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e-Journal 5-3-16: Gainesville Delegation of Leaders Travels to Silicon Valley

e-Journal 5-3-16: Gainesville Delegation of Leaders Travels to Silicon Valley

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

May 3, 2016

Gainesville Delegation of Leaders Travels to Silicon Valley

Fourteen Greater Gainesville leaders in business, education, government and economic development recently traveled to Silicon Valley to educate site selectors, business decision-makers and venture capitalists on the opportunities available in Greater Gainesville. This year, in addition to our assets–which include a preeminent state university, the Nation’s No. 1…Read more

Upcoming Events

May 4 Business Matters Workshop Series 2 of 8

May 5 Home2 Suites Hilton – Ribbon Cutting Event

May 6 Tech Council General Meeting

May 11 Behind the Scenes at the Tech Toy Box and GTEC – 2016 2nd Quarter Advanced Manufacturing Council General Meeting

May 17 Business Before Hours – Oaks Mall & Chick-Fil-A

May 26 S-Connection – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jun 1 Business Matters Workshop Series 3 of 8


Ribbon Cutting this Thursday at Home2 Suites Hilton

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration! Home2 Suites offers its guests all suite accommodations featuring fully-equipped kitchens and modular furniture allowing for guests to personalize their room. The hotel also features easy access to technology with complimentary Internet, inviting community space, and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle…Read more

Chamber Lunch & Learn Tomorrow: 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 will be tomorrow 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…Read more

Sun Trust Seminars on SBA and New Markets Tax Credits Today

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 this Friday

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

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…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.

Last Tuesday’s 2016 Job Fair Attracts Over 400 Attendees

CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL) partnered with the City of Gainesville Tuesday to host a spring job fair at the career center at 10 NW Sixth Street. Forty-six employers, primarily from City of Gainesville departments and agencies like Regional Transit Services (RTS) and Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), participated. The event was open to the public and provided at no cost…Read more

Hot Jobs from CareerSource North Central Florida

Each week CareerSource North Central Florida staff members identify CURRENT HOT JOBS that employers are eager to fill. If you would like a vacant position to be included on this list, please call (352) 244-5112. For more information, or to apply, visit, which will take you to the statewide job matching database. Choose “Find a Job,” then click “Job Number Search” on the right tab in the search window, and type…Read more

Vicki Gervickas Joins Chamber as Grassroots Engagement Manager

The Chamber is excited to introduce its members to Vicki Gervickas, who recently came onboard as the Grassroots Engagement Manager in the Public Policy Department. She will plug Chamber members into the public policy process and strengthen business advocacy efforts. Vicki has extensive experience promoting regional economic growth. “Most recently, I worked on the Envision Alachua team, which piqued my interest in political…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 manufacturers 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

Gainesville Dev Academy and Youthcombine Launch STEAM Summer Camp for Kids

The Gainesville Dev Academy has partnered with Youthcombine, a non-profit youth fitness organization in Gainesville, to offer a STEAM summer camp for kids. Each week-long course is designed to provide education about specific coding and art + design topics. Each day is split up with sessions dedicated to coding/technology, art + design, and fitness programming…Read more


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Tomorrow: Office of Equal Opportunity Small Business Workshop

The City of Gainesville’s Office of Equal Opportunity will be holding a small business workshop Wednesday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Thelma…Read more

Florida Museum celebrates new ‘Wicked Plants: The Exhibit’ opening May 14

Join the museum for a fun-for-all-ages celebration of its newest featured exhibit, “Wicked Plants” on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the exhibit has an admission fee, the celebration activities…Read more

Karim Yochim of Law Firm Alba & Yochim PA to act as Moderator of Panel Discussion of Local Family Law Judges

Attorney Karen Yochim of the Gainesville law firm of Alba & Yochim PA has received the distinction of acting as program moderator for “As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

May 4 Kentucky Derby Luncheon and Fashion Show

May 6 Girl Scouts Explore: Archaeology

May 7 – May 8 Mothers receive free ‘Butterfly Rainforest’ admission May 7-8!

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

May 15 – Jun 30 ‘Butterfly Rainforest’, ‘Ranching and Wrangling’ theme begins May 15

May 30 – Sep 5 Blue Star Museums May 30- Sept. 5

May 19 Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls

May 30 – Sep 5 Blue Star Museums May 30- Sept. 5

Jun 4 World Sea Turtle Day Celebration

Jun 30 – Aug 12 Summer Camps

Jun 18 – Jun 19 Father’s Day Special June 18-19

Welcome New Members!

Magic Communications

Rollins Automotive

The Twisted Peacock

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Edible Arrangements

Bread Of The Mighty Food Bank, Inc

CareerSource North Central Florida

J. E. Decker Construction Group, LLC

Sam’s Club

University Athletic Association

Vargas Orthodontics

Bullard Homes

Paul Davis Restoration of NCF

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