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eJournal 9-27-2016: Help Shape the Chamber’s Public Policy Initiatives

eJournal 9-27-2016: Help Shape the Chamber’s Public Policy Initiatives

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

September 27, 2016

Help Shape the Chamber’s Public Policy Initiatives

As the voice of business in this region, the Gainesville Chamber creates programs and partnerships focused on advocating for our business community. We proactively represent these interests by working with elected officials and decision makers on the city, county, regional, state and federal levels of government.
The Chamber advances policy positions before government officials, promoting business growth, economic development and community progress…
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Upcoming Events

Oct. 5 Business Matters Workshop Series 6 of 8

Oct. 10-12 2016 Intercity Leadership Trip to Austin, TX

Oct. 13 Chamber After Hours at Trade PMR

Oct. 20 Business Before Hours at Backstreet Blues Chop House

Oct. 18 Ribbon Cutting at Allison Ables


Nominations Now Open for 2016 Business of the Year Awards

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce annually honors businesses for their role in helping our region become the global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity. To be considered for a Business Award, the organization should standout for excellence and innovation with its’ business practices and community involvement.Winners will be announced at our Business Awards Celebration to be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel…Read more

Attention Entrepreneurs: Cox Business is Hosting Get Started Gainesville

If you are an entrepreneur, or know any entrepreneurs or start-ups with a great idea, please let them know about Get Started Gainesville, to be hosted by Cox Business on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.Chamber President. Chamber CEO Susan Davenport will serve on the Panel of Experts judging at the event…Read more

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Shares Tips to Help Businesses Increase Event and General Safety

During both steady state and times of heightened awareness, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) engages closely with private sector and community partners to provide expert counsel and recommendations about protective measures they can implement to protect facilities and venues….Read more

2016 Cox Communications Battle of the Bands on Oct. 1

The Cox Communications Battle of the Bands, produced by Leadership Gainesville Class 40 and benefitting the Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children, will take place on October 1, 2016 at the Tioga Town Center from 4 to 9 p.m. The event will feature seven local bands that will compete for a prize package worth over $5000 including a Recording Package from SkyLab Studios! The event will be FREE and open to the public and will feature a live auction, food trucks and vendors, regular and adult beverages provided by Fluid Lounge/WOB and so much more! Follow the Event on Facebook

Was Your Business Impacted by Hurricane Hermine?

Click here to learn more about the Emergency Bridge Loan Program recently activated by Governor Scott.

Business Matters Workshop Coming Up: How to Stay Competitive

What does it mean to be competitive in today’s business environment? Learn this and more at Session 6 of the Business Matters Workshop Series! The speaker will be Gainesville Dev Academy CoFounder Duncan Kabinu.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn and understand how to compete in today’s market. Click here to register

Thomas H. Clemens, CEcD, Joins Chamber as Vice President of Economic Development

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Thomas H. Clemens, CEcD, has accepted the position of Vice President of Economic Development and will lead the Chamber’s efforts to attract and retain businesses-and the jobs that come with them-in the five key sectors the Chamber is working to grow: Agricultural Sciences, Software/IT, Advanced Materials, Advanced Logistics and Life Sciences. The Chamber also has placed a major emphasis on Advanced Manufacturing as an…Read more

Historically Underutilized Business Information

Alachua County invites small businesses in the area to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The program encourages economic development in historically…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…View Hot Jobs Here

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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Parisleaf Announces New Creative Director

After months of searching, Parisleaf is pleased to announce the selection of our new Creative Director, Matt Steel, who will take over as lead creative for our production team. Matt will be joining the team at the beginning of October, 2016. Finding our new CD was a wild ride. We heard from over 250 applicants in locations like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Indianapolis, Denver, Miami, New York, Chicago, the UK, and Switzerland…Read More

