September 10, 2019
 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez
Monday, September 16, 11:30am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Suite 100, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez to the Chamber on Monday, September 16. Ed will provide an update on developments at UF Health and a Q&A will follow his remarks. These popular member-exclusive luncheons fill up quickly - register today!
The Distinguished Speaker Lunch is sponsored by the UF Health Doug Williams Executive Health Program.
 Lunch & Learn: Brand You
Wednesday, September 11, Noon - 1pm
Saint Leo University
4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville
Presented by the Team at Nationwide Insurance
This workshop will provide you with the tools to build and enhance your personal and professional brand. You will learn three key strategies to strengthen your brand.
By attending this presentation, you will:
1) Discover who you are and your current brand
2) Create your personal brand building action list
3) Learn how to execute your personal brand strategy

We look forward to seeing you there!
Presented by Carr, Riggs and Ingram
Join us as we celebrate the Grand Reopening and new location for Tijuana Flats in Butler Plaza with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Friday, September 13, 10am - 11am
Tijuana Flats at Butler North
3205 Clark Butler Blvd Unit #70

Established in 1995, Tijuana Flats is a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience featuring superior guest service and fresh made-to-order food. In Gainesville since 2001, three of their core values are community, opportunity, and fun--and no where emulates these qualities like the Greater Gainesville area does. In addition, in 2007 Tijuana Flats created the Just in Queso Foundation which has raised over $3,500,000 and donated countless hours to help those in need. Tijuana Flats also partners with local nonprofits for Spirit Nights to help raise money for the organizations and their causes.
Join us for a food, giveaways, and lunch vouchers for Chamber members.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 10:30am.

Regional Business Before Hours
Wednesday, September 25, 8 - 10am
Campus USA Credit Union
14007 NW 1st Road, Jonesville
Join us for our Annual Regional Business Before Hours Tuesday, September 25 from 8 to 10am at  Campus USA Credit Union.
If you are a member of the Alachua Chamber, the High Springs Chamber, The Hawthorne Chamber, The Gainesville Area Chamber or the Newberry-Jonesville Chamber, you are welcome to attend. This event is intended to strengthen our region by creating opportunities for members of our regional chambers to network together.
Participation in our Regional Business Before Hours is included in your Chamber Membership.  
Seating is limited to 100 people and registration is highly recommended to secure your seat.
Come build lasting business and personal relationships at our Regional Business Before Hours.
Click Here  for more information and to register.
Maximize Your Membership!
Attend Chamber 101
Tuesday, September 24, 8:30am
2814 SW 34th Street, Gainesville
New and re-engaged Chamber members are invited for a casual networking breakfast to learn more about the services included in your Chamber Membership. Attendees will interact directly with Chamber Staff, Diplomats and other new Members. Whether you just joined or have been a member for years, this is a beneficial experience for all. 
Chamber 101 is held quarterly and is open to any member who may need a refresher on their Chamber member benefits. Longstanding members are encouraged to send new employees through the program so that each company representative can fully utilize the features of their membership.
For more information or to register to attend; Click Here.  
 Chamber 101 is sponsored by:
Chamber Business After Hours Hosted by
Audi Gainesville
Thursday, September 26, 5:30pm
Audi Gainesville
1920 N Main St, Gainesville

J oin us Thursday, September 26 at 5:30PM at Audi Gainesville for Business After Hours.
Expand your business network and unwind after work by connecting with other busy professionals in a relaxed environment. Business After Hours are held at Greater Gainesville Chamber member business locations and feature networking, refreshments, giveaways and the opportunity to discover unique local businesses. Attendees build valuable new contacts and make new friends, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and come ready to have fun!
The Chamber’s staff and its enthusiastic Diplomats are available to make introductions to business decision-makers. 
Admission is Free for Greater Gainesville Chamber Members
Admission for Non-Members is $20.00
We hope to see you there!
Click Here for more information and to register.
City of Gainesville Job Fair TODAY
Tuesday, September 10, 9am - 1pm
MLK Multi-purpose Center
1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville

The following companies are among the more than 50 employers that will be participating: Gainesville Fire and Rescue, City of Gainesville, GRU, Santa Fe College, KISS 105.3 FM, Alachua County Sheriff, AAA Auto South, Alachua County, Infinite Energy, Enterprise DRU, TempForce . Available positions for these companies can be found at
Join us for a Reverse Job Fair for Own Your Future (OYF) Business Bootcamp Graduates! 
Wednesday, October 2, 9am - Noon
Gainesville Career Center
10 NW 6th Street, Gainesville

