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e-Journal 4-26-16: 2016 Business-to-business Expo a Huge Success!

e-Journal 4-26-16: 2016 Business-to-business Expo a Huge Success!

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

April 26, 2016

2016 Business-to-Business Expo a Huge Success!

Hundreds flooded the Wyndham Garden Hotel last Wednesday for the 2016 B2B Expo! We would like to thank the 84 vendors that made this event a huge success. In addition, we also wish to thank our sponsors and recognize our 2016 Circle of Champions and Media Partners, who contribute to the Chamber’s yearlong activities and efforts–such as the B2B Expo–to facilitate…Read more

Upcoming Events

Apr 28 Who’s Talking To Me, And What Are They Saying?

May 4 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 8

May 5 Home2 Suites Hilton – Ribbon Cutting Event

May 6 Tech Council General Meeting

May 26 S-Connection – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jun 1 Business Matters Workshop Series 3 of 8

Jun 21 Business Before Hours – Saint Leo University


Chamber Lunch & Learn: Strategic Social Media with Kevin Coulson

As you know, small business are the strength of our local economy and Chamber. The Chamber is committed to helping ensure business growth for all of our members. With that, the next seminar of our Business Matters Workshop Series is May 4 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Saint Leo University, 4650 NW 39th Place, Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32606. Our guest speaker is Kevin Coulson and he will be covering Strategic Social Media…Read more

Sun Trust Seminars on SBA and New Markets Tax Credits, May 3

Join the Chamber and Sun Trust Bank May 3 for two important information seminars on SBA and New Markets Tax credits respectively. Both seminars will be held at Napolatano’s, 606 NW 75th St., Gainesville, FL 32607. Lunch seminar: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening seminar with cocktail reception: 5 – 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Diane Donegan at (352) 264-2077 or

Mega Mixer with ACEL, GAIN and the Gainesville Tech Council, May 6

Join the Gainesville Tech Council, Alachua County Emerging Leaders and the Gainesville Area Innovation Network for a unique networking event Friday, May 6, at Gainesville’s new World of Beer location, located at 3265 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32608. From 6 to 8 p.m., this free event is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with Gainesville’s innovators, young professionals and tech leaders. There will be free apps…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.

RTI Surgical and Exactech Recognized at the FPRA’s 2016 Local Image Awards

Last week, the Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), the oldest public relations organization in the United States, awarded the industry’s most skilled communications professionals in north central Florida at the 2016 Gainesville Chapter’s Local Image Awards Competition. The ceremony took place at the new Liquid Creative Studios at 1314 S Main Street. Throughout the night, distinguished FPRA…Read more

Heavener School Ranks Among Nation’s Top 25 Public Undergraduate Business Schools

The Heavener School of Business ranked 24th among the nation’s top public undergraduate business schools in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “2016 Best Undergraduate Business Schools” released today. The Heavener School, which ranked 58th overall, was one of only two schools from the state of Florida to appear in the overall top 60. The Heavener School was also the top-ranked public undergraduate business program…Read more

Job Fair Today at new CareerSource NCFL Career Center

CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL) has partnered with the City of Gainesville to host a spring job fair on Tuesday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL) Gainesville career center at 10 NW Sixth Street. Approximately 50 area employers, primarily from City of Gainesville departments and agencies like Regional Transit Services (RTS) and Gainesville…Read more

Anne Favre Named Executive Director of Alachua Bradford Regional Workforce Board

CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL) Board Chair Don Davis has announced that Anne Favre has been appointed executive director effective April 20, 2016. The decision was made at the board’s April 19 executive committee meeting. As executive director, Favre (pronounced Fahv-ruh) will be the lead for interacting and collaborating with the CareerSource NCFL board of directors and local, state, and national policy leaders…Read more

Business Growth, Economic Development and Quality of Life are Important

If you have paid taxes, used roads or enjoyed parks, your experience was likely shaped by decisions made by public leaders. It is rare to find an aspect of your life not impacted by the views and votes of local, state or federal government officials. Elected officials determine how hundreds, thousands, millions or billions of taxpayer dollars are spent. Appointed advisory board and commission members often influence policies through…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

Behind the Scenes with Greater Gainesville Advanced Manufacturers, May 11

Join the Chamber’s Advanced Manufacturing Council for its 2nd Quarter General Council Meeting on May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. We will continue going behind the scenes of Greater Gainesville’s advanced manufacturing companies at the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneur Center (GTEC), 2153 SE Hawthorne Road, Suite 101, Gainesville, Florida 32641. Attendees will be taken on a tour of Tech Toy Box’s space and see first hand manufacturing…Read more


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Be a Junior Achievement Superhero and Register for the Publix Super Markets Charities JA Bowl-A-Thon

Junior Achievement of Alachua County and Publix Super Markets Charities will host Superheroes Bowl-a-Thon May 11 at Alley Gatorz, 2606 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville, FL 32609. Check in starts at…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

May 4 Kentucky Derby Luncheon and Fashion Show

May 7 OFFICIAL LAUNCH of 31-32 Foundation, Inc.

May 19 Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls

Welcome New Members!


Krispy Kreme

Stewart’s Catering Co.

Bee Persuasive Communications




Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!


Freeman Realty, Inc.

Alachua County Housing Authority

Barr Systems, Inc.

Bear Archery, Inc. DBA Escalade Sports

Chef Brothers Catering

Gainesville Community Ministry, Inc.

Gainesville Mall

Star Import Service, Inc.

Tomlinson Motor Co.

Uni.K.Wax Center

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

The Elegant Office

Body by Boris


Institute for Workforce Innovation

P & J Marine

Palms Medical Group

United Way of North Central Florida

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