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Your Best Employee Without The Fee

  Jon Temple used to have to hire 20 or 30 workers to get one to stay. But thanks to the employment services program for refugees that Lutheran Social Services runs, he has been able to hire almost a dozen workers who are committed to staying in just four months. “I was looking for people… Read More »

BYOD: How to Handle When Employees Bring Their Own Devices

By Jason Reynolds Electronic gadgets are so integrated into our daily routines that most people don’t leave home without them. It’s the norm for everyone to pack up their smart phones and tablets when they head into to work. This trend, known as “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD for short, has exploded over the… Read More »

Secret New Business Marketing Strategy Requires Zero Cash

I have found many great resources in building my marketing and event production business. Some of the most useful resources I found have also been very affordable. Here are some free ways you can grow your business. No credit cards are required and you can get full versions without trial periods. 1.Pick keywords. Choose a… Read More »

One Spark Explodes the Reach of More Than Just Startups

Naturally Smart Foods Founder Mark Patterson had already secured funding for his Jacksonville-based health food company and was already on his way to making it a success when he participated in the One Spark crowdfunding festival in April 2014. Patterson had attended the first festival—which had drawn tens of thousands of attendees the previous year—and… Read More »

How Olive My Pickle Barreled Ahead

Shai Tzabari seems to have been destined to start a pickle company with his wife Charlotte. Looking back, there have been some pretty evident themes in his life. The first has to do with his food-centered upbringing. He grew up in the kitchen of his eastern-European grandparents-immigrants to Israel who passed to him their old-world… Read More »

Drive Success with Business-to-Business Mentoring

Many businesses offer employee mentoring programs. These mentorships allow all involved parties to share their knowledge, lessons learned and tricks of the trade, thereby increasing the success of each individual and the company. The participating mentors and “mentees” also walk away with a stronger sense of community within their firm. This attachment can create a… Read More »

The H.I.L.L. of Northeast FL host Senior Nielsen Company Executive in Upcoming Guest Speaker Series

25 March 2015

The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership (H.I.L.L.), the region’s first workforce and professional development nonprofit organization for the Hispanic labor force, will host Juan Carlos Davila, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hispanic Market – Center of Excellence, Nielsen during its first 2015 bi-annual Las Voces – Guest Speaker Series. The event scheduled from… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union Finalizes Merger

19 March 2015

As of April 1, the merger of 121 Financial Credit Union and Duval Federal Credit Union will become finalized. In order to merge the two credit unions’ operating systems, which is the last phase of the merger, 121 Financial will be closed from noon March 31 until April 1 at 9:00 a.m. Duval Federal will… Read More »

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Thirty-Seven Small Businesses Selected to Receive Education and Growth Assistance from ScaleUp North Florida

17 March 2015

ScaleUp North Florida, the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) growth acceleration program based at the University of North Florida, has selected 37 small business owners to be in the inaugural class. More than 60 applications were received for the program, which is designed to impact the local economy by helping small businesses scale up,… Read More »

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GE Aviation and United Way Partner to Create a Better Community for All

13 March 2015

GE Aviation and United Way of Northeast Florida joined forces to celebrate GE Days of Caring March 10 and March 12, 2015. More than 150 volunteers participated in 14 different projects designed to promote goodwill and improve local campuses. “GE Aviation demonstrates a strong commitment to the community year-round through giving and volunteering,” said Sara… Read More »

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Jacksonville Zoo Collaborates Locally With Pizzazz Scenic For Large-scale Creation

12 March 2015

For the past 5 months, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens worked closely with Jacksonville-based Pizzazz Scenic Contractors to create a 65-foot replica of the largest snake that ever lived.  “We’ve worked on and off with Pizzazz over the last ten+ years,” said Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture, Facilities and Exhibits at the Zoo. “This is… Read More »

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Jack Welch to Headline One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit

11 March 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the addition of Jack Welch, executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute and former CEO of General Electric Company, as their headlining speaker at the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit, scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the Florida Theatre. Welch’s wife Suzy Welch, business journalist… Read More »

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Startup Weekend Winners Announced

09 March 2015

More than 60 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in Jacksonville Startup Weekend 2015, a 54-hour event held March 6-8 at the University of North Florida. Participants pitched 10 ideas and six teams competed. The event also featured 17 coaches and three judges. Participants were trying to solve real world problems by leveraging technology, said Yash Nath, president… Read More »

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The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival Announces Official One Spark 2015 Creator Projects

