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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 »

Sell Your Business without Regrets

  By Lewis Hunter “Now what?” It’s a simple question but it is not always easy for an entrepreneur to answer when selling their business. You invest so much of yourself into your business that it can be hard to distinguish where “work” ends and “life” begins. But selling your company may require you to… Read More »

4 Reasons Everyone is a Speaker and a Salesperson

Most people rank the fear of public speaking higher than their fear of death. Many will say that the thought of being a salesperson is worse than getting the flu. But there is a secret to success that will propel you to the next level:   You need to be a great Speaker and a… Read More »

Cool to Pool

Even small businesses can save big by supporting car pools. Participants in the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization’s Cool to Pool Program include some of the region’s largest employers but it does not cater to them exclusively. “Small companies tend to have more problems with parking than large companies,” said Elizabeth De Jesus, commuter services… Read More »

Social Media for Nonprofits

Through Kickstarter campaigns for TV series, flash mobs in the street, and memes that spread like wildfire, the Internet has shown its ability to motivate people to act for various, sometimes silly, causes. Nonprofit organizations should use this ability to organize people to their advantage. When used properly, social media marketing can encompass all the… Read More »

Employee Welfare Benefit Program Could Reduce Health-care Costs for Employer and Workers Alike

Business owners are trying just about any strategy they can to deal with the increased expenses of providing health-care coverage for employees. Rising premiums and larger deductibles are taking money from both employers and their workers, forcing some companies to reduce coverage or to cut it altogether. But employers can find savings if they look… Read More »

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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Bring it Home, Jacksonville

22 April 2014

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 »

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Great Point Partners makes investment in Orange Health Solutions to finance the acquisition of MZI HealthCare

21 April 2014

Orange Health Solutions (“Orange”), a Jacksonville, FL based technology enabled health care services company, today announced a significant investment from Great Point Partners (“GPP”), a health care focused private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT. The primary use of the proceeds was to finance Orange’s acquisition of MZI HealthCare (“MZI”). The purchase of MZI enhances… Read More »

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UNF and Brooks partner in health training

21 April 2014

The University of North Florida is launching a groundbreaking program that could create job opportunities for health-care professionals and improve the well-being of area residents, by providing advanced training for health and wellness coaches. UNF’s Division of Continuing Education and Brooks College of Health have collaborated with Wellcoaches School of Coaching to offer the area’s… Read More »

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How sellable is your business?

18 April 2014

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 »

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Four ways to make social media pay while you are away

18 April 2014

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 »

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Employers liability for distracted employees

18 April 2014

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 »

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

18 April 2014

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 »

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Powerful questions – Your key to Success

18 April 2014

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 »

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