A 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce
September 22, 2020
COMMUNITY NEWS
Join us tomorrow for Crossroads: Exploring intersections in race and business
Wednesday, September 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Since we began Crossroads in June, we’ve gotten many questions from businesses about how to increase and sustain diversity in their companies. During Wednesday’s episode of Crossroads, we will explore tried-and-true local programs that can help you strengthen and diversify your talent strategy, while also brightening futures of local youth who may be at-risk.

Hear from City of Gainesville Commissioner Harvey Ward (District 2), Florida Senator Keith Perry, B.O.L.D. Program Manager Steven Belk and Shea’s Glass General Manager Flint McClintock on how these strategies are working in in local businesses and lives.

We have formatted this series to connect businesses, professionals, and the community with expert perspective, best practices and a safe space to productively comment and ask questions without having to be identified. The event is open to businesses, employees and the community. Click here to submit a fully anonymous question in advance of the event.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register here 
UPCOMING EVENT
51st Annual NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals takes place this weekend
Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27

As one of the sport’s most prestigious events, the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals has been host to record- and barrier-breaking passes in its five-decade run, including the first 300-mph Top Fuel pass in 1992 and the first 200-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle pass. An all-concrete racing surface debuted in 2019, further cementing the facility as one of the best in the country.

This event, usually held in March but moved to September this year, is still one of the sport’s most revered, has entertained fans for decades with such notables as the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, in 1986 and 1992, respectively.

Click on nhra.com/fans for rules, requirements, and guidelines for spectators.
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the TICKETS button or by calling 800-884-NHRA (6472)
MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Andrea Mender Joins Membership Team

Join us in welcoming Andrea Mender as our new Member Engagement Manager. As our previous Director of Workforce Services Andrea worked to educate companies about opportunities to support their talent needs. She is a native West Virginian and is passionate about helping communities thrive for future generations. She is excited to bring her experience in community engagement and program management to support our members in achieving their business goals through their Chamber membership.
UPCOMING EVENT
Leadercast Weekly Session: Amy Jo Martin
Wednesday, September 30, 8 a.m.
 
Named one of the most powerful women on Twitter by Forbes, Amy Jo helps people and businesses revolutionize their brand. She is an author of Renegades Write the Rules, host of the acclaimed Why Not Now? podcast and founder of the intensive training Renegade Brand Bootcamp for businesswomen. Digital Media Pioneer and Best-Selling Author
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, September 25 at 11:00 p.m.
Presented by
POLICY UPDATE
Recap: Distinguished Speaker
UF Chief Operating Officer Dr. Charlie Lane
 
The Chamber hosted University of Florida Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Dr. Charlie Lane at our virtual Distinguished Speaker event on Monday, September 21. Dr. Lane’s comprehensive presentation detailed UF’s response to the pandemic and efforts to keep students, faculty and staff and the community safe. Dr. Lane also shared the many projects at various stages of development happening on campus, including the new Hotel Eleo and Florida Ballpark, as well as upgrades and additions to residence academic buildings. He told the large audience who tuned in via Zoom what he and his family enjoy most about Gainesville—having come to us from southern California—and expressed appreciation for the leadership and patience our community has shown in weathering the pandemic.
 
The Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Distinguished Speaker Luncheons bring prominent leaders to engage with Chamber members in a small, informal setting. These distinguished leaders–which have included policymakers and leaders at the local, state and national level—provide Chamber members perspectives on a wide range of topics of interest to our community.
The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series is sponsored by:
CENSUS UPDATE
Census Countown:
8 Days!
The 2020 Census concludes September 30

Census for 2020 is still scheduled to close on September 30 and so we have just 8 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 65.5% counted, ahead of the state of Florida at 62.9% and but a little behind the nation as a whole at 66.1%.
 
Your Chamber President/CEO Eric Godet stopped by local radio recently to help get the word out. 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!
VOTING UPDATE
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.
UPCOMING EVENT
2020 East Gainesville Initiative Forum
Thursday, September 24, 6 p.m.

Advanced registration required. Visit www.sfcollege.edu/egi to sign up.

Discussing EGI's Annual Report and updates on the college's recent and future outreach efforts in East Gainesville. Speakers include Santa Fe College leadership: Dr. Karen Cole-Smith, EGI Executive Director, Dr. Naima Brown, VP of Student Affairs and college President Dr. Paul Broadie.
EDUCATION UPDATE
Take Stock in Children Applications now being accepted

Take Stock in Children applications for fall 2020 are now being accepted!

The Education Foundation of Alachua County’s Take Stock in Children Program provides deserving low-income children in Alachua County with college or vocational-technical scholarships and an adult mentor to meet with them once per week at school. In addition, each student is assigned to a Take Stock in Children College Success Coach who monitors their school performance and mentor meetings. Students are selected between 7th and 8th grade and must sign contracts promising to remain crime and drug free, maintain satisfactory grades and exhibit good behavior.

Applications for 7th and 8th grade students are now open! 

To be eligible to apply for Take Stock in Children, students must:
·     Attend an Alachua County Public School
·     Be in 7th or 8th grade
·     Have a 2.5 GPA and above
·     Be in good standing with academics, behavior and attendance

If you know of any 7th or 8th graders who fit the criteria, please provide them with the application and income eligibility guidelines.

The deadline for 7th and 8th graders to apply is October 23, 2020

Applications can now be completed digitally through ScriptApp. Families can access the digital Take Stock in Children student application here.

To request a paper application, please email cherryap@gm.sbac.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Services Coordinator Au'Vian Cherry at cherryap@gm.sbac.edu.

For more information, please click here.
EDUCATION UPDATE
NHRA Youth & Education Services Program

Take Stock in Children applications for fall 2020 are now being accepted!