Why OYF Graduates? People who can run their own business make better employees. OYF teaches the entrepreneurship mindset to all participants looking to start their own business or advance their careers. Whether it's client relationships, finance, or branding, our participants are well-versed in the mechanics of running a business and consequently will do a better job working for yours.
What is a Reverse Job Fair? During a Reverse Job Fair, the tables are turned! Job seekers are invited to set up a table with copies of their resume, and other visuals that demonstrate why they are a great candidate. Employers are invited to come and visit job seekers' tables, where potential candidates can pitch their experience and highlight their strengths and skills. 
Reverse Job Fairs are a win-win for everyone. Employers can walk into a room full of candidates with similar skill sets, set up multiple interviews in a short time frame, and learn things that might not have been discussed in a traditional interview or application. Job seekers can show off their unique style and have access to multiple job opportunities. 
Here’s how it will work:
  1. Employers register here.
  2. If you have specific positions you are recruiting for, complete a job order form and send it to We will add the position to which will allow both candidates for the event and job seekers from around the state of Florida to apply.
  3. For questions contact Andrea Mender, Director of Workforce Services at the Greater Gainesville Chamber. 352-334-7133 or
As a reminder, CareerSource North Central Florida hosts Recruitment Events such as this at no cost to employers or job seekers.
2019 NCF - SHRM Conference (NEW DATE)
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
  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”
How Can the Chamber Serve You better?
Take 5 minutes to let us know today!
The Chamber is preparing to serve you in 2020 and needs your input. Specifically, we are crafting our public policy agenda, exploring new ways to tell the Chamber's story and blazing new trails to connect you, our members, with the workforce you need in order to grow your business.
We know you are busy. But we sincerely hope you are willing to take 5 or so minutes today to help provide the feedback we need to serve you and help your business grow in 2020. 
Survey responses must be received by Monday, September 18th at 5 p.m.
You may provide your name, but are not required to do. All survey results will be kept anonymous.
Alachua County Supervisor of Elections receives national recognition for University of Florida partnership
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (September 9, 2019) — The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office was recognized by the Election Center for its 2018 election cycle partnership with the University of Florida. 
At its August national conference in Orlando, the Election Center awarded its Stars and Stripes Award for Outstanding Partnerships to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections.
During the 2018 election cycle, nearly 8,000 voters used the University of Florida’s J. Wayne Reitz Union to vote early, making it the third-most popular early voting site in Alachua County and the most popular early voting site on a Florida college campus. Working together, the elections office and the University of Florida created a comprehensive communications plan that made students, faculty and staff aware of the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s availability as an early voting location. 
“We are so proud to have collaborated with the University of Florida in creating a successful partnership,” Supervisor of Elections Kim A. Barton said. “Without the work of the University of Florida and Bob Graham Center for Public Service, we couldn’t have done what we did.”
Turnout among voters between the ages of 18 and 25 more than doubled compared to the last midterm election in 2014, increasing from 25.7 percent to 53.9 percent.
This the first national award the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office has received.
The Election Center, based in Katy, Texas, is also known as the National Association of Elections Officials.
For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 352-374-5252.
Please Join Us for our Alachua County Delegation Luncheon
Monday, September 23, 2019, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville

We are delighted to host a luncheon at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall  for our Alachua County Delegation—Sen. Keith Perry, Rep. Chuck Clemons, Rep. Clovis Watson and Rep. Chuck Brannon—on Monday, September 23.

The luncheon will start at 11:30 and end at 12:30, and will be an excellent opportunity to engage with them on issues of importance to you as we charge ahead to 2020. After this buffet lunch, our elected officials will proceed to the Legislative Delegation Meeting in the SFC Auditorium from 1:00 pm to 5 pm. The delegates will hear from the public on local bills.

There is no charge for this member-only event, but registration is required to attend. We look forward to seeing you on the 23.
This Alachua County Delegation Luncheon is sponsored by AT&T
Made in GNV: The Manufacturing Council's 3rd Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 5:30 - 7pm
San Felasco Tech City

To register for this open event, click here.

