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ADVANTAGE to honor ‘Top 50’ small biz influencers

Advantage: The Resource for Small Business ( has teamed up with Community First Credit Union to honor the “Top50Small Business Influencers” in the Jacksonville area.

“All small business owners are eager to develop relationships with individuals who can make the difference to their operations,” says Brian Barquilla, publisher of Advantage, “but who are these people who help the most? We want to identify them and honor them in our publication.”

Community First Credit Union is helping to sponsor the award program. “We are very happy to celebrate the role that these individuals play in helping small businesses grow,” said Kimberly Deppe, vice president of marketing. “We have a very active business banking and lending program in our community, and so we are delighted to have the opportunity to support this event. Small businesses locally have many resources—many they may not be aware of—and this is a great way to share some of these resources with them.”

The Advantage selection committee will select the top 50 small business influencers from among those who are nominated. These are the individuals who are the “must knows” in the business community. Winners will be recognized on the cover of Advantage, which will also feature a special insert honoring those selected. They will also be invited to a VIP “Top 50” meet-and-greet reception, which will be open to the small business community.

To nominate a small business influencer, who must have a successful track record of working with small businesses to help them achieve their goals, go to

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