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e-Journal 8-11-15: LG Class 42 Kicks Off

e-Journal 8-11-15: LG Class 42 Kicks Off

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

August 11, 2015

LG Class 42 Kicks Off

Leadership Gainesville Class 42 got underway Friday evening at the Sweetwater Branch Inn with a reception, remarks and an ice-breaker for this year’s 47 participants. Class 42 will be the first group to participate in a revamped Leadership Gainesville program designed to focus more specifically on leadership, while also providing the regional educationRead more

Upcoming Events

Aug 11 Business Matters Workshop Series 1 of 4

Aug 11 Chamber 101 – Meet the Chamber Staff

Aug 12 Ribbon Cutting – Earth Fare

Aug 12 Advanced Manufacturing Council – 3rd Quarter General Council Meeting

Aug 13 Ribbon Cutting- Faith In Visions Realized LLC

Aug 18 Business Before Hours – TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Aug 20 Chamber After Hours – Volkswagen of Gainesville

Aug 22-23 TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs

Aug 26 Let A Monster Buy You Breakfast

Chamber Launches Business Matters Workshop Series

The first of a four-month series of Business Matters Workshops sponsored by Chick-Fil-A on Archer road begins today at noon. This series, designed to strengthen small businesses, will be held in the Gainesville Chamber Board Room (300 E. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601. Designed to be short, convenient and intimate, sessions will last about 45 minutes and be capped at 20 participants. Today’s topic will be Budgeting and Forecasting…Read more

Survey: Tell us what you think about the e-Journal

The Chamber is conducting a survey to learn more about your thoughts on the eJournal and how you prefer to receive Chamber news. Please take a moment to answer this short survey on or before Aug. 21…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cuttings at Earth Fare, Faith in Visions Realized LLC and Volkswagen of Gainesville

Join us in celebrating the grand opening for Earth Fare on August 12! Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is the authentic specialty organic and natural healthy grocery store with 37 stores across the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and superior shopping…Read more

Save with Member-to-Member Discounts

Chamber members are eligible for discounts on auto purchases, computer networking and repair, legal services, advertising and a list of others. In many cases, the discounts offered have the potential to more than repay most annual membership dues. Please go to Member Discount Section of the Gainesville Chamber website to learn more about the available discounts. We want to be a catalyst for growth in member businesses. If you…Read more


Understanding and Supporting the New Envision Alachua Plan

When Plum Creek launched Envision Alachua back in 2011, the community responded with its ideas. Since then, more than 2,000 people helped create a vision and goals for a long-term master plan for more than 60,000 acres owned by Plum Creek in eastern Alachua County. The plan — known as the Envision Alachua Sector Plan (EASP) — was submitted to Alachua County in December 2013. If this plan is…Read more


Curious about TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs? Get a sneak peek at this week’s free webinar taught by DigitalWoman Nelly Yusupova

Do you have a great technology idea, but do not know how to code? Not quite sure of the technology process? Would you like to minimize the damage of tech mistakes? On Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET, Nelly Yusupova, the CTO of Webgrrls International and creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs – the bootcamp sweeping the nation, will show you “10 Steps to Developing Great Products” in a fast-paced, information…Read more


Gainesville Participates in Florida Economic Development Marketing Delegation to NYC

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Interim President/CEO Susan Davenport recently participated in a marketing delegation trip—led by Enterprise Florida—to provide the state and several of its cities and regions it with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their competitive advantages in key target markets. “I am so excited that Gainesville has the ability to be represented markets such…Read more

Gainesville Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best College Towns, 2015

Livability.com has named Gainesville a Top 10 Best College Town, 2015. When choosing the best college towns, the site’s editors first analyzed data from the Census, Esri and other sources to find cities with a high concentration of schools and a highly educated population. Gainesville provides a supportive place for students to thrive both academically and socially, endless entertainment…Read more


UX Gainesville Gets Underway

More than 100 people visited the downtown space that will be the creative nexus for UX: Gainesville—an initiative aiming to create a more service-oriented, user-centered approach to city government—for the next eight weeks. Please take time out during this time to visit the downtown space, located at 621 W. University Ave. to share feedback about what they think is working well in Gainesville as…Read more

GRU General Manager Visits Chamber, Talks Priorities

After about 45 days on the job, GRU General Manager Ed Beilarski took time out to sit down with Chamber leaders, members and staff to give a high-level assessment of GRU’s current operations as well as an overview of his vision and goals for the utility. During his talk, Beilarski, as well as David Richardson, GRU’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, attributed progress to the utility’s response to recommendations…Read more

Help Develop the State Business Agenda for 2016

Each year, the Florida Chamber advocates on behalf of Florida’s business community by presenting the Legislature and the Executive Branch with a policy road map illustrating what Florida businesses believe will make Florida more competitive. Members of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce have been invited to participate in the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Florida Business Agenda Survey. Time is…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.


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AT&T Gives $5,500 to United Way of North Central Florida

For over 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels. Today, AT&T continues this legacy of support through a contribution of…Read more

The Hippodrome Theatre and University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance announce a producing partnership for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, opening September 4, 2015

The Hippodrome Theatre and the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance will co-produce PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the Tony award-winning play by Rick Elice, directed by Lauren Caldwell, on…Read more

Front Street Expands to Orlando and South Florida

Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group announced the hiring of Chris Rehmet as Director in Orlando as well as two new Associate Directors in South Florida, Andrea Cockerham and Adam Sporrer. According…Read more

Porters 4th Annual Summer Block Party

Join us and sponsors Avera & Smith Attorneys at Law for the 4th Annual Summer Block Party on Augustt 22 from 4-7pm. Enjoy food, music and games at the Porters Community Center at 512 SW 2nd Terrace, Gainesville…Read more



Aug 11 Everything You Wanted to Know About Business Deductions (but were afraid to ask!)

Aug 12 Tax Secrets for Realtors

Sep 18-20 ButterflyFest Plant Sale

Sep 19 ButterflyFest


Welcome New Members!

Florida Septic, Inc

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

A New Look Upholstery

Baja Foods DBA Taco Del Mar

Conference Catalysts LLC

Heritage Bank of The South aka Renasant Bank

OwnForce, Inc.

Regions Bank – Millhopper

St. Francis Catholic High School

William D. Ryals

Gainesville House of Beer

Massey Services

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Morning Meadow PreSchool



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