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6-16-15 e-Journal: Join us for this Year’s Ultimate Food Fest: Restaurant Week 2015

6-16-15 e-Journal: Join us for this Year’s Ultimate Food Fest: Restaurant Week 2015

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

June 16, 2015

Join us for this Year’s Ultimate Food Fest: Restaurant Week 2015

Greater Gainesville, we hope you’re hungry. Because this Thursday, the Chamber will kick off its annual celebration of our unique region’s unique culinary culture and the small businesses that deliver it, Restaurant Week 2015. This year’s 11-day event will begin June 18 at the Gainesville Regional Airport at 5 p.m., and run through June 28, offering fare fromRead more

Upcoming Events

Jun 16 Ribbon Cutting – Junior League of Gainesville

Jun 18 Gainesville Restaurant Week Kick-off Event

Jun 18-28 Gainesville Restaurant Week

Jun 23 Export University 101

Jun 23 Business Before Hours – Best Western Gateway Grand

Jun 23 75 Year Anniversary – Walker Furniture Ribbon Cutting

Jun 25 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Peaceful Paths Inc.

Jul 10 Opportunity is Knocking: A Lunch and Learn Series

Member Profile: At Jackson Stoneworks, Giving Back is Business as Usual

In 1949, Tyler Ryals grandfather, N. C. Ryals, came to Gainesville to live and work in the construction industry, which at the time, was stimulated by the University of Florida’s growth. He worked on many projects throughout his 53-year career and is remembered today by the Construction Gator statue erected in his honor in the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Since then, the Ryals family has…Read more

Connect with our Tech Entrepreneur Community

Did you know that the technology sector is quickly becoming one of the top growth industry sectors in Gainesville with a workforce that some local industry insiders project will grow by over 30% in the next year? The Gainesville Technology Council and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce are working to accelerate this regional growth by focusing on talent retention, business expansion and attraction…Read more

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 Steve Cannon, Membership Director at…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting at Junior League of Gainesville

Join us we celebrate the Junior League of Gainesville with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at their North Main Street Thrift Shop. The Junior League of Gainesville is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1935, the Thrift Shop has been the primary funding source for the…Read more

U.S. News Ranks UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Top 50 Nationally

Seven specialty areas at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital placed in the nation’s top 50 in U.S. News & World Report rankings released last week. Top 50 specialties include diabetes and endocrinology (16), cardiology and heart surgery (29), cancer (29), pulmonology (34), neonatology (37), nephrology (40) and gastroenterology (49). Read the Gainesville Sun’s related article…Read more

Confused about Breaking into Exporting? Get up to Speed at Export University 101

Don’t let lack of knowledge keep you from tapping into ready foreign markets. An opportunity to get the training you need to market internationally is right around the corner. Export University–a training program developed by the Florida District Export Council in cooperation with the Florida Trade Alliance Partners—will be held June 23, 2015, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Export University can help companies interested in…Read more

Local employers are encouraged to register for second semi-annual Veteran job fair

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce will join forces with Alachua County and community partners to host the second semi-annual Veteran Job Fair on Thursday, July 2, 2015 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center, 1029 N.E. 14th St. This event is free and open to all people who have served in the military.More than 20 employers of various sizes and diverse industries—such as Enterprise Damage…Read more

Alachua County Education Compact in the News

Florida College Access Network: Alachua County Leaders Announce Education Compact to Improve Student Success, Economic Opportunities. In an announcement three years in the making, an impressive group of community leaders in Alachua County have launched a new effort aimed at better preparing students for life after high school. The collaborative, called the Alachua County Education Compact, seeks to mobilize the…Read more

PLI Profile: Alachua Vice Mayor Ben Boukari

Even though he had been in office since 2010, City of Alachua Vice Mayor Ben Boukari decided in 2013 to learn more about leadership by participating in the 2013 Public Leadership Institute. Today, Boukari highly recommends the experience to potential participants from aspiring leaders to citizens who are interested in learning about public policy, candidacy and what it can be like to an elected or appointed official. “The most valuable…Read more

Improving Alachua County’s Business Climate: Infrastructure and Quality of Life

Infrastructure and quality of life impact the business climate. The Gainesville Area Chamber, Alachua County Commission and County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) have collaborated over the past year to improve the business climate in Alachua County. Nearly 50 recommendations stemming from this cooperative effort were unanimously approved by the Alachua County Commission in…Read more

