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One Spark Explodes the Reach of More Than Just Startups

Naturally Smart Foods Founder Mark Patterson had already secured funding for his Jacksonville-based health food company and was already on his way to making it a success when he participated in the One Spark crowdfunding festival in April 2014. Patterson had attended the first festival—which had drawn tens of thousands of attendees the previous year—and… Read More »

How Olive My Pickle Barreled Ahead

Shai Tzabari seems to have been destined to start a pickle company with his wife Charlotte. Looking back, there have been some pretty evident themes in his life. The first has to do with his food-centered upbringing. He grew up in the kitchen of his eastern-European grandparents-immigrants to Israel who passed to him their old-world… Read More »

Drive Success with Business-to-Business Mentoring

Many businesses offer employee mentoring programs. These mentorships allow all involved parties to share their knowledge, lessons learned and tricks of the trade, thereby increasing the success of each individual and the company. The participating mentors and “mentees” also walk away with a stronger sense of community within their firm. This attachment can create a… Read More »

Jacksonville, the most business-friendly city in the world

Back in 2013, the Kauffman Foundation named Jacksonville as “the most business friendly city in Florida.” Meh. While the recognition is appreciated, it’s really underwhelming. So, we beat out Tampa, Miami and Orlando. That’s great, but how about Hong Kong, New York, Toronto or San Francisco? Can we really compete with the big guns for… Read More »

Do they understand you?

In most jobs or careers, there are aspects of your work that other people don’t understand. Whether you work in a highly specialized technical field full of buzz words and acronyms, or a mechanical environment that requires special skills and tools, people you work with often don’t understand you. Miscommunication or misunderstanding of technical information,… Read More »

Three QuickBooks Errors that Will Bury Your Business.

The seemingly minor mistakes that you may be making in QuickBooks could actually be quite costly. Delaying dull yet important tasks, or failing to address oversights or to correct inaccuracies in your bookkeeping, could cost you more time and money than you would have spent to do it right the first time. Stop stalling and… Read More »

Signet Development Celebrates Ceremonial Groundbreaking on Entrepreneurial-Based Academic Living Learning Community in Partnership with the University of Florida

29 October 2014

Signet Development, a strategic real estate development and capital solutions company, today celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for Infinity Hall, an entrepreneurial-based academic residential community at The University of Florida (UF). “Infinity Hall is the first private sector finance project to arise from the vision of public-private partnership that defines Innovation Square” This is the first… Read More »

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Businesses, Schools And County Commissions Celebrate Manufacturing Month In October

29 October 2014

Manufacturers, related businesses, high schools, the Jacksonville City Council and surrounding county commissions teamed up with the First Coast Manufacturers Association to conduct a variety of events to celebrate October as “Manufacturing Month” throughout the First Coast.   Jacksonville & Surrounding County Commissions Proclaim Manufacturers Month October was proclaimed “Manufacturing Month” by the Jacksonville City… Read More »

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A Live or Die Decision

29 October 2014

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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Impact Player: Rick McCombs

29 October 2014

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. As president of Flowers Baking Company of Jacksonville, LLC, Rick McCombs has championed the company’s involvement in the United Way, talking with each of his 250… Read More »

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First Coast Manufacturers Association announces 2014 Manufacturers Awards

16 October 2014

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) announced the winners of its 2014 “Excellence In Manufacturing” awards at a banquet honoring nominees and winners at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island at its second annual Manufacturing Summit. The three Manufacturer of the Year awards went to: Georgia-Pacific Corporation Georgia Pacific was recognized for its active participation in FCMA… Read More »

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One Spark to Announce Enhancements to 2015 Creator Experience

14 October 2014

One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, will announce enhancements to the 2015 creator experience on Thursday, Oct. 16, 6pm, at the “Project Launch: Masters of the Pitch” event at MOCA. WHO:  One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson Pitch Expert Al Emerick WHAT: One Spark 2015 announcement about enhancements to the creator experience. WHEN:        6 –… Read More »

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Financial Design Associates’ Glenn honored with FSP’s Chapter of the Year

10 October 2014

Financial Design Associates, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), congratulates Steven L. Glenn, CLU, ChFC, MSM, MSFS in his honor with the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) award, Chapter of the Year, in the Society’s 2013-14 Excellence in Chapter Achievement (ECA) program. The award is… Read More »

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JU Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center named one of only four Regional Training Centers in Florida

09 October 2014

Jacksonville University’s new Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center is one of only four statewide hubs to be named a Regional Training Center, which will bring higher levels of training for College of Health Sciences faculty to benefit students and the area health care community. The designation by the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance arose… Read More »

