Big win for new chamber export program

In 2014, the Gainesville Chamber launched an export program for members in partnership with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service.  One of the first participants was a small business from Newberry, FL, Endoscopy Replacement Parts.  John Hartnett, VP of Global Business Development, made full use of the Chamber's resources, staff and programs.  John quickly… Continue reading Big win for new chamber export program

UF and Gainesville rising together

We are living in transformational times in Gainesville, FL.  Indeed, the world is shifting and creating new winners and losers in this global 21st century economy.  Gainesville and UF are leading Florida's push to diversify its economy, although the strategies are sometimes not widely known. Thank you to the Gainesville Sun for publishing my column… Continue reading UF and Gainesville rising together

Gainesville growing tech sector

The IT sector is growing in the Gainesville region and we are doubling down on our strategy to support and grow companies and jobs in this sector.  Last week, we announced our new collaboration with Gainesville tech entrepreneurs to launch the “Gainesville Area Tech Council” that will operate through the Chamber and be led by… Continue reading Gainesville growing tech sector

Early Childhood Investments and Economic Progress

This article is a product my wife and I worked on to combine our areas of passion and expertise. I am proud of my wife, Sarah. In addition to being a fantastic wife and great mother to our three children, she has a PhD in Communication Science and Disorders with an emphasis in language and… Continue reading Early Childhood Investments and Economic Progress

Plugging Gainesville’s Brain Drain

Gainesville has a long-standing reputation across the nation and world as a destination for those looking to receive a high quality education. The University of Florida was recently ranked the 14th best public university in the United States and Santa Fe College reached the U.S. Top 10 for community colleges. Both have proven successful in creating… Continue reading Plugging Gainesville’s Brain Drain

Small businesses are critical to our economic future

Small businesses are the economic backbone of nearly every community and employ a significant number of employees. Therefore, the more successful small businesses are in generating revenue and in growing their workforce, the greater the benefits to people living in that community. It is a very simplistic view of economic development, and it is the… Continue reading Small businesses are critical to our economic future

Supporting small businesses and startups

  “Thriving business builds a thriving community” is the motto the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce operates by. Most companies join the Chamber because of our job creation and economic development mission. As we grow our economy, build stronger companies and increase our economic competitiveness, every business in our area benefits. As a result, many… Continue reading Supporting small businesses and startups