The Education Foundation of Alachua County’s Take Stock in Children Program provides deserving low-income children in Alachua County with college or vocational-technical scholarships and an adult mentor to meet with them once per week at school. In addition, each student is assigned to a Take Stock in Children College Success Coach who monitors their school performance and mentor meetings. Students are selected between 7th and 8th grade and must sign contracts promising to remain crime and drug free, maintain satisfactory grades and exhibit good behavior.
 
Applications for 7th and 8th grade students are now open! 
 
To be eligible to apply for Take Stock in Children, students must:
·     Attend an Alachua County Public School
·     Be in 7th or 8th grade
·     Have a 2.5 GPA and above
·     Be in good standing with academics, behavior and attendance
 
If you know of any 7th or 8th graders who fit the criteria, please provide them with the application and income eligibility guidelines.
 
The deadline for 7th and 8th graders to apply is October 23, 2020
 
Applications can now be completed digitally through ScriptApp. Families can access the digital Take Stock in Children student application here.
 
To request a paper application, please email cherryap@gm.sbac.edu.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Student Services Coordinator Au'Vian Cherry at cherryap@gm.sbac.edu.
 
For more information, please click here.
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT
Bread of the Mighty selected as State Farm Neighborhood Assist Top 200 Finalists & Seeking Votes
Vote up to 10x on Thursday, September 23

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank needs your help by voting for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm® to help improve their community. Starting September 23 at 12:00 a.m. ET, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com.

Bread of the Mighty has until October 2 at 11:59pm ET to rally votes and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On November 4, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

Bread of the Mighty Communication and Development Director Karen Woolfstead said, “State Farm is making a substantial commitment to organizations across the country including hunger relief in North Central Florida with their continued support of Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. If we get enough votes this $25,000 grant will provide 250,000 meals to those in need. Since March 1 when COVID-19 kicked in we have distributed over 14 million pounds of food. Bread of the Mighty and State Farm are working together to make a difference one meal at a time! They really are on our side.
                  
State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists from 2,000 submissions.

It’s easy. Just go to the link on September 23 and register. It will just take a minute. Then you can vote 10 times at once each day with one click. The top 40 will get $25,000. 
UPCOMING EVENT
Bourbon & Beyond with Ronald McDonald House Charities of NCF
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Join the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida Advisory Council for an amazing VIRTUAL event of Bourbon & Beyond on Sunday, November 8th.

This one-time live stream will feature a live tasting, the grand reveal of the cocktail competition winner, and live segments with Embers, St. Augustine Distillery, and Pappy Van Winkle. Cast the live stream to your home and watch the great reveal, interact, and learn more about some unique and unknown bourbons.

Guests will receive a special at-home Bourbon & Beyond box filled with bourbon samples, recipes, and all sorts of other goodies. And you’ll have the opportunity to enter a cocktail creation competition!

For more information, please contact Sherry Houston at 352-374-4404 x230 or shouston@rmhcncf.org.
UPCOMING EVENT
Inspiring Women Leaders Conference
March 8 - 9, 2021

March 8 - 9, 2021 marks the 4th Annual Inspiring Women Leaders (IWL) Conference. This two-day virtual event includes Keynote Speakers, Breakout Tracks, and engaging networking opportunities hosted by the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and the Office of Professional and Workforce Development. 

Four years ago, the UF Office of Professional and Workforce Development launched the Inspiring Women Leaders Conference, and in our inaugural year hosted over 150 attendees, representing a variety of universities, agencies, and companies in diverse management and leadership roles. Our first conference, unique in Gainesville, was a success. Moving into the second year, we partnered with UF Warrington College of Business and the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer to have almost 250 attendees coming together for professional development, engaging networking, and to participate in an interactive learning environment over 2 conference days of Keynote Speakers, Breakout Tracks, and panels related to leadership and focusing on diversity and inclusion. For the third conference, the event transformed to a 3-day conference with pre-conference workshops, Keynote Speakers, Breakout Sessions, and engaging networking focused on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and wellness for over 300 attendees. 

The 2021 virtual event offers personal and professional development opportunities for engagement with leaders from across the country through interactive keynote sessions, strategic sessions, and networking geared to develop leadership and business skills. 

The session tracks focus on Creating the Future Together, Pushing Boundaries, and Developing Your Legacy, we invite those interested in speaking to please submit a paper, the call for speakers is now open. 

It is time to Ignite and Inspire by participating in the 2021 IWL Conference to exchange ideas, build relationships, and create a stronger community of empowered leaders. For more information, please visit our conference website.
UPCOMING EVENT
Community Caring Conversations
Tuesday, September 29 & Tuesday, October 6

Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Honoring Choices FL, Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, and Morgan Law present Community Caring Conversations. Join us for caring conversations regarding end of life care. We’ll discuss:
·      Myths of hospice
·      How to make difficult decisions in the time of a pandemic
·      Learn about preplanning information and legal Q/A for caregivers and families
·      Know how to start advance care planning conversations

Date and times:
Macclenny, FL Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Location: Ferreira Funeral Services, 250 N Lowder St, Macclenny, FL 32063
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
 
Starke, FL Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Location: Ferreira Funeral Services, 14397 US Highway 301 S, Starke, FL 32091
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
 
Lake Butler, FL Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Location: Ferreira Funeral Services, 435 W. Main St., Lake Butler, FL 32054
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
 
Click here for details and to register today or for more information, please contact Heather Lawton at 352.204.9868. All CDC guidelines will be followed. These events are free to the public. Seating is limited to allow for appropriate social distancing. Masks are recommended and will be available on site. With the safety of all in mind, we will not be serving food or drinks. Feel free to bring your own beverages.