Linking Health & Wealth- a conversation with Dr. Peter Schoch

AdventHealth Morning Briefing - May 14, 2020 from AdventHealth Events on Vimeo. I enjoyed this discussion with Dr. Peter Schoch, chief medical officer of outpatient services for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. The conversation demonstrates how health and wealth (aka the economy) are connected.  We have to integrate the health advice from medical professionals to establish… Continue reading Linking Health & Wealth- a conversation with Dr. Peter Schoch

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

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

Crowdfunding: A new financing option for entrepreneurs and investors

This year, Congress passed the Startup Act, which included a provision to allow a new financing option termed "crowdfunding." This is an important new funding option for entrepreneurs that is a game-changer at a time when access to capital is a critical issue for job creation. I've posted the best two resources I've come across… Continue reading Crowdfunding: A new financing option for entrepreneurs and investors

Small Business Survey In The News

Our Quarterly Small Business Index Survey was released to the media for the first time yesterday showing that small business owners are growing optimistic and nearly 40% are planning to hire in the next six months.  Our Florida Chamber Small Business Council is able to keep the pulse of issues facing small businseses through this… Continue reading Small Business Survey In The News

What the JOBS Act Would Do

Small businesses are critical to Florida's economy, and "tomorrow," they are even more important because of increasing global competition. Most research and economic analysis shows that small businesses create a bulk of net new jobs, employ more than 50% of the workforce and account for approximately 1/3 of the difference between a strong economy and… Continue reading What the JOBS Act Would Do

Fresh ideas needed to create more start-ups and grow small businesses

Business start-ups, small business growth and entrepreneurship are critically important to our economy.  In fact, they account for most net job growth in our state and country. Beginning next week, the Florida Chamber Small Business Council will work with our state Department of Economic Opportunity (similar to a Dept. of Commerce in other states and… Continue reading Fresh ideas needed to create more start-ups and grow small businesses