City, Chamber task force to discuss small-business growth Wednesday


Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

A task force created by the city of Gainesville and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to foster small-business growth will hold its first meeting Wednesday.

The Gainesville Small Business Growth Task Force meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters at 401 E. University Ave. in meeting room A on the fourth floor. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The task force will discuss the Chamber’s Small Business Growth Report released in June, with 27 recommendations to city government that came out of a May 13 forum attended by more than 130 people, according to a news release.

The major themes of the recommendations were to provide easier access to information about business requirements, streamline development regulations, reduce fees and improve customer service. The full report is available at gainesvillechamber.com.

The task force is co-chaired by Mayor Ed Braddy and Chamber President and CEO Tim Giuliani. Members include city staff and small-business owners and executives.

“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,” Braddy said in the release. “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.”

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