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e-Journal 1-12-16: EA Update

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

January 12, 2016

Envision Alachua Update

As we settle into the new year Envision Alachua remains one of the Chamber’s top priorities. Key to our mission of facilitating economic prosperity, business growth and community progress is creating more jobs for all skill sets. Envision Alachua’s focus on attracting large manufacturers to create 30,000 jobs over the next 50 years makes it once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…Read more

Upcoming Events

Jan 19 Business Before Hours – Napolatano’s

Jan 21 Painting With A Twist – Ribbon Cutting

Feb 4 Uptown Salon – Ribbon Cutting

Feb 18 AGTC – Ribbon Cutting

Trish Bulko Joins Chamber as New Account Executive

We are excited to welcome Trish Bulko to the Chamber team as a new Member Account Executive. Trish started on Monday, January 4, and will join our sales team in promoting the Chamber throughout the community and assisting businesses joining our organization. Previously, Trish served as one of our membership interns. “I’m thrilled to be in a position that encourages and supports me in forming relationships with the local businesses and…Read more

Susan Davenport to Speak at Year’s First Leadercast Gainesville Live & Local Event

Leadership isn’t simply delegation – it is the clarity, focus, and resourcefulness that unite introverts and extroverts alike on the road to achievement. Leadership lies in every one of us and grants us the opportunities to positively influence the communities in which we live through a core set of leadership values…Read more

Legislative Session Begins Today

Today marks the start of the 2016 regular legislative session. In September, the Chamber released its 2016 Legislative Priorities, which are based on guiding principles of citizen accountability, transportation connectivity, reducing the cost of doing business and increasing investments for the future. Next week, a delegation of Greater Gainesville leaders will travel to Tallahassee to support the priorities as part of the Florida Chamber’s annual Capitol…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

Tech Council Announces 2016 Board

During its quarterly board meeting, the Gainesville Tech Council selected five new board members: Two new members Michael Fabiano (Mobiquity) and Lakshmi Balasubramanian (InfoTech) are replacing members from companies previously represented on the board. The other three members, Quang Tran (Starter Space), Aidan Augustin (Feathr), and Todd Chase (City of Gainesville) all represent organizations new to the…Read more

Dev Academy Holds Information Session

The Gainesville Dev Academy held an information session at the Chamber headquarters last week to provide an overview of its upcoming course. Attendees received an introduction to iOS development, a course over and an introduction to instructors as well as scholarships available through CareerSource North Central Florida. If you are interested in participating, visit The Dev…Read more

Leaders Visit Boston to Advance Strategy for Job Growth and Research Advancement

In late December, Gainesville Area Chamber President/CEO Susan Davenport joined a delegation of Greater Gainesville leaders in Boston to produce strategic plans to make the first Envision Alachua jobs center—to be located on State Road 20 in Hawthorne—a reality. Discussions honed in on strategies for the Agricultural Sciences & Technologies Research and Development Campus and the Advanced Manufacturing Center to be located at the State Road 20 Center…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting at Painting with a Twist

Join us Jan. 21 as we celebrate the Grand re-opening of Painting with a Twist with a Ribbon Cutting Event. The event will include food, drinks, studio tours and gift certificate giveaways. Painting with a Twist offers the opportunity for you to sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. You”ll leave with a one of a kind creation and a newfound talent you’ll want to explore. Book…Read more

Hosting Opportunity: Business Before Hours

How would you like to showcase your business to 35-50 Chamber members? Business Before Hours provides a structured, yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community. There are currently a few opportunities remaining for 2016 to host this event at your place of business. For more information contact Steve Cannon, Senior Director of Membership at


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Congratulations to Florida Credit Union

Florida Credit Union, just received an A+ national financial health rating from, which places it in the highest tier (top 10%) of the approximately 13,000 federally insured banks…Read more

Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County Painting with a Purpose Event

Sip. Paint. Relax. All for a good cause! Enjoy some food and wine while receiving instruction and guidance to paint a beautiful blue door which, to the club, signifies “opportunity for everyone…Read more

Annual Real Estate Forum Upcoming

The 7th annual real estate forum will be taking place on February 11, 2016 at the Gainesville Woman’s Club from 4:30p-7pm. Please visit the event page here to RSVP and for more information…Read more

One Day. Four Speakers. Unlimited Results.

The Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, & Ameris Bank Mortgage Services are proud to collaborate to bring this big-city event to Greater Gainesville…. Launch! ’16…Read more

New Drummond Community Bank Coming to Gainesville

The Drotos Ryals Group is pleased to announce the successful lease transaction of 3436 W University Avenue on behalf of Drummond Community Bank. The location is the former Pat’s Kwik Stop located just…Read more

Gainesville’s New Co-Working Space Launching Series of Studio Talks

Connect with Gainesville’s newest co-working studio, Home Work, as it introduces its first Studio Talk on Thursday, Jan. 14., 5-7 p.m. This series is about inspiring artists, sparking…Read more

United Way of North Central Florida’s Next Grant Cycle Opens

This month, United Way of North Central Florida will begin accepting applications for its 2017-2019 investment cycle, which starts July 1, 2016. With $1,000,000 currently available in the Community…Read more

Don’t Delay! Register Before the Price Increases THIS FRIDAY For Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016

Run for a great cause at the 11th Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016 on February 20 & 21! Make sure you register before the price increases this Friday 1/15/16! The marathon course is…Read more

Gateway Bank of Central Florida Announces Appointment of Brian Scarborough To The Alachua County Advisory Board

Danny Gilliland, Gateway Bank of Central Florida, Alachua County Market President announced the appointment of Brian Scarborough to the Alachua County Advisory Board. Brian is a Gainesville native…Read more

Dance Alive National Ballet presents a Night for Lovers and Those that Believe in Fantasy and Magic

On a dreamy midsummer night’s eve, the world of fairies, humans, dukes and donkeys all collide under the magic spell of cupid’s arrow. We see how true love never runs smooth, as the mischievous Puck proclaims…Read more

Lowe’s to Hold “Board Cutting” Ceremony Thursday

Lowe’s of SW Gainesville is proud to invite you to be a special guest at our upcoming grand-opening celebration. We would be honored if you could attend our “board-cutting ceremony,” which is our version of a ribbon-cutting ceremony and has been a grand opening tradition at Lowe’s for more than 60 years.
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Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Every April, people from around the world join together in support of Autism Awareness Month by lighting up their communities and wearing blue…join Us in 2016! We can lead the charge to promote and educate Autism …Read more

Unmanned Aerial Systems Breakfast Briefing

You’re invited to an unmanned Aerials Systems Breakfast Briefing at the Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic Development on Friday, Feb. 5 from 7:30 – 10 a.m. This breakfast briefing will provide…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jan 30 – Jan 31 Laughs Take a Holiday

Welcome New Members!

All County Tax Service

HR Box by HR Pro on Demand LLC


Medicare Advantage and Health Insurance Plans, Inc.

ApexTek Labs

Gainesville Dev Academy

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Dawn Realty

Hampton Inn & Suites (Downtown)

Lee Crane Insurance Agency, Inc.

Merry Maids of Gainesville, FL

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Peter C.K. Enwall, P.A.

Santa Fe College Foundation

Nordstrom Distribution Center

Gainesville Lawnscaping

Fun State Pools Service

Behavior Analysis Support Services, Inc

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc.

Pranges Plantscapes & Florist

Robinshore, Inc.

Ventura Apartments

California Closets

Davis-Monk Financial Group, Inc.

Junior Achievement

The Arc of Alachua County, Inc.

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers-Shands

Party Time Rentals

Crash Technicians

Gainesville Regional Airport

SunBelt Moving & Delivery, Inc.

Skobel Homes

OPIE Software

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