speakers being sponsored by Cox Business.

Our first video in this series brings back our keynote speaker from our 2019 ALL IN GNV Conference & Expo, Alexa Carlin. Alexa will share with us how the onset of a worldwide pandemic has changed her personally and professionally and how she has had to pivot to succeed.
Presenting Sponsor
Speaker Sponsor
Lunch & Learn –
Marketing Refocus: Bigger Picture Thinking
Wednesday, October 21, Noon - 1 p.m.

Speaker: Ginny MacKoul, Impact Hive

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed in the evolving, dynamic landscape of digital marketing?
Do you pour endless time, effort, and money into climbing the ranks of social media but maybe lose sight of why (or what) your posting in the first place?
Do you find yourself asking "am I doing it right?"
Digital marketing has always been a complex field, but now more than ever, we've got to get back to basics and focus on the bigger picture. Join Ginny MacKoul, owner of Impact Hive, as she shares her perspective on how to stay relevant despite innumerable dynamics at play. We hope to help elevate your thinking and perspective on how marketing should be handled.
During this session, you will learn:
  • Tips for creating superb quality content
  • The importance of strategy and examples of strategy mapping
  • Additional best practices for creating a strong marketing and branding presence

This event will be held live on Zoom.

Chamber Members: Free to Attend
Sponsored by
Gainesville Chamber Leadership Book Club
Tuesday, October 20, 8 - 8:45 a.m.

Lifelong learning is what differentiates performance over time.
Join us for our next Leadership Book Club Virtual Meeting where we will be discussing the book:
Book Name: Good To Great
Author: Jim Collins

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. 

Contact Steve Cannon with any questions you may have at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com.
Leadercast Weekly Session: Bozoma Saint John
Wednesday, October 14, 8 a.m.
Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer, Endeavor

Bozoma has earned a reputation as a trailblazing executive, leading marketing efforts for Uber, Apple and Pepsi-Cola North America. She currently drives marketing campaigns across Endeavor’s global network, which operates in 30 countries with subsidiaries like IMG and UFC.
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.
Presented by
Celebrating our 20, 30 and 40-Year Anniversary Members

October is Member Appreciation Month, and we’re honoring members who are celebrating special anniversaries with us this year! We’re so grateful for all of our members, and we are happy to honor those celebrating anniversaries with us. This week, we're recognizing our members who have been with us for 20, 30 and 40 years:
20 years:
RTI Surgical
352 Inc.
Mister Paper Business Products
Abacus Learning Center
Carpet One Floor & Home
30 years:
Affiliated Engineers Southeast, Inc.
Sam’s Club
Alachua County Library District Headquarters
40 years:
Alachua County Medical Society
Southeast Car Agency
WW Gay Mechanical Contractor
Emmer Development Corp
UF Health - Shands
Member Appreciation Month is presented by
Digital Advertising Opportunity
When searching for business, services and an overall feel to an area, people look to the Greater Gainesville Chamber. We are excited to now offer our members a limited number of Digital Advertising opportunities available on our website, newsletter and Chamber lobby display.

For information contact Steve Cannon at stevec@gainesvillechamber.com.
The Census is Back!
Deadline extended again to Halloween - October 31

The U.S. Census will conclude on Halloween—October 31—and so we actually have 18 more days to ensure we capture every last one of the federal dollars and congressional representation to which we are entitled. Remember, Alachua County lost out on an estimated $390 million dollars this past decade, because of our Census undercount. Now more than ever, it is imperative we are all counted. In Alachua County, we are inching forward each week, with 66% of individuals counted, ahead of the state of Florida at 63.6% but a smidge behind the nation as a whole at 66.8%.
Your Chamber President/CEO Eric Godet stopped by local radio recently to help get the word out. Listen to his message here and share with your employees, co-workers, friends and family, especially those in the Butler Plaza, Innovation Square, UF’s Sorority Row and Waldo areas, which are running behind the rest of the county. To wrap up the count, Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted, and in December, the Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Visit www.2020census.gov for all the information you need to complete your census. Let’s close out this challenging year strong—our hospitals, schools, fire departments, social service agencies and businesses depend on it. Remember, We’re Still Counting on You, Alachua County!
Learn the 2020 Ballot Amendments

An important part of the 2020 election lies down ticket in our state and local elections and amendments. This synopsis is aimed to help you figure out where you stand on the amendments so that you can be informed and prepared when you cast your ballot.

For information on the local and statewide amendments, visit our 2020 Amendment Primer.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3

As you know, one key step to ensuring the business voice is heard is to become informed on the issues that matter to our community and to vote. Though the pandemic has necessitated a new way of doing many things, we are committed to helping you make your voice heard. Candidate interviews for local races will be updated and posted on our website in the coming weeks.
Your vote matters. Note these important dates for the November 3rd election:
  • Last day to register to vote: Monday, October 5
  • Early voting takes place: Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 31
  • Deadline to request a mail-in ballot: Saturday, October 24 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 3
  • Deadline to return mail-in ballots: Tuesday, November 3 by 7:00 p.m.
For more information about this election, a list of candidates on the ballot and voting procedures—including adjustments due to the pandemic—visit the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website at www.votealachua.com or call the office at 352-374-5252.
Youth Leadership Awards

