Growing Small Business in Gainesville

Front Street Director Seth Lane spoke at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce "Growing Your Small Business: A Conversation with City Leaders" forum. The forum gave community leaders and local small business owners the opportunity to voice their opinions about how Gainesville can encourage small business development. See below for a video of the forum and skip to 19:00 to see what Seth had to say about small business growth in Gainesville! 

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has released a report detailing their findings from the “Growing Your Small Business: A Conversation with City Leaders” forum, which was held in May.

With Mayor Braddy and City Commissioners in attendance, the forum served as a channel for more than one hundred and thirty small business owners to share contructive insight and hear actionable ideas on supporting small business development.

Small group discussions and presentations from small business owners focused on the five stages of business development including conception, start-up, growth, expansion, and established. The Chamber’s report compiles the feedback and recommendations given at the forum, concentrating on each of these stages.

The report also provides a synopsis of the dialogue,  identifies suggestions given by members of the public, and synthesizes a collection of more than twenty specific recommendations to the City of Gainesville on behalf of local business owners.  


The intent of this report is to provide the City of Gainesville with solutions, from the public, to mitigate current inadequecies and promote the aforementioned priniciples to support small business development.

As stated in the report, “The City of Gainesville should use these priniciples as criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, procedures and personnel affecting small business.”

Gainesville Chamber President & CEO Tim Giuliani anticipates the report to help the City of Gainesville provide economic opportunity to every business in the community.

Mayor Braddy encourages the public to remain engaged and to continue their participation as the City works to institute improvements.

It is hoped that this report will be the next step in stimulating small business growth and development in the City of Gainesville.

This is a video from the first Growing Small Business Forum hosted by then-Mayor-elect Ed Braddy and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in May 2013:


For more information about Seth Lane, visit the Front Street website or contact him at


Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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