Chamber Events Overview
With more than 100 events each year, the Chamber provides opportunities to make important connections no matter what your price point or business size.
The Annual Meeting is the Chamber’s most prestigious event of the year, recapping the accomplishments of the previous year and unveiling its plans for the upcoming year. A fun-filled evening of entertainment and applause, the Chamber’s Annual Meeting is Gainesville’s premiere annual celebration of the business community and official board meeting of the new year.
Business of the Year Awards
Business of the Year provides the best of local business the much-deserved recognition in being a leader in a variety of categories. Businesses are judged by an independent group based on a set of criteria, gaining points for each element. Winners are recognized as leaders in their specific industries.
The Chamber’s premier business and economic forecasting event of the year, providing lively economic analysis and predictions for the coming year.
Gainesville’s premiere business showcase features hundreds of quality vendors, start-ups and small businesses.
Gainesville Restaurant Week
Gainesville Restaurant Week is a 10+ day celebration of our local restaurants and provides residents the perfect excuse to go out and support local businesses. Restaurants put together special menus at discount prices to reward their frequent patrons, as well as gaining many new customers who may not have attended previously. Restaurants enjoy the increased exposure and traffic during the slower summer months, and get very beneficial attention from both the business community and residents alike.
Business Before Hours
Business Before Hours (formerly known as Connect ME) offers members the opportunity to network in a small, comfortable environment and discuss your business faceto- face with dozens of other members. Hosting a Business Before Hours is a great, affordable way of generating traffic to your business and utilizing an opportunity to present to various business professionals.
Chamber After Hours
Showcase your products and services while engaging several hundred business representatives in the area by attending or hosting a Chamber After Hours! Many of our hosts choose to create a themed event, adding to the appeal and overall excitement of the evening. This is a terrific opportunity to network with several hundred business representatives in the area.
Presented directly by our staff, this networking session will inform you of the numerous ways in which your business can gain maximum exposure through the many facets of the Chamber.
Let the Chamber of Commerce help welcome your business to the community! Ribbon cutting ceremonies can be as elaborate or intimate as you like and often include friends, family and those who aided you in opening your doors. We’ll provide the scissors, ribbon and video coverage to make your commencement memorable!
Get out the golden shovels! We help you celebrate turning the dirt into your future establishment. This is a great opportunity to invite family, friends and colleagues to cheer you on as you establish your future by breaking ground on your new contribution to the local economy.
The Chamber creates programs and partnerships focused on advocating for the business community. We act as the voice of business at the city, county, regional and state levels, aggressively representing your business interests.
Join the Chamber and a couple of business leaders in Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of the issues and concerns of the Gainesville regional business community. The Chamber works collaboratively with our elected officials in the nation’s capital to foster the growth of business in the Gainesville region.
Join the Chamber and area business leaders at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol Days to ensure Gainesville’s voice is heard statewide and local issues are addressed. These meetings allow elected officials to be aware of our community’s concerns and the ability to create an agenda to utilize going forward so we can continue to grow effectively.