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e-Journal 4-12-16: Leadership Gainesville 43 Enrollment Announcement

e-Journal 4-12-16: Leadership Gainesville 43 Enrollment Announcement

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

April 12, 2016

Leadership Gainesville 43 Enrollment Announcement

Leadership Gainesville, now in its 43rd year, is a ten-month community leadership program designed to identify, education, and develop leadership skills. LG is a combination of in-depth issue seminars and regional issues exposure program. There are only 50 participant slots available for people who hold mid-level management positions, or business owners, and have been…Read more

Upcoming Events

Apr 14 Lunch and Learn Seminar – Digital Strategies for Small and Medium Businesses

Apr 19 Business Before Hours – Pet Paradise Resort

Apr 20 2016 Business to Business Expo

Apr 21 Ribbon Cutting – Skobel Homes

May 3 Chamber 101 – Member Benefits Overview

May 4 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 8

May 5 Home2 Suites Hilton – Ribbon Cutting Event


Time is running out! Business to Business Showcase More than Half Sold!

Time is running out to register for Greater Gainesville’s premier business-to-business expo! The booths are going fast. Don’t miss your opportunity to showcase your business at 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 business leads. Open to the public, this event keeps participants on the competitive…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

Saint Leo University Gainesville Education Center Distributes Drinking Water to Flint, MI Residents

Inspired to help those affected by the water crisis in Flint, MI, Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center was “flooded” in recent weeks with donations of bottled water. A state of emergency was declared in the northern city in January 2016 by the governor and later by President Barack Obama. Problems began when the city started using the Flint River as its water source in April 2014. The drinking water was compromised and a series of…Read more

Florida Chamber’s 2030 Plan Aims to Secure State’s Future

By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida’s future economy that ensures high-wage jobs, global competitiveness and vibrant communities. The Florida Chamber Foundation is leading the charge to write the next chapter of Florida’s story — Florida 2030.  This two-year research program will stimulate strategic thinking about…Read more

City of Gainesville Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Available Online

The 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is available online. This report consists of managements representations concerning the finances of the City Of Gainesville, fulfilling requirements set forth in the city Code of Ordinance, Section 2-433; Florida Statutes, Chapter 166.241; and the Rules of the Florida Auditor General, Chapter 10.550.

Explore Santa Fe College’s “Fifty Years to First”

Santa Fe College recently posted an interactive timeline including milestones along its 50-year journey to becoming the Nation’s No. 1 community college. Take a look here

UF ranks 2nd on Forbes 2016 list of Best Value Public Schools, 3rd overall

The University of Florida is ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ 2016 list of Best Value Public Colleges and No. 3 on the magazine’s overall list of best value schools nationwide. Only the University of California, Berkeley, ranked higher than UF on the list of public institutions. The University of California, Los Angeles came in at third, the University of California, San Diego ranked fourth and the University of Illinois rounded out the top five….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

The Gainesville Technology Council Discusses Infrastructure, Talent and Marketing

The Gainesville Technology Council held its quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, April 6, at the Chamber. This year the Tech Council is focusing on three main areas including: Building tech infrastructure, marketing the local tech industry, and attracting and retaining top tech talent. Each area has a team of Tech Council members dedicated to identifying challenges and solutions to further the continued growth and success of…Read more

Local Boot Camp to Graduate Web & iOS Developers

The Gainesville Dev Academy joins the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, Santa Fe College, CareerSource North Central Florida and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the new web and iOS developers who will complete their coursework on April 15. We will welcome these graduates to our growing tech community in a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, April 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe CIED in…Read more

Annual India Fest and Health Fair Draws 1,700

On April 9, more than 1,700 people gathered at Santa Fe College to experience the music, dance and cuisine of India at the 2016 India Fest & Health Fair…Read more


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Celebrate Earth Day at the Florida Museum April 16

Explore the wonders of life on Earth with hands-on activities and a huge plant sale at the Florida Museum! On April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., participate in Earth Day activities in the adjacent UF…Read more

Give Back with Buffalo Wild Wings April 13

Head into a local participating B-Dubs® tomorrow, or order online, and we will donate 10% of total sales. We’re teaming up with Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) to help more kids play team sports. By 2020, we are…Read more

Half a Million Shelter Cats Saved So Far in Million Cat Challenge

Saving the lives of 1 million cats in North American animal shelters over five years may be an audacious goal, but the Million Cat Challenge is halfway there, thanks to the Alachua County Humane Society and…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Apr 13 “Live to Win!” by Tom Ziglar (Son of Zig Ziglar)

Apr 15-Apr 17 Earth Day Plant Sale

Apr 16 Earth Day Exploration

Apr 23 Tree Fest 2016

Apr 23-24 Electro Aerial Show

May 4 Kentucky Derby Luncheon and Fashion Show

May 19 Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls

Welcome New Members!

Hardeman’s Towing & Recovery

The Really Independent Florida Crocodile

Invivo Philips

Law Office of Marilyn C. Belo

Onward Web Development

Picture This! Frameshop & Gallery

Women’s Resource & Medical Clinic

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

ELISA Technologies, Inc

Gainesville Animal Hospital

Supervisor of Elections

Universal Engineering Sciences

American Cancer Society

McKnight and Company DBA McKnight/Waldorff Agency (Allstate)

Swamp Head Brewery

Genius Entertainment

Florida Food Service, Inc.

Gainesville Opticians

RTI Surgical

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