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e-Journal 3-8-16: Urge Florida Senate to Vote YES on GRU Bill

e-Journal 3-8-16: Urge Florida Senate to Vote YES on GRU Bill

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

March 8, 2016

Urge Florida Senate to Vote YES on GRU Bill

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to urge State Senator Rob Bradley and his Senate colleagues to vote YES to approve the Gainesville Chamber-backed GRU governance ballot referendum bill (CS/CS/HB 1355). The GRU governance bill was introduced by Rep. Keith Perry and passed the House of Representatives on Friday, March 4. The bill would…Read more

Upcoming Events

Mar 10 Gainesville Tech Council General Meeting

Mar 16 Gator Nationals – Chamber After Hours

Mar 17 Rabell Realty Group – Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Event

Mar 18 Meridian Behavioral Healthcare – Ribbon Cutting

Mar 21 Groundbreaking – Gainesville Audi

Mar 22 Business Before Hours – Hilton University of Florida

One location. Countless leads. Significant Results: Sign up for the B2B Expo

Sign up today for Greater Gainesville’s premier business-to-business expo taking place at the Wyndham Garden Gainesville (formerly the Paramount Hotel) on Wednesday, April 20th from noon to 4 p.m. The Business-to-Business Expo is the Chamber’s annual sell-out event that spotlights 100 local organizations and 500 attendees. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity for strategic networking and obtaining solid…Read more

Chamber After Hours at Gator Nationals, March 16

It’s time to kick-off Gator Nationals! Join us for the annual Chamber After Hours at the Gainesville Raceway March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is always one of our biggest and most fun, so don’t miss out! Join us for food, refreshments, prizes and networking. Bring a friend, bring a co-worker, bring yourself, but most importantly, bring your Gator Nationals spirit! Advanced registration is not required for this event…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cuttings at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and Rabell Realty Group

Join us March 17 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Rabell Realty Group with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration! The event will include food and drink. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:45pm. Join us March 18 to celebrate the Grand Opening of The Primary Care Clinic at Meridian with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration. The Primary Care Clinic will provide eligible meridian clients with the ability to receive integrated mental health…Read more

Attention Foodies: Check out Mid-Day Meetups

Your Gainesville Chamber is always at work for you. We know you are swamped with work, and that, when you’re running a business, deciding where to have lunch means one more decision. That’s why the Chamber will be offering Mid-Day Meetup suggestions. The community will be able to check out the Chamber’s Facebook, Twitter or Meetup feeds for a daily suggestion on where they can “meet-up” for lunch. Think about it–you’ll…Read more

Alachua County School Board’s Parent Academy Offers Suite of Programs & Resources

A recent Alachua County Public Schools brief described the efforts of the school district to develop a support system for parents due to the increased state standards and the accountability for students, teachers and the education system. The Superintendent and his Board envisioned a place for parents to find hope, answers, support and education. Through this mission and vision, The Parent Academy…Read more

Sweet 16 Finalists Announced for the $50,000 Cade Museum Prize

The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention * is pleased to announce the Sweet 16 finalists for the 7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation. Named after the Dr. J. Robert Cade, who led the team that invented Gatorade in 1965, the Prize is an annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida. The goals of the Prize are to provide seed capital and publicity for…Read more

Bo Diddley Plaza Now Open

Goodbye construction, hello concerts! After one year of construction, the newly-renovated Bo Diddley Plaza will open to the public on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. at the plaza located on 111 East University Avenue. The $1.8 million Downtown Plaza north side…Read more

Sponsor and Exhibit at the 13th Annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology

Now in its 13th year, this annual outdoor event attracts more than 500 industry and life science professionals to Progress Park. The celebration offers bus tours of the local biotech community, informative exhibits, music, food and great networking opportunities. The event is free and open to the public. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor…Read more

Checkout SharpSpring’s bi-monthly Buzz Happy Hour Events

On the second and fourth Thursday of every month, ShapSpring hosts Buzz Happy Hours, a bi-monthly social and networking event for technology professionals. Hang out with other local techies, enjoy free drinks on Sharpspring and unwind at the end of a busines week. The next Buzz events will be held this month on March 10 and 24 at First Magnitude Brewing Company. Sign up to…Read more

