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e-Journal 8-4-15: University of Florida Seeking Community Input

e-Journal 8-4-15: University of Florida Seeking Community Input

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

August 4, 2015

University of Florida Seeking Community Input

In April of this year, University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs announced the formation of a Task Force to help guide a campus-wide goal setting effort to identify the university’s goals and shared priorities over the next five to 10 years. Made up of students, faculty and administrators from UF, began gathering information for the goals through stakeholderRead more

Upcoming Events

Aug 6 Ribbon Cutting – Targeted Training Solutions

Aug 11 Chamber 101 – Meet the Chamber Staff

Aug 12 Ribbon Cutting – Earth Fare

Aug 12 Advanced Manufacturing Council – 3rd Quarter General Council Meeting

Aug 18 Business Before Hours – TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Aug 20 Chamber After Hours – Volkswagen of Gainesville

Aug 22-23 TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs

Aug 28 Ribbon Cutting – PDQ

Announcing Leadership Gainesville Class 42

The Gainesville Chamber is pleased to announce the 42nd class of Leadership Gainesville (LG), which kicks off on August 13, 2015, at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. As one of the oldest leadership programs in the nation and the state of Florida, the Chamber and LG have been developing and inspiring leaders in Alachua County and the surrounding region for four decades, and LG alumni have been making a significant impact on the…Read more

Pauline Williams: 15 Years of Dedicated Service

If you have called or visited the Chamber offices, you know her. If you sought the Chamber’s help before moving to the area, you know her. If you have attended a Chamber event, you know her: Ms. Pauline Williams. The Chamber team recently surprised Ms. Pauline by celebrating her 15th anniversary as the “Face of the Chamber.” “They definitely got one over on me,” said Pauline. “I wasn’t expecting to be recognized.” Ms. Pauline…Read more

Member Anniversaries

Congratulations are in order for Chamber members celebrating anniversaries. From new businesses to companies that have called Gainesville home for generations, these members daily embody the innovative spirit of our region. We hope you will join us in thanking them for the commitment they have demonstrated to the Gainesville area as Chamber members and wish them many more years of success! 55 Years – Ilene’s for Fashion…Read more

Survey: Tell us what you think about the e-Journal

The Chamber is conducting a survey to learn more about your thoughts on the eJournal and how you prefer to receive Chamber news. Please take a moment to answer this short survey on or before Aug. 21: …Read more

Member Profile: CareSpot Offers Optimized Patient Care Experience

Gainesville’s two CareSpot Express HealthCare locations—on SW 2nd Ave. and NW 43rd St.—are part of a network of more than 50 locations spanning four states in the Southeastern U.S. But when it comes to individualized patient care, “custom” is a key word. One of Gainesville’s CareSpot locations is open 365 days a year for maximum patient accessibility. To increase convenience and access for patients, CareSpot another…Read more

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cuttings at Targeted Training Solutions, Earth Fare, Faith in Visions Realized LLC and Volkswagen of Gainesville

Join Targeted Training Solutions on August 6 in celebrating their new, state-of-the-art, computer testing lab, and the opening of the National Center for Logistics Education and Research, with this Ribbon Cutting Event. There will be room tours, door prizes, food, beverages and entertainment. The official Ribbon Cutting Event will commence at 5:30pm. On August 12, join Earth Fare to celebrate the official Grand…Read more

Save with Member-to-Member Discounts

Chamber members are eligible for discounts on auto purchases, computer networking and repair, legal services, advertising and a list of others. In many cases, the discounts offered have the potential to more than repay most annual membership dues. Please go to Member Discount Section of the Gainesville Chamber website to learn more about the available discounts. We want to be a catalyst for growth in member businesses. If you would like to connect directly with Chamber members to boost your sales, we recommend listing an offer in the Member Discounts section….Read more

Growing Coalition Shows Support for Envision Alachua

Support for Envision Alachua is growing in a visible way across local businesses, economic development groups, education and environmental advocates, nonprofit organizations, and Alachua County residents. At—which makes the business case for the initiative—40 local businesses and individuals have added their names to the growing list of supporters. Why? Take a look at…Read more

Opportunity is Knocking on Friday, August 7

Join us for this event — part of a series of first Friday luncheons presented by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Envision Alachua — focused on transforming greater Gainesville and creating our area’s future. This luncheon will cover the changing landscape of agricultural life sciences, the value of public-private partnerships and innovations in our own back yard with UF/IFAS researcher…Read more

UX: Gainesville – Designing a City for the People

The Community Foundation of North Central Florida recently announced a collaborative partnership with The Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee on Economic Competitiveness and IDEO, an award-winning global design and innovation consultation firm. The initiative, currently dubbed UX: Gainesville, will focus on creating a more service-oriented, user-centered approach to city government. “UX ,“ an…Read more

We Need Your Feedback By Thursday!

Each Chamber member should have received a 4-6-question survey via email on July 15. The purpose of this survey is to gauge member interest in developing a new or maintaining their current internship program. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Alignment and Education committee is exploring a set of solutions that will best provide businesses the assistance needed to develop and implement an internship…Read more

3 Weeks Left to Register for the “Must Attend” Two-Day Intensive IT Bootcamp on August 22-23

After hearing tech horror stories at speaking engagements from entrepreneurs around the world, The Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track” Nelly Yusupova (DigitalWoman), chief technology officer of Webgrrls International, created TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs to teach business owners the skills they need to become more capable, confident and competent in a short period of time. TechSpeak for…Read more

The Gainesville Business Community Facilitate Student and Parent Exposure to Emerging Career Opportunities

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Alignment and Education committee is hosting a 3-hour workshop to inform students and parents about emerging career opportunities in the region. Career Discoveries is taking place Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High School, 3000 E. University Ave. Career Discoveries, sponsored by Domino’s, features…Read more

Tech Council Meets, Explores K-12 Talent Innovation

Members of the Gainesville Tech Council met July 28 to discuss recent developments as well as areas of focus for the remainder of 2015. Among items of discussion were the declaration of “Josh Greenberg Day” in April 2016 in honor of the late tech leader and innovator, and ideas for paying tribute to his legacy via a tree planting ceremony during that month. Council members also received…Read more

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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United Way Introduces Emerging Leaders United

United Way of North Central Florida is pleased to announce that the affinity group Young Leaders Society has a new name: Emerging Leaders United. Emerging Leaders United (ELU) is a group of community-focused…Read more

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

AUDITIONS!!! The 2016 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will be back in Gainesville the last weekend in January and first weekend in February and they are currently looking for actors, singers, tumblers and stage…Read more

Kirkland’s to bring great style and prices to Gainesville

Butler Plaza will introduce yet another new-to-the-market store to Gainesville this year. Kirkland’s, a specialty home décor retailer, is planned to open in early August at 3910 SW Archer Road in Butler…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Aug 4 Learn QuickBooks – Desktop Version

Aug 5 Learn QuickBooks – Online Version

Aug 11 Everything You Wanted to Know About Business Deductions (but were afraid to ask!)

Aug 12 Tax Secrets for Realtors

Sep 18-20 ButterflyFest Plant Sale

Sep 19 ButterflyFest

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