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e-Journal 9-22-15: Is your Company Among the Best of the Best? If so, Nominate it for the 2015 Business of the Year Award

e-Journal 9-22-15: Is your Company Among the Best of the Best? If so, Nominate it for the 2015 Business of the Year Award

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

September 22, 2015

Is your Company Among the Best of the Best? If so, Nominate it for the 2015 Business of the Year Award

Does your company stand out among the competition through excellence, innovation, business practices or community involvement? If so, an excellent way to tell the Chamber, your customer base and potential customers is by nominating your business as a contender for the 2015 Chamber Business of the Year Award. The Gainesville Area Chamber of CommerceRead more

Upcoming Events

Sep 22 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 4

Sep 26 Ribbon Cutting – Barre Forte

Oct 1 Ribbon Cutting – Care Spot Healthcare / UF Health

Oct 6 Business Matters Workshop Series 3 of 4

Oct 7 Export University 201: Website Design for a Global Marketplace

Oct 9 Live2Lead:Gainesville

Oct 20 Business Before Hours – Francesca’s Trattoria

Gainesville Area Chamber Announces 2015 Public Leaders of the Year

During Friday’s 2015 Public Leader Awards Ceremony keynoted by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce announced Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy, Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Charles “Chuck” Chestnut IV, State Representative Keith Perry and U.S. Congressman Ted S. Yoho as the recipients of its 2015 Public Leader of the Year Awards. The Chamber created…Read more

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015 Public Leadership Institute Class

The Gainesville Area Chamber is pleased to announce the Public Leadership Institute Class 3, which kicked off on August 18 at the Chamber offices. The Public Leadership Institute is a nonpartisan initiative of the Business Community Coalition–made up of the Gainesville Area Chamber, the Builders Association of North Central Florida and the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors–which…Read more

Florida Chamber Voter Registration Drive Underway

One key step to ensuring the business community’s voice is heard in the upcoming 2016 Florida election cycle is encouraging your employees to engage, and helping to facilitate their participation, by promoting voter registration. No matter how well we educate and motivate our employees to vote, it’s important to remember that our work won’t count unless they are registered. There are millions of eligible unregistered voters and…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.

Business Celebrations: Business Matters Workshop Today at 11:30 at the Chamber

Please join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Matters Workshop Series 2015, “#BMWS2015.” This workshop will strengthen your business in the areas of budgeting, website design, tax advice, and HR issues that all businesses face. The speaker for this workshop is Brandon West from West Designs. Brandon will speak to “Website Design: Dos and Dont’s. This four-part…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

Governor Scott Visits Innovation Hub, Recognizes Entrepreneurs

Governor Rick Scott visited the Innovation Hub on Thursday, recognizing its last four successful years — over which the hub has housed nearly 36 startup companies and has helped create over 760 jobs–while in town to award Gainesville students and business leaders with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. The Innovation Hub recently was awarded over $8 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic…Read more

Envision Alachua: See for Yourself Where the Jobs Will Be

Another opportunity to see Plum Creek’s land designated for the proposed SR 20 Jobs Center is coming up on Tuesday, October 6. Two comfortable three-hour guided vehicle tours will be conducted, one each in the morning and afternoon. Talk to Plum Creek foresters, see the proposed conservation lands and job center areas, ask questions and share your ideas. RSVP here to sign up for one of the October 6 tours or…Read more

Bestselling Author, Speaker and Life Coach Valorie Burton speaks at Live2Lead: Gainesville

On Oct. 9, best-selling Author, Speaker and Life Coach Valorie Burton will grace the stage – during a leadership simulcast that will broadcast live in Gainesville, FL – alongside the No. 1 foremost leadership expert John C. Maxwell at Live2Lead: Gainesville. Live2Lead: Gainesville is a half-day leadership development experience that will take place at the Paramount Plaza Hotel on Oct. 9 at 8:30 am. This event is…Read more

Gainesville business community showcases emerging career opportunities to middle and high school students and parents

Industry-leading, business professionals have committed to share their expertise and knowledge of their trade with local middle and high schools students and their parents at Career Discoveries. Career Discoveries, hosted by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Alignment and Education committee, is taking place Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Professional Academies Magnet at…Read more

Talented, Trained and Experienced Job Corps Graduates Ready for the World of Work

Employers, are you looking for new hires in carpentry, office administration, culinary arts, homeland security and more? Then look no further. Job Corps graduates are talented, trained, experienced and ready to work. Gainesville’s Job Corps is hosting a career fair on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at its center located at 5301 NE 40th Ter. Participating employers will gain access to a vetted and interview-ready…Read more

Help us Shape Greater Gainesville’s Regional Brand

Many of us who call Greater Gainesville home know it is rich in potential, from its vibrant business and cultural communities, to its unparalleled educational institutions and resources, to its lush landscapes, the list of regional assets goes on and on. We know this region has game-changing assets. But the rest of the world doesn’t. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken a Regional Branding…Read more

Export University 201: Website Design for a Global Marketplace

If you have a website, you have global exposure already! Optimize it! According to Forrester Research, 50% of Internet traffic in the United States originates overseas as of 2010. If you look at your website traffic statistics, your website may be drafting even higher numbers. If not, why not? Can you afford to ignore 50% or more of your “walk-in” traffic? This is a NON-TECHNICAL seminar for management…Read more


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Florida’s Energy Future

Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida, and Amy Stein from the Levin College of Law, whose legal focus is on clean energy, climate change…Read more

Meridian expands their leadership team

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is pleased to announce the hire of John Corneilson and Mindy Chambers. Corneilson has joined Meridian as the new Vice President of Finance and Accounting/ Comptroller…Read more

The Thomas Center Galleries Announce the Upcoming AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs Exhibition

The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs, an expansive exhibition to be presented in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main and Mezzanine galleries from Thursday…Read more

Please Join the Early Learning Coalition for its Annual Early Learning Hoedown

The event is our annual Early Learning Hoedown, benefitting all children in Alachua County. Judi and Davis Rembert are hosting the event October 2, 7 PM at Rembert Farms in Alachua County. The Jamie…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Sep 10-Sep 30 11th Annual Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Sep 25 Webster University’s 2nd Annual Community Health & Resource Fair

Oct 3 Information Session / Open House

Oct 7 Export University 201: Website Design for a Global Marketplace

Oct 7 Navigating HIPAA Compliance

Oct 9 Live2Lead:Gainesville

Oct 10 Walk To End Alzheimer’s


Oct 29 Bodacious Handbag Bingo

Nov 14 American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE

Welcome New Members!

2nd and Charles

Gainesville Motorcycle Safety Training

Gilchrist Club

Po’ Boys Seafood & Grill


Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Charles Berg Enterprises, Inc.

Cone Distributing, Inc.

The Trophy Shop

Tioga Realty

Hamilton Lock & Safe

Kauffman Tire

Sam Goforth

Texas Roadhouse

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