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e-Journal 10-13-2015: Gainesville Area Chamber Supports Comprehensive Tax Reform, Talks with former Sen. Alan Simpson about Fixing the Debt

e-Journal 10-13-2015: Gainesville Area Chamber Supports Comprehensive Tax Reform, Talks with former Sen. Alan Simpson about Fixing the Debt

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

October 13, 2015

Gainesville Area Chamber Supports Comprehensive Tax Reform, Talks with former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson about Fixing the Debt

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently passed a resolution encouraging the next President of the United States to address comprehensive tax reform within the first 100 days in office. “Prosperity for American businesses and individuals would be greatly improved through the comprehensive reform of the current tax code,” said Bryan Harrington, Chair of the Gainesville Chamber’s Public Policy Committee.Read more

Upcoming Events

Oct 14 Ribbon Cutting – Sweet Tea Restaurant

Oct 17 Career Discoveries-exploring career opportunities in the region

Oct 20 Business Before Hours – Francesca’s Trattoria

Oct 22 Chamber After Hours – Trade PMR

Nov 3 Business Matters Workshop Series 4 of 4

Nov 4 Ribbon Cutting- Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Nov 13 2015 Business of the Year Awards

MTPO Ranks SW 62nd Blvd Connector Project as No. 1 Priority

The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) recently made the SW 62nd Blvd Connector project –which would create direct access between Newberry and Archer roads—the top priority in its Year 2040 Long Range Transportation Cost Feasible Plan 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: Ribbon Cutting at Sweet Tea Restaurant, Wed., Oct. 14 from 11-11:30 a.m.

Join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Sweet Tea Restaurant to the Gainesville community. We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand re-opening of the restaurant. Sweet Tea specializes in southern cuisine with bold flavors that will satisfy. The restaurant also serves several flavors of sweet iced tea Read more

Rise and Shine for Business Before Hours at Francesca’s Trattoria, Tues., Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for Business Before Hours on Tues., Oct. 20 from 8:30 -10 a.m. at Francesca’s Trattoria, 4410 NW 25th Place, Gainesville, Florida 32606.Business Before Hours is 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.Read more

Join Us at Chamber After Hours at TradePMR, Thurs., Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Please join Trade PMR for an Open House and Oktoberfest-themed Chamber After Hours event featuring local food and drinks from Backstreet Blues Catering, First Magnitude and Swamp Head Brewery, along with great entertainment and live music. We’ll have tours of our offices and plenty of opportunities to network. We hope to see you there!Read more

Save Using Member-to-Member Discounts

Chamber members are eligible for discounts on auto purchases, computer networking and repair, legal services, advertising and a host of additional products and services. In many cases, the discounts offered have the potential to provide a significant return on the investment of annual Chamber membership dues. This week’s special deal is offered by Barre Forte Read more

Member Anniversaries

Congratulations are in order for Chamber members celebrating anniversaries. From new businesses to companies that have called Gainesville home for generations, these members daily embody the innovative spirit of our region Read more

We Are Losing Opportunities; However, You Can Help

Sector plans like Envision Alachua are coming to life all around our country. For example, Caterpillar—a global corporation, which designs, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance—was looking to build an 850,000 square-foot facility. The company was attracted to college town Athens, Georgia because the city had the 240-acre, shovel-ready parcel the company needed. So Caterpillar invested $200 million in capital to locate in the area.Read more

Gainesville businesses eager to participate in upcoming event to connect students and parents with arising career opportunities in the region

Students and parents from the Gainesville region are invited to participate in Career Discoveries on Oct. 17 at the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High School. The purpose of this event is to educate participants on career opportunities and potential career pathways within our community. Several members from the local business community, including RTI Surgical, Kidder Advisers, LLC, Gainesville Read more

Manufacturing Month Continues With More School Tours and Opportunities for Alachua County Students

The Gainesville region kicked off Manufacturing Month on October 1 with a round of school tours designed for Alachua County middle school students. More than 60 middle school students from Mebane, Lincoln, and Howard Bishop middle schools visited six manufacturers around region. One week later, those tours continued with 60 high school students from Santa Fe, Eastside, and Loften high schools visiting six manufacturing facilities in the Greater Gainesville region Read more

Export University 201 Successfully Covers Website Design for the Global Marketplace

Search engine optimization, domain structure and internationalization were just a few of the topics covered during Export University 201 at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce the morning of October 7, 2015. Export University 201, a seminar organized by the Chamber of Commerce and led by Jorge Arce, Senior Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, exists as a tool to help local companies and organizations break into international markets and expand their business on a global scale Read more


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UNITY in CommUNITY March & Rally for Peace

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 4 PM, on the steps of the Hippodrome State Theatre
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is hoping that many businesses and organizations will join us on this special annual Unity Day March and Rally to celebrate the variety of ways that our community is making great strides through bold action to improve, on a systemic level, the level of safety and well-being for everyone in our county Read more

UF Career Resource Center presents free webinar on recruiting diverse talent, “Diversity Matters”

Diversity recruitment continues to be an important initiative for many organizations. Tune in October 14, 2015 at 12 p.m. to find out why diversity matters at the University of Florida. During this session, you will learn the diverse profile of UF students Read more

eda Expands Planning Department: Two New Planners Bring Decades of Experience to the Firm

Sergio Reyes and Clay Sweger, Principals of eda engineers – surveyors – planners, inc., are welcoming Onelia Lazzari and Lowell Garrett as Senior Planners in the company’s Planning Department. Lazzari and Garrett bring decades of experience and expertise in land planning in the public sector to eda.
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Jackson Stoneworks Lazy Susan Campaign Expanded to Help Micanopy Middle School

Many of you are familiar with Jackson Stoneworks’ campaign to donate of a free granite “Lazy Susan” to anyone who donates $100 or more to a local charity. Now, Jackson Stoneworks is expanding that offer to assist Micanopy Middle School, which needs to replace 10 laptop computers lost due to theft Read more

More than 270 Seniors Prepare for an Active Weekend, Competing in up to 9 Remaining Gainesville Senior Games

Bowling, cycling, table tennis, basketball, track & field are among the nine remaining sports games of this year’s Gainesville Senior Games. 270 athletes are expected to participate in this weekend’s games – starting Friday at 9 a.m. Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Oct 14Ribbon Cutting – Sweet Tea Restaurant

Oct 17 Career Discoveries-exploring career opportunities in the region

Oct 21 UNITY in CommUNITY March & Rally for Peace


Oct 29 Bodacious Handbag Bingo

Nov 14 American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE

Welcome New Members!


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Sweat Tea Restaurant

The Ronald Lawrence Group

River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

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The Gainesville Sun

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Wildflower Luxury Apartment Homes

Ramona Chance

Mobiquity, Inc.

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