03 March 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, announced today that 555 official One Spark 2015 projects in art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology will showcase in 71 downtown venues at the April 7-12, 2015 festival. To view all the official 2015 projects, visit https://www.onespark.com/festival/2015/projects. Of the 555 projects, 29 percent are… Read More »

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Studio9 Architecture to Design Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Operations Center

25 February 2015

Jacksonville-based Studio9 Architecture has been selected to provide space planning, interior design and construction drawings for the relocation of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Operations Center to EverBank Center downtown. Studio9 also is the architect for 220 Riverside and Unity Plaza, both scheduled to open this spring. Space planning is almost complete, incorporating the proximity and… Read More »

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North Florida TPO and Clean Fuels Coalition Host Expo

23 February 2015

TPO Announces ChargeWell Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO)  hosted the 2015 Florida Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) Expo at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center. More than 100 attendees gathered to experience the latest AFV’s, learn about alternative fuel and electric vehicle (EV) charging… Read More »

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Joe Sampson Launches New Company Focused on the Business and Sustainability of Events

18 February 2015

One Spark’s former executive director and chief operating officer and event production expert Joe Sampson and SouthEast Group’s director of marketing and community engagement Lisa Goodrich launched EventReal today. EventReal will focus on the business and sustainability of events by providing event organizers with marketable concepts and sustainable revenue solutions and filling critical organizational gaps.… Read More »

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Randy Turpin Promoted To VP Of Branch Operations For 121 Financial Credit Union

16 February 2015

Randy Turpin, Director of Branch Operations for 121 Financial Credit Union, has been promoted to Vice President, announced 121 Financial CEO William Braddock. Turpin is responsible for the overall management of the credit union’s 14 branches. He has worked in the banking industry for 14 years, spending his first 10 years in commercial and community… Read More »

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One Spark 2015 Features $3.5 Million in Private Investment Opportunities for Creators

12 February 2015

During this year’s One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, creators participating in the festival will have the chance to compete for up to $3.5 million in potential investment funding. The private investment opportunities offered to festival participants, called creators, will be just one of the ways in which a creator can receive the resources… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union Appoints New Senior VP (SVP) of Operations

12 February 2015

Community First Credit Union, one of the state’s largest credit unions with membership open to anyone on the First Coast, announces it has promoted Nathaniel Herring, Jr., to serve as its SVP of operations. Mike Tomko, the credit union’s SVP of operations for the past 11 years has accepted a new position as CEO of… Read More »

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Jacksonville Awarded State Grant to Promote Local Medical Industry

09 February 2015

–Grant Will Be Used to Market Jacksonville as a Premier Health Care Destination– Visit Jacksonville, the City’s Official Tourism Marketing Office, and its local medical partners, including Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, Ackerman Cancer Center and Market Staging Inc., were awarded a $99,200.00 matching grant by Visit Florida to promote Jacksonville’s… Read More »

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The City Guide is now in Jacksonville FL

06 February 2015

Find exciting places and fun things to do in your local community TheCity.Guide is a digital directory to cities. We showcase Arts, Entertainment, Activities, Recreation, Dining Businesses and more.   The problem? Visitors and locals are constantly looking for ways to spend their weekends, down time or vacations – but they don’t have time to… Read More »

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Council Hires New Health Planning Director

05 February 2015

The Health Planning Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Suter. Suter joins the Health Planning Council as the new Health Planning Director. Suter has been recognized as one of the leading experts on Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and was on the team that developed the Florida Method for HIAs, which was presented… Read More »

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Headlining Performers and Title Sponsor Announced for One Spark 2015 After Dark

02 February 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the headlining bands Ha Ha Tonka, SUNBEARS!, Somebody Else and the Kopecky Family Band for One Spark 2015 After Dark presented by Brumos Automotive, a returning sponsor.  DJ Lil’ Boy has also been named One Spark 2015’s official DJ. One Spark After Dark takes place 8… Read More »

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Impact Player: Bill Grant

30 January 2015

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. Florida Public Utilities runs a best practices United Way campaign that includes meetings with representatives of local agencies, visits by program participants, corporate incentives and leadership… Read More »

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Beating the odds

28 January 2015

Late last year the U.S. Census Bureau reported that for the first time in 30 years, businesses were dying at a faster rate than new ones were being created. Let that sink in for a moment. Though I hope this trend reverses, I’ll leave the solutions to the talking heads on cable. But one thing… Read More »

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