September 24, 2019
TODAY: 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.
 Ribbon Cutting Celebration Today at Your CBD Store
Today, September 24, Noon
Your CBD Store
1226 W University Ave

Join us in welcoming Your CBD Store Gainesville to the chamber and the Greater Gainesville region! Your CBD Store is passionate about providing a safe and comfortable environment for people to ask questions and learn all while offering an effective and superior product to the community. They formulate their products with their customers' needs in mind, using other cannabinoids and terpenes, creating unique synergies that increase efficacy, target specific ailments and increase the binding of CBD. They believe the customer should see their product from soil to oil and should be seeing the best product on the market along that journey. By setting the standards in the CBD industry, Your CBD Store is moving plant medicine to the 21st century.
Join us for hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, samples, tours and more! The event starts at 12 noon with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony commencing at 1pm.
Click Here for more information.
You're Invited to a Member Appreciation Party!
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 share an evening of friends, food, music and door prizes. This is a complimentary event for all Chamber members.
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!
RSVP  here.
The Member Appreciation Party is sponsored by First Federal Bank.
Thursday, September 25, 11 - 11:45 am
Zoom Webinar
Receive link and call-in number upon registration

Are you looking to add new members to your team? Would you like to mentor a youth intern? Are you currently hiring, or wish you could but need some help with recruitment and candidate matching or need out-of-the-box thinking to support your workforce needs?
You are invited to a webinar to learn about ways the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s  PRO PEL Greater GNV workforce services program can support you.
Free to members.
Register online  or by contacting Andrea Mender, Director of Workforce Services at
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.
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:
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  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
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Duke Energy aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
Company accelerates to reducing carbon by at least 50% by 2030
Path to zero carbon requires investments in research, technology
National leaders applaud bold new goals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced an updated climate strategy with a new goal of net-zero carbon emissions from electric generation by midcentury. The company also is accelerating its near-term goal by cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by half or more from 2005 levels by 2030.

This follows strong progress the company has made in reducing carbon emissions 31% since 2005. The reduction Duke Energy has already achieved meets or exceeds the standards of the former Clean Power Plan and the 2025 U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The company’s 2017 goal to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030 was one of the industry’s most ambitious at the time. Since then, sustained, low natural gas prices and declining costs for renewables and storage have allowed the company to accelerate that goal to at least 50% by 2030.

“We are making a cleaner energy future a reality for our customers and communities,” said Lynn Good, chairman, president and CEO. “A diverse mix of renewables, nuclear, natural gas, hydro and energy efficiency are all part of this vision, and we’ll take advantage of economical solutions to continue that progress. In the longer-term, innovation and new technologies will be critical to a net-zero carbon future.”

Continue reading the full article by clicking here .
Santa Fe CIED Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

The Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) offers a monthly  Entrepreneurship Workshop Series  dedicated to the growth of early to mid-stage business ventures. Past topics have included Defining Your Business Strategy, Starting a Non-Profit, Proactive Risk Management and Creating a Company Culture. These workshops occur the second Wednesday of every month from 10:00am until noon at the CIED (530 West University Ave.). All Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend these workshops free of charge.  For more information, click here .
 5th Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon with Peaceful Paths

Join Peaceful Paths on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Gainesville Woman's Club as we kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 5th Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon. Learn about the impact of financial abuse in the lives of survivors and ways you can get personally involved. Attendees will also hear first-hand how our Economic Empowerment Program has created a path of self-sufficiency for survivors who have participated in the Financial Literacy Coursework.

Guests will enjoy complimentary mimosas and a plated lunch from catered by Dos Mamas. There will be a variety of new and gently used designer purses up for auction as well as a Spartina Collection raffle. Invite your friends, your family, and your co-workers for an inspiring luncheon that promises to be a whole lot of fun! Tickets can be purchased online through September 26 at . Aftter that date, interested attendees can call Stephanie at 352-377-5690 to purchase over the phone.

