Our future

In August, my family joined the Gainesville community in pursuit of helping create a thriving, globally competitive economy. Over the past few years, business and community leaders have transformed the Chamber-led Innovation Gainesville (iG) plan from a job creation initiative into a cultural mindset. Today, we find ourselves well positioned for the beginning of a global war…

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…

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…

Our turn to take action on the national debt

You must watch this commencement address by Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff and co-Chairman of the Federal Debt Commission click here I am mad at recent generations for kicking the can down the road on the really big financial issues facing our country. They have shirked this responsibility; a decision our young…

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…

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…

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…

850 Magazine Cover

What a surprise to be on the cover of the business magazine of Northwest Florida.  I work with such a high caliber team, anyone is worthy of the recognition.   Having a uber-wife makes something like this possible.  A great partnership can never be over-rated.  I’m grateful and humbled by the recognition.