September 5, 2019
Last Chance to Register: DRINK GNV Brewery Tour!
Friday, September 6, 3 - 8pm
Bus meets at Dos Papas Taqueria
3501 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville

The Chamber has recently launched a new Buy Local campaign that highlights what makes Gainesville unique and celebrates the talent we have here in our favorite community. EAT and DRINK GNV are two of those that we are most proud of and so we are very excited to host our very first Brewery Tour.

Join us as we visit all of our Member Breweries including: 
  • Big Top Brewing
  • Blackadder Brewing
  • Cypress & Grove Brewing
  • First Magnitude Brewing
  • Swamp Head Brewery
We will also provide food, snacks, and plenty of water along the way. 
Guests will meet at Dos Papas at 3:00pm (Parking available). We'll spend approximately 45 minutes at each location before boarding a bus and traveling to the next location. Each guest will receive a commemorative tumbler, a souvenir lanyard, and food and beverage (BEER!) at each location. 
Space is limited so be sure to book your spot early! 
Chamber Members:
Cheers to Drink GNV!

For more information and to register to attend, Click Here .
DRINK GNV is sponsored by SERVPRO of Alachua County West.
 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
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 25th 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 26th 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.
2019 NCF - SHRM Conference
Thursday, September 12, 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”
 Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez
Monday, September 16th, 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!
Join us on September 9 for a Member Education Luncheon featuring Infinite Energy’s Darin Cook
Monday, September 9, 11:45am - 1:15pm
Greater Gainesville Chamber
300 E University Ave, Gainesville

We are delighted to welcome Darin Cook, energy expert and co-founder of Infinite Energy, to the Chamber on Monday, September 9th. Darin will be sharing knowledge regarding how Florida's electricity market operates and how it differs from other markets, as there is a chance that Floridians will vote on changing our electricity market during the 2020 election cycle. A Q&A will follow his remarks. This member-exclusive event includes a buffet lunch. There is no fee for this event, but you must be registered to attend.
Duke Energy invests over $3.6 million to build diverse workforce of the future
54 organizations across six states to receive grants supporting innovative workforce education and training programs

Initiatives include efforts to grow pipeline of women, veteran and minority engineers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy announced today it is awarding over $3.6 million in grants to support 54 innovative workforce development programs across the communities served by the company.

“Our goal is to build a diverse workforce equipped to help the energy industry transform the grid and innovate to meet customers’ needs,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The energy sector generates an abundance of well-paid, dynamic jobs, and we want to ensure nontraditional students have access to these opportunities.”

The 2019 Powerful Communities grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation with support from Piedmont Natural Gas, aim to bolster programs serving under-represented, low-income or diverse audiences, including women and minorities.

The grants are part of Duke Energy’s Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which awards strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations working to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.

In 2018, Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $31 million to support communities throughout Duke Energy's seven-state service area.

complete list of the 54 grant recipients and summaries by state can be found here:
  • North Carolina – $2.5 million to support 18 projects
  • South Carolina – $150,000 to support four projects
  • Florida – $715,000 to support 18 projects
  • Ohio and Kentucky – More than $200,000 to support eight projects
Indiana – More than $100,000 to support six projects
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
2019 Technical Assistance Workshop Series from the City of Gainesville
222 E University Ave, Gainesville

Workshops #1 & #2 hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Workshop#1: “Accessing Capital-Getting Your Bank To Say Yes”
September 9, 2019 
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
This workshop focuses on accessing capital from a lender’s perspective. Attendees will learn various ways of financing their business, types of loans available, what is required to be eligible for a loan along with best practices and must do’s to get financed. Whether your business is a startup or existing, this information will improve the likelihood your banker says “APPROVED”.
Workshop#2: Financial Management: Projecting Cash Flow
September 16, 2019
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Workshops #3 & #4 hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and the City of Gainesville’s Purchasing Department
For every small business, “Cash Is King”. In this workshop, attendees will understand the difference between profit and cash, why a profitable business can go out of business, identify cash leaks, and how to project their business’ cash flow. By predicting cash flow a business can plan for future required financing before it’s needed.
Would you like to experience bid openings from a different perspective? Ever wonder what happens during a bid evaluation?
Join us for these exciting technical workshops where you as a potential vendors can obtain hands-on experience doing both.
In Session 1 (September 17), we will have a formal bid opening for an evaluated project. We will then distribute the bid responses and evaluation packets for you (the evaluator) to complete.
In Session 2 (September 24 th ), we will hold the evaluation meeting to collect your scores, have a group discussion, and make a final award recommendation. 
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight on obtaining a potential city contract! We sponsor these workshops and offer them  free  of charge to our small business owners!
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.
Florida Football Kickoff Lunch with Dan Mullen presented by Felipe's
Friday, September 6, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gator Room
157 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville
CPPI appoints new Chief Financial Officer Chris Bryan

