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e-Journal 9-9-15: Senior Transportation Initiative Spurs Economic Opportunity while Meeting Community Needs

e-Journal 9-9-15: Senior Transportation Initiative Spurs Economic Opportunity while Meeting Community Needs

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

September 9, 2015

Senior Transportation Initiative Spurs Economic Opportunity while Meeting Community Needs

Mayor Ed Braddy, Chamber Interim President/CEO Susan Davenport and other leaders embarked on an April economic development marketing delegation trip to share the story of opportunity in Gainesville with Silicon Valley tech companies and investors. A concept stemming from ideas conceived on this trip has led to an innovative senior transportation initiativeRead more

Upcoming Events

Sep 9 CEO Investors Luncheon

Sep 9 Manufacturing Workforce Focus Group

Sep 10 Chamber After Hours – Gainesville Harley Davidson & Crevasse’s Simple Cremation

Sep 15 Regional Business Before Hours – Campus USA Credit Union

Sep 16 Ribbon Cutting – Gainesville Housing Authority

Sep 18 Public Leader Awards Ceremony

Sep 22 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 4

2015 Public Leader Awards: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to Keynote

Please join us at the Chamber’s 2015 Public Leader Awards ceremony on Friday, September 18th from 11:30am – 1:00pm at Springhill Church (120 SE Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32641) as we honor several leaders from our region. The Honorable Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of the City of Tampa, will be the keynote speaker. Please Register Here to purchase tickets or contact us at 352-378-2498 to secure a table…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.

It’s Time To Honor Gainesville’s Best in Business: 2015 BOTY Awards Sponsorships Available

It’s time to celebrate! Each year, the Chamber’s Business of the Year event offers an opportunity to honor the growth and leadership of area businesses. Planning is in full effect for this year’s program and the Chamber is excited to offer a unique sponsorship opportunity. For each of the 2015 award categories, a $500 sponsorship is available. This $500 sponsorship offers one of your team members…Read more

Business Celebrations: Chamber After Hours, Business Before Hours & Ribbon Cuttings

Join us on September 16 to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) Small Business Incubator. GHA is devoted to creating opportunities for those individuals facing challenges in today’s economy as well as assist them in developing valuable skills, knowledge and self-sufficiency. Food and beverages will be provided. The official Ribbon Cutting Event will commence at 4:15pm…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

Envision Alachua Update

Since the submittal of the revised Envision Alachua Sector Plan on June 25, the approval process has been moving forward, especially in Hawthorne. EA-Hawthorne is Plum Creek’s application request for annexation and a comprehensive plan amendment to the city of Hawthorne to expedite the proposed jobs center for that community. In September, the Hawthorne City Commission is hosting public hearings on EA-Hawthorne. The next…Read more

Gainesville Job Fair attracts hundreds of eager job seekers from the community

More than 400 job seekers eagerly conversed with nearly 60 employers about their employment opportunities and available training resources at this year’s City of Gainesville Job Fair at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center on Tuesday, Sept. 1. A multitude of companies looking to recruit new employees included Nationwide, Infinite Energy, Inc., Two Men and a Truck, Comfort Keepers, Bankers Life and the University of…Read more

Live2Lead Simulcast Seeks to Impact the Gainesville Community through a Leadership Development Experience on Oct. 9

LYFEhouse LLC, in partnership with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, presents Live2Lead: Gainesville – a half-day leadership development simulcast experience designed to equip business professionals with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways for everyday success. This simulcast, open to all interested business professionals with a heart for the Gainesville community, will take place Friday, Oct. 9…Read more

Quick Response Training Grant, a state-funded training solution, rebranded as FloridaFlex

The leading workforce-training program in Florida is going through a rebranding overhaul to further strengthen Florida’s position in the global marketplace. FloridaFlex, formerly called the Quick Response Training (QRT) grant program, reimburses new or expanding businesses for customized training. The program is structured to be flexible and responds quickly to meet the business’ training objectives. For more than 20 years…Read more

Gainesville Tech Council Explores Branding, Innovation Policy

The Gainesville Tech Council met Sept. 1 to cover 2015 Focal Areas and the latest in local and industry tech developments. On the agenda was the regional branding project being undertaken as a component of the Chamber’s $6 million economic development strategy, Transforming Greater Gainesville, along with updates on broader upcoming events including the 50th anniversary of Gatorade as well as tech-specific events including a HobNob …Read more

Manufacturing Workforce Focus Group

Have your voice heard at a focus group surrounding workforce challenges faced by regional manufacturers hosted by the Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council on Wednesday, September 9th from 3-5pm. The workforce focus group will be facilitated by Kim Tesch-Vaught, Executive Director of CareerSource North Central Florida. As manufacturers your input on the state of the Gainesville workforce is highly…Read more


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Local College Access Network Aims to Reduce Barriers for Students

United Way of North Central Florida announces a free texting service in Alachua County and beyond to connect college-bound students to schools of their choice statewide. The free texting program, piloted…Read more

Gator blood donors look to end Vols’ streak

When it comes to Gators vs. Vols on the football field, there’s no question which team has had the upper hand in recent years. But in the annual battle of blood donors, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers…Read more

Democratic Party Annual Fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Lawton Chiles Gala, to be held at the Hilton Conference Center in Gainesville., $75.00 each. The date is Sunday, October 4, 2015, Silent Auction…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Sep 10 11th Annual Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Sep 14 Dental Implant Seminar

Sep 15 Get Hired! Improve your Interview Skills & Land the Job

Sep 16 Learn Quickbooks– Online Version

Sep 16 Gainesville Woman’s Club

Sep 18-20 ButterflyFest Plant Sale

Sep 19 ButterflyFest

Sep 25 Webster University’s 2nd Annual Community Health & Resource Fair

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


Welcome New Members!

Dimension Works, LLC

Holloway Employment Services, Inc

Mirador Studiosc

NextGen Support LLC

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

B & B Office Systems, Inc.

Children’s Home Society of Florida

City College

Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co

Holden, Carpenter, Roscow & Kurdziel, PL

My Healthcare Federal Credit Union

Piesanos Stonefired Pizza

StorterChilds Printing Co.

Robin S. Larson, DMD, PA

Sysco South Redistribution Center

Folds & Walker, LLC

Manuel’s Vintage Room

Phalanx Defense Systems

Pomodoro Cafe

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