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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 »

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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Stellar adds four employees to refrigeration services

04 February 2014

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design,engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has hired four employees to Stellar’s Refrigeration Services. The new employees are: Daniel Blaylock, Assistant Project Manager, Refrigeration Services Blaylock graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Florida. His role is to assist project managers in… Read More »

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Creative Culture Media now at Beaver Street Enterprise Center

04 February 2014

Tunji Fadiora, the 24-year old CEO and President of Creative Culture Media, is already a seasoned entrepreneur with several years of practical, hands-on experience to his credit. As a student at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fadiora developed a thriving business in creative event production, branding and media development. “I am one of… Read More »

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JU to dedicate state-of-the-art floating classroom, new docks and vessels on St. Johns River Jan. 31

31 January 2014

What: Dedication of Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute state-of-the-art floating classroom, new Gentry Family Floating Docks, and JU’s new sailing fleet and rowing shells. A blessing of the fleet will occur beforehand. The new facilities and vessels represent more than $500,000 of investment at the JU waterfront. When: 4 p.m. check-in, 4:30 p.m. program… Read More »

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Happy anniversary time

30 January 2014

Welcome to 2014 folks. This issue marks an achievement for Rose Conry, the latest winner of the JAX Chamber’s Small Business Leader of the Year. It also marks our fifth year of publishing. Some talented individuals and I launched a media outlet (Advantage Business Magazine) that combined the proven power of print with a solid… Read More »

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Rose to the occasion

30 January 2014

by Jim Molis The old adage goes something like this, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity”. The variations of this sentiment are numerous, and the underlying principle applies to almost any successful business, but entrepreneurs don’t always recognize it as such. Some business owners take too much credit for themselves, while others defer too much… Read More »

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The H.I.L.L. creating opportunities for hispanic workforce

29 January 2014

The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership (The H.I.L.L.) of Northeast Florida will hold its inaugural 2014 Bilingual Job Fair on February 5. More than 10 companies will be on hand to help participants move their careers forward. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Beaver Street Enterprise… Read More »

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Five things you should know about social media marketing

28 January 2014

By Peter Roesler The landscape of marketing has changed for 2014. After two years of large social media IPOs, extensive media coverage of the topic, and the general buzz of the public, no marketer should be unaware that social media marketing exists. However, just knowing that something exists isn’t enough information for a savvy marketer… Read More »

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Does size really matter?

28 January 2014

By Wally Conway Of course size matters! If size didn’t matter you would never measure anything. But, is bigger really better? Or, is less actually more? Is there really such a thing as “right sized”? Truth be told, it depends on what you’re measuring and the consequence of that thing being the wrong size. Let’s… Read More »

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2014 Jacksonville Startup Weekend Winners

28 January 2014

Congratulations to ZeRoll, “an automated system to hygienically dispose of used medical examination table paper “for securing first place at the 2014 Jacksonville Startup Weekend! More than 88 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the 54-hour event held Jan. 24-26 at the University of North Florida Student Union Building. Event featured 36 ideas pitched, and 14 Teams… Read More »

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JU’s MBA program ranks No. 14 globally, makes Tier One in prestigious CEO Magazine listing

27 January 2014

Jacksonville University’s Master of Business Administration program ranks No. 14 globally, making it a Tier One program in a newly released prestigious international list that closely analyzes “student value” as one of its main criteria. The 2013 Winter MBA Rankings, released by the International Graduate Forum (IGF) and published in the January 2014 CEO Magazine,… Read More »

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Business community celebrates at JAX Chamber’s 129th Annual Meeting

25 January 2014

More than 1,000 people turned out to celebrate at the JAX Chamber’s 129th Annual Meeting. The annual meeting was held on the grounds of the Chamber’s headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville to commemorate the completion of Downtown’s New Front Door, a $3.5 million dollar renovation of the Chamber building headquarters. The annual meeting festivities also included… Read More »

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Groom tomorrow’s leaders today

24 January 2014

By Brent Ross, CPA As baby boomers retire, employers will have jobs to fill, including senior management positions. Grooming talent will be imperative in transitioning your company’s leadership, given that more than 65 percent of senior managers hired externally fail within 18 months, according to the Center for Creative Leadership. That’s not to say that… Read More »

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Foundation Financial Group promotes Jacksonville team member, Nau

21 January 2014

Foundation Financial Group announced the promotion of Christopher Nau to Executive Vice President of Sales. Nau is based out of the company’s Jacksonville Regional Sales Center, located at 225 Water Street #2100 in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. “I chose to begin a career with FFG because I truly believed in the opportunity for success as long… Read More »

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Holland names Gina Ford account executive

21 January 2014

Holland Creative, a brand management firm and award-winning creative studio, has named Gina Ford as its new Account Executive to oversee client relations. Ms. Ford, who was previously the Executive Director of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, will manage client relations, account development, project execution and management, budgeting and new business development. Her skills in… Read More »

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Northeast Florida Builders Association installs new officers, announces annual award recipients

21 January 2014

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) and the NEFBA Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) presented its annual awards to local industry leaders and welcomed a new board of directors and officers during an induction ceremony and breakfast at the University of North Florida University Center. The board of directors will be led by the NEFBA… Read More »

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Foundation Financial Group Celebrates 10 Years of Financial Services and Community Investment

16 January 2014

Foundation Financial Group is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2014. A decade of service is a significant milestone in FFG’s commitment to providing Americans with quality financial products and service. “Starting your own business is a risky endeavor, especially when you consider that 44 percent of new businesses fail within the first three years,”… Read More »

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Sarah Butters named Holland & Knight Partner

13 January 2014

Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Sarah Butters has been elected to partnership effective January 1, 2014. She was formerly senior counsel. Sarah Butters, a member of the firm’s Business Section, is experienced in trust and estates litigation, sophisticated estate planning, the administration of probates, guardianship and trusts, and the formation and administration… Read More »

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Jacksonville University gains 10-year re-accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

13 January 2014

Jacksonville University has been re-accredited in good standing for the next decade by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, further solidifying its top-tier status among private Southeast universities. The rigorous assessment involved extensive work by administrative officers, faculty, students, Trustees and staff, and included comprehensive reaffirmation research and reporting, off-site reviews, on-site visits and… Read More »

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Downtown Vision, Inc. elects new Board Chair, Treasurer and Members

10 January 2014

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) announced the election of Board Chair Debbie Buckland, Treasurer William R. Prescott and members Vicki Burns, Dorothy Merrick, Allison Naseri, Karen Perkner and Numa Saisselin to its 2013-2014 Board of Directors. The board also welcomes ex-officio member Aundra Wallace of the Downtown Investment Authority. Chair Debbie Buckland is executive vice president… Read More »

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