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eJournal 10-11-2016: Career Discoveries Coming Up, Nov. 5

eJournal 10-11-2016: Career Discoveries Coming Up, Nov. 5

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

October 11, 2016

Career Discoveries Coming Up, Nov. 5

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Alignment and Education Committee is hosting its second annual Career Discoveries Day. Career Discoveries Day is a 3-hour workshop designed to facilitate middle and high school students and their parent exposure to emerging career opportunities in the Greater Gainesville region. Career Discoveries Day is taking place on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Buchholz High School…Read more

Upcoming Events

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

Oct. 13 Chamber After Hours at Trade PMR

Oct. 18 Business Before Hours at Backstreet Blues Chop House

Oct. 20 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

UF Women’s Business and Leadership Conference

In commemoration of Women’s Small Business Month, the UF Women’s Business and Leadership Conference will be held Oct. 19. This conference is designed to connect, educate, and inspire women entrepreneurs toward execution. The day will include dynamic speakers, panel discussions and more. The purpose of this event is to, first, advise women of opportunities that exist with entities such as the University of Florida and secondly, get them excited about entrepreneurship and growing their businesses! Register here

Cade Museum Construction Achieves Highest Peak

The curved steel arc of the $9.5 million Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is rapidly reaching towards the sky at Depot Park. Influenced by the expanding spirals of Fibonacci’s “Golden Ratio,” the grand, 21,000 square foot facility will feature interactive exhibits, temporary exhibit space, the Cade Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, a gift shop, facility rental opportunities, an outdoor educational space, and sculpture garden when it opens in Fall 2017… Read more

Gainesville Black Professionals, Inc. is Now Accepting Nominations for Professional of the Month

Gainesville Black Professionals is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to increase communication, collaboration and networking between professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners. We foster this mission through the development of our business directory, active website, social media outlets and through hosting networking events…Read more

HR Conference on October 18

If you are an HR professional or local business owner, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity to attend the HR Conference 2016 on Oct. 18, co-hosted by Ocala Human Resource Association and North Central Florida SHRM. The conference brings three notable speakers to share their expertise on topics including… Read more

Chamber After Hours at TradePMR, Thursday

October’s Chamber After Hours will be an Open House at TradePMR featuring local food, drink and live music hosted by The Ken and Drew Show. We’ll have tours of our offices and plenty of opportunities to network and win door prizes! Check out the Facebook Page for more details

Business Before Hours at Backstreet Blues, Next Tuesday

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… Register here

Duke Energy Economic Development Team Honored by Site Selection Magazine for 12th Consecutive Year

For the 12th consecutive year, Duke Energy has been named to Site Selection magazine’s annual list of “Top Utilities in Economic Development.” In the magazine’s September edition, it credits Duke Energy’s economic development team and its successful collaboration with state and local partners for delivering more than $3.5 billion in capital investments and over 12,000 new jobs in 2015. Duke Energy has been featured on the list every year since 2005…Read more

October is Manufacturing Month!

Throughout October, the Greater Gainesville Region, in conjunction with the State of Florida will celebrate Manufacturing Month. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Council will host a suite of events aiming to recognize the economic contributions of regional manufacturers and raise public awareness about career opportunities in the field. The Council will host 19 facility tours with approximately 200 middle and high school students, as well as…Read more

Eastside High School Host FAFSA Completion Night Event

On Tuesday, October 4, Eastside High School student services department held their Free Application for Federal Student Aid commonly called the (FAFSA) Completion Night in the school’s computer labs. Twenty-eight students and 54 total family members attended the help session to complete their FAFSA application and had their questions answered…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

See details for this and other county government-related meetings here

Voter Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to register to vote in the general election has been extended one day, to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, in light of the evacuations around the state due to Hurricane Matthew. If you have not already registered to vote in the general election on Tuesday, November 8, visit our non-partisan website. The Register to Vote tab provides the link to the Voter Registration Form, with all of the instructions for our County. is also a one-stop shop for information on some of the candidates appearing on the ballot. Read more in the Gainesville Sun

Distinguished Speaker Series on Nov. 1: Lunch with GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski

Please join us on November 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Parrish Board Room, Our Distinguished Speaker is GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski, who will provide a GRU progress report, with a Q&A following his remarks. The cost for this member-exclusive event is $25 and lunch is included…Register Here


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Receive a Free Granite Lazy Susan for Joining (or Renewing your Membership) the Chamber

All employees of all members of the Gainesville Chamber are invited to participate with Jackson Stoneworks in our pledge to donate 1000 Free Granite Lazy Susans per year for ten years to help raise $1,000,000 for local charities, churches, schools, or community projects. Donors of $100 or more register your donation at website and bring your receipt to Jackson Stoneworks Kitchen and Bath Design Center to have a custom granite lazy susan made in the color of your choice. Read more

Dimension Works Presents the 3DP Roadshow

Over two years ago 3D Platform introduced the “Open Platform Advantage” to 3D printing with their economical, large-format 3DP 1000 printer. Today they lead this segment with the 3DP WORKBENCH, a 1 meter x 1 meter x 0.5 meter big 3D printer, that’s built with industrial-strength SIMO® Series linear actuators, and FAST SurePrint® Servo motors. Register here

Live2Lead: Gainesville Makes Talent Development Easy

Live2Lead is a simulcast experience that brings high impact content from world class speakers. This year’s event is taking place on Friday, Oct. 7 at City Church, 19 SW 1st St., starting at 8am and ending at 12:30pm. This half-day experience allows employees to be fully inspired and enriched with enough time to return to work revived and equipped for the challenges that lay ahead. The simulcast boasts content from Liz Wiseman… Click here for tickets

Gainesville Housing Authority Announces Tavarous Parks as New Housing & Special Programs Coordinator

Tavarous Parks, who joined the Gainesville Housing Authority in February, 2016 as the Housing & Special Programs Coordinator, has been promoted to the Job Training & Entrepreneurial Program Director. In this new role Tavarous will assist residents on Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher program in obtaining valuable job skills and knowledge to become gainfully employed, self-sufficient, and financially secure. Prior, Tavarous spent 2 years with the Dept. of Children and Family and served as the Family Services Counselor working with families and childcare businesses around the City of Gainesville. Tavarous has an over-whelming passion for helping individuals reach their true potential.

The Hippodrome Theatre announces Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on stage Oct. 14

Just in time for the Halloween season, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? opens Oct. 14, with discount previews Oct. 12 and 13, and runs until Nov. 6. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is a psychological thriller that follows the story of a former child star who torments her sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Based off of the 1962 cult classic film starring…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

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

Welcome New Members!

Bakery Mill & Deli

Banks Insurance Group

Veterans First Lawn Care, LLC.

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!


Brookside Apartments

Burkhardt Sales & Service of Gainesville

CareSpot Express Healthcare

D.L. Hulse Consulting


Keller Williams

North Florida Surgical Pavillion

OEC Business Interiors

StorterChilds Printer Co.

Suwannee River Area Health Education Center

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