October 22, 2019
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 this Thursday 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. 

Proceeds to benefit The Fisher House. 

For tickets, corporate tables and more information,  click here .
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, VyStar Credit Union.
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. 
CEO InSights is sponsored by BBVA.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration: Awaken Chiropractic
Wednesday, October 23, 4:30 - 7:30pm
5200 NW 43rd Street Suite 507, Gainesville

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

Awaken Chiropractic is a neurologically based chiropractic office in the Hunters Crossing Publix Plaza. Using state of the art technology to assess the nervous system and get to the root cause of your health challenges, Awaken Chiropractic focuses on pediatrics as well as maternal care and love serving the whole family. Their experienced team has seen ear infections, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, colic, asthma, digestion issues, infertility, thyroid issues and many more ailments improve from being under care. 
Awaken Chiropractic looks forward to serving you, your family, and all of your friends with the most specific, gentle, and scientific chiropractic corrective care.  

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

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:30pm.

Click Here for more information.
Lunch & Learn: Humility & Emotional Connection – 
The Critical Ingredients to Long Term Business Success
Wednesday, November 6, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville

Presented by : Dr. Christina Oliva, DNP, ARNP-C, M-CAP, PMHNP-ca
CEO - Natural Healing of North Central Florida

Description:    When companies connect with customers’ emotions, the payoff can be huge. Given the enormous opportunity to create new value, companies should pursue emotional connections as a science—and a strategy. True connection is no longer a mystery—it’s a new source of real competitive advantage and growth. It might also even revolutionize our perceptions of the world we have created as well! 

Objectives covered will include:
1. The paradoxical power of humility
2. The science of consumer emotions (“emotional motivators” that drive consumer behavior)
3. How “emotionally intelligent” are you & how might that impact the consumer experience?
4. Examples of humility & emotional connection
5. Displaying humility alongside confidence 
Lunch & Learns are sponsored by Carr, Riggs & Ingram.
 Save the Date for the 2019 Business Awards!
Business Awards
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 – 8:30pm
UF Hilton

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 will be available on the Chamber website starting Wednesday morning.
The 2019 Business Awards are sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.
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.
Santa Fe College Fall Job Fair
Wednesday, October 30, 9am - Noon
3000 NW 83rd Street, Building R, Room 001, Gainesville
2019 NCF - SHRM Conference
Thursday, November 14, 7:30am
CareerSource North Central Florida | Gainesville Career Center
10 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville
Huntington Learning Center Recruiting Event
Wednesday, October 23, 2 - 5pm
CareerSource North Central Florida | Gainesville Career Center
10 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville

Huntington Learning Center will be hiring for multiple openings of:

Assistant Director JOB# 11061554
Learning Center Teacher JOB# 11061577
Exam Prep Teacher JOB# 11061598

To Apply:

  1. Go to www.employflorida.com
  2. Log in or register as a new job seeker.
  3. Search for job order # (listed above) and complete the referral process.
  4. Attend the event at CareerSource NCFL in Gainesville with your resume, and college diploma or transcript. If applicable, please bring teacher certification.

Please dress for success:
No jeans, shorts, hats, or flip-flops.

Need help registering or preparing for the event?
Contact us at 352.955.2245 before the event and we can help.
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”
Join us on November 18 for our 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. These popular luncheons fill up quickly - register today !
Distinguished Speaker Luncheons are sponsored by UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health.
District reaches tentative agreement with teachers, educational support professionals to increase salaries
All teachers and educational support professionals (ESPs) in Alachua County Public Schools will receive salary increases this year based on a tentative agreement reached by negotiators for both the district and the Alachua County Education Association (ACEA), which represents those employees.

Under the agreement, salaries for teachers would rise another 2% in addition to the 1.5% ‘step’ increases that nearly all teachers are also receiving for this year. Steps are annual salary increases based on years of experience and performance evaluations. 

Many teachers will also receive additional pay increases based on such factors as where they teach and any supplemental activities they take on, such as coaching, serving as department heads, sponsoring certain clubs, etc.

An additional $300,000 has been set aside for teacher bonuses. The ACEA will determine how to distribute those funds, with the plan to be approved by the School Board.

The new agreement, along with annual step increases, represents a total boost in pay for most teachers of 9% over the last two years. During the last school year, the average teacher salary of $45,215 placed ACPS 44 th among the state’s 67 school districts. That’s up from a ranking of 55 th in the 2017-18 school year and 62 nd eight years ago. The new average teacher salary and rankings for ACPS and all Florida districts will be calculated at the end of the school year.

