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e-Journal 10-20-15: A Q&A Session with the Chamber’s New President/CEO, Susan Davenport

e-Journal 10-20-15: A Q&A Session with the Chamber’s New President/CEO, Susan Davenport

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

October 20, 2015

A Q&A Session with the Chamber’s New President/CEO, Susan Davenport

Susan M. Davenport officially transitioned into the role of President/CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 18. A seasoned executive and economic developer, Davenport has more than 15 years of experience…Read more

Upcoming Events

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 10 4th Quarter – Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Nov 13 2015 Business of the Year Awards

Nov 17 Business Before Hours – GFWC Gainesville Woman’s Club

Head over Today to 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 Thursday at Chamber After Hours at TradePMR 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 from special guests Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel. We’ll have tours of our offices and plenty of opportunities to network and win great door prizes, including a $150.00 Gift…Read more

Clark Butler Blvd. to Connect Community and Commerce, and Create Opportunity

Yesterday, Greater Gainesville leaders in business, government, education and more gathered to commemorate the dedication of Clark Butler Boulevard. Speakers included Butler Enterprises President Deborah Butler, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Susan Davenport as well as its immediate past Board Chairman Mitch Glaeser;Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy …Read more

Envision Alachua Sector Plan Improves Upon County’s Current Comprehensive Plan

At last Wednesday’s Envision Alachua Task Force meeting, members and the public in attendance received an update on the status of the Envision Alachua Sector Plan. Tim Jackson, Director of Real Estate, at Plum Creek provided an in-depth update on land-use applications for the plan. Jackson’s presentation explained how the Envision Alachua Sector Plan would improve upon Alachua County’s current Comprehensive plan…Read more

Rotary Ethics in Business

The Rotary Club of Gainesville is calling for nominations for its 2016 Ethics in Business Award. Please take the time to nominate someone you know who exemplifies a highly ethical life and reflects that commitment in his or her business. The awardee will be chosen by a Rotary committee with the input of the UF Warrington College of Business classes and the Chamber. The Chamber will present this prestigious award at its Annual…Read more

Gainesville Entrepreneur Month

October is Entrepreneur month in Gainesville! Gainesville Entrepreneur Month (GEM) will turn the spotlight on the events, individuals and organizations that exemplify Gainesville’s entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs, newbie or seasoned, high- or low-tech, are all being encouraged this month to bring their ideas, dreams and visions to GEM’s many activities. October’s calendar is packed with opportunities for entrepreneurs…Read more

CareerSource North Central Florida will open its downtown Gainesville Career Center Monday Nov. 2

The CareerSource North Central Florida Gainesville career center will get a new home at the end of October. The Gainesville career center, currently located at 4800 SW 13th Street near Payne’s Prairie, will close Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at 5 p.m. and reopen Monday, Nov. 2, at 8 a.m. in its new downtown location at 10 NW Sixth Street. CareerSource NCFL will become the anchor tenant in the former Central Florida Office Plus building at the…Read more

Gainesville Manufacturers Showcase at Harn Museum Nights

Each month the Harn Museum of Art keeps its doors open late into the evening for their monthly Museum Nights program, which emphasizes exciting themes in the art community. This October, the theme was Art in Engineering, which provided a novel opportunity for the Gainesville Regions advanced manufacturers to present their artistically engineering…Read more

Leadership Gainesville 40 Raises $20,000 for Education Foundation

On Saturday, October 10, the Town of Tioga was rock’n and roll’n for the first annual Battle of the Bands, produced by the LG Class 40. This event featured six local bands that competed for a prize package worth over $5000 including a Recording Package from SkyLab Studios! The free event also featured a live auction, food trucks…Read more

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Upcoming Events at Barre Forte

Has the boy in your life been wondering what it is you do at “the Barre”? Bring him along to this special night of shakin’ and shapin’. Space is LIMITED. Bring your stick socks, water, and a sense of humor! Stick around…Read more

It’s a Drool & Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party for Your Pup!

Join the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for a Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This annual event is…Read more

Junior League of Gainesville Celebrates 80 Years on November 19

November 19 from 6-8p.m., the Junior League of Gainesville will be celebrating 80 years of service to the community. Join us at Embers restaurant located at 3545 SW 34th Street, Gainesville. Tickets can be purchased…Read more

Phalanx Defense Systems, LLC, Receives Patent Pending on Trust & Verify Armor Testing Protocol

Phalanx Defense Systems, LLC- a leader in the design, development, and manufacture of body armor and protective systems – announces that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have recorded the patent application forRead more

Introducing North Central Florida’s Newest Holiday Retreat Destination

Hidden away from the bustle of life, the Gilchrist Club is a private reserve that offers its guests true Southern hospitality at its finest. The outdoor enthusiast is right at home among nearly 27,000 acres of lush woodlands Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Oct 1 – Oct 31 Gainesville Entrepreneur Month

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!


Operation Catnip

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator

Cloud 9 Spa Salon

Allstate Insurance Company – Judy Locascio Agency

Innovation Quarters

Miller Real Estate

Ray French Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.

Thrivent Financial

Farm Credit of Florida

Lowry Financial Advisors, Inc.

Tower Hill Insurance Group, LLC

Vellos Brick Street Grill

Verizon Wireless

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