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National Organizations Encourage Female Business Owners

By on November 11th, 2014 | Last updated: November 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

What started out as a cleaning job to pay for a pair of jeans turned into a booming Gainesville business. Since then, business owner Kristen Hadeed’s cleaning company, Student Maid, has been successful and is growing daily.

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Florida’s Craft Beer Industry Sees Growth Despite Growler Ban

By on November 6th, 2014 | Last updated: November 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Florida brewers are thriving despite a controversial law that prohibits the sale of 64-ounce beer growlers. A lawsuit calling the limit unconstitutional could change all that.

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Historic Lake City Hotel to Undergo $14 Million Renovation

By on November 6th, 2014 | Last updated: November 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

A project to renovate the historic Blanche Hotel in downtown Lake City will soon be underway. Lake City Mayor Stephen Witt said he is hoping the renovations bring new allure to downtown Lake City.

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A Season’s Waste Makes Wine

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

Island Grove LLC., a Hawthorne berry farm, made a partnership to found a winery that makes use of the berries left in the fields at the end of the season that would have been frozen or thrown away.

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Gainesville Hires Third Party for GRU Audit, Examines GREC Contract

By on October 17th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Gainesville Regional Utilities will be audited by a third party to investigate a 30-year contract between the company and the owners of a biomass plant.

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Gainesville Gas Prices Remain Above Average

By on October 15th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Gainesville consistently has higher gas prices than other big Florida cities. This can be traced to lack of competitive gas station chains, transportation costs and location.

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Local Start-ups Compete In GAIN ShootOut

By on October 7th, 2014 | Last updated: October 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Sixteen local start-up companies competed Monday afternoon for one of four top spots to win over $7,000 in cash prizes for their company. Investors and entrepreneurs attended the 4th Annual ShootOut presented by Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) at the [...]

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Nationwide Insurance Relocating 100 Gainesville Jobs

By on September 26th, 2014 | Last updated: September 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Nationwide Insurance is moving 100 jobs from its Gainesville regional operations over the next two years. The consolidation is limited to the regional operations, according to spokesman Eric Hardgrove. Nationwide Insurance will still employ about 800 employees at its claims service center in Gainesville. The plan will affect property and [...]

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Gainesville Pizzeria Owner Places Third in First SEC Pizza Cook-off

By on April 23rd, 2014 | Last updated: April 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Satchel Raye, owner of Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville, came in third place in the first annual SEC Pizza Championship. Every competitor was offered a position on the U.S. Pizza Team, which would then compete in the World Pizza Championship, but Raye declined.

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Clay County Hires Lawyer to Rewrite Unconstitutional Adult Entertainment Ordinance

By on April 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: April 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Clay County officials have hired a First Amendment lawyer to rewrite what they call an unconstitutional ordinance concerning adult entertainment businesses. The proposed ordinance would apply only to the county’s unincorporated areas, which make up over half the county.

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