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Young Professionals are Making Big Moves Here

Young Professionals are Making Big Moves Here

Young Professionals are Making Big Moves Here


Greater Gainesville cultivates a business-friendly environment, offering comprehensive resources and support to help budding professionals develop in their careers. There are ample opportunities for professional growth including everything from networking and career counseling to chamber of commerce events and entrepreneurial leadership programs.


The region serves as a hub of talent, research and innovation, inspiring future leaders in the sectors of technology, health care, life sciences, information technology and education.


Networking Groups and Events


The University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator holds the annual Celebration of Biotechnology, a networking function featuring more than 70 vendors and 500 participants. UF’s Office of Technology Licensing hosts the Celebration of Innovation Startup Showcase, providing a forum for startup companies in the areas of life sciences, health care and other cutting-edge technologies to interact with entrepreneurs and potential investors.

StartGNV, Gainesville’s startup, tech and biotech community, is dedicated to growing the innovation ecosystem of Greater Gainesville. StartGNV hosts a number of programs, such as the Startup Sprint which is part hackathon, part business pitch competition. They also bring Josh Greenberg Day, celebrate GNV, a Founders’ Dinner Series and Barcamp, a one-day gathering where technology-loving Greater Gainesville locals get together and share experiences, to the area.

The Gainesville-Alachua County Association of REALTORS® (GACAR) Young Professionals Network plans, organizes and delivers programs for young professionals. The YPN gives young professionals members the opportunity to network, pick up tips, listen to speakers related to young prfessionals in real estate and discover professional opportunities.


Career and Business Counseling


CareerSource North Central Florida connects job seekers with employers, delivering services such as resume building, career counseling, mock interviews, training opportunities and access to hiring events. Gainesville SCORE offers free business advice and mentoring, as well as guidance encompassing all aspects of small business operations.


 Chamber Events and Programs


With more than 1,300 member businesses, the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce provides diverse programs and initiatives to help foster business relationships. The Gainesville Chamber hosts more than 100 networking events annually, including groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours, Business Before Hours and its annual B2B Showcase.


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It further nurtures professional growth through Leadership Gainesville, a 10-month community leadership program designed to develop leadership skills and build business contacts. Greater Gainesville Young Professionals, a chamber-funded group created for young professionals ages 21-39, facilitates personal and professional development within that particular demographic.


Entrepreneurial Programs and Opportunities


UF supports aspiring entrepreneurs through wide-ranging groups and programs. These include the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, The Entrepreneurship Club and GatorNest. Santa Fe College teaches an online entrepreneurship certificate program featuring opportunities to engage with and learn from successful entrepreneurs.


Greater Gainesville’s dynamic business climate makes it the perfect place to connect, thrive and grow in any career field.


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