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Bring it Home, Jacksonville

By Jim Molis Sometimes the most powerful answers are among the most obvious. When contemplating how to accelerate the growth of Northeast Florida’s already expanding tourism industry, leaders of Visit Jacksonville turned to the people who know Jacksonville best for help—local businesses and citizens. Visit Jacksonville’s new “Bring it Home,Jax!” campaign encourages residents to recruit… Read More »

How sellable is your business?

By Gary  & Nancy Hallett You’ve worked hard to build your business, sacrificing along the way to make sure your employees have a steady, reliable place to work, with hopefully enough left for your own family every week. As the years go by, your thoughts turn toward the overall value of your business and how… Read More »

Four ways to make social media pay while you are away

By Peter Roesler A major benefit of social media marketing is that it gives business owners and marketers a platform where they can continuously engage with their fans and potential customers. Social networks are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing companies to continually promote a brand with fresh content. However, it… Read More »

Employers liability for distracted employees

By Wayne Hogan One text or call can wreck it all. Does that irrefutable fact just apply to drivers? No; to their employers, too. Remember the train that derailed in Spain last summer and killed 79 people? The driver was reported to be talking to a co-worker on his work cell phone. It made headlines… Read More »

Section 105 benefits plan may offer relief from Affordable Care Act costs

By Brian Bibb Lower premiums, reduced payroll tax liability, reimbursements for payroll costs, increased employee take home pay and the possibility of eliminating deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for employees. All of these benefits can be realized in a unique benefits program that requires no changes to a company’s current plans and has zero net costs… Read More »

Powerful questions – Your key to Success

By Mark A. Vickers When you present any type of information, your ability to ask powerful questions will determine the speed and degree of your success. This is not another teaching on the importance of Open vs. Closed questions. This is about selecting wording that will transform your questions from being weak, to being powerful… Read More »

Jaguars announce new broadcast partners

20 March 2014

1010XL and 99.9 Gator Country new official radio broadcasters, Channel 4 back as television partner after 11 years The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached agreements with new flagship radio and TV broadcast partners for carriage of their on-air programming in and around the Jacksonville area. For the first time, Jaguars games and official team radio programming… Read More »

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Regional leaders discuss transportation and logistics at JAXUSA Partnership Economic Development Forum

18 March 2014

Leading business and civic leaders examined the Jacksonville region’s opportunities for business growth and development during a Regional Economic Development Forum at the University of North Florida (UNF) in partnership with JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber. The program featured a panel and group discussion focusing on transportation projects and initiatives throughout the… Read More »

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Anna Brosche raises over $60,000 in first two months of City Council Campaign

11 March 2014

Campaign is Well on the Way to Achieving its Goal of Raising $100,000 in the First Half of the Year Anna Brosche, candidate for Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1, has raised a total of $61,650 in donations since announcing her candidacy. Brosche received over sixty-three unique contributions from individuals and businesses for a monetary… Read More »

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JU Prof. Brian Lane wins coveted juror spot at One Spark

07 March 2014

A Jacksonville University professor will have more influence than most folks at the second annual One Spark festival, a five-day event in downtown Jacksonville billed as the “World’s Crowdfunding Festival,” which last year drew about 130,000 people and 900 participants. After a rigorous selection process among many applicants, Physics Prof. Brian Lane was named one… Read More »

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Disaster sustained, crisis averted

05 March 2014

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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The day the disaster plan was TESTED

03 March 2014

If it were not for a well honed disaster plan, the fire that destroyed Advantage Design Group’s office could have also destroyed its business, given its dependence upon the equipment and contents that were inside. Just as a trucking company would take pride in its vehicles, Advantage Design Group prides itself on using the best… Read More »

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Asset protection for the small business owner – It is easier than you think

28 February 2014

By William A. O’Leary When people think about asset protection, they tend to conjure up images of complex financial arrangements—often involving offshore asset protection trusts— arranged by mysterious agents. While this type of sophisticated asset protection planning may be an option for certain high-net-worth individuals, the vast majority of us do not need it. There… Read More »

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New dangers lurking in severance agreements

