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Cheaper LED Lighting Means Big Returns For Companies Big And Small Make the Right Decisions: Commercial Real Estate Market Present and Future. How to Avoid Pitfalls When Buying Or Selling A Business Rethinking Tourism: Visit Jacksonville Adds Value to More Than Just the Hospitality Industry Capitalizing on Sports Tourism Giving Your Business Room to Grow: How One Man’s Passion for a Business Incubator is Changing the City
 

Cheaper LED Lighting Means Big Returns For Companies Big And Small

If your monthly electricity bill approaches $20,000 for a single location even the smallest of savings can eventually make a large difference, particularly if you have few other opportunities to eke out additional profits. Not even a $1.2 million price tag would stop Scott-McRae Automotive Group from installing energy-efficient lighting and power conservation tools at… Read More »

Make the Right Decisions: Commercial Real Estate Market Present and Future.

By Scott Henley Northeast Florida’s commercial real estate market continues to strengthen, with some submarkets surging more than others. Optimistic tenants are exercising options to expand on their rights of first refusal as their businesses grow and landlords are locking in higher rental rates as they scale back concessions. Rental rates for Class A office… Read More »

How to Avoid Pitfalls When Buying Or Selling A Business

By Kate Mesic Buying or selling a business will likely be one of the defining moments of your life. Whether you are preparing to invest your life’s savings into your dream or cashing out after a lifetime of working on your business, you want to move on confidently–knowing that you made the right decision and… Read More »

Rethinking Tourism: Visit Jacksonville Adds Value to More Than Just the Hospitality Industry

You don’t need to be in the hospitality industry to benefit from tourism. That’s one of the lessons that businesses have learned by participating in Visit Jacksonville’s partnership program. The benefits of the $2.2 billion in area business sales that tourism generated in 2013 were dispersed among industries, as evidenced by the more than 22,000… Read More »

Capitalizing on Sports Tourism

By Todd Hall Local sport commissions and sport authorities are commonly tasked with securing funds to build and manage sport facilities, obtain sport franchises and to use sports and sporting events to boost the economic development and meet the needs of businesses and residents. Such is the case with the City of Jacksonville’s department of… Read More »

Giving Your Business Room to Grow: How One Man’s Passion for a Business Incubator is Changing the City

Kevin Grant enjoys helping people and he has ample opportunity to do so as interim director of Beaver Street Enterprise Center. As home to about two dozen small businesses, the 25,000-square-foot core-city business incubator is a hub of entrepreneurial activity and a nexus for community outreach. Grant is bolstering the resources available to BSEC’s tenant… Read More »

Ameris Bancorp Aquires 18 Banking Locations in FL and GA

16 June 2015

Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, is pleased to announce that the acquisition of 18 Bank of America banking centers throughout southern Georgia and northern Florida has been completed. The Bank of America locations acquired include branches in Albany (three locations), Dublin, Fitzgerald, Hinesville, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton and Waycross, Georgia, as well as… Read More »

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Business Valuation Inc. welcomes Rob Sly

15 June 2015

Business Valuation, Inc. (“BVI”) is pleased to announce that Rob Sly has joined the firm as the Director of Valuations and Litigation Support.  Rob is an Accredited Senior Appraiser, a professional designation awarded by the American Society of Appraisers, and is tested and certified in Business Valuation. In addition, he has received the Accredited in… Read More »

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Vicky Koele-Bryan Promoted to Visit Jacksonville Visitor Center Operations Manager

11 June 2015

After a nationwide search, Visit Jacksonville has filled its open Visitor Center Operations Manager position by promoting Visitor Center team member, Vicky Koele-Bryan. Koele-Bryan will be responsible for managing all of Visit Jacksonville’s Visitor Centers and centers staff. Koele-Bryan has been with Visit Jacksonville for nine years serving in various roles in the marketing department… Read More »

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5ivecanons Turns Five

11 June 2015

5ivecanons Advertising Agency, a full-service consumer engagement agency, is celebrating its fifth year in business, on the fifth floor of their downtown headquarters. Formed in June 2010, the agency fuses brands with culture, producing international award-winning concepts that leverage technology to connect brands with consumers. In 2011 and 2012, 5ivecanons helped promote social good in… Read More »

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Chicken Salad Chick Jacksonville Debut Just One Week Away

09 June 2015

Fast-casual restaurant franchise group expands to Jacksonville market Chicken Salad Chick, one of Nation Restaurant News 2015 Breakout Brands, is scheduled to open its new franchise location in Jacksonville on June 17th. The restaurant will be located in the Reedy Branch Commons at 10920 Baymeadows Road, Unit 12, Jacksonville FL, 32256. Owner Becky Roland of… Read More »

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The Jax Ale Trail is a Big Hit with Visitors

04 June 2015

June 4 marks six months since Visit Jacksonville kicked off the highly successful Jax Ale Trail and its Craft Beer Passport showcasing Jacksonville’s thriving craft beer industry to visitors from all over the nation and world. In the past six months, the trail has generated great publicity for Jacksonville as Florida’s premier craft beer destination… Read More »

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Advanced Disposal Upgrades St. Johns County Recycling Program

04 June 2015

Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, is pleased to upgrade its unincorporated St. Johns County customers to 95-gallon recycling carts for their curbside recycling service at no additional cost to residents. Carts will be delivered to homes between June 1 and July 3. “We are excited to upgrade our recycling program in unincorporated St.… Read More »

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JAX Chamber Foundation launches new website, increasing access to valuable programs

03 June 2015

The JAX Chamber Foundation launched a dynamic, new website that will raise awareness of its wide-ranging initiatives. The new site, www.JAXChamberFoundation.org, reflects the breadth and depth of its mission and increases access to its valuable programs. Founded in 1978 and serving all of Northeast Florida, the Foundation funds community leadership, workforce development and entrepreneurial education… Read More »

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Advanced Disposal Welcomes Jody Jackson as General Manager

22 May 2015

Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, is pleased to welcome Jody Jackson as general manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall safety, maintenance, sales and accounting staff and functions of the commercial and residential operations for the company’s Callahan, Fla. location which services customers throughout Nassau, Baker and north… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union’s Gail Lewis Selected 2015 Credit Union Hero Of The Year

19 May 2015

Credit union members from across the country have selected Gail Lewis, Director of Consumer Lending/Credit Manager for 121 Financial Credit Union as the Credit Union Hero of 2015 according to Credit Union Magazine. Lewis was one of three nominees selected from around the country for this award. Her work for 121 Financial Credit Union and… Read More »

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Agency Wins Gold At Healthcare Advertising Awards

05 May 2015

We are proud to announce that Burdette Ketchum recently won six healthcare awards from Healthcare Marketing Report’s 32nd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition and is sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising… Read More »

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Trailblazing – Hispanic Organization host first Latina Women’s Leadership Conference in the region

05 May 2015

The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida (The H.I.L.L.), the region’s first workforce and professional development agency for the Latino labor force will host it’s innagural Latina Women’s Conference, titled Mujeres del Mañana (Women of Tomorrow) on Saturday, May 16th at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. The event categorized as… Read More »

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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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