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e-Journal 6-28-16: The VANAD Group to Locate U.S. Headquarters in Gainesville

e-Journal 6-28-16: The VANAD Group to Locate U.S. Headquarters in Gainesville

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

June 28, 2016

The VANAD Group to Locate U.S. Headquarters in Gainesville

The VANAD Group joined the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Council for Economic Outreach last Friday in announcing that it has selected Gainesville to be the location for its U.S. company headquarters. The company’s decision to locate in Gainesville will result in 10 new jobs. The VANAD Group is a fast-growing, internationally active Dutch family business…Read more

Upcoming Events

Jun 28 Export University 101

Jun 30 Ribbon Cutting – Sam’s Club

Jul 7 DaVita Dialysis – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jul 19 Business Before Hours – Best Western Hotel

Jul 27

Aug 3 Business Matters Workshop Series 4 of 8


Brian Scarborough Elected 2016-17 FAIA Chairman

Orlando- Last week (June 16-18), the Florida Association of Insurance Agents held its 112th Anniversary Convention in Orlando, Florida. Brian Scarborough, co-owner of Scarborough Insurance was elected Chairman of FAIA for the 2016-2017 year beginning September 1, 2016. FAIA was founded in 1904 and Brian is the 7th Chair from Gainesville and was preceded by the following prior chairs…Read more

UF’s Mentor Protégé Program: Effective Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Establishing a team is vital to the growth and health of any business, especially a small business. Learn vital information from experts on how to protect yourself and your business. Join the University of Florida for its Mentor Protege Program – Session III: Effective Marketing for Entrepreneurs on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to Noon…Read more

Export University 101 is Today

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

Ribbon Cutting at Sam’s Club Thursday

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Sam’s Club new and larger facility with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Refreshments will be served. Enjoy speeches entertainment and tours as Butler Plaza North welcomes its’ newest business. The official Ribbon Cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m…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

Business Community Coalition Urges County to Launch Stormwater Task Force

The Business Community Coalition (BCC) urges the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners to establish an Alachua County Stormwater Quality Enhancement Task Force to identify and recommend policies enhancing surface and ground water quality in Alachua County. The mission would be to balance environmental protection and affordability through policy recommendations based on science and locally derived data…Read more

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Sweetwater Branch Inn Rebrands Catering Company

Sweetwater Branch Inn, mainly known for its B&B, Events Venue and Restaurant, has recently rebranded its catering company to become Sweetwater Catering Co. This division offers full off site catering in addition to the already well-known catering in their exclusive onsite venues. Their in-house chef prepares fresh, made to order, custom menus that can be dropped off or with full service options. From sandwiches…Read more

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Appoints Laurie Michaelson as Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Advancement

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is proud to announce the selection of the organization’s new Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Advancement, Laurie Michaelson. Prior to her appointment in April, Michaelson served as Meridian’s Director of Marketing Communications since 2014. In her new role, Michaelson will oversee marketing, communication strategies and fundraising objectives to advance the mission…Read more

Upcoming Events at Barre Forte Gainesville

Throughout the month of July, Barre Forte Gainesville has some exciting events happening. From Cardio Kickboxing to 90’s Night, you sure don’t want to miss out! On July 9, join us for Barre to Brunch. Head over to One Love Cafe after BodyFlow on Saturday, July 9 for great food and bottomless mimosas! On Sunday, July 10, join us for Cardio Kickboxing. This kick butt class will torch the calories and work muscles you never knew you had…Read more

Amec Foster Wheeler Recognized for Construction Services at Cofrin Nature Park

Amec Foster Wheeler was part of the May 24 celebration, hosted by the City of Gainesville, to commemorate the reopening of Cofrin Nature Park. Cofrin Nature Park received an Excellence in Design award from the City for extensive renovations to the Park. Amec Foster Wheeler assisted the City with a major renovation – the restoration of Beville Creek which runs through the park. Amec Foster Wheeler was hired to develop engineering…Read more

Creative B Movie Series at Florida Museum of Natural History

Friday nights July 8-29, the Florida Museum of Natural History and Creative B will host free movie screenings and explore the balance between science and art with an expert panel. “Wicked Plants” and the “Butterfly Rainforest” will be open to the public for extended hours until 7 p.m. UF students receive free admission to the exhibits with a valid Gator 1 card. The panel discussion starts at 7 p.m., followed by the movie. Parental…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

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

May 29 – Jan 17 Florida Museum’s new featured exhibit ‘Wicked Plants’ now open

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

Jun 13 – Aug 12 Summer Camps

Jun 13 – Jun 18 Circus Summer Camp

Jun 30 2016 Fierce Awards

Jul 8 Creative B Movie Series: “Mothra”

Jul 14 Red, White & More Red!

Jul 15 Creative B Movie Series: “Little Shop of Horrors”

Jul 22 Creative B Movie Series: “The Thing”

Jul 29 Creative B Movie Series: “Matango”

Welcome New Members!

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Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

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Honda of Gainesville

Kiwanis Club of the University City

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Sunstate Federal Credit Union

Well Florida Council

Consolidated Moving & Transport, LLC.

Chicken Salad Chick – Gainesville

Ferro Real Estate Partners

Royal Restrooms of North Florida

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