Gainesville, Fla. – Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) announced recently that Chris Bryan, MBA, MA, will join the construction management firm as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 

Bryan brings over 25 years of construction and project accounting, financial planning, and corporate strategic development experience to CPPI. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance – Executive Development from the University of West Florida, a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Mercer University, and a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. 

“I am thrilled to join the team at CPPI and look forward to working with key business partners and clients as we continue to prepare for the future,” Bryan said.

As CFO, Bryan will lead the financial operations of CPPI. He will prepare internal and external financial statements, track key performance metrics, and develop initiatives to optimize financial performance for the regions in which CPPI operates. He will also assist Chairman Breck Weingart and President Brian Leslie in strategic decision-making. Bryan’s education and industry experience will be invaluable in his new role.

“I am pleased to welcome Chris Bryan to CPPI. He will undoubtedly make an immediate impact as CPPI continues to grow and streamline its operations,” said CPPI President/Principal Brian Leslie.

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Chrissy Severance- Focus Real Estate Group

Crystal Air & Water, Inc.

Full Color Painting, LLC

Oakley Home Services, LLC

Pool Solutions of North Florida, Inc.

Stacey Jones of

The Keys Grill & Piano Bar

The Ticket Clinic


AmeriFirst Home Mortgage

Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.

Country Inn & Suites

Foresight Construction Group, Inc.

Gainesville Black Professionals

Junior League of Gainesville, Florida, Inc.

KMS Media Solutions

North Central Florida Planning Council

Open Spaces International

Smart Smile Dentistry

Sound Ideas Stereo, Inc

Special Olympics Florida - Alachua County

Waste Pro

Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.
Oaks Jewelry Engagement Ring Event
Friday - Saturday, September 13 - 14
6702 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville

Oaks Jewelry is hosting an Engagement Ring event where they are offering free jewelry cleanings, champagne, and light snacks while they showcase their new engagement rings, and provide education from their certified jewelers on diamonds and more September 13 - 14!
 Gainesville Realtor® elected as Secretary for Largest Professional Association in Florida

Orlando, FL – On August 25, at the annual Florida Realtors® Convention, the race for the prestigious Florida Realtors® Secretary position came to an end. Gia Arvin, esteemed member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors® (GACAR) and co-broker of Matchmaker Realty, was elected to serve on the 2020 Florida Realtors® Leadership Team as its Secretary after a close campaign against two other candidates, Veronica Malolos of Orlando and Lynnette Hendricks of Merritt Island.

GACAR President Heather Swanson said, “Our Association is thrilled to have one of our most capable members serve in such a prominent capacity at the state level. Gia Arvin exemplifies the best in our profession and it has been an honor working closely with her to advance the development and standards of Realtors® in our beloved county. Gia has the full support of GACAR and we are excited to see what our friend and colleague will accomplish for Realtors® throughout this great state during her tenure as Secretary.”

As a Realtor® in Alachua County for over 15 years, Arvin has been a dynamic influence at the local, state, and national level, serving as a key member in several real estate advisory committees and boards. Arvin brings a wealth of knowledge and essential leadership experience to her new role with Florida Realtors®, which is the largest professional association in Florida with 187,000 members and the second largest state Realtor® organization in the country.
 You're Invited: Diversity and Inclusion: A Call to Action
Friday, September 13, 8:30am - 10am
Fairfield by Marriott Archer Road
3877 SW 37 Blvd, Gainesville

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida will be hosting a free community workshop titled “Diversity & Inclusion: A Call to Action” on Friday, September 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the new Fairfield just off Archer Road. We will be joined by national expert Vicki Clark from BoardSource who will discuss the importance of diversity in nonprofit leadership and the implications of inclusion. We encourage local nonprofit organizations to bring members of their leadership team.