Special Session Update

Florida legislators worked through the weekend to progress toward a final state budget; it is anticipated the budget will be ready for final vote by the end of the work week. Key developments over the past week include: Market Florida: Budget conferees agreed last week to $35 million for Enterprise Florida’s use for global efforts to market Florida as the best climate for business up from the current $0. Targeted Tax Reform: Legislators…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

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Gateway Bank of Central Florida Deepens Commitment to City of Alachua With Purchase of Full-Service Banking Center

Danny Gilliland, Gateway Bank of Central Florida Alachua County Market President recently announced the bank has purchased an existing full-service banking center in the City of Alachua. The site, located…Read more

Great News for Travel Agents

World Class Travel is experiencing a surge in old and new clients thanks to the media consistently reporting the resurgence of travel professionals in the estimation of consumers. Many travelers who historically…Read more

Columbia Bank Is Pleased To Welcome David Tannenbaum

David Tannenbaum has joined Columbia Bank’s growing team as a Mortgage Loan Originator. David has over 16 years of experience in the finance industry and has been a mortgage originator for 13 of those…Read more

Local Volunteer Receives Kohl’s Cares Scholarship

Hailey McLaughlin, 9, from Gainesville has been recognized with a $1,000 scholarship toward higher education by the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact in her community through…Read more

Drivers Ed for Love

Most of us were taught how to read and write and how to drive a car. But when asking a room full of single adults if they were taught how to have a healthy relationship, the answer is typically no. Dr. Isabell…Read more

AMIkids Named Overall Winner of the 2015 Nonprofit of the Year Awards

AMIkids Inc., a nationally-recognized, nonprofit organization that helps young people with a troubled past discover their potential, was named the overall winner of the Tampa Bay Business Journal…Read more

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to announce, by popular demand, a Hold Over of Honky Tonk Angels

Move over Charlie’s Angels because this summer the Hippodrome’s got the Honky Tonk Angels on stage for an extended summer run. HONKY TONK ANGELS is a spirited and rollicking musical journey celebrating…Read more

Great prizes for ‘Battle of the Sexes’ blood drive

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be hosting its Fifth Annual Battle of the Sexes blood drive competition June 22-26, and the ladies in North Florida will be trying to keep their record perfect…Read more

Sweetwater Wetlands Park Formally Opens in Gainesville

A ribbon cutting ceremony today formally introduced Gainesville’s newest recreational showplace – Sweetwater Wetlands Park. State and local dignitaries gathered at the northern tip of Paynes Prairie…Read more

Healthy Alachua Wellness Walks

Healthy Alachua is holding weekly wellness walks Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Fred cone Park through July 6. Themes include foot care, increasing activity and strengthening your body. For more information…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Jun 6 – Jun 27 John C. Maxwell’s “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” Master Class

Jun 8 – Jul 31 Summer Camps

Jun 18 Gainesville Restaurant Week Kick-off Event

Jun 18 – June 28 Gainesville Restaurant Week

Jul 10 Creative B Movie Series: THEM!

Jul 17 Creative B Movie Series: Bringing Up Baby

Jul 24 Make-Up, Moscato & More Hosted by Claudia Jordan of RHOA

Jul 24 Creative B Movie Series: One Million Years B.C.

Jul 31 Creative B Movie Series: Dinosaur 13

Welcome New Members!

Accent Physicians Specialists

Intelligent Legal Services LLC

Residence Inn Gainesville I-75

TMS Staffing

Wal-Mart # 538

Bush Gator Transmission & Auto Repair, Inc

University of Florida College of the Arts

Beginning Precious Steps

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

All Clear Restoration of North Florida

Book Gallery West

Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Direct Auto Insurance

Ference Insurance Agency

Gainesville Job Corps Center

Gainesville Opportunity Center, Inc.

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Sun Country Sports Center

Westlab Pharmacy

Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC

Kelly Services, Inc

Burkhardt Sales & Service of Gainesville

Family Promise of Gainesville, Florida

Hudson & Company, Inc.

Americas Best Value Inn

Charles Perry Partners, Inc

Gainesville Renewable Energy Center

EAN Services, LLC

Gainesville Chevy – Cadillac – Mazda

Los Volcanes, Inc. dba Las Margaritas Restaurant

Sinmat, Inc

Value Place Gainesville

Visiting Angels of Gainesville

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