Gainesville gets great new leader in Dr. Fuchs

The University and Gainesville communities have welcomed Dr. Kent Fuchs over the past month as UF's 12th President.  Last Thursday, President Fuchs gave the keynote address at the Gainesville Chamber's Annual Meeting.  He highlighted the progress, momentum and future potential of our region and that of UF.  Both have initiatives underway that are bold and… Continue reading Gainesville gets great new leader in Dr. Fuchs

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

A new era

As we head into a brand-new year, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce ushers in a new era by kicking off 2013 at our annual meeting, ‘Toast to Business.’ Hundreds of business leaders will gather to welcome the 2013 Chairman of the Board, Mitch Glaeser, and celebrate an evening of prestigious honors and special announcements.The… Continue reading A new era

Gainesville Chamber President & CEO Announcement

(As released by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce on July 27, 2012) The Board of the Directors of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce selected Tim Giuliani as the new president and chief executive officer following a national search.  He and the Chamber’s leadership team will work closely with community, educational and business leaders to… Continue reading Gainesville Chamber President & CEO Announcement

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

International trade lesson playing with trains, boats and airplanes

  Last week, I visited the Port of Miami to participate in their event to launch their master plan for 2035. Listening to the Port Director speak, I realized that my two boys will be ages 29 and 25, respectively, when this full plan comes to fruition. I decided ask for two additional hats and… Continue reading International trade lesson playing with trains, boats and airplanes

Entrepreneurship Op-Ed in Miami Herald

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, I co-authored the op-ed below with Dr. Carrie Blanchard of the Florida Chamber Foundation to stress the importance of entrepreneurship in creating our future economy.  I'd love to hear what you think. Miami Herald Op-Ed: Entrepreneurs Creating Economy of the Future http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/15/2503905/entrepreneurs-creating-economy.html