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The Gainesville Technology Council in partnership with the Chamber and Career Source NCFL is hosting the next Tech Hobnob (career fair) for local students and tech companies on Feb. 11th. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with companies for summer internships or jobs. See you there? Register at www.hobnobgnv.com.

CIED News...

New startup creates healthy food options to help boost immune system —
A new startup out of UF's Innovation Hub is using disease- fighting superfood to help boost the body's immune system."We believe that food should be your medicine, medicine should be your food," says Dr. Wayne Garland, founder. Doctor Wayne Garland is the founder of Paleoganic.

BioTork announces breakthrough products, safe for vegetarians —
BioTork, LLC, a Florida-based biotechnology company has created a sustainable, GMO-free, vegan omega-3 oil produced from algae. This omega-3 oil will be launched in the nutraceutical, feed and food industries worldwide as a direct replacement to fish oil.

Nine members of community honored for service with Spirit of Gainesville Awards —
The Spirit of Gainesville Awards on Wednesday honored nine outstanding people who best epitomize this city’s spirit of talent, compassion and generosity.
Melissa Corbett (GrammarSongs), a teacher at Healthy Learning Academy, a charter school in Jonesville, needed a way to teach her students the fundamentals of grammar, so she used her musical talent to engage her students. “I’m so grateful for people who believed in me,” Corbett said. “So grateful for impacting children all over the world. Thank you for the opportunity.”
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Melissa Corbett: Spirit of Gainesville Nominee —
Melissa Corbett, a teacher of 22 years for the Spirit of Gainesville. She has been teaching in Gainesville for 7 years, the last 5 at Healthy Learning Academy for levels K-5. It is here she has been able to introduce to her students her gift of learning through music. Nominated by Elizabeth Serra.

Beyond Creative Catchy Tunes —
A fish out of water. That is how Melissa Corbett, a fifth grade teacher at Healthy Learning Academy Charter School, described her experience at the Cox Business Get Started Gainesville competition.

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