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There is no better location in Florida to start a business than Greater Gainesville. Here are just some of the resources Greater Gainesville has to help you start your company, or take your existing company to the next level.

Talent Solutions

  • CareerSource North Central Florida (FloridaWorks) – careersourcencfl.com
  • University of Florida Career Resource Center – 352.392.1601
  • Santa Fe College Career Resource Center – 352.395.4121 – Contact: Bruce Gordon | 352.395.5822
  • Alachua County Public Schools – 352.955.7300
  • University of Florida Graduate Business Career Services – Contact: Michelle Bloom-Lugo | 352.273.0269

Funding & Capital

  • Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research – 352.294.2718
  • Florida Angel Nexus – 386.530.3714
  • U.S. Small Business Administration – 904.443.1900

Recognition

  • Business Awards – Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Startup Weekend
  • 40under40 – Business in Greater Gainesville Magazine
  • Companies to Watch Award – GrowFL
  • Dream Big Award – United States Chamber of Commerce
  • United States Small Business Administration Awards
  • Women Presidents Organization Award
  • Ranking of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led companies in North America

Innovation Sources

  • University of Florida Office of Technology Licensing – 352.392.8929
  • Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research – 352.294.2718
  • The Tech Toybox – 352.474-8802

Business Organizations & Advocates

  • Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development
  • Enterprise Florida
  • Alachua County Economic Development – Contact: Edgar Campa Palafox (insert contact information)
  • City of Gainesville Economic Development – Contact: Erik Bredfeldt | 352.393.8614
  • Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
  • City of Alachua Economic Development
  • City of Archer Economic Development
  • City of Waldo Economic Development
  • City of Hawthorne Economic Development
  • City of Newberry Economic Development
  • City of High Springs Economic Development

Chambers of Commerce

  • Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Newberry-Jonesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Alachua Chamber of Commerce
  • Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce

Industry Specific

  • BioFlorida – 561.653.3839 | 561.653.3840 (fax)
  • BioFlorida Northeast Chapter –
    • Contact: Jonathan Cantor (Reynolds, Smith & Hills) | 904.356.2500
    • Contact: Glenn Ladwig (Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk) | 352.375.8100
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association – 888.372.9119 | 850.224.2250 | 850.224.9213 (fax)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Association of North Central Florida (AMANCF)
  • Florida High Tech Corridor – 407.708.4630 | 407.708.4635

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Export Gainesville

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service to offer international trade consulting services in Gainesville. The trade office is located at the Gainesville Chamber offices at 300 E University Ave., Ste. 100. As part of the Chamber’s Export Gainesville Initiative, the international trade office is staffed one day per month (first Wednesday of each month) by international trade specialists from Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service.

The specialists will assist companies in entering into or expanding their presence in international markets. The Export Gainesville Initiative began in December, 2013 and the office is open every 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:30am – 4pm.

In addition to export counseling, area businesses can avail themselves of the many export promotion services offered by both Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service. The best part is, the cost of this opportunity is included in your Chamber membership!

For more information on the Export Gainesville Initiative or to arrange an appointment please contact Staci-Ann Bertrand, Director of Industry Development at 352.334.7105 ext. 323 or staci@gainesvillechamber.com before 5 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Why Export?

While the United States remains one of the world’s largest markets, it represents less than 25% of the global economy. Favorable exchange rates, the U.S. business reputation abroad and the fact that many economies abroad are growing faster than ours underscore just a few of the reasons for companies to consider increasing sales through exporting.

Demand

More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. Your competitors are increasing their global market share, and you can too.

Profitability

Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.

Competitive Advantage

The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices.

Risk Mitigation

Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.

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