The district’s ESPs, a group which includes paraprofessionals, food service workers, custodians, clerical staff and many other employees will receive a salary increase of 60 cents per hour, which represents an average of about 4.3% That brings the minimum wage to $11.57 an hour, an increase of more than 8% over the last two years.
Community Foundation of North Central Florida hosting 9th Annual Legacy Awards
S November 7, 11:30am - 1pm
Best Western Gateway Grand
1920 N Main Street, Gainesville

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida is hosting the ninth annual Legacy Awards on November 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand. Join us as we honor those who have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy in the North Central Florida community. The 2019 Legacy Awards honorees are: 

Donor Award: Dr. Howard and Laurel Freeman and Carolyne Freeman, STOP! Children's Cancer

Professional Advisor Award: WJ Rossi, CFP, ChFC, Koss Olinger

Nonprofit Professional Award: Dr. Maggie Labarta, Meridian

Young Philanthropist Award: Sayers Grooms, Watch Me Run

Tickets can be purchased here.
Colliers International in Gainesville Facilitates Lease for Florida Surgery Consultants, LLC
Lease will support company’s expansion to Alachua County

October 21, 2019 — Gainesville, Fla. — The Drotos Ryals Team of Colliers International in Gainesville has facilitated a lease on behalf of Florida Surgery Consultants, LLC. The company has taken occupancy of a 1,647-square-foot building in the Springhill Professional Center, located at 3760 NW 83rd Street, Suite 3, effective October 1, 2019.

Dan Drotos, Rory Causseaux, Mike Ryals and Lauren Edwards represented the tenant and the landlord in the transaction. The lease will support Florida Surgery Consultants’ expansion to Alachua County. The company currently operates seven other locations throughout Florida.

Florida Surgery Consultants is a team of Board Certified surgeons who are trained in procedures across a variety of disciplines, including neurological, orthopedic, interventional and plastic surgery. The company added three positions to staff its Gainesville office, which opened on October 3. Dr. Donna Saatman, M.D., serves as the office’s lead full-time, Board Certified neurosurgeon.

“As the medical field continues to grow in Florida, companies like Florida Surgery Consultants have unique real estate needs,” said Drotos. “Our team was able to identify a turn-key office solution that previously housed a dialysis clinic. Florida Surgery Consultants’ services are a natural fit for the Springhill Professional Center, and we are proud to welcome them to the community.” 

The Drotos Ryals Team can be reached at 352-420-9889 and on social media at @drotosryalsteam.

For more information about Florida Surgery Consultants, visit FloridaSurgeryConsultants.com.
New Members

Baila Caliente

CAMPUS USA Credit Union

Charles Berg Enterprises, Inc.

Cone Distributing, Inc.

DaVita Gainesville -  Newberry Dialysis

Gore-Rabell Real Estate, Inc.

GSE Engineering & Consulting, Inc.

Henderson Land Trust

Hotel Indigo

Kid City USA

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

LongHorn Steakhouse

Regions Bank - Archer Road

Thornebrook Gallery

Renewing Members

Gainesville Holiday Lights

Kara Bolton Homes, Inc

Metro Diner
 Meridian’s Inaugural Kindness Matters Event in Honor of World Mental Health Day Goal: increase mental health education, awareness, and advocacy

Gainesville, Fla. – On Thursday, October 10th, 2019, Meridian, the region’s leading wellness provider, along with NAMI Gainesville and Gainesville Opportunity Center, held its inaugural Kindness Matters event in honor of World Mental Health Day. This Gainesville-based event encouraged community members through word of mouth and various social media sites to do something kind for another person during World Mental Health Day.

Leading up to the Kindness Matters event, Meridian’s staff and volunteers held a complementary dog wash at Squirrel Ridge’s dog park. Gainesville Opportunity Center painted a mural at the Gainesville Marketplace garden. NAMI Gainesville headed to the University of Florida on the 10th to hand out educational brochures to the students along with sweet snacks.

The Facebook event made over 1000 impressions and many supporters posted their act of kindness on October 10th throughout the day. One person wrote letters to all of her students sharing her appreciation of them. Another person bought coffee for a stranger. And one individual even offered free tech repair to anyone who got their request in by October 10th.

Preparations are already underway for next year’s Kindness Matters 2020! The Facebook eventis live and interest is growing every day. Follow along as participants share their “not-so- random” acts of kindness leading up to a 2020’s World Mental Health Day, which conveniently falls on a Saturday, so you can expect Meridian to host a momentous event! Details to come.

