October 8, 2019
See you this Wednesday! 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 join us at First Magnitude Brewery for our third Annual Member Appreciation Party!

This is a free event for all Chamber members and their employees.

Enjoy complimentary beer from First Magnitude Brewery and delicious food from Mi Apa Latin Café.

Elio Piedra will be providing the entertainment.

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!

We look forward to seeing you and your entire team tomorrow night.

RSVP  here.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, First Federal Bank.
Join us for Business Before Hours 
Tuesday, October 8, 8:30 - 10am
Peaceful Paths
2100 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville

Join us TODAY, October 8 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.
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.
Newberry High School College Career and Trade Day
Wednesday, October 9
Newberry High School
400 W 258th Street, Newberry
Education Partners:

  • Santa Fe College (Multiple Programs)
  • Florida Gateway College –(Multiple Programs)
  • University of Florida Center of Excellence
  • University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation
  • Perry Center for Emerging Technologies
  • North Florida Technical College (Multiple Programs)
  • Marion Technical College - Fire Program
  • Summit Salon Academy
  • Florida School of Massage
  • ACSO Detention Academy and Tele communicator Academy
  • All divisions of the Armed Forces 
  • Life Ready Program
Business Partners:

  • Clay Electric
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Ashton Biological Preserve
  • Newberry Animal Hospital
  • Argos
  • Pickett LLC
  • Inspired Energy
  • City of Newberry Planning Department
  • Pain Solutions Massage Therapy
  • Lancaster Correctional Institution
  • Newberry Branch Library
  • Newberry Fire Department
  • Quick Care Medical Center
  • Oelrich Construction
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
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”
Info Tech®, Inc. Launches New Company Brand as Infotech

Info Tech, Inc., a Gainesville-born company who has bridged innovation and integrity for over 40 years, recently launched a new company brand and website. Previously Info Tech, the company bridged info and tech together to create the new brand name Infotech.

The updated Infotech brand aligns its visual identity with the overall company goals and unifies its two lines of business under one parent company brand. The new brand reflects who Infotech is as one company, which includes both Infotech Systems and Infotech Consulting.

“Over the last 40 years, Infotech has built an enduring reputation for using data and technology to bring transparency, integrity and efficiency to everyone we serve,” Jamie McClave Baldwin, President of Infotech Consulting, said. “Our new brand not only showcases our strength of bridging innovation and integrity, but shows that our past, present and future are all tied to the same goal of continuing to lead the way in the industries we serve.”

The symbolism behind the bridge in the logo unites Infotech’s two businesses as well as the dual spirit of integrity and innovation present since the company’s founding in 1977. In addition to a new brand name and company logo, Infotech launched a modern corporate website on www.infotechinc.com. Redesigned with the user experience in mind, users can now view the company’s products and services through interactive product pages, download product resources and explore the company’s history throughout a dynamic timeline.

“While our look has changed, our customer service, products and commitment to our customers will never change,” Will McClave, President of Infotech Systems, said. “Our new brand better communicates who we are to our customers, and reinforces that through technology and data analysis, we are committed to providing solutions to some of the most complicated problems our customers face.”
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!
 National DEA Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 26, 10am - 2pm
Locations below

The Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition is partnering with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host a National DEA Drug Take Back Day Event at 4 locations in Alachua County on Saturday, October 26th from 10 am to 2 pm. 
The four locations are:
Alachua County Library Partnership Branch
912 NE 16th Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601

Willie Mae Stokes Community Center
355 NW 6th Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601

Hitchcock's Markets
15560 NW US Hwy 441,
Alachua, FL 32615

12859 FL-US,
Archer, FL 32618

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. We are hoping to provide this opportunity to the community to safely dispose of unwanted and expired prescription and over the counter medications and learn about safe disposal. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to everyone, especially in the rural areas where there are not many resources. We can accept any pill, liquids, and patches, however we cannot accept needles or sharps such as epi pens or aerosol/compressed cans such as inhalers or sprays.

For more information please visit:  www.DEATakeBack.com  or contact Francellette Garcia at hpwcoalition@gmail.com .
Scorpio Completes Renovation of Norman Hall

Scorpio has reached a major milestone in the renovation to the UF College of Education’s historic home – Norman Hall. Floors one, two and three have been completely renovated and classes and administration have returned home after relocating approximately 12 months ago. Areas of the building are nearly unrecognizable, thanks to the incredible work of hundreds of craft and tradesmen and women restoring this historic structure to its original grandeur. The remaining renovations and additions to the Ground Floor and the new Conference Center space adjacent to Norman will be complete in November.

