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Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes Transportation and Logistics on the Move Wi-Fi is better than candy United for a Cause
 

Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG

©Ken McCray Photography Earl Benton doesn’t let a good idea go to waste. The president of Jacksonville-based beverage distributor Champion Brands was initially thwarted in his attempt to use compressed natural gas for his fleet of trucks. But he is now helping to herald in what could be a new era of alternative fuel usage… Read More »

Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate

Lisa Gufford was told once to never settle for less and to never sacrifice cost for quality. She has taken both to heart as the Co-founder/Managing Member of Executive Suite Professionals, a full-service, all-inclusive executive business center located on the 14th floor Downtown’s EverBank Center. Spacious executive suites overlooking the St. Johns River and the… Read More »

Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes

By Dave Barbush Consumers are bombarded by thousands of marketing messages every day. There are ads in social media; ads in apps; ads on the air. One can’t even go to the restroom without seeing an ad. To get your message to your end-user, you need to cut through all this noise. You need to… Read More »

Transportation and Logistics on the Move

The logistics and supply chain management industry is on the move, and the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education is helping area employers keep up. UNF has helped more than 300 professionals attain a Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), which helps them advance their careers while supporting their employer’s growth and the… Read More »

Wi-Fi is better than candy

By Jason Reynolds More and more small business owners across Jacksonville are making Wi-Fi available to their customers. As you might expect, these tech-savvy businesses across the First Coast include restaurants and coffee shops. But they also include doctors’ offices, vehicle repair shops, bookstores, hair salons, and car dealerships—in fact, every kind of small, main… Read More »

United for a Cause

Celebrating 90 years of making an impact on our community, United Way of Northeast Florida has a rich history of creating positive, lasting change. Founded as the Community Chest by a group of concerned citizens, the organization supported a variety of social services from the outset. Continuously evolving since to meet the changing needs of… Read More »

HabiJax announces management team promotions

26 September 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) is pleased to announce the promotions of three management team members. Angela Leatherbury has been named Chief Administrative Officer. Roger Cortie has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Brenda Thomas has been named Vice President of Resource Development. “Angela, Roger and Brenda are valued members of the HabiJax… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union Breaks Ground

19 September 2014

121 Financial Credit Union officials broke ground Wednesday for its Middleburg branch, located at 1714 Blanding Boulevard at Branan Field Road. The new facility, which is being built by Scherer Construction of North Florida, will have approximately 3,900 square feet, plus three drive-through lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM and safe deposit boxes. Architectural design was… Read More »

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Senior Marketing Executive Joins Burdette Ketchum Leadership Team

16 September 2014

What do dolphins, divots, driving on high banks and Burdette Ketchum have in common? Barbara Emener Karasek. Shortly after joining the agency as executive vice president to lead client services, Barbara has become a minority owner of the firm. She joins founding partner Karen Burdette and equity owners Will Ketchum and Patrick Golden. Barbara brings… Read More »

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Virtual CIO becomes Evocio

11 September 2014

Evocio is the new name for a team of Chief Information Officers that brings high-impact expertise to organizations and companies nationally. A growing organization, Evocio recognized the need to evolve from its former name, Virtual CIO, to a new brand that recognizes the evolutionary change in information technologies and strategies in today’s business environment. “The… Read More »

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Prime Realty expands the team

11 September 2014

You may notice some bright, new faces at Prime Realty Inc. We have added a few new members to our team. Brokerage Coordinator Jordan Altenhof and Sales Associate John Rutherford. Jordan Altenhof will be coordinating all projects, press releases, and marketing activities. She will also be handling all photography of properties. “I look forward to… Read More »

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GreenPointe Homes welcomes Gaynelle James as marketing director

11 September 2014

GreenPointe Homes, one of Florida’s premier home builders, welcomes Gaynelle James as marketing director. “We are pleased Gaynelle has joined our team,” said GreenPointe Homes President Roger Postlethwaite. “Gaynelle has a broad knowledge of the real estate industry and is known for her ability to reach marketing objectives through forward-thinking creativity and strategic planning. She… Read More »

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Business Success Expo provides opportunities to learn from successful entrepreneurs

09 September 2014

-Franchise owners and consultants will offer insight into business ownership Top performing national franchise companies looking to expand into the North/Central Florida market will share information about their concepts and why their franchisees are thriving at the 2014 Business Success Expo at the University of North Florida September 25th. Anyone considering business ownership can learn… Read More »

