SF College to host business network event

Santa Fe College Blount Hall
Santa Fe College's Blount Hall in downtown Gainesville.
Courtesy of Santa Fe College

The Greater Gainesville Chamber and Central North Florida District Export Council (CNF-DEC) will host a business networking event at Santa Fe College’s Blount Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The free event is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 530 W. University Ave. in Gainesville and will focus on helping local businesses increase their exports. Click here to register online.

“The Central North Florida District Export Council is thrilled to be hosting its first networking event in Gainesville,” said Chris Leggett, program manager of the Central Florida International Trade Office, in a press release. “We are looking forward to connecting with local business leaders that may not be aware that the greater Gainesville area already exports nearly $700 million in goods annually and who can benefit from the mentoring that our members offer to businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to expand their sales internationally.” 

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The main speakers at the event will include Mindi Hertzog, a senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, and Dr. Dan Rodkin, associate vice president of student affairs at SF. 

Following the presentations, attendees will have opportunities for further discussions and networking opportunities with international trade experts and local business leaders. Refreshments will be served. 

“Along with U.S. exporters of goods, U.S. service exporters — including Florida businesses — continue to take advantage of international opportunities,” said Ryan Kanne, director of the U.S. Commercial Service in North, Central & West Florida, in a press release. “In 2021, U.S. services exports totaled $795.3 billion, representing nearly one-third of the $2.6 trillion in total U.S. exports while contributing to economic growth. Among key services exports are education and training, travel and tourism, environmental and transportation services, and financial and information technology. Whether your business is small or large, we’d like to help your company grow its export sales.” 

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