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e-Journal 5-10-16: Mayor Poe and Commissioner Hayes-Santos Sworn In

e-Journal 5-10-16: Mayor Poe and Commissioner Hayes-Santos Sworn In

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

May 10, 2016

Mayor Poe and Commissioner Hayes-Santos Sworn In

At the Thelma Boltin Senior Activity Center last Thursday, community members and city officials witnessed the swearing in of newly elected City Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos and Mayor Lauren Poe…Read more

Upcoming Events

May 11 Behind the Scenes at the Tech Toy Box and GTEC – 2016 2nd Quarter Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

May 17 Business Before Hours – Oaks Mall & Chick-Fil-A

May 24 Members Meeting After Hours – Meet The Staff

May 26 S-Connection – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jun 1 Business Matters Workshop Series 3 of 8

Jun 9 ApexTek Labs – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jun 21 Business Before Hours – Saint Leo University


Tomorrow: Behind the Scenes with Greater Gainesville Advanced Manufacturers

Join the Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council for its 2nd Quarter General Council Meeting on May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. We will continue going behind the scenes of Greater Gainesville’s advanced manufacturers at the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneur Center (GTEC), 2153 SE Hawthorne Road, Suite 101, Gainesville, Florida 32641. Attendees will be taken on a tour of Tech Toy Box’s space and see first hand manufacturing…Read more

Registration Now Open for Export University 101

Gain the expert advice your company needs to expand your sales on a global scale! EXPORT UNIVERSITY is a training program developed by the Florida District Export Council in cooperation with the Florida Trade Alliance Partners to help companies begin an export initiative and to gain skills and innovation in their international sales. Delivered by the U.S. Commercial…Read more

It’s Economic Development Week!

The first ever national Economic Development Week happens is this week and the International Economic Development Council wants to hear from you! It’s not too late to join in on all the fun. This is the time to share with your community what your economic development organization has been up to and how your efforts have enhanced their community. Visit…Read more

Members Meeting After Hours – Meet The Staff

This “Come As You Are” members event is a first of its’ kind and was structured with you in mind. Presented by your Chamber Staff and many of our member volunteers, this event will inform you about ways your business can gain maximum exposure through the many facets of the Chamber, our department initiatives as well as the many new councils we are establishing for our members. Whether you just joined or have…Read more

Business Before Hours – Oaks Mall & Chick-Fil-A

Join us for Business Before Hours, 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. You may find a strong referral source, a new vendor, the perfect client or simply get a foot in the door for connecting at larger events. Come build lasting business and personal relationships…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. We hope you will join us in thanking them for the commitment they have demonstrated to the Gainesville area as Chamber members and wish them many more years of success! 35 Years: United Way of North…Read more

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 identified as having high potential for an executive…Read more

Attention Chamber Members: Save Big at Office Depot

A significant perk of being a Chamber member is the excellent discount program we have negotiated for you with Office Depot. Save on supplies, furniture and more by contacting our local representative, Joanna K. at (904) 412-5772 to get started.

Exactech, Inc. Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Nasdaq Listing in Style

Founders of Exactech, Inc. celebrated the 20th anniversary of the company’s Nasdaq listing by ringing the Nasdaq Closing Bell on Tuesday, May 3. Bill Petty, M.D., Betty Petty and Gary Miller, Ph.D., traveled to the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square for the special milestone. Exactech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXAC), a Chamber member since 1989, is a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration…Read more

Trimark Properties Receives City of Gainesville Beautification Award for Luxury Apartments

Trimark Properties won the City of Gainesville Beautification Award last week for two of their premier apartments. Additionally, every year an Outstanding Individual Award is presented to a member of the Gainesville community whose presence and work make the city more beautiful. This year, John Fleming, managing partner of Trimark Properties was given this honor, along with Theresa…Read more

University of Florida Professor Receives Borlaug CAST Communication Award

Dr. Kevin M. Folta, a professor at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and chair of the horticultural sciences department at UF, received the 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, which is given annually for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist or other professional…Read more

Hot Jobs from CareerSource North Central Florida

Each week CareerSource North Central Florida staff members identify CURRENT HOT JOBS that employers are eager to fill. If you would like a vacant position to be included on this list, please call (352) 244-5112. For more information, or to apply, visit, which will take you to the statewide job matching database. Choose “Find a Job,” then click “Job Number Search” on the right tab in the search window, and type…Read more

More than 170 Paid STEM Internship Positions Available through STEM Ready

Area companies are expanding their hiring thanks to CareerSource North Central Florida’s latest offering, STEM Ready. CareerSource NCFL is reporting that, as of Wednesday, May 4, more than 170 open paid STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based) internships are available with more than 40 participating businesses in Alachua and Bradford counties. The positions…Read more

Updates from the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization

The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) held its regular meeting Monday, May 2, 2016. MTPO staff provided an update of the Plan East Gainesville Subcommittee, and made five (5) amended recommendations, which were adopted unanimously. The Plan East Gainesville Subcommittee will meet before the next regular MTPO meeting, scheduled for June 27, to address the following recommendations…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

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Loyal Frisbie-Knudsen: The Story of my Startup

“I remember feeling giddy when as a teenager, I thought about what major I would like to pursue for my college career. I told my Dad, “Advertising!  It just makes sense.  It’s problem solving, left-brain thinking and right…Read more

Ameris Bank Announces Bobby Cabral as Gainesville Branch Manager

Ameris Bank has named Bobby Cabral as branch manager of the Gainesville Tower Center location. In this role he will build and maintain banking relationships in the Gainesville area and manage the…Read more

Inaugural Gainesville MatchMaker, May 24

The City of Gainesville cordially invites you to the Inaugural Gainesville MatchMaker! Join us as we create a platform for business matchmaking on May 24, 2016 from 3-S p.m. The event will be held in the City Hall Auditorium located at 200 E. University Ave. Gainesville, FL. Our goal is to assist you in seeking procurement opportunities and connect you with buyers, suppliers, subcontractors, and other agencies in the region…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

May 15 – Jun 30 ‘Butterfly Rainforest’, ‘Ranching and Wrangling’ theme begins May 15

May 19 Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls

May 19 Jen-Boomer Foundation for Entrepreneurial Women 55+ Fundraiser

May 30 – Sep 5 Blue Star Museums May 30- Sept. 5

Jun 4 World Sea Turtle Day Celebration

Jun 13 – Aug 12 Summer Camps

Jun 18 – Jun 19 Father’s Day Special June 18-19

Welcome New Members!

BoyCott Realty

DM Creative Studios

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

GatorCPR: The Center for CPR and Safety Training

Coca-Cola Refreshments

Commercial Metals Company

CSI Academy of Florida

Double Envelope Corp

Harn Museum of Art-University of Florida

OB Medical Company

Orkin Pest Control

Celebrate Primary Care

Scherer Construction of North Florida, LLC.

Florida Capital Bank, NA

Horizon Realty of Alachua, Inc

Ossi Law Firm, P.A.

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