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ReVving Up Your Down Time

Lauren Little grew up wanting a recreational vehicle, ever since she was awed by her friend’s parents’ RV when she was young. “I thought it was the coolest thing. It was a house on wheels,” Little said. RV ownership became even more appealing after Little started a business. “I don’t want to book reservations. I… Read More »

New Technology for Professional Pavement Products Company

Greg Driskell is passionate about making the world safer. As president of Professional Pavement Products, he leads a company whose mission is to make roadways safer. More than 34,000 people died on U.S. roadways in 2012, according to the most recent statistics available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Yet roadway safety issues go… Read More »

Blueprint for Career Success: Building Your Online Brand

By: Linda Teza Kulka In the 24/7 world in which we now live, social networks play an increasingly larger role in a person’s job search. Recruiters and employers alike can get to know you through a few simple clicks of the mouse. Should any red flags arise in your online profiles, you could lose the… Read More »

Where is Your Business in the Business Life Cycle?

By Gary and Nancy Hallett Most businesses, like their owners, follow a life cycle that patterns a beginning; followed by a season of growth, optimism and profitability; leading often to a period of peak performance. It’s the ensuing years when things tend to fade and the business is sold, merged with another company or too… Read More »

What’s What With SEO?

Ever since the Internet was born, search engine optimization (SEO) has been regarded as the holy grail of online success. With it, a website owner can generate a position on the search engines and get down to the business of doing business online. Before the year 2000, the process of SEO was relatively simple, since… Read More »

Communicating Change Effectively

By Rusty Bozman I was recently asked by a client to hold some focus group sessions with a small company they had just acquired, in order to determine what emotional and process roadblocks may have been interfering with a smooth integration. Unfortunately, what I found is very common. Confusion, misinformation, anxiety and some bad behavior… Read More »

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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iStart Jax partners with Everywhere Else Tennessee National Startup Conference

18 April 2014

iStart Jax is pleased to announce the partnership with a National Startup Conference. Everywhere Else Tennessee is a national startup conference focused entirely on helping entrepreneurs and startups tackle the unique challenges of starting up outside of Silicon Valley. The event is expecting a sellout crowd of 400 for its 2nd annual event in Memphis,… Read More »

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The Time May Finally be Right

15 April 2014

Could it be real this time? As I write this, Downtown is alive, with an expected 180,000 visitors celebrating innovation, courage, big ideas, and aspirational dreams. You know of it as One Spark. And it could be just the catalyst Downtown Jacksonville needs to finally turn the corner and create the urban environment we have… Read More »

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Grand opening, Howetown Threads

14 April 2014

Hometown Threads has moved to a larger location! Hometown Threads in Jacksonville, FL  is the one-stop source for your personalization needs!  The grand opening/ribbon cutting with the Chamber will be on Tuesday, April 29, 5-6pm at 13770 Beach Blvd, Ste 14.(Just east of Hodges in the Mambo’s Strip center) Come celebrate with Hometown Threads and enjoy wine, cheese, yummy… Read More »

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One Spark 2014 announces big winners at closing ceremony

14 April 2014

The One Spark 2014 closing ceremony, presented by Baptist Health and emceed by Al Emerick, celebrated the top finishing creator projects in art, innovation, music, science and technology at the world’s crowdfunding festival. More than 600 creator projects competed for funding and investment opportunities at One Spark 2014 and over a quarter of a million… Read More »

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Anna Brosche crushes fundraising goal; raises nearly $100,000 in first quarter

14 April 2014

Campaign has Met its Six Month Fundraising Goal in Half of the Time Anna Brosche, candidate for Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1, has raised a total of $94,000 in donations since announcing her candidacy in January of this year. Brosche set a goal of raising $100,000 by July and will exceed this goal in… Read More »

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North Florida District Office guaranteed over $357.2 million in small business lending in fiscal year 2013