For more information, contact: Atticus Steinmetz at or
BioFlorida “Space to Grow” Panel Discussion & Mixer
Thursday September 12 5:30-7:30pm
San Felasco Tech City 

Host Sponsor: Emory Group Companies
Join the Northeast Chapter of BioFlorida for a continuation of the popular Panel Series at Alachua’s new San Felasco Tech City. The Space to Grow event will focus on the process of developing lab/office facilities for expanding life science companies. Topics to be addressed will include site selection, economic development incentives, facility design/engineering, construction and other pertinent topics. Our panel of experts will share Lessons Learned for both growing life science companies and maturing startup companies preparing to graduate from an incubator.


Tamara Mandell, M.Ed.
Director, Biotility
University of Florida, CERHB
Co-Chair, BioFlorida NE Chapter
· Mitch Glaeser, San Felasco Tech City, Emory Group Companies 
· Joe Limpert, Affiliated Engineers
· John Hunnicutt, Oelrich Construction
· Staci Bertrand, Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
· Brian Crawford, Concept Companies
· Ryan Sitnik, Gilbane Building Company
Moderated by: Nathalie Kinsey, Oelrich Construction & Leadership Team Member, NE Chapter
Industrial Hemp Road Tour: Newberry Event
Tuesday, September 15, 2 - 5pm
Newberry Municipal
25440 W Newberry Rd, Newberry

The Florida chapter of the Hemp Industries Association is proud to announce a statewide road tour! The tour will provide informational workshops and presentations to the community surrounding the growing opportunities within the burgeoning hemp industry.
Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm
The Rock School
9818 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville

The Greater Gainesville Chamber's Alachua County Education Compact present Ed-U-Chat hosted at The Rock School. The forum will be a discussion on the future of education. 

Jim McKenzie, Headmaster The Rock School will facilitate a Q&A with author & speaker Bill Latham on the future of education. Bill's book "Humanizing the Education Machine" is the result of studying exemplar schools across the U.S. for more than two years. Join us at The Rock School for an exciting conversation about the future of education.
Three ACPS students named semifinalists in prestigious national science competition
Alachua County Public School students continue to distinguish themselves at the national level in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
Three local students have been named semifinalists in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS competition, considered one of the most prestigious STEM competitions for middle school students. The competition is sponsored annually by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public. The semifinalists were selected from among more than 2,300 applicants.
Buchholz High School freshman Angela Gao, Eastside High School freshman Akash Verma and Gainesville High School freshman David Cagle are among Broadcom’s Top 300 MASTERS from throughout the nation. The students qualified with projects they submitted during the 2017-18 school year, when Gao and Verma were enrolled at Lincoln Middle School and Cagle was enrolled at Oak Hall.
Gao was recognized for her project ‘Evaluation and Optimization of Photocatalytic Ability of Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Contaminant Renewal.’ Verma was named semifinalist for a project called ‘A Novel Study to Evaluate the Possible Effects of RF Radiation on Human Brain Waves and Testing Innovative Strategies to Lower RF Levels from RF-Emitting Devices.’ Cagle’s project was ‘ Bullying: Does Information Influence Perception?’
This is the second year that Verma has been named a Broadcom Top 300 MASTER.
Multiple Alachua County Public School students have been named semifinalists in the program every year since its inception in 2011.
To qualify for consideration in the Broadcom MASTERS competition, students must be top performers at science fairs across the country. They must then submit an extensive online application which is reviewed by expert judges. Besides providing information about their projects, the students must submit information about their other academic achievements, extracurricular and other activities. They must also respond to essay questions to demonstrate their creativity.
Thirty of the 300 national semifinalists will be selected as finalists later this month. Those selected will travel to Washington, DC in October to compete for more than $100,000 in prizes.
SIMED Health collecting Donations for Bahamian Hurricane Dorian victims
4343 W. Newberry Rd, Suite 10, Gainesville

SIMED Health is collecting donations for the Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. Donations can be dropped off at 4343 W. Newberry Rd, Suite 10, Gainesville, FL 32607.

They will be taking items on 9/21/19 to EAMS 1020 W Cypress Creek Rd. Hangar 17, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-1952. The donations will then be flown into Marsh Harbour and affected regions.

