BUSINESS UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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March 31, 2020
- Gonzalo Law is offering a complimentary 30min. consult for companies that that would like a review of their contracts. These are contracts that companies are not able to perform on due to COVID-19 and the state of emergency that has been declared in the U.S. Gonzalo Law is offering them assistance on navigating those contracts during this pandemic. You can find contact info on their site.
- In light of the recent COVID-19 out break and it’s associated in person limitations, ChayaVeda Integrative Healing Arts will make their tools available to everyone, bringing them to you via zoom. Their next class is Yoga on Thursday April 2, 2020 4:15-5:30pm. A variety of virtual wellness classes and lunch and learns are coming. To join all you need to do is like their page and join the group where Chaya will post the link to the classes and meetings.
- Gainesville Black Professionals is having a virtual mixer on April 9th with a focus on bringing business owners and professionals together to offer support to each other during this time. The eventbrite page can be found at gbpvirtualmixer.eventbrite.com
- The Alachua County Library District has partnered with their eBook vendor to provide access to digital books and audiobooks to Alachua County residents who do not have library cards.Community members can visit aclib.us/OverDrive and enter their mobile phone number to register for OverDrive. After registering, users can download the appropriate app to their smartphones or tablet to access more than 79,000 titles on 132 different topics, including children and teen books. Visit aclib.us/ebook-help for instruction to download the Libby and OverDrive apps to read or listen to books on tablets and phones.Access to these resources will continue through June 30. After that date, participants will be invited to register for a regular library card.
March 30, 2020
- The Community Foundation of North Central Florida, in partnership with the United Way of North Central Florida and other local organizations, has established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief & Recovery needs request form for area nonprofits.
- Gray Robinson’s COVID-19 Task Force has created a simplified summary of the CARES Act for business owners and those seeking to understand how it affects them.
- Advantage Media Promotions has announced their free live stream conference Moving Forward With Confidence featuring John Spence, Craig Wilburn, Brandon West and Almon Gunter, taking place April 2.
- Blu Dove Designs continues to offer free initial consults to businesses & organizations. Affordable website & marketing packages are available to businesses needing to transition to an online workplace or connect with their customers fast. Contact by email, phone or Facebook message.
March 27, 2020
- Hitchcock’s Markets are giving out a total of 3,000 meals to families in need at their 10 locations on Saturday starting at noon.
- Best Western Gateway Grand is now offering half off deals on private day use rooms for remote workers to remain productive (free wifi included), as well as catering delivery services.
- GrayRobinson has assembled a COVID-19 Task Force that includes a broad-based, multi-disciplinary team of attorneys and consultants who are ready to assist with any need businesses may have.
- Haven Hospice is continuing to care for patients at the ET York Care Center, no matter where they live. In response to the virus and its effects on hospice and palliative care centers, Haven is taking extra precautions to protect its patients and guests.
March 26, 2020
- Cox Communications has partnered with United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) to distribute more than 100 Chromebook computers to local children in need. These Chromebook computers have been donated as part of Cox’s mission to bridge the digital divide for community members and will be distributed via Girls Place, PACE Center for Girls, Kids Count in Alachua County, Tiger Bay Initiative and the Aces in Motion after school program.
- Frankel Media Group is offering to help the business owners in the Greater Gainesville community succeed through the new challenges that we are all facing. They are eager to share what we are seeing across industries (free of charge) and offer some solutions to help. They are available at 352-309-3346 to discuss strategic strengths, opportunities, and new ways that your business can adapt.
- SCAD Media is offering free consultations, basic free graphic design/video help for our community and a heavy discount for any business in dire need to stay alive. They are also able to offer deferred payment and help with strategizing budgets, break-even marketing and more to stay afloat.
March 25, 2020
- GRACE Marketplace has suspended volunteer and meal group programs, and is asking for community support in the form of monetary donations, drop-off donations at the gate, donations of food from canceled events and shopping for their Amazon wish list.
- Gift Certificates & More is running a GoFundMe page to purchase food from local restaurants and donate it to charities, first responders and community members who need it.
- 4 Rivers Smokehouse and LifeSouth are partnering to address the need for blood by hosting a blood drive at 4 Rivers on Saturday, March 28. Donors will get a free T-shirt and 25% off their order at 4 Rivers. In addition, 4 Rivers is also selling essential grocery products.
- 10 Gainesville Area McDonald’s locations are offering free meals to children 12 and under from Wednesday, March 25 through Friday, March 27.
