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e-Journal 6-21-16: Over 300 Foodies Kickoff Gainesville Restaurant Week 2016

e-Journal 6-21-16: Over 300 Foodies Kickoff Gainesville Restaurant Week 2016

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce E-Journal

June 21, 2016

Over 300 Foodies Kickoff Gainesville Restaurant Week 2016

The skies opened up Thursday, but that didn’t stop over 300 foodies from enjoying food and beverages from over 25 vendors at this year’s Restaurant Week Kickoff at the University Air Center. We hope our Chamber members in attendance enjoyed themselves and got a great taste of what this year’s Restaurant Week has to offer. Don’t forget to keep up-to-date with all that is happening this week at A huge thanks to our sponsors: James Moore, Hoodz, Gifts Certificates and More and Visit Gainesville…Read more

Upcoming Events

Jun 21 Business Before Hours – Saint Leo University

Jun 21 Ribbon Cutting – 2 College Brothers Moving & Storage

Jun 28 Export University 101

Jul 7 DaVita Dialysis – Ribbon Cutting Event

Jul 27

Aug 3 Business Matters Workshop Series 4 of 8


New Chemistry Building at UF to Honor $10 Million Donor Joseph Hernandez

The Gainesville Sun reported Thursday that the University of Florida’s new 110,000-square-foot chemistry building will be named in honor of 43-year-old New York entrepreneur Joseph Hernandez. Read more in the Sun article…Read more

The Agency Names Jim Harrison as Creative Director

Following a national search, The Agency at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications today named Jim Harrison as its first Creative Director. The Agency is a two-year-old integrated strategic communication firm led by seasoned professionals and staffed by students. Harrison, currently the University’s Director of Creative Services, is an award-winning creative director, graphic designer and visual…Read more

Front Street Expands into Jacksonville and Grows its Gainesville Team

Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group announced the entry into the Northeast Florida market and the expansion of its Gainesville team to support the rapid growth of the company as a whole. According to Nick Banks, Managing Director of Front Street, “Our company continues to grow as a result of living true to our mission, vision and values; to do commercial real estate differently and to invest in the communities we serve…Read more

Sign Up for 1 Million Cups Gainesville

1 Million Cups is a weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Gainesville. The Gainesville chapter meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. and coffee is highly encouraged! The next meeting will be tomorrow at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development. Admission is always free!…Read more

IEDC Webinar: Attracting Investment to Disinvested Corridors and Neighborhoods

Most cities have them: distressed areas where private investment has not appeared for years. These disinvested areas, where distressed sizes of populations have grown 75% in urban areas and 139% in suburban areas from 2000 to 2010, must be addressed to combat the adverse present and long-term economic and social consequences. While the causes of disinvestment are complex, they can be targeted when economic developers…Read more

Registration Open for Export University 101

Gain the expert advice your company needs to expand your sales on a global scale! EXPORT UNIVERSITY is a training program developed by the Florida District Export Council in cooperation with the Florida Trade Alliance Partners to help companies begin an export initiative and to gain skills and innovation in their international sales. Delivered by the U.S. Commercial…Read more

GAIN-Hutchinson Law Co-host Workshop Tonight with Venture Capitalist Sean Barkman

Join GAIN and Hutchinson Law tonight at 4 p.m. for a special workshop on Venture Economics and Valuation. The event takes place at the Home2 Suites by Hilton, 2115 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608. Admission is free…Read more

6th Annual Gainesville-Alachua County Employment Law Seminar

The registration deadline for the 2016 Employment Law Seminar has been extended! Register today, so that you won’t miss out in this invaluable training for $79…Read more

Business Before Hours Today at Saint Leo University

Join us for Business Before Hours, a structured yet relaxed environment for making effective connections within the Chamber business community. Participation in Business Before Hours is included in your Chamber Membership…Read more

CareerSource North Central Florida Welcomes New Project Director JoAnna McHugh

Last week, CareerSource North Central Florida announced JoAnna McHugh as its new Project Director. Joanna took over from Phyllis Marty and will work closely with the Gainesville and Starke career centers to provide excellence in customer service. She brings nearly 20 years of workforce development experience during which she has worked every position front desk to project and program management. JoAnna…Read more

Member Anniversaries

Congratulations are in order for Chamber members celebrating anniversaries. From new businesses to companies that have called Gainesville home for generations, these members daily embody the innovative spirit of our region. We hope you will join us in thanking them for the commitment they have demonstrated to the Gainesville area as Chamber members and wish them many more years of success! 35 Years: Joyner…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.

Santa Fe College Launches Program to Target Non-Traditional Students

In his 2015 State of the Union address, the President called on businesses to invest in training and skill development for their employees. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and UNITE-LA partnered with the Lumina Foundation to conducted research on businesses that facilitate employees’ attainment of postsecondary credentials and degrees, preparing workers to garner success in our global economy…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

City of Gainesville Commission Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Alachua County Meeting Weekly Calendar

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Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Appoints John Corneilson as CFO

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare is proud to announce the promotion of John Corneilson to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Corneilson joined Meridian in 2014 as Vice President of Finance and Accounting…Read more

James Moore Welcomes Six New Hires and Announces Promotion

James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants (James Moore) is pleased to welcome Debbie Cronin, Travis Swanger, Samantha Argus-Boylard, Janice Kaplan, Jennifer DiCapua and Asja Long to the firm. Cronin…Read more

Sandwich Inn Named Among Top 9 “Hole-in-the-wall” Restaurants in Florida

Sandwich Inn, the longest-running locally owned restaurant in Gainesville, was recently listed by as being one of the top 9 hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Florida. Click to read…Read more

Upcoming Community Events

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

May 29 – Jan 17 Florida Museum’s new featured exhibit ‘Wicked Plants’ now open

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

Jun 13 – Aug 12 Summer Camps

Jun 13 – Jun 18 Circus Summer Camp

Jun 21 – Jun 24 MBTI Certification presented by the Myers & Briggs Foundation

Jun 25 Electro Aerial Show

Jun 30 2016 Fierce Awards

Jul 8 Creative B Movie Series: “Mothra”

Jul 15 Creative B Movie Series: “Little Shop of Horrors”

Jul 22 Creative B Movie Series: “The Thing”

Jul 29 Creative B Movie Series: “Matango”

Welcome New Members!

Gainesville Food Tour

Open Spaces International

Omi’s Playa Azul Restaurant

Mowitz Law, LLC / Mowitz Title, LLC

Thank You Renewing Members for Your Continued Support!

Departure Media

Targeted Training Solutions, Inc

Tommy Williams Homes

Boulware Springs Charter School

The Salvation Army

WCJB TV Channel 20


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