Only items needed please: Non-perishable items (no food please)
Water                       Toilet paper            Toothbrushes/paste         Wipes
Baby wipes              Baby formula          Diaper rash cream            Baby clothes
Diapers                    Batteries                 Flashlights/solar lights    Battery radios
Sleeping bags         Towels                     Manual can opener’s       Feminine products
Shampoo/Cond     Bug repellent          Shower shoes                   Soap
Pillows                    Toiletry bags           Brushes/Combs               Razors
Florida Museum hosts "Viva Museum" September 14
Saturday, September 14, 10am - 2pm
Florida Museum
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville

Celebrate Latin American culture from 10am to 2pm on September 14 at the Florida Museum of Natural History. View Peruvian, Venezuelan, Mexican and Cuban artifacts from the museum’s ethnographic collection in celebration of the 250th anniversary of renowned scientist Alexander von Humboldt’s birth. This is a bilingual, family event. Este es un evento biligüe y familiar. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2061.
Florida Septic President
Susan Allen awarded Hawthorne Citizen of the Month
Friday - Saturday, September 13 - 14
6702 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville

Florida Septic, Inc. President Susan Allen was awarded Hawthorne's Citizen of the Month on Thursday by Mayor Matt Surrency and the Hawthorne City Council.

Allen was honored for helping in a domestic violence case that eventually led to the identification of a suspect by the Alachua County Sheriff.
 Colliers International in Gainesville Facilitates Sale and Lease of 9,101-Square-Foot Building in Grove Street Submarket

The Hatchetbury, Gainesville’s first recreational axe-throwing facility, will lease space

The Drotos Ryals Team of Colliers International in Gainesville has facilitated the sale and lease of a 9,101-square-foot building in the Grove Street submarket, located at 219 NW 8th Avenue.

The building previously housed Walker Furniture, Inc. The five-year lease will support the opening of The Hatchetbury, Gainesville’s first recreational axe throwing business.

Dan Drotos, Rory Causseaux and Mike Ryals represented all parties in the transaction: seller, Benny Ledger Walker; buyer, Stetz Partners LLC; and new tenant, Axe Evolution LLC (DBA as The Hatchetbury). The lease was executed on July 22, 2019, and the sale closed July 29, 2019. 

The redevelopment of the building will begin in September with an anticipated grand opening in December 2019. Two additional Gainesville firms, Level Architecture and Joyner Construction, have been engaged to design the facility, which will include areas for axe throwing, indoor bocce ball and a shuffleboard court.

The Hatchetbury will bring more than 20 new jobs to Gainesville, while also contributing to the evolution of Grove Street as a major urban infill site. The submarket’s combination of industrial buildings and residential neighborhoods has attracted interest from a variety of businesses in recent months. 
“As the retail industry continues to evolve, recreational concepts like The Hatchetbury are backfilling large, vacant retail spaces,” said Drotos. “Our team’s expertise in the market allowed us to bring the right people to the table to transform this once-empty space into a unique destination. Axe-throwing is growing in popularity, and we’re proud to have played a role in bringing the first concept to Gainesville.”

The Drotos Ryals Team can be reached at 352-420-9889 and on social media at @drotosryalsteam.
 United Way of North Central Florida wins two awards from statewide Public Relations organization

GAINESVILLE, FL (Sept. 5, 2019) — United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) has been recognized once again at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Annual Golden Image Awards celebration.

On Tuesday, August 6, United Way of North Central Florida won an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award at the state-wide annual FPRA Golden Image Awards celebration. An Award of Distinction is presented to entries that meet the standards of excellence set by a panel of judges in the public relations field. A Judges’ Award is presented by the judges for an outstanding entry that achieves maximum results while using a minimum amount of money.

The Online Promotion category entry focused on UWNCFL’s 2018 fundraising efforts for their ReadingPals program as a part of The Amazing Give, a 24-hour day of giving sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.
As a result of this public relations campaign, nearly $8,000 was raised for ReadingPals, UWNCFL’s early-literacy initiative that helps to improve third grade reading levels by pairing students with volunteer mentors for one hour per week throughout the school year.

FPRA’s Golden Image Awards competition included awards such as Award of Distinction, Golden Image Award, Judges’ Award, Grand Golden Image Award and Dick Pope All Florida Golden Image Award. According to FPRA’s website, “to qualify, a Golden Image entry must incorporate sound public relations research and planning.” These entries included high standards of production, execution and evaluation of results and budget.

In addition to being recognized at the state-wide competition, UWNCFL also won an Image Award, Judges’ Award and Grand Image Award at the local FPRA Gainesville Image Awards ceremony on April 18.

To learn more about UWNCFL’s ReadingPals program or to become a volunteer mentor, please visit