Chamber Partners with City for Small Business Growth Task Force

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Gainesville are pleased to announce a partnership to launch the Gainesville Small Business Growth Task Force to promote small business growth in the City of Gainesville.  On Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m., the Gainesville Area Chamber, City of Gainesville and business community representatives will discuss small business growth and implementation of the Chamber’s Small Business Growth Report recommendations, which were released in June 2013.

The first Task Force meeting will take place at the Alachua County Library Headquarters, Meeting Room A, 4th Floor at 401 East University Ave. This event is free and open to the public.  Task Force members will discuss small business growth recommendations submitted to the city which involved the following six principles:  Accessibility, Accountability, Simplicity, Consistency, Affordability, and Efficiency.

The Gainesville Small Business Growth Task Force is co-chaired by Mayor Ed Braddy and Tim Giuliani, president & CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce & Council for Economic Outreach.  Task Force members are representatives from City of Gainesville government staff and the business community.

“Small businesses are vital to growing our local economy and making Gainesville a city of opportunity for all, and this means having a regulatory environment friendly to local companies,” said Braddy. “We appreciate the Chamber’s dedication in this endeavor and look forward to working with them to continue facilitating economic growth in the great City of Gainesville.”

“Small business growth is integral in building a stronger economy in our region,” said Giuliani. “The Chamber welcomes the City of Gainesville’s willingness to collaborate with the business community to make it easier to own and grow a business in our thriving community.”

The Gainesville Area Chamber submitted 27 recommendations to the City of Gainesville in June as part of its Small Business Growth Report, which resulted from a gathering of over 130 small business owners, elected officials, city government staff and interested citizens in May.  Click here to view the full report, which includes the recommendations to the City of Gainesville.

The Gainesville Area Chamber has been the voice of business in Gainesville since 1924 and represents nearly 1,200 member businesses and organizations that employ more than 70,000 people. The Chamber’s primary focus is to support the growth of the local business community and to strengthen the economy in the Gainesville region.

The Chamber and Council for Economic Outreach’s initiative, Innovation Gainesville (iG), established a successful regional collaboration to spur innovation and economic growth, and the Task Force is a new mechanism to address issues of importance to small businesses.

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