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Cuddly Companions Make Congenial Coworkers 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
 

Cuddly Companions Make Congenial Coworkers

Lisa Almeida’s beloved boating dog Buddy is more than a pet. He’s a part of her business. His warm welcomes and endearing fondness for visitors, members and employees of Freedom Boat Club make him a key contributor to the company’s growth. “If there’s a dog lover or an animal lover there’s an immediate bond as… Read More »

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 »

Jax Cannons, Pro Ultimate, Bidding for Playoffs

24 June 2015

Cannons sit a half game out of the playoff race after 4 straight wins Coming off a pair of road wins in North Carolina, which boosted the Jacksonville Cannons American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) Power Ranking to #6 out of 25, the Cannons prepared to host the new divisional first place team in another must-win… Read More »

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Stellar New Hires and Promotions

23 June 2015

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has hired two new employees and promoted three project managers. The new employees are: Bill Stinson, Vice President, Institutional Markets Stinson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University and has more than 35 years of commercial construction experience.… Read More »

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American Family Care Acquires Jacksonville Franchise

22 June 2015

American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, announced today that it has acquired its only franchise clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Located at 13457 Atlantic Boulevard, the location was opened in October 2010 by local physician Kay Holmes, MD and former Blue Cross Blue Shield executive Ellen Sullivan… Read More »

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Brightway Insurance Celebrates Two Growth Milestones

18 June 2015

As Brightway Insurance nears its 8th anniversary in business, Brightway has achieved two growth milestones, the company announced. Brightway, in business since 2008, is the nation’s seventh largest Personal Lines independent agency retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country. As of June 1, the company has sold 250,000 policies and… Read More »

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Chicken Salad Chick Jacksonville Grand Opening Today

17 June 2015

Fast-casual restaurant franchise to open 36th location Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s newest, fast-casual restaurant concept, opens its first Jacksonville location today. The restaurant will be located in the Reedy Branch Commons at 10920 Baymeadows Road, Unit 12, Jacksonville FL, 32256. Owner Becky Roland, of the Wishbone Group, looks forward to welcoming guests to the… Read More »

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​2nd Annual Tech Coast Conference Registration Now Open

17 June 2015

The City of Jacksonville, Jax Chamber Information Technology Council and Florida State College at Jacksonville opened registration this week for the second annual Northeast Florida signature information technology event, Tech Coast Conference. The 2015 Tech Coast Conference is scheduled for Friday, August 28 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center at 1000 Water Street. The all… Read More »

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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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