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Impact Player: Jim Flagg

02 September 2014

Each issue of Advantage features an “Impact Player” from the United Way of Northeast Florida, as a means to highlight the contributions that local volunteers make to our community. Jim Flagg is vice president of Ulrich Research Services in Orange Park. He is also a member of the United Way of Northeast Florida’s board of… Read More »

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The Other Option

02 September 2014

I’m a car guy. I can talk about torque curves, powertrain options and debate the intricate differences between the different manufacturers.  In fact, I barely know my cousin and couldn’t even tell you where or even if he works. But we have talked cars for hundreds of hours since I was three years old. Sad?… Read More »

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Cortello Salon, Inc. honored on “Inc. 500|5000” List of Fastest- Growing Private Companies in America

02 September 2014

Cortello Salon, Inc., a Jacksonville Beach based hair salon that specializes in producing some of the most talented professionals in the beauty industry. Their success has landed them on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list, an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Cortello earned the spot of 713 based on the company’s… Read More »

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Vak Pak launches new corporate and ecommerce websites

29 August 2014

Vak Pak, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned VakPak.com corporate website and new VakPakBuildersSupply.com ecommerce site. A leader in the design and manufacturing of self-contained filtration, operating systems and collector tanks for the commercial swimming pool and aquatic industry, the 40-year-old company continues to expand its product and service lines along… Read More »

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Anna Brosche campaign endorsed by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Florida First Coast Chapter

27 August 2014

The Anna Brosche Campaign today announced the endorsement of the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). The ABC Florida First Coast Chapter includes 11 Northeast Florida counties, including Duval County. ABC has the strongest network of commercial and industrial contractors in the state of Florida with five chapter offices,… Read More »

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Volunteers in Medicine welcomes new CEO, kicks off fundraising campaign

26 August 2014

Mary Pat Corrigan to Lead Health Care Not-For-Profit Serving Jacksonville’s Working Uninsured Mary Pat Corrigan, a senior leadership professional with more than 20 years of experience in health care and IT, has been named chief executive officer of Volunteers in Medicine at a crucial time in the evolution of health care. The not-for-profit organization runs… Read More »

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Health Planning Council Board of Directors appoints new Chief Executive Officer

25 August 2014

Effective Sept. 2, Deanna McDonald will assume responsibility as the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Planning Council, an organization whose mission for more than 40 years has been to champion healthy communities, lifestyles and accessible, quality health and wellness in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties. “The board conducted an… Read More »

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Axia Public Relations receives PR Association Award

22 August 2014

Axia Public Relations, a PR firm that specializes in national public relations campaigns, received recognition from the Florida Public Relations Association last week at its annual Golden Image Awards. Axia Public Relations, including CEO Jason Mudd, APR, and account manager Marjorie Comer, received the Judges’ Award at the 2014 Golden Image Awards in Orlando, Florida… Read More »

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Local social Entrepreneurship Rethreaded unveils their newly designed retail space

22 August 2014

Rethreaded, a local nonprofit who believes every individual can experience self-worth and value to communally change the world we live in, will be hosting the Grand Opening of their Retail Space on Saturday, September 13th 2014 10am to 5pm, located at 820 Barnett Street Jacksonville Florida 32209. Rethreaded invites the Jacksonville community to “Shop for… Read More »

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Tech Coast Conference could become signature event

21 August 2014

The inaugural Tech Coast Conference drew almost 500 attendees to Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Advanced Technology Center on Aug. 15. The day-long event featured workshops and presentations by leading Northeast Florida’s leading IT professionals, including executives from some of the area’s largest companies. “It was our first, premiere IT signature event,” senior project manager… Read More »

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Two local business owners honored by Governor Scott

20 August 2014

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Comfort Keepers, Mettron Contracting, and LBS South with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for their commitment to creating jobs. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families. Governor Scott said, “I am… Read More »

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Culhane’s Irish Pub host Celtic Thunder concert series in Atlantic Beach

13 August 2014

Culhane’s Irish Pub (CIP) owner and 2014 JAX Chamber Beaches Division Small Business Leader of the Year, Lynda Culhane, today announced that members of the famous Irish ensemble, Celtic Thunder, will be playing a series of concerts at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach.  Celtic Thunder is on its 6th year of touring and has… Read More »

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Orange/MZI Healthcare changes name to Citra Health Solutions

13 August 2014

- Citra Will Continue To Offer Simplified Solutions for Providers, Payers, and Patients – Orange Health Solutions combined with their recently acquired MZI Healthcare will now operate under the name Citra Health Solutions (Citra). The name change introduces an updated brand to better address how Citra’s services simplify the business of healthcare. The company will… Read More »

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