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e-Journal 9-29-15: SunTrust Bank Announced as Presenting Sponsor for Business of the Year Awards. Application Deadline Extended

e-Journal 9-29-15: SunTrust Bank Announced as Presenting Sponsor for Business of the Year Awards. Application Deadline Extended

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

September 29, 2015

SunTrust Bank Announced as Presenting Sponsor for Business of the Year Awards. Application Deadline Extended.

If you believe your company stands out among the competition through excellence, innovation, business practices or community involvement, you now have extra time to nominate it for the 2015 Chamber Business of the Year Award sponsored by SunTrust Bank. The application deadline has been extended until Friday, October 9 at 5 p.m.Read more

Upcoming Events

Oct 1 Ribbon Cutting – Care Spot Healthcare / UF Health

Oct 6 Business Matters Workshop Series 3 of 4

Oct 7 Export University 201: Website Design for a Global Marketplace

Oct 9 Live2Lead:Gainesville

Oct 20 Business Before Hours – Francesca’s Trattoria

Gainesville Chamber Releases Preliminary State Legislative Priorities

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce releases its 2016 preliminary state legislative priorities with citizen accountability, transportation connectivity, reducing the cost of doing business, and increasing investments for the future as its guiding principles. “These preliminary 2016 state priorities promote economic development, business growth, and community progress,” said Bryan Harrington,…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

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

Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting hosted by CareSpot this Thursday

Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest location for CareSpot Express Healthcare with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration….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…Read more

In Their Own Words: Jack Ryals, Jackson Stoneworks on Envision Alachua

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has created a suite of programs and materials designed to educate members on the opportunity presented to the region via Envision Alachua. The Chamber now will share Chamber members’ insights in support of Envision Alachua via a periodic feature, “In their own Words.” In this clip, local business owner Jack Ryals talk about why Envision Alachua makes sense for businesses and families….Read more

STEM Ready Participants Among Those Honored by Governor Scott

Of the startups recognized by Governor Rick Scott recently at the Innovation Hub (link to last week’s article), four—YouthCombine, Eventplicity, RAPiD Genomics and Captozyme –are participants in STEM Ready, the latest talent-boosting initiative undertaken by CareerSource North Central Florida…..Read more

Live2Lead: Gainesville features one of the most sought after business speakers, Patrick Lencioni – author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”

Live2Lead: Gainesville will take place Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Paramount Plaza.At the beginning of every year, people all over the world have thoughts and dreams of becoming healthier individuals. They put away all indulgences …Read more

Help us Shape Greater Gainesville’s Regional Brand

Many of us who call Greater Gainesville home know it is rich in potential, from its vibrant business and cultural communities, to its unparalleled educational institutions and resources, to its lush landscapes, the list of regional assets goes on and on. We know this region has game-changing assets. But the rest of the world doesn’t. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken a Regional Branding…Read more

Export University 201: Website Design for a Global Marketplace

If you have a website, you have global exposure already! Optimize it! According to Forrester Research, 50% of Internet traffic in the United States originates overseas as of 2010. If you look at your website traffic statistics, your website may be drafting even higher numbers. If not, why not? Can you afford to ignore 50% or more of your “walk-in” traffic? This is a NON-TECHNICAL seminar for management…Read more


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United Way of North Central Florida Staffer Invited to Present at 2ndAnnual International Conference in Australia

United Way of North Central Florida Director of Community Impact Jennifer Stojkovic will present at the annual Results-Based Accountability Summit Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Sydney, Australia. This unique opportunity is funded in part by Results Leadership …Read more

Contribute to the Making of a Masterpiece:
Become an Art Sponsor for the Downtown Festival & Art Show

Foster creativity in Alachua County by becoming an Art Sponsor at the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show held Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the nationally-recognized …Read more

Horror Film Line-Up Haunts the Hippodrome Cinema this October

Hippodrome Cinema patrons are in for a treat during this year’s festive programming in October. All month long, the cinema will feature …Read more

Dance Alive National Ballet Elects New Members to its Board of Trustees

Dance Alive National Ballet (DANB) President Gary Ascani and Executive Artistic Director Kim Tuttle are pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees.Patti Breedlove, Director of Sid Martin Biotechnology …Read more

Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde Oct. 7th! Join Us!

Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde presents American Made Movie, about the importance and economic value of maintaining local business …Read more

Annual Passes Now Available for Sweetwater Wetlands Park

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that, starting Monday, Sept. 14, visitors will be able to purchase annual passes to enjoy Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The annual pass costs $75, and is valid from Oct. 1, 2015 …Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Oct 3 Information Session / Open House

Oct 7 Export University 201: Website Design for a Global Marketplace

Oct 7 Navigating HIPAA Compliance

Oct 9 Live2Lead:Gainesville

Oct 10 Walk To End Alzheimer’s


Oct 29 Bodacious Handbag Bingo

Nov 14 American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE

Welcome New Members!

Ashtin Communications

Kattell & Company, PL

3G Video Production Services

Carl S. Mink, CPA, PA

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Employers Remedy, Inc.

Lentz-Dodd Financial Group

Tall Paul’s Brew House

McCoy Mini Storage

OPIE Softwarep

Purvis and Gray

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