27 February 2014

By Mark A. Addington In recent years, there have been a significant number of severance agreements entered into between businesses and former employees due to turbulent economic times. Two significant developments currently being litigated could impact potential liability lurking within such agreements. Both of these developments clearly demonstrate that a poorly crafted severance agreement can… Read More »

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Social media risk management for small business

25 February 2014

By Peter Roesler Social media marketing is so simple and effective that business owners often don’t think about what can go wrong. However, social media is like any other tool, in that a business can inflict self harm if it doesn’t use it properly. Just as there are safety precautions to take when using physical… Read More »

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JAX Chamber announces Alan Mosley as Vice President of Transportation, Energy and Logistics

21 February 2014

JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis announced today that Alan Mosley is joining the Chamber’s leadership team as Vice President of Transportation, Energy and Logistics. In this role, Mosley will be the executive director of the North Florida Transportation Business Alliance, which will advocate for and advance regional transportation and logistics projects that benefit… Read More »

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The right conditions for effective incentive plans

19 February 2014

By Rusty Bozman Since the 1960s, theorists and researchers have amassed an impressive body of knowledge around the topic of incentive compensation. Over my 25-year career in human resource and total rewards, I have struggled through most of this material – either through need or curiosity. However, while this published material is both insightful and… Read More »

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JAX Chamber partners with One Spark festival as 2014 sponsor and venue

17 February 2014

The JAX Chamber has partnered with One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, as a sponsor and a venue for the innovation festival taking place in April in Downtown Jacksonville. “The Chamber is proud to be a sponsor and venue of One Spark, which offers a unique opportunity for the community to get involved, connect and… Read More »

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Jacksonville University Davis College of Business establishes downtown presence through exclusive partnership with CoWork Jax

13 February 2014

Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business is establishing a presence in downtown Jacksonville through a partnership with CoWork Jax. JU will offer resources and up to 30 faculty and students to help entrepreneurs at CoWork Jax, a community-focused incubator on West Forsyth Street that offers shared workspace to more than 100 members. As CoWork Jax’s… Read More »

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HomePro Inspections earns coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award in two catagories

12 February 2014

Jacksonville Company receives award that reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service in Home Inspections and Energy Audits for consumers. HomePro Inspections of Jacksonville, Florida has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all businesses rated by the nation’s leading provider of… Read More »

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Todd Gillrup and Tom Wages named to Sally Corporation Board

11 February 2014

Todd Gillrup, vice-president of operations at Jacksonville’s Sally Corporation, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Gillrup, a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Art, and of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Institute for Executive Education at the University of Pittsburgh’s Wharton School, joined the animatronics and dark ride company… Read More »

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JU receives accreditation for new Doctorate in Business Administration

10 February 2014

Jacksonville University’s new Doctorate in Business Administration, one of only a handful offered in the Southeast, has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that is expected this spring, classes are slated to begin this fall for the degree, opening… Read More »

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Jack Manilla elected to Board of Directors – National Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

07 February 2014

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, manufacturers’ agents, builders, distributors, installers, retailers, and service technicians. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers… Read More »

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Southside Business Men’s Club inducts youngest President in 82 years

06 February 2014

Even at 82 years old, the Southside Business Men’s Club can still chart new territories. Just eight years ago, the club inducted its first female president in its long history. In January, members installed their youngest, who’s also a woman. Annie Howe, Branch Manager and assistant vice president at Fidelity Bank, became the 71st president… Read More »

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Jax Chamber announces Matt Galnor as Vice President of Public Affairs

04 February 2014

The JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis has announced Matt Galnor is joining the Chamber’s leadership team as Vice President of Public Affairs. A longtime journalist and now in corporate communications at Baptist Health, Galnor will oversee communications for the Chamber and have a key role growing and developing the JAXBIZ political action committee,… Read More »

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Anna Brosche raises nearly $40,000 in first month of City Council campaign

04 February 2014

Anna Brosche, candidate for Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1, raised nearly $40,000 in the first month of her campaign. Brosche received over 75 unique contributions from individuals and businesses for a monetary donation total of $39,625. Brosche credited the fundraising success to strong grassroots support across Jacksonville. “I am grateful to all of our… Read More »

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