This is the first-ever major improvement project in Norman Hall’s 85-year history.

The intense renovations and repairs included an overhaul of the historic building’s infrastructure, a new roof, windows, plumbing, electrical system, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, flooring, along with the removal of asbestos and lead paint.

The improvements also include adding many student-centered features, such as configurable classrooms and meeting spaces, more space to boost research capacity, and installing electrical outlets to support student technology needs.
New Members

Collective & Co.

Dave Mays Automotive

Houchens Consulting

Huntington Learning Center

North Florida Integrative Medicine

North Florida Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics

Property Maintenance Solutions, LLC


Repaint the Wall

TNT Graphics

Renewing Members

AKEA, Inc.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Allen Enterprises of Gainesville, Inc.

AT&T - Florida

Brammer Bio

Chandler, Lang, Haswell & Cole, P.A.

CoAdvantage - Craig Cash

Community Bank & Trust of Florida

Contemporary Management Concepts

Earthwise Pet

Embers Prime Steaks Wood Grill

Family Focus Eye Care

Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries

Genius Entertainment

Hamilton Lock & Safe

Ilene's Gator Store

Instant Imprints

Jefferson Maxey Consulting

Juliette Falls Golf Community

Keller Williams Gainesville Realty Partners

McCoy Mini Storage

My Healthcare Federal Credit Union

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Oaks Jewelry

PHOS Creative

Shores Animal Hospital & Prestige Pet Resort & Spa

Small Business Development Center

The Elegant Office


UF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

UF Health - Shands

Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes

Wise's  Pharmacy
Gainesville Sports Commission Golf Classic
Saturday, November 15, 8:30am
Ironwood Golf Course
2100 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville

Join us on November 15 for the 30th Annual Gainesville Sports Commission Golf Classic!

Come out and support your local sports commission! Join us for an exciting day of golf, fun, food provided by Gators Den Sports Grill and Bojangles, prizes, and friendly competition at Ironwood Golf Course on November 15, 2019 with a shotgun start at 8:30AM! Complimentary beverages on the course will be provided by Burkhardt.

This is the GSC’s sole fundraiser for the year. The proceeds from the golf classic allows us to continue our mission of fostering economic impact and promoting tourism for Alachua County through quality sporting events! This tournament will help us host and fund the FHSAA Cheer and Track & Field State Championships, U.S. Archery National Indoor Championship, USSSA Baseball, Gator Soccer Showcase, Babe Ruth Fastpitch World Series Qualifier, and Sunshine State Games Swimming, Archery, Synchronized Swimming and Fencing, just to name a few.
Registration is easy!  Click Here   to register online. Spots will fill up quickly, first come, first pay, first play!
Single Player - $100
Foursome - $350
Foursome & Hole Sponsorship - $500
Hole Sponsorship - $200
Other sponsorship options ranging from $200 - $1,000 are available.
The Gainesville Sports Commission looks forward to working with you to market and promote your business or organization by joining us on November 15!
Please visit our website for more details or to register online  here.
 Oak Hall School Fall for the Arts Homecoming Night and Davis Raffle
Saturday, November 15, 8:30am
Oak Hall School
1700 SW 75th St, Gainesville

There will be bounce houses, a Live Jukebox, painting, Alumni Spirit Station, spaghetti dinner, and more! Stay for the homecoming football game and cheer on the Eagles. At halftime, they will honor alumni from the 1979 District Championship team. 

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner from Napolatano's Restaurant (purchase required), purchase a song to sing with our Oak Hall musicians, or paint with the Art faculty.

For more information, go to www.oakhall.org/give/fundraiser or email rjohnson@oakhall.org.
Minority & Indigenous New Age Integrative Health Summit
Wednesday - Friday, November 5 - 7
Santa Fe CIED
530 W University Ave, Gainesville

Free Admission

Featuring local health professionals and experts speaking on the panel addressing specific minority health concerns

November 5 - Health Concerns of the African, Hispanic, Native American & Indigenous Diaspora

November 6 - Interactive Workshops

November 7 - Health Concerns of the Asiatic Diaspora & LGBTQ Culture