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e-Journal 5-12-15: Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Executive Departure

e-Journal 5-12-15: Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Executive Departure

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

May 12, 2015

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Executive Departure

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman John Carlson announced last week that Chamber CEO Tim Giuliani has resigned. Giuliani was chosen by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce to be its President and CEO, succeeding Harvey Schmitt, who is retiring after 21 years. Vice President of Economic Development Susan Davenport will serve as theRead more

Upcoming Events

May 19 Business Before Hours – Hilton Garden Inn

May 19 Circle of Champions – Media Partner Luncheon

May 21 Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council – 2nd Quarter General Membership Meeting

Jun 23 Business Before Hours – Best Western Gateway Grand

Leadership Gainesville Now Accepting Nominations for LG42

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for individuals to apply for the upcoming 42nd class of Leadership Gainesville! Leadership Gainesville (LG) is a 10-month community leadership program and connectivity of business, public and civic leaders throughout North Central Florida. The participants gain a comprehensive understanding of how the Greater Gainesville community…Read more

Join Us for Business Before Hours May 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn

Join us Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. for Business Before Hours! This event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 4075 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville FL. Business Before Hours provides a structured, yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community. Participation in Business Before Hours is included in your Chamber Membership. You may find a strong referral source…Read more

Member Profile: Gainesville Dojo still thriving after 30 years of business

If watching a Bruce Lee movie doesn’t entice you enough to consider trying martial arts, a chat with Keith Teller definitely will. Owner of the Gainesville Dojo, Teller has been instructing boxing, kickboxing and various styles of martial arts since opening up shop in 1985. Teller first got into the sport in the 70s while living in New York City and was later mentored by Grandmaster Peter Urban, the founder of USA Goju karate. He moved to…Read more

A Critical Connection: STEM Education and the Future of Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is key to a diversified economy, yet companies are facing extreme challenges in finding talent needed to get the job done. Over the next decade it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. How can we prepare our region’s workforce for this demand? Does more STEM (science, technology…Read more

Santa Fe CIED Offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Training

The Santa Fe CIED is offering online training programs for business leaders to earn the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Taught by Mike Sibley, CPA and Parter at James Moore, CPAs, this certification training program will give you the tools to improve your organization’s processes from within, with advanced training for sustainability of a Lean Six Sigma culture of process excellence and continuous improvement….Read more

Special Session to begin June 1

To resolve pending 2015 legislation—chiefly the state budget, which must by law be approved by June 30—the Florida Legislature will enter a Special Session beginning June 1. While lawmakers’ primary focus will be on the budget, there is a possibility that other pending items on the legislative agenda may be called to a vote. Among pending bills are several Chamber priorities which would lower the cost of doing business, including a…Read more

Online Voter Registration Bill Presented to Governor Scott

The Gainesville Area Chamber 2015 State Legislative Priorities included support for developing an online voter registration system in Florida with appropriate security protocols. Both the Florida House and Florida Senate have approved a bill to create a system. The bill has been presented to Governor Scott…Read more

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

See details for this and other city government-related meetings here.

Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

See details for this and other county government-related meetings here.

Startup Quest® Hosts Entrepreneurship Awards Presentation May 12 at Harn Museum

On Tuesday, May 12, CareerSource North Central Florida and Startup Quest will host teams from NASA, the University of Florida and Florida International University in a pitch and awards presentation at the University of Florida Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Rd. from 2 – 7 p.m. The teams will unveil new technologies and pitch business plans. Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy will announce the winners to start the reception at 5 p.m. Mayor…Read more

Envision Alachua Land Tours Available May 22

It’s almost time for more Envision Alachua guided coach tours of the proposed job centers site. The site, chosen by community members, would serve East Gainesville to Hawthorne and East Alachua County if county commissioners approve the Envision Alachua sector plan later this year. Two tours will take place on May 22 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last about three hours. Buses will depart from the Envision Alachua Design Studio…Read more


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Crime Prevention Security Systems Celebrates 40 Years

This month, Crime Prevention Security Systems celebrates 40 years of protecting our neighbors throughout North Central Florida. To celebrate, we are giving away free downloads of our Ultimate Guide…Read more

Gateway Bank Introduces Young Saver Account

As part of its on-going efforts to encourage financial literacy and building a consistent savings pattern for local youth, Gateway Bank has introduced a Young Saver Account program available to…Read more

Cricket Wireless to Answer the Call in Butler Plaza

Cricket Wireless, a prepaid wireless provider, has opened a retail store in Butler Plaza East at 3558 SW Archer Road. Customers can now shop the Company’s affordable mobile phones, coverage plans and tech…Read more

Body By Boris Hosting Memorial Day Murph To Raise Funds For Veterans

Join Body By Boris on Memorial Day to honor fallen military members while raising funds for the Jonathan Cote Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship aids veterans at Santa Fe College and…Read more

Gainesville Harley-Davidson’s 14th Annual Hog Roast To Benefit Special Olympics THIS SATURDAY

Join Gainesville Harley-Davidson for their 14th Annual Hog Roast at the dealership this Saturday, May 16, from 12-4 p.m.! Bring the family out to enjoy mouth-watering pork fresh out of the smoker…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

May 12 Nonprofit or Tax-Exempt Business?

May 17 Ask a Scientist: International Museum Day

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Welcome New Members!

City Collision of Gainesville

A Nu Twist Salon

Right Path Transport

Barr Systems, Inc.

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Abacus Learning Center

Ballyhoo Grill

Double Envelope Corp

ElderCare of Alachua County

J. E. Decker Construction Group, LLC

RTI Biologics

Sandwich Inn

Alachua Mycro School

Northwest Mini Storage & Warehouse


Allen & Wilson CPAs

Bailey Estates

Fletcher Family of Companies

Honda of Gainesville

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