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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 Giving Your Business Room to Grow: How One Man’s Passion for a Business Incubator is Changing the City
 

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 »

Giving Your Business Room to Grow: How One Man’s Passion for a Business Incubator is Changing the City

Kevin Grant enjoys helping people and he has ample opportunity to do so as interim director of Beaver Street Enterprise Center. As home to about two dozen small businesses, the 25,000-square-foot core-city business incubator is a hub of entrepreneurial activity and a nexus for community outreach. Grant is bolstering the resources available to BSEC’s tenant… Read More »

121 Financial Credit Union’s David Marovich selected as Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year

07 April 2015

David Marovich, Vice President of Business Services for 121 Financial Credit Union, has been selected as the Small Business Administration’s North Florida District and State of Florida Financial Advocate of the Year. Marovich has been involved with consulting existing and startup businesses through the Small Business Development Center and conducting classes “Boots To Business” for… Read More »

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One Spark Launches Smartphone App for 2015 Festival

02 April 2015

Updated app streamlines process for attendees to contribute and vote One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today launched its updated smartphone app for iOS and Android operating systems. The One Spark app is available for download in Android’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Attendees that attended One Spark last year can download the… Read More »

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One Spark 2015 Announces Jurors Chosen to Award $95,000 in Prizes to Top Projects

01 April 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the subject experts that will comprise seven juries to award $95,000 in prizes to top creator projects at the April 7-12, 2015 festival. Juries comprised of three to five jurors each will award six $15,000 prizes in each of One Spark’s six categories for projects: art,… Read More »

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Jacksonville-based Comfort Keepers Among Select Businesses Nationwide Recognized in Washington

31 March 2015

On March 16, America’s Small Business Development Center Network (America’s SBDC), the national association of SBDCs, held a special 35th anniversary legislative reception to showcase a sampling of SBDC clients from across the country. Among the 11 SBDC clients from eight states invited to the reception was Kathryn Murphy, owner of Jacksonville-based Comfort Keepers and… Read More »

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The H.I.L.L. of Northeast FL host Senior Nielsen Company Executive in Upcoming Guest Speaker Series

25 March 2015

The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership (H.I.L.L.), the region’s first workforce and professional development nonprofit organization for the Hispanic labor force, will host Juan Carlos Davila, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hispanic Market – Center of Excellence, Nielsen during its first 2015 bi-annual Las Voces – Guest Speaker Series. The event scheduled from… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union Finalizes Merger

19 March 2015

As of April 1, the merger of 121 Financial Credit Union and Duval Federal Credit Union will become finalized. In order to merge the two credit unions’ operating systems, which is the last phase of the merger, 121 Financial will be closed from noon March 31 until April 1 at 9:00 a.m. Duval Federal will… Read More »

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Thirty-Seven Small Businesses Selected to Receive Education and Growth Assistance from ScaleUp North Florida

17 March 2015

ScaleUp North Florida, the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) growth acceleration program based at the University of North Florida, has selected 37 small business owners to be in the inaugural class. More than 60 applications were received for the program, which is designed to impact the local economy by helping small businesses scale up,… Read More »

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GE Aviation and United Way Partner to Create a Better Community for All

13 March 2015

GE Aviation and United Way of Northeast Florida joined forces to celebrate GE Days of Caring March 10 and March 12, 2015. More than 150 volunteers participated in 14 different projects designed to promote goodwill and improve local campuses. “GE Aviation demonstrates a strong commitment to the community year-round through giving and volunteering,” said Sara… Read More »

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Jacksonville Zoo Collaborates Locally With Pizzazz Scenic For Large-scale Creation

12 March 2015

For the past 5 months, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens worked closely with Jacksonville-based Pizzazz Scenic Contractors to create a 65-foot replica of the largest snake that ever lived.  “We’ve worked on and off with Pizzazz over the last ten+ years,” said Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture, Facilities and Exhibits at the Zoo. “This is… Read More »