11 April 2014

North Florida’s economy continues to improve and small business lending is at the center of that recovery. SBA guaranteed 749 loans through its North Florida District Office, exceeding more than $357.2 million in loans for small businesses in Fiscal Year 2013.  The following lenders have made an extraordinary contribution to small business lending in Fiscal… Read More »

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Local couple brings frozen custard to Atlantic Beach

10 April 2014

As summer approaches, Atlantic Beach will gain a great place to cool down when Whit’s Frozen Custard opens at 38 Ocean Boulevard in early May. Originally launched in the small college town of Granville, Ohio, Atlantic Beach is the chain’s first foray outside of Ohio. Whit’s Frozen Custard is a frozen confection that will be… Read More »

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Fruit arranged like flowers now available in North Jacksonville

08 April 2014

Edible Arrangements®, the company that delivers smiles with artistically designed fresh fruit bouquets and chocolate dipped fruit, is now open in North Jacksonville at 731 Duval Station Road, next to Publix. The newest Edible Arrangements store serves North Jacksonville, Arlington, Fernandina, Amelia Island, Yulee and Callahan, and joins four other Jacksonville locations. Each is independently… Read More »

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Top 50 Business Influencers

03 April 2014

The results of the nominations for Advantage Magazine’s Top 50 Business Influencers are in, and our readers have spoken. We put it to you, the small business community, to tell us who you consider to be the top business influencers in Jacksonville—people that every business owner should know—and you exceeded our expectations. After hundreds of… Read More »

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The near golf experience

02 April 2014

Ever have that can’t miss great business idea only to find out that someone beat you to the punch? I met Glenn Connelly recently, and he told me how he singlehandedly came up with the concept of “footgolf,” by combining two of the most popular sports in the world (soccer+golf). Just as the name implies,… Read More »

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The four keys to speaking success in any environment

31 March 2014

By Mark A. Vickers Whether you are presenting in a meeting or conference, or speaking to a customer or staff, your ability to speak effectively and strategically will determine your success. Have you ever listened to a salesperson and wondered: “When are they going to stop talking?” Have you sat through a presentation and wondered… Read More »

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Choose the right strategy to connect on LinkedIn

31 March 2014

By Peter Roesler Most business owners have heard of LinkedIn, which markets itself as the world’s largest professional network. Many are also aware that some business owners have managed to make money from LinkedIn either through content marketing or lead generation strategies. Using LinkedIn for marketing is simpler than some may think, and those who… Read More »

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Cultural Council names Antonio Allegretti executive director

31 March 2014

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is pleased to announce Antonio Allegretti will be its next executive director. Allegretti has long been a visionary in the Jacksonville arts and culture scene, launching the First Wednesday Art Walk that’s become a decade-long staple downtown and serving as founding director of the successful Riverside Arts Market. Allegretti… Read More »

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Pain is very useful

31 March 2014

By Rusty Bozman Some years ago, I turned to a good friend for a supportive ear when I was going through a low point in my personal life. As usual, he was generous with his time, but at the very end of our conversation he gave me something much greater than what I originally asked… Read More »

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MarkOne Holdings announces new Chief Financial Officer

26 March 2014

As new CFO, Robert Bennett brings more than 20 years of finance and automotive industry knowledge to MarkOne Holdings’ leadership team. MarkOne Holdings, a national automotive finance holding company operating through three regional subsidiaries, is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Bennett as its new corporate Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bennett will be located… Read More »

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SBA announces 2014 Florida Small Business Week Winners

25 March 2014

U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District Director Wilfredo J. Gonzalez is pleased to announce the winners of SBA’s 2014 State of Florida and South Florida District Small Business Week Awards. “Once a year I have the privilege of acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of small business owners in Florida. I would like to congratulate… Read More »

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VISIT FLORIDA marketing dollars attracting Florida tourists in record numbers

21 March 2014

Florida Hotel Industry Reports Significant Gains in Last Four Years The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association today released data supporting the efforts of VISIT FLORIDA and the millions of dollars spent on marketing tourism programs used to bring visitors to the Sunshine State. Florida currently enjoys a $79.34 RevPAR rate, which is above the national… Read More »

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