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Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes Transportation and Logistics on the Move Wi-Fi is better than candy United for a Cause
 

Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG

©Ken McCray Photography Earl Benton doesn’t let a good idea go to waste. The president of Jacksonville-based beverage distributor Champion Brands was initially thwarted in his attempt to use compressed natural gas for his fleet of trucks. But he is now helping to herald in what could be a new era of alternative fuel usage… Read More »

Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate

Lisa Gufford was told once to never settle for less and to never sacrifice cost for quality. She has taken both to heart as the Co-founder/Managing Member of Executive Suite Professionals, a full-service, all-inclusive executive business center located on the 14th floor Downtown’s EverBank Center. Spacious executive suites overlooking the St. Johns River and the… Read More »

Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes

By Dave Barbush Consumers are bombarded by thousands of marketing messages every day. There are ads in social media; ads in apps; ads on the air. One can’t even go to the restroom without seeing an ad. To get your message to your end-user, you need to cut through all this noise. You need to… Read More »

Transportation and Logistics on the Move

The logistics and supply chain management industry is on the move, and the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education is helping area employers keep up. UNF has helped more than 300 professionals attain a Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), which helps them advance their careers while supporting their employer’s growth and the… Read More »

Wi-Fi is better than candy

By Jason Reynolds More and more small business owners across Jacksonville are making Wi-Fi available to their customers. As you might expect, these tech-savvy businesses across the First Coast include restaurants and coffee shops. But they also include doctors’ offices, vehicle repair shops, bookstores, hair salons, and car dealerships—in fact, every kind of small, main… Read More »

United for a Cause

Celebrating 90 years of making an impact on our community, United Way of Northeast Florida has a rich history of creating positive, lasting change. Founded as the Community Chest by a group of concerned citizens, the organization supported a variety of social services from the outset. Continuously evolving since to meet the changing needs of… Read More »

Brosche Campaign has Raised More Funds than any Other Campaign for City Council

11 June 2014

Anna Brosche Campaign Reaches $100,000 Cash Raised Anna Brosche, candidate for Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1, has raised over $100,000 in monetary donations since announcing her candidacy in January of this year.  Brosche has received over 275 unique contributions from individuals and businesses for a monetary total of $100,040 since the start of the… Read More »

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Prime Realty sells 22,000 sf office condo to Craven Land Corporation

05 June 2014

Prime Realty announced the sale of 22,000 square feet of commercial office space to Craven Land Corporation for the purchase price of $1,100,00.00. The two story building is located at 4237 Salisbury Road North in Jacksonville. Prime Realty’s CEO, Tyler Saldutti, represented the landlord, Salisbury FSG, LLC, in the transaction. “We were able to help… Read More »

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Insurance Professionals of Northeast Florida names Marguerite Mumford as 2014 Insurance Professional of the Year

02 June 2014

Insurance Professionals of Northeast Florida, an affiliate with the International Association of Insurance Professionals has named Marguerite Mumford as the 2014 Insurance Professional of the Year. Mumford received the award on May 20 during the insurance organization’s 31st Annual 2014 Industry Appreciation Night in Jacksonville. Mumford is the owner of Paul Davis Restoration offices in… Read More »

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Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront welcomes new General Manager

28 May 2014

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront has welcomed Gino Caliendo as general manager. Caliendo has more than 33 years of experience in the hotel industry, all with Hyatt, and he most recently served as the general manager for six years at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. Caliendo will oversee all aspects… Read More »

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First Coast Wealth Management firm adds new Portfolio Manager

16 May 2014

A Southside retirement-planning firm recently welcomed a new member to its team. Retirement Strategies, Inc. hired Thomas Haggerty, a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA), as an investment research analyst and portfolio manager. Haggerty spent the previous six years as an equity analyst on Wall St. with Susquehanna International Group. He’s a member of the CFA® Society… Read More »

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Congratulations to the Healthiest Companies Winners!

15 May 2014

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) along with Humana are pleased to honor 46 Healthiest Company Winners. These companies are being honored for their commitment to employee health and wellbeing. The 6th Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference and Healthiest Awards Luncheon was May 14, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The event… Read More »

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Former co-workers open independent insurance store

14 May 2014

Former colleagues Blake Rhodes and Danny Sands previously worked together at a local State Farm Insurance Agency and are reuniting to open a Brightway Insurance independent agency at 11160-132 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla. “Through Brightway Insurance we have a much larger pool of companies to draw from when we’re helping our customers find the… Read More »

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Photos from Top 50 Business Influencers Celebration

14 May 2014

Like us on Facebook and tag yourself and friends in the photos from the Top 50 Business Influencers Celebration! Photos by Ken McCray Photography Post by Advantage BizMag.

