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eJournal 10-4-2016: Nominations Now Open for 2016 Business of the Year Awards

eJournal 10-4-2016: Nominations Now Open for 2016 Business of the Year Awards

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

October 4, 2016

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

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


Gainesville Regional Airport Runway Project Garners Florida DOT Award

The rehabilitation of Gainesville Regional Airport’s (GNV) secondary runway is garnering accolades, including State Project of the Year from the Florida Department of Transportation. GNV executives accepted the award late last month at the Florida Airports Council annual conference…Read more in Florida Trend

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

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise: Prime Contractor Networking Event, Oct. 6

Come, meet and get to know some of the major prime contractors for the turnpike, and talk about potential contracting opportunities that may be available. The event is Oct. 6 in Ocoee and admission is $10. In addition, you have the opportunity to meet many of the representatives from various departments within the turnpike, attend informative workshop shop sessions… Register here

Cade Museum’s own Patty Lipka and Cutting Edge Programs Highlighted at the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ 2016 Annual Conference

The Cade Museum for Creativity+Invention participated in the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Annual Conference last weekend in Tampa, Florida. ASTC is a world-wide organization that provides professional support and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions who are dedicated to using innovative techniques to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and inspire students of all ages…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

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 Tomorrow: 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

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

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

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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Women’s Giving Circle of North Central Florida’s Decade of Impact Celebration, Oct. 6

The Women’s Giving Circle of North Central Florida is celebrating 10 years of collective giving in our community with an open celebration. The Decade of Impact Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand. The celebration is open to the community and will feature guest speaker Dr. Stacy Carlson, President and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Past and present Giving Circle members are complimentary and guest tickets are $35 per person. Click here for tickets

Dance Alive National Ballet Presents its Annual Halloween Costume Sale

Dance Alive and The Next Generation present The BEST EVER Great Halloween Costume Sale. October 8, 15, and 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1325 NW 2 Street, Gainesville, Florida. Great adult and children’s costumes! Hip-Hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary and tap costumes for girls and boys/men and women – some never been worn that originally cost $65. All profits from this sale will go to support DANB’s arts education programs.

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

Attorney Julie Waldman Appointed to County Task Force

Attorney Julie Waldman was recently appointed by unanimous vote of the Alachua County Commission to the Original Florida Tourism Task Force. Formed in 1993, the Original Florida Tourism Task Force, now known as Visit Natural North Florida, is a governmental entity formed through an inter-local agreement among county governments to promote tourism in north central Florida. The region encompasses Florida’s Big Bend coastal area…Read more

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!

McCallum Cabinets, Inc.

Progressive Employer Management Company

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

All Florida Personnel

Ameris Bank


Chandler, Lang, Haswell & Cole, P.A.

Clayton-Johnson, P.A.

Cone Distributing, Inc.

Douglas William Executive Health Program

Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille

Irving Publications / Giggle Magazine

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

Mobiquity, Inc.

Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network

Pranges Planscapes & Florist

Surgical Group of Gainesville

The Gainesville Sun

The Independent Florida Alligator

Town Tire Pros

Wise’s Pharmcy

Xhale, Inc.

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