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eJournal 10-18-2016: Gainesville Leaders Gain Insights, Learn About Best Practices in Austin

eJournal 10-18-2016: Gainesville Leaders Gain Insights, Learn About Best Practices in Austin

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

October 18, 2016

Gainesville Leaders Gain Insights, Learn About Best Practices in Austin

Look around you, and you will see signs that the Chamber’s vision of Greater Gainesville as a global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity is materializing in our region. Yet we realize that though we have made progress as a region, much work remains to be done. Studying and experiencing regions with similar attributes, assets and challenges is one way to move our region closer to the bright future we know is possible here. That is why a delegation of more than 40 local leaders in business, education, government, workforce and the nonprofit sector traveled to Austin, Texas, last week for the 2016 Intercity Leadership Exchange…Read more

Upcoming Events

Today: Business Before Hours at Backstreet Blues Chop House

Today Lunch with the Gainesville Tech Council

Oct. 20 Ribbon Cutting for Aldi’s Grand Opening

Oct. 20 Ribbon Cutting at Allison Ables

Oct. 25 Ribbon Cutting at SportClips

Nov. 2 Business Matters Workshop Series 7 of 8


2016 Business Awards Deadline Extended to Oct. 20

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

Celebration Pointe Bridge Walk & Fall Festival

The public is encouraged to attend the Celebration Pointe Bridge Walk & Fall Festival on Saturday, November 5. The event is a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Gainesville, which works to break the cycle of child abuse by providing a child friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused, neglected and trafficked children… Read more

Florida Chamber Seeking Feedback on Workers’ Comp Rate Change

It’s official – state regulators last week approved to increase workers’ compensation rates by 14.5 percent, effective December 1, 2016 for new and renewal policies. That’s because the Supreme Court recently declared portions of Florida’s workers’ comp system unconstitutional, and in one case, said a plaintiff trial lawyer should receive $38,000 in attorney fees for a case in which the injured worker was awarded only $800… Read more and take the survey

Gainesville Recently Ranked as Prime Area for Hispanic Business Owners in the 2016 Best Places for Hispanic Entrepreneurs Report

Gainesville, Florida was ranked as a great place for Hispanic business owners because the area holds strong educational values for Hispanics, substantial networking potential, a thriving post-recession economy, a high density of Hispanic business owners, and access to affordable housing…Read the full report

Need a Speaker for your Next Meeting? Call the Chamber

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a speakers’ bureau with a goal of reaching out to community organizations and partners to share our mission, vision and activities, illustrate how our work relates to the community at-large, and learn more about the priorities of other groups…Read more

TODAY, Business Before Hours at Backstreet Blues

Join us this morning 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

Ribbon Cutting for the Grand Opening of Aldi, Thursday

Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Butler Plaza Aldi Supermarket with a Ribbon Cutting Event. Known for its premium exclusive brands, Aldi offers high-quality grocery items at incredibly low prices. Sample exclusive brands, tour the new store and take home a taste of ALDI with a special gift bag. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 8:15 a.m… Read more

Ribbon Cutting at Allison Ables Real Estate & Property Management, Thursday

Join us to celebrate the official grand opening of the new and expanded offices of Allison Ables Realty with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Owners Allison Ables and Blair Janes will welcome attendees and make a brief presentation. Guests will have the opportunity to personally meet the staff and tour the facility while enjoying entertainment and refreshments… Read more

Joe Cirulli to Keynote Chamber’s Career Discoveries Day

Homeless, visionary, pilot, entrepreneur, leader, builder of culture, all the fuel and characteristics that lead to fulfilling a dream to make Gainesville the healthiest city in America. With his list of things, he wanted to accomplish in life. Joe Cirulli, the owner, and founder of Gainesville Health & Fitness and Past Chair of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has focused his life on two things: helping people become healthy and building a company culture that inspires people to become their best… Read more

Greater Gainesville Celebrates Manufacturing Month in October

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Council kicked off its second annual Manufacturing Month with facility tours for Alachua County middle school and high school students. More than 200 local students visited 16 manufacturing facilities to learn about the many things #madeinGNV! Regional manufacturers providing tours included Fracture, Sandvik…Read more

MAF Annual Summit & Marketplace: Deadline Approaching!

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…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

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

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Cutting Edge Lawn Care Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Cutting Edge Lawn Care recently recognized its 15th year of proud service to Gainesville customers! Cutting Edge opened its doors on August 1, 2001, and has provided excellent service to customers since then. Notably, their work held up to the challenges of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Cutting Edge thanks its customers for their business over the last 15 years, and looks forward to many more years of providing excellent service…Learn more

React-Redux Training Classes, Oct. 24-26

Gainesville Dev Academy and Santa Fe College Continuing Education Introduction to React/Redux 3-day training class teaches experienced JavaScript developers the skills they need to immediately implement React/Redux in their applications. You’ll be exposed to the constellation of middleware and integration libraries,
and you’ll learn how to work with key lifecycle events to improve your application’s
performance…Read more

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… Read more

Attorneys Aid in Hurricane Cleanup Efforts

Several attorneys with Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A. were part of a massive volunteer cleanup effort to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew recently. When disaster struck, the volunteers quickly assembled to provide first-responder assistance to survivors whose property had been ravaged by the storm.Read more

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

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

Laura A. Gross Elected as Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Donnelly + Gross is pleased to announce that Laura A. Gross has been elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest peer-reviewed distinction in the United States. The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (CLEL) is a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Oct. 20 Florida Local Brews & Live Music at the Florida Museum

Oct. 22 Cultural Plaza Festival

Nov. 2 The CEO Power Hour Luncheon Series

Nov. 3 Free Workshop on the Power of Communication

Nov. 4 Live2Lead Gainesville

Nov. 4-5 Florida Fly Fishing Expo

Welcome New Members!

Creative Chippy Party Services

Epic IT Solutions

Quicki LLC

Zen Vibe Yoga

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

AllState – Judy Locascio

Romona M. Chance

City College

Gainesville Buick GMC

Gator Hydroponics


Landmark Mortgage Planners

Magnolia Family Dental

N. David Flagg, Torch Consultants, LLC

New York Life Insurance Co. – Martha Kern

Partnership for Strong Families

Star Import Service, Inc.

The Rickman Partnership, Inc.

The Tech Toybox

Theissen Training Systems, Inc.

Thrivent Financial

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