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A Live or Die Decision

The title may be overstating things a bit, but every small and growing business is faced with seemingly game-changing decisions. It could be buying equipment, hiring a key employee or even taking on an investor. As a small business, we don’t  have the luxury of the Fortune 500 crowd, whose good decisions affect the bottom… Read More »

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The Other Option

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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Legacy beyond business

I still remember the night when after the kids were put to bed, my wife and I had a few minutes to regroup and share some moments of the day. We got onto conversation about being a well-rounded person, our faith and our desired legacies for when we are gone. That’s when it hit me. … Read More »

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Kiteboard WTB

Ever been kiteboarding? Nope me neither. That is until my wife called my bluff and booked a lesson for me. For quite some time, I have said, “Hey that looks fun, I should try that.”  Thankfully, Robin knows what is good for me and forced me out of my comfort zone with a call to… Read More »

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The Time May Finally be Right

Could it be real this time? As I write this, Downtown is alive, with an expected 180,000 visitors celebrating innovation, courage, big ideas, and aspirational dreams. You know of it as One Spark. And it could be just the catalyst Downtown Jacksonville needs to finally turn the corner and create the urban environment we have… Read More »

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The near golf experience

Ever have that can’t miss great business idea only to find out that someone beat you to the punch? I met Glenn Connelly recently, and he told me how he singlehandedly came up with the concept of “footgolf,” by combining two of the most popular sports in the world (soccer+golf). Just as the name implies,… Read More »

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Disaster sustained, crisis averted

I can’t imagine what it must be like at the precise moment you realize that your years of hard work are gone in an instant. Your livelihood, and those of your employees, have just been taken from you in an unspeakable disaster. Sadly, for many businesses this is how it’s going to end. Unfortunately, Advantage… Read More »

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Happy anniversary time

Welcome to 2014 folks. This issue marks an achievement for Rose Conry, the latest winner of the JAX Chamber’s Small Business Leader of the Year. It also marks our fifth year of publishing. Some talented individuals and I launched a media outlet (Advantage Business Magazine) that combined the proven power of print with a solid… Read More »

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Getting the Super (Near Graduate) on Your Team

By now you are on page 4. You have already seen the cover featuring the best business students Jacksonville University has to offer, all who are set to graduate within the next 18 months. I want to describe how this idea came to fruition. For me, a personal point of irritation has been that, all… Read More »

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Mentor Magic

The phone rings. Me: Hello? This is Brian. Tony: Brian, this is Tony*. Let’s do lunch this Wednesday. I have some things I want to talk to you about. Me: Okay. See you then.   It’s rare that I take a meeting not knowing what is on the agenda, but Tony is a good business… Read More »

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