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Thinking Through a $30 Million Technology Investment Woman of Steel: Moving Beyond the Unthinkable Integrated Marketing Stage Your Business – Nine Ways to Improve the Value of Your Company NOW 3 Tips for Communicating with Your Technical Vendors The Benefits of Building a Proactive Relationship with Your Lawyer
 

Thinking Through a $30 Million Technology Investment

The new proton therapy system at Ackerman Cancer Center in Mandarin represents the type of technology that can change the direction of a practice—and alter patients’ lives. In offering the world’s first proton therapy in a private, physician-owned practice, Dr. Scot Ackerman has staked $30 million on a new technology that has yet to be… Read More »

Woman of Steel: Moving Beyond the Unthinkable

Ken Suggs never stopped caring for his family or his company before he passed away in August 2010. Nor have his family or his company stopped caring for him as they have rebuilt Allstate Steel since a horrendous economy and his untimely passing brought it to its nadir. Annual revenues had plummeted to $11 million… Read More »

Integrated Marketing – The Maze Behind the Must

Traditional marketing is now suffering the same fate from the broad and instant dissemination of information as legacy media, including broadcast television and newspapers. Marketing companies can no longer wave their magic wands and hand desired results to their clients. The “Mad Men” of marketing’s past were creatures of the controlled and predictable environments of… Read More »

Stage Your Business – Nine Ways to Improve the Value of Your Company NOW

We often hear the term “stage your home” in the residential real estate market. Realtors use this tactic to get top dollar for a client’s listing and to sell the property faster. The process does not come without a commitment of time and money, yet it produces results that benefit all parties. The same concept… Read More »

3 Tips for Communicating with Your Technical Vendors

As the role of technical teams and vendors continues to expand in most businesses, communication issues continue to rise. Whether you maintain an internal project team and technical staff, or you rely on outsourced technical vendors, it is important to protect yourself from communication issues with your technical team.   State your needs clearly Recently,… Read More »

The Benefits of Building a Proactive Relationship with Your Lawyer

By Kate Mesic Hiring a lawyer can be like pulling a tooth—the damage may be done before you do it. Waiting to hire a lawyer until you absolutely need one could cost you more time, money and hardship than if you had hired them sooner. From costly lawsuits to excessive tax bills to acrimonious severance… Read More »

Impact Player: Terry West

28 April 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. VyStar Credit Union‘s annual workplace campaign is usually among the United Way’s largest. The credit union’s 1,200 employees have raised more than $400,000 annually in the… Read More »

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Bruce Fafard selected as new President/CEO of 121 Financial Credit Union

27 April 2015

121 Financial Credit Union named Bruce Fafard as the new President/CEO of the $500 million institution, announced 121 Board of Directors Chairman Eddie Clanton. “We are extremely excited to bring on Bruce as the next visionary leader of our credit union. He has the experience and capabilities necessary to take 121 to the next level.… Read More »

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Two Stellar employees appointed to AIA Jacksonville’s 2015 board of directors

27 April 2015

Two employees of Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, have been appointed to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Jacksonville’s 2015 board of directors. Stellar architect Jennifer Suharmadji was named secretary, while Stellar vice president Tony Lamell was named a chapter delegate to the AIA Florida Board… Read More »

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Forgetting to File Annual Reports on Time Can Lead to Significant Financial Headaches

23 April 2015

By Jennifer Friedman More than 2 million Florida small businesses—every LLC, corporation, limited partnership and limited liability limited partnership—must file annual reports with the Florida Secretary of State’s office by May 1, so that they may remain legal entities and compliant with state regulations. Florida, along with most other states, requires its businesses to update their… Read More »

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Hemming Park receives $100,000 grant from Southwest Airlines on Earth Day

23 April 2015

Southwest Airlines just announced Hemming Park in Jacksonville, FL as one of six organizations selected to receive a $100,000 grant as part of the 2015 Heart of the Community program led by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces (PPS). The grant will help Hemming Park reimagine and activate their important, but underutilized public space… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union has been selected as a Top 1st Mortgage Lender by SBA

17 April 2015

121 Financial Credit Union has been selected as the Small Business Administration’s North Florida District Top 1st Mortgage Lender for 2014. This award recognizes the work and dedication 121 Financial contributes to the economic growth. This award comes on the heels of David Marovich, 121 Financial’s Vice President of Business Services, being selected as the… Read More »

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Impact Player: John Klopfenstein

14 April 2015

Each issue of Advantage features an “Impact Player” from United Way of Northeast Florida, as a means to highlight the contributions that local volunteers make to our community. Patriot Transportation Holding Controller & Chief Accounting Officer John Klopfenstein has developed an affinity for United Way since he began working with members of the Baker family,… Read More »

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Money Pages acquires myweb refresh

08 April 2015

Franchisor grows to include a digital portfolio holding Fast-growing monthly coupon magazine franchisor Money Pages recently acquired myweb refresh, a Web design and digital design agency. Based on Amelia Island, myweb refresh, which was established in 2008, is now under the umbrella of Money Pages’ digital division and sister entity, 3D Digital Solutions. Launched in January… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union’s David Marovich selected as Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year

07 April 2015

David Marovich, Vice President of Business Services for 121 Financial Credit Union, has been selected as the Small Business Administration’s North Florida District and State of Florida Financial Advocate of the Year. Marovich has been involved with consulting existing and startup businesses through the Small Business Development Center and conducting classes “Boots To Business” for… Read More »

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One Spark Launches Smartphone App for 2015 Festival

02 April 2015

Updated app streamlines process for attendees to contribute and vote One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today launched its updated smartphone app for iOS and Android operating systems. The One Spark app is available for download in Android’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Attendees that attended One Spark last year can download the… Read More »

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One Spark 2015 Announces Jurors Chosen to Award $95,000 in Prizes to Top Projects

01 April 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the subject experts that will comprise seven juries to award $95,000 in prizes to top creator projects at the April 7-12, 2015 festival. Juries comprised of three to five jurors each will award six $15,000 prizes in each of One Spark’s six categories for projects: art,… Read More »

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Jacksonville-based Comfort Keepers Among Select Businesses Nationwide Recognized in Washington

31 March 2015

On March 16, America’s Small Business Development Center Network (America’s SBDC), the national association of SBDCs, held a special 35th anniversary legislative reception to showcase a sampling of SBDC clients from across the country. Among the 11 SBDC clients from eight states invited to the reception was Kathryn Murphy, owner of Jacksonville-based Comfort Keepers and… Read More »

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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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