To learn more about Meridian and this event, please call Stephanie Esposito, Director of Partnerships and Engagement, at 352.213.8306 x8630.
Dance Marathon at UF Aims to Raise $650,000 in 26.2 Hours

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– During each Fall semester, Dance Marathon at the University of Florida holds a 26.2-hour fundraising initiative known as Transform Today. On this day, students aim to unite the campus and community to raise both funds and awareness for the patients at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, Gainesville’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, Dance Marathon at UF raised $626,602.22 in 26.2 hours during Transform Today. This year, DM at UF’s goal is to raise $650,000.00 from Oct. 22 at 8:00 a.m. to Oct. 23 at 10:12 a.m. The 26.2-hour time frame represents the 26.2 hours that Dancers will stand at Dance Marathon’s main Event in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on March 28-29, 2020.

Every dollar raised during Transform Today will contribute to DM at UF’s 2020 grand total, which will benefit UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the state’s premier pediatric health center. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides thorough and innovative care at the highest quality and service, in partnership with patient families, healthcare teams and communities. Donations raised by DM at UF are instrumental in providing research, education, equipment and programs that make UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital a leader in pediatric care.

Throughout Transform Today, students remain dedicated to fundraising because of the courage and tenacity of the children with illnesses - who continue to face each day with a smile, despite how challenging their fight may be. Transform Today serves as an opportunity for the UF campus, the Gainesville community and other college and high school students across Florida to rise as one movement fighting to end childhood illness. This fundraising push ignites action throughout the state, while also setting the foundation for consistent fundraising, dedication and inspiration throughout the year.

The total amount raised during Transform Today will be revealed at Dance Marathon at UF’s annual Halloween celebration, Moralloween, on Oct. 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Flavet Field on UF’s campus. Tickets are $5 on the DM at UF online store on our website and $7 at the door. Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
 Make a Strong Impression Every Time You Speak!

In Florida, you can find excellent professional speakers with impressive credentials and experience. How did they achieve their skills? And can you become as good as they are?

Understanding the mechanics and fundamentals of professional speaking is essential to becoming a dynamic, powerful speaker.  If you’re already dynamic and powerful, learning additional skills will help you shine even more when you get up in front of a group of people.

And what if you’re afraid or avoid speaking in front of others like traffic on University Avenue right before a big Gators home game’? Then you just haven’t gotten the specific information you need to turn fear or nerves into energy and power. We are wired to avoid discomfort; getting a bit comfortable being uncomfortable sets you up for great success.

Speaking skills give you an edge, an advantage of being perceived as more intelligent, promotable and interesting. 

Here are five tips guaranteed to make you a more effective speaker:

1.    Always involve your audience. Whether you ask them to raise their hand following your question or turn to each other to respond to something, always get them involved almost immediately. It offers an incredible number of benefits including you can relax—the emphasis is off you—and the audience will feel more engaged.

2.    Always pause for two to three seconds before you start speaking. This allows you to learn you don’t have to rush to answer, helping you feel more comfortable, and it teaches your audience you are comfortable and don’t have to fill the silence with those annoying ums and uhs we hear from uncomfortable or nervous speakers.

3.    Rehearse the first 15 seconds to the first couple of minutes the most. The reason is simple, you are the most nervous at the beginning of a presentation and this is when you make your first impression. Grab the audience at the beginning and regardless of what happens later, they will be on your side, you’ve already won them over. If you don’t grab them at the beginning then you’ll be playing catch-up, trying to win them over throughout your entire speech.

4.    Be memorable. Say or do something that is not in the norm. As an example, I use sleight-of-hand because people are visual learners and throwing in a bit of magic sets the stage for the unpredictable. Nothing will put a group to sleep faster than predictability.

5.    Never memorize a presentation. Learn in simple chunks so regardless of what happens, you will be able to remember where you were in a presentation, and then rehearse/practice as much as you can. Rule of thumb is one hour for every minute you speak.

There are many tools to help you become a better speaker, and it’s definitely worth the effort. Look for information on my speaking skills workshop in the spring. You can always work with me one-on-one as well. Advantages include:

·      Awareness of where you need to improve- we can’t see ourselves (alternative-video yourself)
·      Learn at your own pace
·      Tailored to your needs and strengths
·      Increase your skill level in all aspects of speaking

Roscoe Drummond was credited for saying the mind is an amazing thing, it starts working the second you’re born and never stops until you get up to speak in public! Speaking can be fun, and it’s an excellent tool; you just never know when you’ll be asked to stand up and speak. All you need is to be prepared!

Support Eric Godet in American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink Campaign

Why I Wear Pink

Breast cancer affects everyone - it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman. That's why I'm stepping up to fight breast cancer with all I have. Since I'm in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so. By raising money and awareness through Real Men Wear Pink, I'm helping to save more lives from breast cancer.

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Every day, the American Cancer Society is saving more lives from breast cancer than ever before. They're helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early, when it's easier to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it. They fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and they're working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.