2 College Brothers, Inc.

Ashtin Communications

Blue Star Creations

Casey Hahn, Agent - Farm Bureau Insurance

D.L. Hulse Consulting, LLC

Gator Town Inn

Irving Publications, LLC / Giggle Magazine & Wellness 360 Magazine

Kattell and Company, PL

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Modernized Mobile

Phalanx Defense Systems

Woodspring Suites

Yvette Godet, DMD, PA
Joyann Parker performs live at the Music Box at Dos Mamas
Monday, October 14, 5:30 - 9pm
The Music Box at Dos Mamas
3315 N Main Terrace, Gainesville

Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country, frequently sells out some of the most prestigious clubs in the Midwest and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, “Hard To Love,” including features in DownBeat and Living Blues Magazine. Joyann is a 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nominee and Heritage Guitars artist. She has also represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN and won the award for 2016’s Best Self-Produced CD from the Minnesota Blues Society.
 GNV receives FAA Grant for its 15,200-square foot terminal expansion
The $12.1 million grant will be awarded over two years and is the largest FAA grant received by the Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23, 2019—Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) announced today it received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its upcoming 15,200-square foot commercial terminal expansion. The $12,163,252 multi-year grant, the largest received by the Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority (GACRAA), will be distributed over a two-year period, in Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020.

GNV’s CEO Allan Penksa said the grant will make it possible to continue to meet its passengers’ desire for convenience and ease of travel at the growing North Central Florida airport. Providing an expanded terminal with two additional gates and enhanced customer amenities is just one more way the airport has been able to respond to its customers’ needs with convenience and variety.

“GNV is very grateful for the awarding of this generous grant, the largest ever received by the Airport Authority,” Mr. Penksa said. “The FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant will allow us to expand in ways beneficial to our flying public by adding two gates to better accommodate larger aircraft now in service and increasing flight frequency.”

The expanded terminal will provide a variety of passenger amenities and services to accommodate increased passenger traffic and demand. New amenities will include expanded restrooms, a second food and beverage area, mother’s lactation room, prayer/reflection room, possible child’s play area and an outdoor pet relief area.”

The grant is the latest in a series of improvements at the airport. In the last year alone, GNV has been able to respond to its customer base by adding nonstop service to its fourth hub, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW); a second TSA screening lane and TSA Pre✓ on every flight, along with increased parking capacity. American Airlines recently announced they will start using 63-seat regional jets on some flights to its largest hub of DFW on Dec. 18, in time for the holidays. In addition to increased seating capacity, the CRJ-700 aircraft features First Class and Main Cabin Extra (six inches more legroom and easier access to overhead bin space) along with Main Cabin seating.

“Through our two airlines and four international hubs, GNV passengers can now access 343 destinations in 55 countries across the globe in just one stop. The airport improvements and increased seating capacity is just one more benefit to our passengers who make the best use of their precious time by Flying Easy from GNV,” Mr. Penksa stated.
Gainesville Quarterback Club South Carolina Bus Trip
Friday - Sunday, October 18 - 20, 8am
Wingate by Windham, Lexington, SC

Come join the fun and beat South Carolina! The Gainesville Quarterback Club is offering a fun weekend in Columbia as the Gators take on the Gamecocks. Friday night will be feature an optional catered meal by Hudson's at the Wingate by Wyndham in Lexington. If you prefer not to have a catered meal, there are restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

The trip includes a hotel room, round-trip motor coach transportation, transportation to and from the game, game tickets, snacks on the bus, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and hospitality room at the hotel.

Cost: $798 per couple, $500 per single person, $300 per additional person in hotel room.

To join the trip, please call Hawes Adams at 352-665-1237 or Bill Strawn at 352-359-0300.
 Dance Marathon at UF announces #RiseAsOne Campaign for 2020
March 28 - 29
Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Dance Marathon at UF is the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States. Dance Marathon works year-round to raise funds and awareness for the pediatric patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

DM at UF's efforts culminate in their main event each Spring, where over 800 students remain awake and on their feet for 26.2 hours in support of the cause. In 2019, DM at UF raised a total of $3,230,025.23 For The Kids at Shands.

Today, Dance Marathon at UF announces the launch of their yearlong campaign: #RiseAsOne. With this being the organization’s 26th year, they want to focus on uniting the community – including the voices that inform and represent it.

The event will take place in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on March 28 and 29. For more information on Dance Marathon at UF, please visit