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Jack Welch to Headline One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit

11 March 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the addition of Jack Welch, executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute and former CEO of General Electric Company, as their headlining speaker at the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit, scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the Florida Theatre. Welch’s wife Suzy Welch, business journalist… Read More »

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Startup Weekend Winners Announced

09 March 2015

More than 60 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in Jacksonville Startup Weekend 2015, a 54-hour event held March 6-8 at the University of North Florida. Participants pitched 10 ideas and six teams competed. The event also featured 17 coaches and three judges. Participants were trying to solve real world problems by leveraging technology, said Yash Nath, president… Read More »

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The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival Announces Official One Spark 2015 Creator Projects

03 March 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, announced today that 555 official One Spark 2015 projects in art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology will showcase in 71 downtown venues at the April 7-12, 2015 festival. To view all the official 2015 projects, visit https://www.onespark.com/festival/2015/projects. Of the 555 projects, 29 percent are… Read More »

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Studio9 Architecture to Design Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Operations Center

25 February 2015

Jacksonville-based Studio9 Architecture has been selected to provide space planning, interior design and construction drawings for the relocation of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Operations Center to EverBank Center downtown. Studio9 also is the architect for 220 Riverside and Unity Plaza, both scheduled to open this spring. Space planning is almost complete, incorporating the proximity and… Read More »

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North Florida TPO and Clean Fuels Coalition Host Expo

23 February 2015

TPO Announces ChargeWell Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO)  hosted the 2015 Florida Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) Expo at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center. More than 100 attendees gathered to experience the latest AFV’s, learn about alternative fuel and electric vehicle (EV) charging… Read More »

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Joe Sampson Launches New Company Focused on the Business and Sustainability of Events

18 February 2015

One Spark’s former executive director and chief operating officer and event production expert Joe Sampson and SouthEast Group’s director of marketing and community engagement Lisa Goodrich launched EventReal today. EventReal will focus on the business and sustainability of events by providing event organizers with marketable concepts and sustainable revenue solutions and filling critical organizational gaps.… Read More »

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Randy Turpin Promoted To VP Of Branch Operations For 121 Financial Credit Union

16 February 2015

Randy Turpin, Director of Branch Operations for 121 Financial Credit Union, has been promoted to Vice President, announced 121 Financial CEO William Braddock. Turpin is responsible for the overall management of the credit union’s 14 branches. He has worked in the banking industry for 14 years, spending his first 10 years in commercial and community… Read More »

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One Spark 2015 Features $3.5 Million in Private Investment Opportunities for Creators

12 February 2015

During this year’s One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, creators participating in the festival will have the chance to compete for up to $3.5 million in potential investment funding. The private investment opportunities offered to festival participants, called creators, will be just one of the ways in which a creator can receive the resources… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union Appoints New Senior VP (SVP) of Operations

12 February 2015

Community First Credit Union, one of the state’s largest credit unions with membership open to anyone on the First Coast, announces it has promoted Nathaniel Herring, Jr., to serve as its SVP of operations. Mike Tomko, the credit union’s SVP of operations for the past 11 years has accepted a new position as CEO of… Read More »

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Jacksonville Awarded State Grant to Promote Local Medical Industry

09 February 2015

–Grant Will Be Used to Market Jacksonville as a Premier Health Care Destination– Visit Jacksonville, the City’s Official Tourism Marketing Office, and its local medical partners, including Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, Ackerman Cancer Center and Market Staging Inc., were awarded a $99,200.00 matching grant by Visit Florida to promote Jacksonville’s… Read More »

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The City Guide is now in Jacksonville FL

06 February 2015

Find exciting places and fun things to do in your local community TheCity.Guide is a digital directory to cities. We showcase Arts, Entertainment, Activities, Recreation, Dining Businesses and more.   The problem? Visitors and locals are constantly looking for ways to spend their weekends, down time or vacations – but they don’t have time to… Read More »

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