You can learn more  here.
Accessing Your Creative Genius: Is there really one ingredient for Creativity, Productivity and Success?
Jennifer Webb, Magic Communications

Dr. George Land was hired by NASA to develop a highly specialized test that would measure the creative potential of its rocket scientists and engineers, and along with his associate he developed a test that was accurate and simple. Partially because of its simplicity, he decided to test it on 1600 children between ages 4 and 5 and was amazed to discover 98% scored at genius level. Pretty spectacular, right?

He was so impressed he decided to continue testing the same children at five-year intervals and was shocked with the next test results. After five years the children’s genius level had dropped to only 30% (that’s a 68% decline). And you guessed it, five years later the kids were down to 12%. Later Land tested adults and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that only 2% of adults tested at genius level. Something happens to us between four and five and adult hood!

We can’t roll back the clock of course, but we can do some amazing things to start waking up our brain’s creativity juices in order to be more effective and productive in our work and play. We are not born with or without a creative gene, it’s learnable, even if we are no longer in that 98% genius ranking.
Creativity, it seems, as well as longevity, health and productivity, can all stem from deciding to start being happier at work, and making it a priority for all employees.
Happiness has a positive effect on nearly every metric of human performance. We already know exercise and healthy eating impact how we feel, but did you know that the brain produces only 10% of the serotonin (neurotransmitter contributing to feelings of well-being and happiness) and the stomach produces 90%? Pretty good argument for eating both healthy and well.
There is no rule that says we can’t have fun at work, which is the premise of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s best seller, Delivering Happiness. His incredibly successful company is run on the premise that when the employees are really happy, everything else is going to work, and work well.
Below are a few of the myriad ways we can start to actually be happy at work (and elsewhere). Think about it, either we are living our resume or our eulogy every day. Are we living each day the way we want to be remembered and the way we really want to live (joyful, inspiring, etc.) or are we following a prescription on our resume that usually means working as many hours as possible to prove our success? No one, as far as I know, ever lamented on their death bed that they didn’t stay longer at work to answer more emails. Another advantage of every-day happiness; no regrets.
Happiness Jump-Starters:
·       Before bed each night for a week write at least five things that went well during the day. Maybe the line at Starbucks was short, or you saw a red-shouldered hawk as you were getting in your car. The more we appreciate what went well and direct our focus, the more we’ll attract positive opportunities. Aggravations occur, but it’s never what happens to us, it’s what we choose to do about it.
·       Give no air time to ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts), focus on what’s going right instead. It’s easy to get in a conversation about what isn’t working. Refusing to get into that conversation has a surprising impact on how we think and feel. Catch friends and colleagues doing something right, and get in a habit of telling them.
·       Write down three things that make you smile and do the exercise for a week. Don’t forget to smile while you’re thinking of your three things; the brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters including dopamine, endorphins and serotonin when we smile, not to mention we look better as well.
·       Create one new habit that will enhance your life. It might be using your phone to photograph nature each day as you’re waiting for your ride or celebrating with your family by trying a new recipe every Friday night and then really savoring the experience and taste. By the way, try out different experiences and rate them 1-5. If it’s a 5 make it a new habit. If it’s not then pat yourself on the back for trying something new, and say “yes” to a variety of new experiences.
·       Write a story about your Best Possible Future Self. You’ve done what you’ve wanted in life, in fact things turned out even better than expected. Write in detail how your life is going and then look at what steps you need to take to make that life your current reality. It’s never too late to change anything, and it starts with small, focused steps. When we are working toward something we are happier; we’re making progress.
Jennifer Webb is a corporate consultant, motivational speaker and NLP coach, working with companies to help promote resiliency, attract opportunities, communicate with confidence and compassion and live with—you guessed it—happiness. ; .