Take the Community Health Survey for Business Leaders

Business leaders, community members and healthcare providers of Alachua County are invited to share their views on health and healthcare by taking a 10-minute survey. As a business leader, your input is important in identifying our community’s most pressing health needs and will assist in building a healthier Alachua County. Survey results, along with research and health related data…Read more

Early Voting for the Florida Presidential Primary begins Saturday, March 12

The 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, but you don’t have to wait until Election Day to make your voice heard. Early voting will be available to every voter in every Florida County beginning Saturday, March 5, 2016, and will conclude on Saturday, March 12, 2016. To find out where you can vote early in your county, visit the non-partisan website…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

Attention Gainesville Techies: Join us THIS THURSDAY at the 2016 Gainesville Tech Council Kickoff!

Chances are you’ve heard about the Gainesville Tech Council by now. If you’re not sure what it’s all about, this event will be perfect for you. You’ll learn what the Tech Council does, what’s in store this year and also have an opportunity to meet the Tech Council Board members. Registration is required, but this event is free and open to the Gainesville tech community. Don’t wait – register today…Read more

Your Child Can Learn to Code at STEAM Summer Camp 10% Discount for Chamber Members

Gainesville’s youth is growing up in a time when innovation and entrepreneurship is at their fingertips. Our schools are filled with aspiring coders, app developers and game designers. There are also children who don’t want to be programmers but are constant consumers of technology. Their minds can also benefit greatly from learning the language of computing to understand and…Read more

April to Bring Second Rate Cut this Year for Duke Energy‘s Florida Customers

The Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) approved Duke Energy Florida’s plan to reduce rates, due to lower projected natural gas prices. After receiving permission from the Florida Public Service Commission to reduce rates (due to lower projected natural gas prices), Duke Energy is set to reduce customers’ bills beginning with the April billing. Customers can expect to see nearly…Read more

Chamber Commends County Commissioners Chestnut and Pinkoson for Leadership on Envision Alachua

Last week, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2–with 2015 Chamber Public Leader Award recipient Commissioner Charles Chestnut and Commissioner Lee Pinkoson in dissent–to not transmit the proposed Envision Alachua Sector Plan to the state for review. The Chamber commends Commissioners Pinkoson and Chestnut for standing with local business, education and community leaders in their…Read more


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Take the Community Health Survey for Business Leaders

Business leaders, community members and healthcare providers of Alachua County are invited to share their views on health and healthcare by taking a 10-minute survey at As a business leader, your…Read more

Eva Del Rio from HR Pro On Demand Announces New Fully Developed product the HR Box

The HR Box is the perfect tool to help your small business cover all its HR needs! It’s a collection of ready-to-use downloadable documents, templates and how-to guides, designed for Florida businesses with fewer…Read more

Florida Museum hosts ‘Can You Dig It?’ March 12

Discover the earth at your feet during this free, fun-for-all-ages geology event! Enjoy hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions. Presented in part by the UF department of…Read more

SWAG March Calendar

Join us for a parent info session with staff from Buchholz High School. Learn about BHS’ FREE math and reading after-school programs and receive tips on how to pass the FSA. Enjoy a light dinner while…Read more

Common Pests and Possible Solutions

Pests can easily destroy a landscape in a short period of time. Slugs and Amphid’s are some of the pests I have in my landscape that if not taken care of early can become a major issue. Slugs: 1) Slugs can completely destroy…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Mar 12 Can You Dig It?

Mar 21-25 Florida Museum Spring Break Camps

Mar 22 77th Cattleman’s Banquet

Apr 15-Apr 17 Earth Day Plant Sale

Apr 16 Earth Day Exploration

Welcome New Members!

Myolyn, LLC

Patrick Bittner Installation

Perfection Auto Repair, Inc.

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc

Tires Plus

Caduceus International Publishing Inc

S-Connection, LLC

Uber Technologies

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Advantage Personnel Resources, Inc.

Blue Highway Pizza

Francesca’s Trattoria

Jerry’s A/C & Auto Shop, Inc.

Legacy at Fort Clarke Apartments a Cortland Partners Community

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC.

Thornebrook Chocolates

Knellinger, Jacobson & Associates


Alachua County Emerging Leaders

Meldon Law

Shea’s Glass Company

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