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e-Journal 8-2-16: Announcing Leadership Gainesville Class 43

e-Journal 8-2-16: Announcing Leadership Gainesville Class 43

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

August 2, 2016

Announcing Leadership Gainesville Class 43

The Gainesville Chamber is pleased to announce the 43rd class of Leadership Gainesville (LG), which kicks off on August 5, 2016. As one of the oldest leadership programs in the nation and the state of Florida, the Chamber and LG have been developing and inspiring leaders in Alachua County and the surrounding region for four decades, and LG alumni have been making a significant impact on the growth and success of our surrounding community.LG is a year-long community leadership program designed to showcase…Read more

Upcoming Events

Aug 2 Town Hall Candidates Forum

Aug 3 Business Matters Workshop Series 4 of 8

Aug 3 Ribbon Cutting at Wal-Mart

Aug 10 Third Quarter Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Aug 19 Ribbon Cutting at B3 Gym

Aug 19 3D Printing for Manufacturing


Nominations for the 2017 Gator100 Open Through September 15, 2016

The Gator100 isn’t reserved for large corporations. Any business that meets the program’s criteria is eligible for consideration. From businesses that serve the world to businesses serving their communities, the Gator100 is designed to recognize them all.Anyone can nominate a company for inclusion in the Gator100. If you know of a Gator-owned or Gator-led business, submit a nomination…Read more

Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow at Wal-Mart’s New Butler Plaza North Location

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of WalMart’s new and larger facility with a Ribbon Cutting celebration tomorrow at 7 a.m. Enjoy speeches and giveaways as Butler Plaza North welcomes one of its’ newest business…Click here for more details

Learn how to Maximize Your Time Tomorrow at Business Matters Workshop

In today’s business world, every minute matters. Learning how to manage your time can reduce stress and improve business performance. Join us on August 3rd at St. Leo University to hear speaker, author and sales, management and leadership authority Brad Raney talk about strategies you can implement…Click here for more details

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 this year to host this event at your place of business. For more information contact Membership Director Steve Cannon at

Go Behind the Scenes with Regional Manufacturers at Exactech, Aug. 10

The Third Quarter Advanced Manufacturing Council Meeting will be August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Exactech!
Disruptive technologies are changing the way products are manufactured. Hear from manufacturing leaders at Exactech on how they are staying ahead of their industry as they reveal their latest technology additions that will disrupt the way they produce their products. At this event, you will also receive a facility tour….Read more

Gainesville to Host the 2016 Manufacturers Association of Florida Summit, Nov. 15-17

The Manufacturers Association of Florida’s Annual Summit and Marketplace is the one event each year for manufacturers and those that serve them to come together to share their perplexing business issues, make plans to address them, and celebrate successes of the industry and our Florida manufacturers. Click here to find out more about sponsoring the summit. Don’t miss out on this huge occasion for our regional and statewide manufacturers…Click here to register

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…View Hot Jobs Here

Candidate Town Hall Tonight

The Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Alachua Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Town Hall Candidates Forum on August 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City of Newberry Municipal Building. Come out and hear from local, state and federal candidates running in this year’s election….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


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The Global MMA Academy: Martial Arts Block Party, Aug. 5

The Global MMA Academy is hosting a free block party in celebration of its 10-year anniversary on Friday, August 5, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at 4000 W. Newberry Road, Suite F., Gainesville, FL 32607. Join us for demonstrations, class information, food and fun for the whole family. More information is available at or call (352) 317-1007.

Homowo Afi 2016 – 13th African Festival

Support fellow Chamber member Ayoka Gifts by checking out the 2016 Homowo Afi 13th Annual African Festival! It takes place August 5 to 7 and will be full of entertainment, parades and great food…Click here for more information

LOH-POP Hosts 5th Annual Back to School Supply Drive, Aug. 6

LOH-POP is hosting their 5th Annual Back to School Supply Drive on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at First Magnitude Brewery. Please consider donating items such as: 3 subject spiral notebooks, wide ruled and college ruled notebook paper, composition notebooks, 1″ to 3″ binders, 2 pocket folders (all colors), 24 count crayons and/or colored pencils, backpacks, and of course, pens and pencils. Donations will be accepted from 2 to 5 p.m. and feel free to stay for a cool beverage and yes…Bring a Friend!

Body by Boris Rebrands as B3 Gym and Opens New, Larger Facility

Body by Boris, a local gym with CrossFit, Bootcamp, and Personal Training, has changed its name to B3 Gym and is hosting a grand opening to celebrate their new facility. The event will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 2134 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32609. The event is free and open to the public…Read More

Butler Enterprises Names Joey Mandese as new Director of Development

Central Florida developer Butler Enterprises named Joey Mandese its director of development. He will oversee all elements, from design through construction, of the redevelopment of Butler Town Center, a Main Street-style, mixed-use complex going up in Gainesville….Read More

Upcoming Community Events

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

Aug 12 Tech Battle of the Bands: Startup Showcase

Welcome New Members!

Eden Michele Salon

Home Depot Store 1854

Orta’s Painting

Small Business Development Center

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Carpet One Floor & Home

Country Inn & Suites

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine

Community Bank & Trust of Florida

Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries

The HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

University Athletic Association

Waste Pro

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