Dance Alive National Ballet Invites You to Meet the Dancers

Join Dance Alive on October 1 at 2 p.m. for this unique event! Meet The Dancers is an up close and personal opportunity to watch the spectacular dancers of Dance Alive prepare for the season. Passion, athleticism, beauty and grace inches away from you! Join them afterwards in the studio for a meet-and-greet reception…Read more

Children’s Home Society of Florida Hosting Charity Happy Hour, Tomorrow

Children’s Home Society of Florida will host its quarterly happy hour fundraiser on September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluid Lounge in Newberry. All event proceeds will benefit CHS programs, ensuring Florida’s most vulnerable children are safe, healthy and prepared for life. Each $10 entrance fee provides attendees snacks from World of Beer’s new kitchen. Call (352) 334-0955 for more information or email

Dev Academy Enrollment is Open

The Gainesville Dev Academy is now enrolling for classes that begin September 28, 2016 and will teach you to build Apple iOS iPhone or iPad apps in only 12 weeks. Mobile App Technology is a high-pay, high-growth field…Read more

Hartfield Insurance to Host Kickin’ It Martial Arts Tournament

Hartfield Insurance Group invites the Gainesville community to participate in Kickin’ It! The 4th Annual Martial Arts Tournament and Expo benefitting Stop Children’s Cancer. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1st, at the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center, 4820 Newberry Road Gainesville, Florida 32607. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. There is a $35 fee to participate in the Karate…Read more

Advantage Personnel Resources is now a licensed Professional Employer Organization (PEO)

Gainesville’s very own Advantage Personnel Resources has recently expanded their Payroll and HR service offerings by becoming a licensed Professional Employer Organization (PEO). PEOs provide comprehensive HR solutions for small and mid-size businesses. Payroll, workers compensation, benefits, HR, tax administration, and regulatory compliance assistance are some of the many services PEOs provide to growing businesses across the country. Small businesses that work with a PEO grow 7 to 9 percent faster, have employee turnover that is 10 to 14 percent lower employee turnover, and are 50 percent less likely to go out of business. Read more

Sun Country Sports Center’s 28th Annual Sunny’s Howl-A-Palooza Carnival to Benefit The March of Dimes

This year’s carnival will be held on Sunday, October 23rd from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sun Country’s facility in Jonesville. All proceeds from the carnival directly benefit the March of Dimes. Join us for fun activities both inside and outside the facility, including costume contests, haunted houses, train rides, bounce houses, raffle, carnival games, hay rides, Sun Country’s Gym Bus, sno-cones and pizza…Read more

Campbell Spellicy Engineering’s New Look and New Team Member

Campbell Spellicy Engineering, Inc. (CSEI) is proud to announce the launch of their new website, the design of which was coordinated and will be maintained and hosted by Vital Help Desk (VHD) of Clermont, Florida. We are also very pleased to welcome our newest staff member and electrical engineer, Timothy W. Smith, PE…Read More

Learn to Build iOS Applications in 12 Weeks!

Gainesville Dev Academy, in partnership with Santa Fe College’s Continuing Education Program, will teach you everything you need to know to build Apple iOS Apps from concept to distribution. Starting Sept. 28, classes will commence for the 12-week program…Read More

Shift Church’s Family Fest at Westwood Middle School, Oct. 1

Shift Church is hosting Family Fest (free admission) at Westwood Middle School, 3215 NW 15th Ave, on October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be carnival games, bounce houses, music, kid activities and more! Free food will be available featuring hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy, snow cones and drinks. Contact: Kimberly Peterson,

Upcoming Community Events

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

Welcome New Members!

Advanced Tire & Service

Computer Wizz

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill

Earth Origins Market

Rogers Welding, Machine & Design

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

A-Turner Moving & Storage

Clear Sound Audiology


Employers Remedy, Inc.

Gator Moving & Storage Co.

Genius Entertainment

Jones, Edmunds & Associates

Las Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

Lowe’s Home Center

Mycro School

New Scooters 4 Less


Purvis Gray & Co., CPAs

Robinshore, Inc.

Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes

Willis Towers Watson

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