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e-Journal 10-27-15: Seeing is Believing: Local Leaders see Greater Gainesville’s Possibilities in Greenville, S.C.’s Prosperity

e-Journal 10-27-15: Seeing is Believing: Local Leaders see Greater Gainesville’s Possibilities in Greenville, S.C.’s Prosperity

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

October 27, 2015

Seeing is Believing: Local Leaders see Greater Gainesville’s Possibilities in Greenville, S.C.’s Prosperity

Greater Gainesville leaders spent Oct. 21 through 23 in Greenville, S.C.–part of a 10-county region locally referred to as “The Upstate”– talking to and learning from leaders who have been instrumental in transforming the city into a mecca of prosperity, growth and amenities.Read more

Upcoming Events

Nov 3 Business Matters Workshop Series 4 of 4

Nov 3 /hobnob

Nov 4 Ribbon Cutting- Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Nov 10 4th Quarter – Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Nov 13 2015 Business of the Year Awards

Nov 17 Business Before Hours – GFWC Gainesville Woman’s Club

Dec 10 Chamber After Hours – A Celebration of our Non Profit Community

Business of the Year Awards Finalists Announced

Please join the Chamber to hear the announcement of this year’s Business Awards winners on Friday, November 13, 2015, at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the grand ballroom of the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel. Our guest master of ceremony will be WCJB TV20 news anchor Dave Snyder. 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. This year’s Business of the Year Awards is sponsored by SunTrust Bank.Read more

Get Tax & Financial Advice at the Business Matters Workshop on Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m.

Please join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in our final installment of this year’s Business Matters Workshop Series 2015, “#BMWS2015”. The series of workshops provide information, tools and resources to help strengthen your business in the areas of budgeting, website design, tax advice and HR issues. Pam Burns of ProActive Tax and Accounting will present tax and accounting advice for small business owners on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Read more

Celebrate Epilepsy Foundation of Florida at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Nov. 4 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 1905 NW 13th Street. The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida provides medical services and case management to people with epilepsy in our region. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.Read more


In Their Own Words: Sharla Head-Jones 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.”Read more


More than 50 Students Joined 30 Business Professionals at Inaugural Career Discoveries Workshop

On Saturday Oct. 17, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a three-hour workshop, Career Discoveries, to educate middle and high school students and parents on emerging career opportunities in the region’s five major industry sectors: advanced logistics and manufacturing, advanced materials, agricultural life sciences, human life sciences, and software and information technology.Read more

CareerSource North Central Florida will be hosting a “sneak peek” event at its new downtown Gainesville career center on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.

CareerSource North Central Florida invites neighbors, partners and community leaders to grab an early sneak peek at the new Gainesville career center on Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m. at 10 NW 6 St., Gainesville, FL 32601Read more


Manufacturing Month Update

As we continue to celebrate Manufacturing Month, we would like to announce that the last Advanced Manufacturing Council general meeting of 2015 will be held on November 10th from 5 -7:30 p.m. at the #1 Community College in the Nation, Santa Fe College. During this meeting, the 2016 board will be announced in addition to key manufacturing training and education programs.Read more

Cultural Delegation from the City of Yopal, State of Casanare, Colombia initiated dialogue about commercial relationships during visit to Gainesville, FL

On Monday, October 19, 2015, a cultural delegation from the City of Yopal, State of Casanare, Colombia, visited the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The delegation came to share with the Gainesville community, the Yopal region’s cattlemen cultural heritage and used the cultural exchange as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on commercial relationships with the City of Gainesville and its residents in the areas of commerce, education, sports, culture, and tourism.Read more


City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Seminole State College selects CPPI as CM for the new Student Center Facility

Seminole State College Board of Trustees recently awarded contract to Oviedo based Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) as the Construction Manager for their new $20 million Student Center Building.Read more

University of Florida Alumni Association seeks sponsors for the Alumni Hospitality Tent at Gator Growl

The University of Florida Alumni Association is seeking sponsors for the Alumni Hospitality Tent at Gator Growl, taking place Friday, Nov. 6 between 5-10 p.m. Sponsorship tiers range in prices; however, opportunities include some or all of the following:Read more

United Way of North Central Florida Launches 4th Annual Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Campaign

Last year, UWNCFL served more than 450 local children.
United Way of North Central Florida is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the Annual Toys for Tots drive through November 19th. The program, in partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, aims to provide local children of low-income families with toys to open on Christmas.Read more

WellFlorida partners with organizations to provide Navigator services

WellFlorida Council was awarded a University of South Florida contract to oversee the Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator program for the third year in 15 counties in North Central Florida. The following organizations have subcontracted with WellFlorida to provide Navigator services in the region:Read more

James Moore Recently Named One of the 2015 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for

James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) was recently named as one of the 2015 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today partnered with Best Companies Group to identify accounting companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.Read more

Alachua Habitat For Humanity Annual Event

We invite the community to join with us for “Habitat. We Build.” on Nov. 13, 2015 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Rembert Farms in Alachua. “Habitat. We Build.” features Little Jake and the Soul Searchers, food by Carrabass and a silent auction.Read more

Save up to 70% off storewide sale at Belk, while supporting a charity in need on Nov. 7 between 6-10 a.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, department store Belk is having a CharitySale during its private ticketed event between 6 – 10 a.m. This sale features storewide discounts up to 70 percent, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Belk is located in the Oaks Mall at 6323 Newberry Road.Read more



Upcoming Community Events

Oct 1 – Oct 31 Gainesville Entrepreneur Month

Oct 29 Bodacious Handbag Bingo

Nov 3 /hobnob

Nov 10 4th Quarter – Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

Nov 13 2015 Business of the Year Awards

Nov 14 American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE

Dec 10 Chamber After Hours – A Celebration of our Non Profit Community


Welcome New Members!

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Easter Seals at Altrusa House

North Florida Integrative Medicine

Zeno Office Solutions

American Institute of Architects – Gainesville

R.E. Robinson Remodeling, LLC

Americas Best Value Inn

Atlas Screen Printing

Gainesville Housing Authority



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