Nominations for the LYFEhouse Youth Leadership Awards are now open! The award celebrates teens who exemplify leadership qualities in their daily lives, whether at school, home or in the community. Do you work or live with an outstanding youth who you would like to uplift and encourage? Nominate them and tell us why you believe they are leaders.
To qualify for a Youth Leadership Award, a nominee must be a current middle or high school student in Alachua County, Florida.  
Exhibited character traits must include, but are not limited to; 
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Discipline
  • Passion
  • Advocacy
  • Support
  • Integrity
  • Positivity
So, nominate a deserving youth for the LYFEhouse Youth Leadership Awards today by submitting a nomination form here.
LYFEhouse is fully committed to building community by providing exceptional and affordable personal, professional development programs to youth, families, and the agencies that serve them.
Local student wins national recognition for essay

An Eastside High School student is one of just a handful of winners of a nationwide essay grant competition for student-athletes.

Senior Nylee Alston’s essay was among ten chosen for top honors out of more than 1000 entrants to the United States Tennis Association Foundation’s National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) competition. Her selection includes a $5000 award.

For the last five years, Nylee has been involved with Aces in Motion (AIM), a free after-school program for middle and high school students that according to its website “promotes academic achievement, life skills development and healthy lifestyles,” primarily through tennis, but also through such activities as college trips, tutoring, and other enrichment activities. AIM is a chapter of the NJTL Network.

“The program and the coaches really push you to be the best you can be,” said Nylee. “It’s helped me feel more confident.”
StartGNV announces Lauren Asmus as full-time director

The startGNV Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the appointment of Lauren Asmus as the organization’s new full-time Director. Lauren Asmus succeeds Lauren Hemingway, Program Director for the Tech Talent Initiative.
“The placement of a full-time staff position is a growth milestone for startGNV, allowing us to continue to expand our organizational capacity and community impact. Lauren Asmus’s strong background in community relations and project management is a great asset and we are so excited to welcome her to the team,” says Aidan Augustin, startGNV Board President and Co-Founder and President of Feathr.
Lauren Asmus brings nine years of experience as a communications and public outreach strategist, serving a diverse array of corporate and nonprofit clients. She specializes in community organizing, public relations, and public affairs. She moved to Gainesville in 2019, where she served as the Communications Director for CareerSource North Central Florida. After completing her Master’s Degree in Communications and Media at Florida State University, Asmus served two years as an Americorps Volunteer in Service to America in Billings, Montana.
WCJB's Alan Chatman Named one of the Top 10 Local TV Leaders

WCJB TV20 congratulates Alan Chatman, VP/GM WCJB TV20, for being named one of the top 10 local TV leaders by Radio and Television Business Report. Chatman is a University of Florida graduate and has been at the ABC affiliate serving Gainesville, since joining as GSM in 1994. In May 2017, Chatman was promoted to VP/GM, while keeping GSM duties. That elevation in rank came as Gray Television completed its acquisition of WCJB TV20 from Diversified Communications. WCJB TV20 in Gainesville is known for being the first local station to have a news department and has been the dominate news leader for almost 50 years. Today, it offers The CW and MeTV on digital multicast channels tied to WCJB TV20.

WCJB TV20 VP and GM Alan Chatman said” “Wow! I am humbled, honored and thankful to have been selected by my peers as one of the Top Local TV Leaders by RBR+TVBR! I have never been one for personal accolades. For me it has always been about the success of my teammates/employees and the company I represent. I am blessed to have spent my entire 39-year career working in a profession I enjoy and love … broadcasting!”

WCJB TV20 Creative Services Director Matt Hunter said: “Alan has been a great leader for TV20 and empowers his managers to run their departments. He welcomes our opinions and really makes everyone feel like a part of the team. I believe a big part of his success is his passion for broadcast television and his vision of where television is and where it is going.“
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year, more than 279,000 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, but you may be surprised to learn that several common beliefs about breast cancer are, in fact, myths.

Educating yourself about risk factors for breast cancer can be one of the most powerful ways to help prevent it. That’s why so much of what the American Cancer Society does is dedicated to helping people learn how to reduce their risk of breast cancer and understand the importance of regular screenings. Mammograms can often find or detect breast cancer early, when it’s small and even before a lump can be felt.

Knowing the facts can help save lives. The more you know about your risk for breast cancer and things you can do that might help lower your risk, the more you can advocate for your own health. As we head into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please forward this email to someone you care about who would benefit from this information.
How to Prepare your Business for Compound Disasters
by Scott Fouts, Hub International

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact and disrupt businesses - and we begin to prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires again - businesses are considering what a compound disaster could do to their operations.

A compound disaster refers to two or more catastrophic events leading to increasingly complex response and recovery challenges, as each disaster amplifies the effect of the other.

There’s no playbook for how to respond to a natural disaster in the backdrop of a pandemic. Now is the time to assess and adjust your business preparedness plan accordingly. Use the following checklist to re-evaluate and update your current preparedness plans ahead of a potential compound disaster.
ABC Real Estate & Mortgage, LLC Hiring Licensed Sales Agents

ABC Real Estate & Mortgage is hiring motivated sales agents that want to work PT or FT. This is a ground level opportunity to help grow and expand our business and create jobs in this area. The organization is seeking someone with good morale, character, high ethics and an affinity for helping people. If you're interested, please call 863-255-0248.