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e-Journal 3-29-16: Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment Sales & Use Tax Exemption Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

e-Journal 3-29-16: Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment Sales & Use Tax Exemption Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

March 29, 2016

Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment Sales & Use Tax Exemption Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

With the constant support of Governor Rick Scott and key legislators, including Sen. Dorothy Hukill and Rep. Debbi Magar, a measure permanently eliminating the Manufacturing Machinery Equipment Sales & Use Tax was passed by the Florida Legislature as part of House Bill 7099 (the 2016 appropriations bill). This development – which is estimated to represent an estimated $73…Read more

Upcoming Events

Apr 4 Drummond Community Bank – Ribbon Cutting Event

Apr 6 Business Matters Workshop Series 1 of 8

Apr 19 Business Before Hours – Pet Paradise Resort

Apr 20 2016 Business to Business Expo

May 3 Chamber 101 – Member Benefits Overview

May 4 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 8

May 5 Home2 Suites Hilton – Ribbon Cutting Event

Register for Leadercast 2016!

The Gainesville Chamber and Advantage Media Promotions are partnering together for the sixth year in bringing Leadercast to Gainesville. We would like to invite you to attend on May 6, 2016! Leadercast is a live leadership simulcast out of Atlanta that is present in over 22 countries and 600 host sites here in the United States. Last year, Leadercast Gainesville attracted over 400 business leaders in the…Read more

Leadership Gainesville 43 Enrollment Announcement

Leadership Gainesville, now in its 43rd year, is a ten-month community leadership program designed to identify, education, and develop leadership skills. LG is a combination of in-depth issue seminars and regional issues exposure program. There are only 50 participant slots available for people who hold mid-level management positions, or business owners, and have been identified as having high potential for an executive, business, or community leadership role….Read more

One Location. Countless Leads. Register Now for the Business to Business Showcase!

Time is running out to register for Greater Gainesville’s premier business-to-business expo! The Business-to-Business Expo is the Chamber’s annual sell-out event that spotlights 100 local organizations and 500 attendees. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity for strategic networking and obtaining solid business leads. Open to the public, this event keeps participants on the competitive edge with networking, idea sharing, product…Read more

Attention Chamber Members: Save Big at Office Depot

A significant perk of being a Chamber member is the excellent discount program we have negotiated for you with Office Depot. Save on supplies, furniture and more by contacting our local representative, Joanna K. at (904) 412-5772 to get started…Read more

Business Celebrations: Drummond Community Bank Ribbon Cutting, April 4

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of Drummond Community Bank with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration! Drummond Community Bank has been serving the North Central Florida area for 26 years. They offer 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. service Monday through Saturday, totally free business and personal checking, ApplePay, Mobile Deposit and more! They are big enough to handle all of your financial service needs with a friendly, community oriented experience. Come out and join us in welcoming them to the Gainesville Area! This event will…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 it–you’ll…Read more

Help the City of Gainesville Design its Budget

The Gainesville City Commission adopts a budget each year that reflects the goals and priorities for Gainesville. This year, as the commission prepares for spring budget workshops, they would like to hear from the most frequent users of the city’s services – Gainesville’s residents. This engageGNV survey asks questions related to general government programs and services, and does not include services provided by Gainesville Regional Utilities. Your…Read more

City Commission to Host Telephone Town Hall on Programs and Services

The Gainesville City Commission is hosting its third Telephone Town Hall meeting Tuesday, April 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss programs and services provided by the City of Gainesville. The City Commission adopts a budget each year that reflects the goals and priorities for Gainesville. This year, as the commission prepares for spring budget workshops, they would like to hear from the most frequent users of the city’s services – Gainesville’s residents…Read more

Governor Vetoes GRU Governance Bill

Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have required a referendum to be placed on the March 2017 ballet to allow voters to decide how GRU should be governed. Read the Gainesville Sun’s…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

Gainesville Named Florida’s Sixth Most Affordable City last week ranked Gainesville the Sixth Most Affordable City in Florida. According to Livability’s website, affordability includes “more than just cheap housing options; it indicates a high quality of life as well as affordable costs of living. Our list is not simply made up of cheap options, but looks at places where you can find community and a sense of purpose: where you would actually want to live.” Among Gainesville-specific factors…Read more

Innovation Gainesville 2.0 Hosted Successful Leadership Panel

Innovation Gainesville 2.0 hosted a Leadership, Execution & Strategy Panel on Tuesday, March 22, at Infinite Energy. The distinguished panel included Co-CEOs Darin Cook and Rich Blaser, founders of Infinite Energy, Jackson Sasser, Ph.D., President of Santa Fe College and featured guest Kendall Langston, CEO of the Results Group, visiting Gainesville from New Zealand where he is a leadership and executive coach…Read more

Stay in the Swamp Attendance Up 15 Percent

The annual Stay in the Swamp Career Fair–designed to showcase Gainesville employment opportunities for students–was held last Friday and garnered 15 percent more participation than last year. The event was open to students from all majors and degree levels. Many thanks to the UF Career Resource Center, UF Graduate Business Career Services and CareerSource North Central Florida for partnering with us to make this event a success…Read more


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Lunch & Learn: 3D Printing for Manufacturing

3D Printing continues to change the way manufacturers go to market. In an industry where new advancements seem to come every day, it may be tough to figure out where to start with 3D Printing. If you’re in…Read more

Upcoming Events at Barre Forte

From the believers who brought you Stella & Dot comes the next generation of Flexible Entrepreneurship for women. We share a deep belief that living a happy life comes from always keeping in mind what truly…Read more

The Amazing Give 2016

For 24-hours between 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 2nd and 5:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, The Amazing Give will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing an easy way…Read more

April is Fair Housing Month, You’re Invited to the 2016 Fair Housing Expo

April is Fair Housing Month! You are invited to attend the 2016 Fair Housing Expo. The Expo will showcase lenders, services, housing programs, realtors, landlords, builders and other housing professionals…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

Apr 13 “Live to Win!” by Tom Ziglar (Son of Zig Ziglar)

Apr 15-Apr 17 Earth Day Plant Sale

Apr 16 Earth Day Exploration

Apr 23-24 Electro Aerial Show

May 19 Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls

Welcome New Members!

Dreyer’s DKI

Kindred at Home formerly Gentiva Health Services

Pop-A-Lock of Gainesville LLC

Whiskey House

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

The Shigo Law Firm, P.A.

Goodwill of North Florida

352 Inc.

ADT Security Services, Inc.

March of Dimes


Gateway Bank of Central Florida

Harwood Brick

ISS Facility Services

Tioga Realty

United Country Land & Lifestyle Properties

Volkswagen of Gainesville

John Spence, LLC

MediaEdge Communications, LLC

Power Production Management

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