Legislative Update: Tax Reforms Advance in the House of Representatives
The Florida House of Representatives this week passed House Bill (HB) 7099, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Magar, which would permanently eliminate the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Sales & Use Tax and reduce the tax rate on commercial leases. The bill has been sent to the Florida Senate to be discussed during upcoming budget conferences. The current, temporary sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment…Read more
City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar
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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar
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Behind the Scenes with Greater Gainesville Regional Manufacturers
The Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council kicked off the year with a successful first general council meeting last Wednesday evening at Fracture, an innovative downtown Gainesville manufacturer. Fracture is determined to revolutionize the way that we display photos through their printing on glass technology. Feedback from council members provided the idea to host the council’s quarterly meetings at manufacturing facilities…Read more
Unmanned Aerial Systems Breakfast Briefing
On Friday February 5th, the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, in conjunction with Plum Creek, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Altavian and CareerSource North Central Florida, hosted a briefing to discuss future applications for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and upcoming training opportunities. Dr. Andrew Shepard from Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio presented on UAS technology and…Read more
Doing Business in Russia – Meet the Novorossiisk Chamber of Commerce President
Join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on doing business in Russia with Mr. Igor Zharinov, President of the Novorossisk, Russia Chamber of Commerce. With a vast landmass, extensive natural resources, more than 142 million consumers, and acute infrastructure needs, Russia remains a promising market for U.S. exporters. Russia is the world’s 8th largest economy by nominal gross…Read more
Tech Hobnob Isn’t Your Average Career Fair
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with the Gainesville Tech Council and CareerSource North Central Florida to host Tech Hobnob, an event connecting University of Florida and Santa Fe College students with Gainesville’s top technology companies. Fifteen local tech employers and two community organizations met with more than 75 of the best and brightest local students studying in STEM areas to promote…Read more
Join Enterprise Florida on a Mexico City Trade Mission
Enterprise Florida CEO Bill Johnson invites you to join the state’s economic development agency on its upcoming export development trade mission to Mexico City, Mexico scheduled for May 23-26, 2016. Mexico City is shaping up to be another of Enterprise Florida’s successful series of matchmaking export development missions. Enterprise Florida will include one-on-one appointments for…Read more
Gainesville Health & Fitness Recognized by Forbes as one of North America’s Top 25 Small Companies
Gainesville Health & Fitness, started by Joe Cirulli in 1978, has been honored by Forbes in its list of 25 Best Small Companies in North America. It was the only company from Florida to make the list. See the full list here. Watch TV-20 coverage here.
See Early Stage Startups Present at 10th Annual UF Showcase
This year’s Celebration of Innovation on March 8, 2016, marks a decade of startup showcases! This is a unique chance to see early-stage startups as well as a special panel discussion, Making a Difference: The Cycle of Innovation from Lab to Market, featuring special guests telling the story of one invention’s journey from idea to product. Panelists and presenting companies will be continually updated on the agenda page. The University…Read more
2016 Innovation Summits
The Joint Mechanical Engineering Education Leadership & Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Summits are taking place March 16 – 19 at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel. Click here for the full program. For registration information, click here.
Business Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting This Thursday at AGTC
Join us on Feb 18 as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation(AGTC) new corporate facilities with a Ribbon Cutting Event. AGTC is a biotechnology company developing gene therapy products to address the genetic causes of blindness. The event will include speeches, entertainment, facility tours food and drinks. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 5:30pm…Read more
Attention Foodies: Check out Mid-Day Meetups!
Your Gainesville Chamber is always at work for you. We know you are swamped with work, and that, when you’re running a business, deciding where to have lunch means one more decision. That’s why the Chamber will be offering Mid-Day Meetup suggestions. The community will be able to check out the Chamber’s Facebook, Twitter or Meetup feeds for a daily suggestion on where they can “meet-up” for lunch. Think about…Read more
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Gator100 Award Luncheon is this Friday, Feb. 19
The University of Florida and The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) are pleased to present the second annual Gator100, designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs…Read more
Run Or Walk For A Great Cause: Register For Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016 Before Price Increases This Thursday
Run or walk for a great cause at the 11th Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend 2016 on February 20 & 21! Make sure you register before the price increases this Thursday 2/18/16! The 5k and half…Read more
Local Coworking Studio, Home Work, Hosts Studio Talk Featuring Tom Hart
Join Home Work, a local coworking studio for creatives, for its second Studio Talk Thursday, February 18, 5-7 p.m., presenting Tom Hart, a cartoonist and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists…Read more
Environment Journalist Cynthia Barnett is coming to Gainesville Feb. 20
Alachua County Library District’s Author Series presents award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett on Saturday, February 20, 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University…Read more
‘Passport to Caribbean Nights’ Feb. 19
Join the Florida Museum Feb. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. and be transported into a tropical paradise! Proceeds from the “Passport to Caribbean Nights” gala will provide critical funds to support museum educational…Read more
Florida Museum Closed Feb. 22-24
The Florida Museum of Natural History, including the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit, will be closed Feb. 22-24, 2016, for preventive fumigation to protect its Lepidoptera collections and library resources…Read more
Upcoming Community Events
Feb 20 Pet Paradise Resort Open House
Mar 6 Ask a Scientist: Geology
Mar 12 Can You Dig It?
Mar 21-25 Florida Museum Spring Break Camps
Mar 22 77th Cattleman’s Banquet
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