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Leadership Jacksonville announces new leadership summit participants

14 May 2014

Leadership Jacksonville, an organization that develops youth and adult leaders in Northeast Florida, welcomed 16 participants to its 2014New Leadership Summit, a two-day program held at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Attendees included CEOs and other executives who are new or relatively new to Northeast Florida. “The summit offered a chance for community leaders to engage… Read More »

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iStart Jax teams with U.S. Small Business Administration for National Small Business Week 2014

14 May 2014

National Small Business Week, the annual event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions, kicks off its activities May 12 in San Francisco. The celebrations will continue through May 16 with similar events in Kansas City, May 13; Boston, May 15; and… Read More »

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White Oak announces new staff appointments

13 May 2014

White Oak Conservation Holdings, LLC (White Oak), is pleased to present new members of the professional team, working to promote conservation through innovative education, science, training, and collaborations. The team is based at the 7,400-acre White Oak facility that is home to more than 20 imperiled species including rhinos, cheetahs and okapi. To learn more… Read More »

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Women business owners – Small Business Week resources

13 May 2014

Calling Women Business Owners, if you are an established woman business owner with 50% ownership, and want to grow your business, the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) can show you how. Applications are open for JWBC’s premier mentoring program, ATHENAPowerLink®. Click here to learn more about the program, review enrollment criteria and download an application.… Read More »

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Successful entrepreneurs mentor new business owners in 5K at UNF

13 May 2014

The 1st Annual River City Mentor Walk was held at the University of North Florida campus on April 27. During the River City Mentor Walk early-stage small business owners were matched with seasoned entrepreneurs who acted as mentors while they walked the three-mile trek around the UNF campus. Pairs discussed business challenges and ideas for… Read More »

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Jacksonville University’s Dolphin Pitch looks to bring ideas to reality

06 May 2014

First came the Shark Tank. Now comes the Dolphin Pitch. Jacksonville University recently hosted an “elevator pitch” competition to create an entrepreneurial spirit among students. “One of our goals is to bring entrepreneurship across the campus. There’s not a major at any university that doesn’t have a business implication to it,” said Martin Luytjes, adjunct… Read More »

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iStart Jax invites you to a video premier of “Did you know?”

06 May 2014

iStart Jax held the first class in its new Entrepreneurial Mindset program on April 26. Together with Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation and local corporate sponsors such as Florida Blue and The Jaguars Foundation, iStart Jax has launched the program with 23 young adults, with a long-term objective producing 1,000 entrepreneurial minds. A video, “Did… Read More »

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6th Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference and Healthiest Companies Award Luncheon

01 May 2014

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) along with Humana present “The Art of Wellness”, the largest annual Wellness Conference in Jacksonville. We’ll also celebrate more than 40 companies honored for their commitment to employee health and wellness as well as the Frank Barker Wellness Leader during the Healthiest Companies Awards Luncheon. The 6th Annual… Read More »

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Florida 8(a) Alliance to hold third annual federal contracting conference May 27 &28

29 April 2014

The Florida 8(a) Alliance wants to help companies take their businesses to the next level by expanding their horizons at the organization’s upcoming annual federal contracting conference. Attendees of the May 27-28 networking and training event at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando will learn the latest news, trends and best practices in government… Read More »

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Brightway Insurance opening Palencia Store

29 April 2014

An extensive background in insurance and the prominence of the Brightway Insurance brand throughout Northeast Florida led Bob Miller, CPCU, to open a store at 7440 US Highway 1 North, Suite 102 in St. Augustine. The Euclid, Ohio, native graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing as well as… Read More »

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United Way of Northeast Florida announces new President and CEO

24 April 2014

The United Way of Northeast Florida board of trustees today announced the selection of Michelle Braun as president and CEO, effective July 1, 2014. Braun succeeds longtime president and CEO, Connie Hodges, who in January announced her plans to retire in December 2014. “Michelle has been actively involved in philanthropy and community development across northeast… Read More »

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iStart Jax gears up for next big leap: Adds Trey Bowles and Linda Olson to board of advisors

23 April 2014

iStart Jax has expanded its board of advisors and executive leadership team to help the growing business accelerator launch programs and initiatives. After working with more than 100 nominees from across the U.S, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based nonprofit has added experienced entrepreneurs, investors and consultants to facilitate the organization’s development while supporting new efforts like entrepreneurship… Read More »

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