Export Gainesville

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The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service to offer international trade consulting services in Gainesville. The trade office is located at the Gainesville Chamber offices at 300 E University Ave., Ste. 100. As part of the Chamber’s Export Gainesville Initiative, the international trade office is staffed one day per month (first Wednesday of each month) by international trade specialists from Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service.

The specialists will assist companies in entering into or expanding their presence in international markets. The Export Gainesville Initiative began in December, 2013 and the office is open every 1stWednesday of each month from 9:30am – 4pm.

In addition to export counseling, area businesses can avail themselves of the many export promotion services offered by both Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service. The best part is, the cost of this opportunity is included in your Chamber membership!

For more information on the Export Gainesville Initiative or to arrange an appointment please contact Mai Khuu, Senior Director of Economic Development at 352.378.7655 or mai@gainesvillechamber.com before 5pm on the last Thursday of each month.

Why Export?

While the United States remains one of the world’s largest markets, it represents less than 25% of the global economy. Favorable exchange rates, the U.S. business reputation abroad and the fact that many economies abroad are growing faster than ours underscore just a few of the reasons for companies to consider increasing sales through exporting.

  • Demand: More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. Your competitors are increasing their global market share, and you can too.
  • Profitability:  Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.
  • Competitive Advantage:  The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices.
  • Risk Mitigation:  Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.

Supported By The GACC International Council

The mission of the international council is to assist regional companies with export and to grow the region through foreign direct investment.

  • Robert McDaniel, BBVA Compass (CHAIR)
  • Jorge Arce, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Bahar Armaghani, University of Florida – Green Building Learning Collaborative
  • Larry Bernaski, Enterprise Florida
  • Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College
  • Erik Bredfeldt, City of Gainesville
  • Edgar Campa-Palafox, Alachua County
  • Everett Cauldle, Alachua County Public Schools
  • Steve Kalishman, Sister Cities Program
  • Jennifer Langford, JL – Architecture, Planning, Design
  • Kelly Markey, Kelmar Group
  • Chad Paris, Parisleaf
  • Amanda Phalin, University of Florida – Warrington College of Business
  • Trisha Roy, Broker and Certified International Property Marketing Specialist – Open Space International
  • Leonardo Villalon, University of Florida – International Center
  • Randolf Wells, Welcoming Gainesville
  • Mai Khuu, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
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