March 24, 2020
- Ology Bioservices announced today that the Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded them with a contract valued at $11.9 million to work with Inovio on DNA technology transfer to rapidly manufacture DNA vaccines. Under this program, Ology Bioservices will work with Inovio Pharmaceuticals to manufacture Inovio’s DNA vaccine (INO-4800) for prevention of infection with the COVID-19 virus.
- Thermo Fisher has developed an assay kit that can be used to do quick research on COVID-19.
- The Community Foundation of North Central Florida and the United Way of North Central Florida are gathering information to better understand needs of nonprofits during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Only one person per organization needs to fill out the form.
- Earth Pets is required to limit in-store customers to 3 amid new regulations. They are still available to accommodate in-store pickup, curbside pickup and delivery.
March 23, 2020
- Instant Imprints is running a promotional shirt sale to help raise money for the Food4Kids Backpack Program here in Gainesville.
- James Moore & Co. is hosting a webinar on Thursday at 2 p.m., titled “Paid Sick and Family Leave in the Face of COVID-19: What Does it Mean for You?”
- PHOS Creative is offering to help any local business update their website, or other digital platforms, with any information regarding COVID-19 at no cost. If you need to make a public announcement on your website or social media channels regarding the Coronavirus, contact their team.
- The Alachua County Association of Pastors is hosting Community Relief Day, a drive-thru farm share event on Wednesday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pull up, project your lights and pop your trunk for two weeks worth of food.
March 22, 2020
- MiDiCi Pizza company is giving away free meals for children in the Alachua County Public School system today from Noon to 8 p.m.
- More than 1,400 grab-and-go lunches for kids over the spring break will be available at numerous locations in Alachua County starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, thanks to local businesses – CAMPUS USA Credit Union, MiApa, Gator’s Dockside and Gator BTW.
- All local ACE Hardware locations are collecting any and all protective masks (including dust masks or respirators) to donate to local Health Care Professionals. Broken packages are accepted or returned as are non-sterile product.
March 20, 2020
- BioFlorida unveils their Coronavirus Hub to assist bioscience companies with research and development resources
- Lendio has launched a landing page for small business relief resources
- Touching Hearts at Home creates program to submit homemade greeting cards for seniors.
- Alachua Habitat for Humanity will remain operational, but working without their normal contingent of office volunteers, and is suspending volunteer construction. The Habitat Store will be open at reduced hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The Junior League of Gainesville is hosting a food drive in partnership with Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS), Food4Kids Backpack Program, Southwest Advocacy Group, and Catholic Charities to feed hungry children in our community amidst school closures.
- LVR Ink is selling a specialty shirt to help #flattenthecurve and raise funds for Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
- Recycling Services of America (Behind Jenkins Kia on North Main) is offering free shredding services to help paper mills continue production of toilet paper.
March 19, 2020
- Raichel to the Rescue is offering one-hour tech help anything related to computers, How To’s. zoom meetings, set up webinars, remote access, cybersecurity, software, digital marketing tech, for businesses and their workers while working remotely.
- ITProTV is offering support to help local businesses facilitate remote learning and training.
- The Amazing Give has pivoted to support emergency relief in the wake of coronavirus.
- Columbia Care will remain open during regular hours to serve their clients, but encourage the use of iheartjane.com to submit online orders.
- Chevron at Hunter’s Crossing is hiring extra retail staff amidst the situation. Those interested can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Maple Street Biscuit Company – Tioga will be offering grab-and-go essential items for purchase including the following items: Cases of Water, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, and packages of food from 7am – 2pm starting Friday.
- Touching Hearts is delivering home-cooked food to the elderly to prevent them from needing to go out.
- Alachua County Tax Collector lobbies are closed to the public, but our staff is available to help citizens complete tag renewals and other services by phone or online whenever possible.
- Cintas is committed to supporting your business with necessary sanitary supplies to provide continuity of service at all times.
- Huntington Learning Center is still open and taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of everyone that comes to the center while providing education while schools are closed.
- Meridian Behavioral Healthcare will remain open and continue to care for clients while remaining safe and encouraging Telehealth in accordance with social distancing measures.
March 18, 2020
- PRP Regeneration Specialists is offering “Immune IVs” to boost the immune system, mood and overall health.
- RJ Young is seeking to help school kids with meals, as well as waving service charges for all community organizations and religious clients.
- A Friendly Divorce is offering free one-hour meditation sessions to anyone facing a co-parenting, family, or workplace issue related to COVID-19.
March 17, 2020