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Trillium Capital Resources delivers $16.08 million HUD loan commitment on 232 Unit Apartment Project

09 October 2014

Trillium Capital Resources (TCR) announced today the successful financing commitment of a $16.08 million multifamily Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan through their partner Red Capital Group.  The 232 unit multifamily project is located in Madison, Alabama and will receive a fixed rate financing package for 35 years. “We have the privilege of assisting our… Read More »

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Florida SBDC invests in LivePlan, business planning and management software, to grow SMBs faster

06 October 2014

The Florida SBDC Network chose Palo Alto Software’s flagship business planning and tracking software, LivePlan, to help small businesses better plan and track for growth as a part of alarger statewide initiative to boost economic development. The Florida SBDC Network, which oversees 40 local offices statewide, purchased 500 LivePlan licenses to be available for small… Read More »

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Distinguished veteran, top higher ed administrator join JU staff in key leadership posts

03 October 2014

Jacksonville University has named distinguished military veteran and senior banking executive Michael Fleming as its Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer, along with top law school administrator Teresa Heekin Davlantes as inaugural Executive Director of the University’s new Entrepreneurism, Policy, Innovation & Commerce (EPIC) initiative. Fleming, a retired Brigadier General and former Managing Director… Read More »

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Juror registration opens for One Spark 2015

03 October 2014

Juror registration opened today for One Spark 2015, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival. One Spark is seeking three to five jurors to serve as subject experts in each of the six creator project categories – art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology. A panel of jurors in each category will independently select the… Read More »

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CoWork Jax Joins the Florida Coworking Passport Program

28 September 2014

CoWork Jax is one of the first communities to join The Florida Coworking Passport program. The program, spearheaded by CoWorkTampa, allows any member of a participating passport space to cowork at any other participating passport space one day each month for free. Christopher Arnoldi, founder of CoWorkTampa, created the program to close the gap between… Read More »

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HabiJax announces management team promotions

26 September 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) is pleased to announce the promotions of three management team members. Angela Leatherbury has been named Chief Administrative Officer. Roger Cortie has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Brenda Thomas has been named Vice President of Resource Development. “Angela, Roger and Brenda are valued members of the HabiJax… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union Breaks Ground

19 September 2014

121 Financial Credit Union officials broke ground Wednesday for its Middleburg branch, located at 1714 Blanding Boulevard at Branan Field Road. The new facility, which is being built by Scherer Construction of North Florida, will have approximately 3,900 square feet, plus three drive-through lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM and safe deposit boxes. Architectural design was… Read More »

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Senior Marketing Executive Joins Burdette Ketchum Leadership Team

16 September 2014

What do dolphins, divots, driving on high banks and Burdette Ketchum have in common? Barbara Emener Karasek. Shortly after joining the agency as executive vice president to lead client services, Barbara has become a minority owner of the firm. She joins founding partner Karen Burdette and equity owners Will Ketchum and Patrick Golden. Barbara brings… Read More »

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Virtual CIO becomes Evocio

11 September 2014

Evocio is the new name for a team of Chief Information Officers that brings high-impact expertise to organizations and companies nationally. A growing organization, Evocio recognized the need to evolve from its former name, Virtual CIO, to a new brand that recognizes the evolutionary change in information technologies and strategies in today’s business environment. “The… Read More »

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Prime Realty expands the team

11 September 2014

You may notice some bright, new faces at Prime Realty Inc. We have added a few new members to our team. Brokerage Coordinator Jordan Altenhof and Sales Associate John Rutherford. Jordan Altenhof will be coordinating all projects, press releases, and marketing activities. She will also be handling all photography of properties. “I look forward to… Read More »

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GreenPointe Homes welcomes Gaynelle James as marketing director

11 September 2014

GreenPointe Homes, one of Florida’s premier home builders, welcomes Gaynelle James as marketing director. “We are pleased Gaynelle has joined our team,” said GreenPointe Homes President Roger Postlethwaite. “Gaynelle has a broad knowledge of the real estate industry and is known for her ability to reach marketing objectives through forward-thinking creativity and strategic planning. She… Read More »

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Business Success Expo provides opportunities to learn from successful entrepreneurs

09 September 2014

-Franchise owners and consultants will offer insight into business ownership Top performing national franchise companies looking to expand into the North/Central Florida market will share information about their concepts and why their franchisees are thriving at the 2014 Business Success Expo at the University of North Florida September 25th. Anyone considering business ownership can learn… Read More »

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