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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 »

First Coast Manufacturers Association announces 2014 Manufacturers Awards

16 October 2014

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) announced the winners of its 2014 “Excellence In Manufacturing” awards at a banquet honoring nominees and winners at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island at its second annual Manufacturing Summit. The three Manufacturer of the Year awards went to: Georgia-Pacific Corporation Georgia Pacific was recognized for its active participation in FCMA… Read More »

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One Spark to Announce Enhancements to 2015 Creator Experience

14 October 2014

One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, will announce enhancements to the 2015 creator experience on Thursday, Oct. 16, 6pm, at the “Project Launch: Masters of the Pitch” event at MOCA. WHO:  One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson Pitch Expert Al Emerick WHAT: One Spark 2015 announcement about enhancements to the creator experience. WHEN:        6 –… Read More »

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Financial Design Associates’ Glenn honored with FSP’s Chapter of the Year

10 October 2014

Financial Design Associates, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), congratulates Steven L. Glenn, CLU, ChFC, MSM, MSFS in his honor with the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) award, Chapter of the Year, in the Society’s 2013-14 Excellence in Chapter Achievement (ECA) program. The award is… Read More »

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JU Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center named one of only four Regional Training Centers in Florida

09 October 2014

Jacksonville University’s new Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center is one of only four statewide hubs to be named a Regional Training Center, which will bring higher levels of training for College of Health Sciences faculty to benefit students and the area health care community. The designation by the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance arose… Read More »

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Trillium Capital Resources delivers $16.08 million HUD loan commitment on 232 Unit Apartment Project

09 October 2014

Trillium Capital Resources (TCR) announced today the successful financing commitment of a $16.08 million multifamily Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan through their partner Red Capital Group.  The 232 unit multifamily project is located in Madison, Alabama and will receive a fixed rate financing package for 35 years. “We have the privilege of assisting our… Read More »

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Florida SBDC invests in LivePlan, business planning and management software, to grow SMBs faster

06 October 2014

The Florida SBDC Network chose Palo Alto Software’s flagship business planning and tracking software, LivePlan, to help small businesses better plan and track for growth as a part of alarger statewide initiative to boost economic development. The Florida SBDC Network, which oversees 40 local offices statewide, purchased 500 LivePlan licenses to be available for small… Read More »

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Distinguished veteran, top higher ed administrator join JU staff in key leadership posts

03 October 2014

Jacksonville University has named distinguished military veteran and senior banking executive Michael Fleming as its Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer, along with top law school administrator Teresa Heekin Davlantes as inaugural Executive Director of the University’s new Entrepreneurism, Policy, Innovation & Commerce (EPIC) initiative. Fleming, a retired Brigadier General and former Managing Director… Read More »

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Juror registration opens for One Spark 2015

03 October 2014

Juror registration opened today for One Spark 2015, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival. One Spark is seeking three to five jurors to serve as subject experts in each of the six creator project categories – art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology. A panel of jurors in each category will independently select the… Read More »

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CoWork Jax Joins the Florida Coworking Passport Program

28 September 2014

CoWork Jax is one of the first communities to join The Florida Coworking Passport program. The program, spearheaded by CoWorkTampa, allows any member of a participating passport space to cowork at any other participating passport space one day each month for free. Christopher Arnoldi, founder of CoWorkTampa, created the program to close the gap between… Read More »

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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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