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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 Cutting Costs By Paying It Forward Control Your Space
 

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 »

Cutting Costs By Paying It Forward

As a business owner, you probably want employees to have more than the mandatory competencies and required education. You want employees who are diligent, confident team players who work well with others. Unfortunately, school alone does not always instill such desirable traits in employees. Future workers sometimes require training to develop and apply skill such… Read More »

Control Your Space – Retain More Business

Getting customers is hard. But keeping customers can be even harder. Regardless of what type of business you run, you know that attracting customers can be expensive. They can also go as fast as they came—unless you provide them a positive experience. From restaurants to law firms to dentists’ offices, you want to control the… Read More »

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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Council Hires New Health Planning Director

05 February 2015

The Health Planning Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Suter. Suter joins the Health Planning Council as the new Health Planning Director. Suter has been recognized as one of the leading experts on Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and was on the team that developed the Florida Method for HIAs, which was presented… Read More »

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Headlining Performers and Title Sponsor Announced for One Spark 2015 After Dark

02 February 2015

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the headlining bands Ha Ha Tonka, SUNBEARS!, Somebody Else and the Kopecky Family Band for One Spark 2015 After Dark presented by Brumos Automotive, a returning sponsor.  DJ Lil’ Boy has also been named One Spark 2015’s official DJ. One Spark After Dark takes place 8… Read More »

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Impact Player: Bill Grant

30 January 2015

Each issue of Advantage features an “Impact Player” from the United Way of Northeast Florida, as a means to highlight the contributions that local volunteers make to our community. Florida Public Utilities runs a best practices United Way campaign that includes meetings with representatives of local agencies, visits by program participants, corporate incentives and leadership… Read More »

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Beating the odds

28 January 2015

Late last year the U.S. Census Bureau reported that for the first time in 30 years, businesses were dying at a faster rate than new ones were being created. Let that sink in for a moment. Though I hope this trend reverses, I’ll leave the solutions to the talking heads on cable. But one thing… Read More »

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JAX Chamber announces 2015 Small Business Leader of the Year winners

19 January 2015

The JAX Chamber announced its 2015 Small Business Leader of the Year winners. The winners are: ·       Rebecca Walden, First Coast Signs, Arlington Council ·       Denise Wallace, BCM Services, Inc., Beaches Division ·       Shai Tzabari, Olive My Pickle, Downtown Council ·       Dan Miller, GloDea, Entrepreneurial Growth Division… Read More »

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David Marovich Promoted To Vice President Of Business Services For 121 Financial Credit Union

16 January 2015

David Marovich, Director of Business Services for 121 Financial Credit Union, has been promoted to Vice President, announced 121 Financial CEO William Braddock. In his position, Marovich will be responsible for directing and providing strategic oversight of business services for the credit union. In addition, he will continue to work with business customers in analyzing… Read More »

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ScaleUp North Florida Accepting Applications for First Cohort

14 January 2015

Program begins in February and will focus on helping small businesses “scale up” and grow in 2015 ScaleUp North Florida, the new U.S. Small Business Administration program based at the University of North Florida, is accepting applications for the program’s first year, which will begin in early February. The program will help up to 50… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union Expands to Riverside

14 January 2015

Credit union to open full-service branch in Five Points Village and growing retail hub Community First Credit Union, a full-service credit union based in Jacksonville with membership open to anyone who lives on the First Coast, announces it has signed a multi-year lease to open its newest expansion location in the recently re-built Five Points… Read More »

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TEDxJacksonville launches TEDx Talks online.

10 January 2015

TEDx Talks from TEDxJacksonville’s October 2014 conference, (un)knowing, are being made available to the public for the first time at YouTube.com/TEDxJacksonville. The 12 Talks by local and international speakers were recorded live during a 300-person conference at WJCT on October 25. While each Talk is relevant to Jacksonville and issues timely to our community, in… Read More »

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Anna Brosche Endorsed by Northeast Florida Builders Association

06 January 2015

Joining other business organizations such as JAXBIZ, the political affiliate of the JAX Chamber, and the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) announced its endorsement of Anna Brosche for the Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1 seat. NEFBA cited Brosche’s experience in small business leadership… Read More »

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Freedom Boat Club earned special honors at the company’s annual conference

05 January 2015

The Jacksonville and St. Augustine locations of Freedom Boat Club earned special honors at the company’s annual conference, held late December.  It was the third year in a row the northeast Florida franchise won national recognition. Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig, co-owners of the Jacksonville-St. Augustine franchise, were selected as “Freedom Boat Club Brand Champions”… Read More »

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Paul Davis wins NEFBA 2014 First Coast Remodelers award for Biscottis project

30 December 2014

Mike and Marguerite Mumford, owners of Paul Davis Restoration of North Florida recently received the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) 2014 First Coast Remodelers award for a commercial remodeling project over $250,000. The honor was presented for Paul Davis’ outstanding restoration and remodeling work on the Biscottis restaurant fire damage project which occurred in January.… Read More »

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