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Business Opportunities: How to Decide on a Franchise Not-So-Secret Rules of Business Etiquette Are Franchise Opportunities Really Less Risky Than Business Startups? Top CEOs: Myths about Hiring “A” Players Business Distilled 5 Reasons to Have a Banker BFF
 

Business Opportunities: How to Decide on a Franchise

By Marshall Reddy For the prospective small business owner, franchises are a great avenue to consider. There are many benefits to owning a franchise and thousands of people purchase franchises each year. In fact, the Franchise Times, a leading franchise news source, reported that nearly 12,000 franchise units are sold per year. In general, franchises… Read More »

Not-So-Secret Rules of Business Etiquette

Have you ever heard, “Don’t place your elbows on the table…it isn’t polite,” only to be left wondering, “Why is this such a bad thing?” There are a myriad of small actions that we’ve taken in business meetings, networking events, and other professional gatherings, that shaped the outcomes of those meetings in ways that we… Read More »

Are Franchise Opportunities Really Less Risky Than Business Startups?

By Marshall Reddy So you’ve decided to become your own boss…now what? There are two basic paths to business ownership that most people embark on. Choosing the right path is not so much a matter of risk as it is a matter of your personal best fit. Whether or not you decide to explore franchise… Read More »

Top CEOs: Myths about Hiring “A” Players

Every great, profitable company has the same thing in common. The concept is so simple yet so elusive. Top CEOs understand  “A” players attract other “A” players, and that “B” players attract “C” players. We asked Laura Sabo, facilitator with Renaissance Executive Forums in Jacksonville, Florida, to share with us some real-world tips. Here are… Read More »

Business Distilled

A Fight for Legal Rights and the Pursuit of Local Quality at St. Augustine Distillery By Ryan Winter One of Northeast Florida’s top tour stops invites locals and visitors alike to taste the passion and history  that culminate in world-class spirits at St. Augustine Distillery. Imagine the crisp smells of juniper, cassia bark, and citrus… Read More »

5 Reasons to Have a Banker BFF

If you own a business, you may be surprised to learn how precious your business is to bankers. It doesn’t matter if you have a small mobile dog grooming business, or thousands of employees. You deserve respect and service. Your banker should be in your inner circle and be viewed as an asset, not simply… Read More »

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Celebrates Grand Opening of Relocated Shop in Ponte Vedra to Sawgrass Village

29 January 2016

Peterbrooke Chocolatier® is excited to announce the grand opening of their recently relocated chocolate store in Sawgrass Village Shopping Center at 333 Village Main Street. The official grand opening will be held on Friday, February 5th from 6–9 p.m. Come and meet the Peterbrooke team for samples of chocolate covered popcorn and other chocolate delicacies,… Read More »

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Kudos to the risk takers

28 January 2016

I might be one of the rare few that enjoy meeting new people. Just like an undiscovered book, everyone has a story. Nearly everyone has faced some type of adversity, chance meetings, tragedy, luck and successes. Of course, attitude probably has the most influence over someone’s life and business events. One of my go-to questions… Read More »

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First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces 2016 Officers and Directors

27 January 2016

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) members have elected the 2016 slate for Officers and Directors. FCHCC creates value through promoting and facilitating the success of Hispanic-owned businesses and by engaging the community at large in Northeast Florida. The new directors are Dr. Jose Nieto, D.O., Borland-Groover Clinic PA; Carlos Cruz, Hispanic Nexo; Angela… Read More »

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bestbet donates $11,500 to United Way of Northeast Florida during poker tournament fundraiser

26 January 2016

On January 21, bestbet Jacksonville and Availity hosted a charity fundraising poker tournament to benefit the United Way of Northeast Florida. Prior to the event, bestbet donated $11,500 to the United Way in continuation of the organization’s long-standing support of the non-profit.  Invited guests and United Way staff members enjoyed a fun-filled evening of poker, hors… Read More »

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Ameris Bank To Be Part of Downtown Jacksonville’s Skyline

20 January 2016

Ameris Bank symbolizes its expansion in Northeast Florida by becoming a part of the city’s skyline with its name atop the high-rise building Riverplace Tower on the Southbank of downtown Jacksonville. Sign installation began the week of Jan.18 and is expected to be completed by the week of February 8. The bank’s name will appear… Read More »

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Sbraga & Company Hires Justin Petruce as Executive Chef, and Erika Weisflog as Pastry Chef

13 January 2016

Sbraga & Company, celebrated chef Kevin Sbraga’s newest restaurant, has hired Justin Petruce as its new Executive Chef, and Erika Weisflog as its in-house Pastry Chef. Petruce, a 2007 graduate from Johnson & Wales University — Charlotte, comes to Sbraga & Company from Petruce Et Al in Philadelphia, where he served as a co-owner and co-executive… Read More »

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New Great Harvest Bread Co. set to open in Jacksonville

12 January 2016

Local owner Lorenda Tiscornia is putting the final touches on her new Great Harvest Bread Company bakery, which is set to open in Jacksonville on Jan. 15. The new bakery will be located at 11526 Lake Mead Ave., just off of Baymeadows and Gate Parkway near Atlantic Coast High School and in front of the… Read More »

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Women Leading Innovation in North Florida

11 January 2016

2 local businesses submitted for national competition Last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit, including a nationwide women’s business competition to highlight innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and their families. The North… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union CEO Appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Board of Directors

06 January 2016

Community First Credit Union, a full-service credit union based in Jacksonville with membership open to anyone who lives on the First Coast, announces its CEO and President John Hirabayashi has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Jacksonville branch. His term began January 1. Hirabayashi was… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union Opens Riverside Branch

05 January 2016

Community First Credit Union, a full-service credit union based in Jacksonville with membership open to anyone who lives on the First Coast, opened its Riverside branch in the recently rebuilt Five Points Village on Monday, January 4. Located at the corner of Margaret and Post Streets the center is the credit union’s 18th branch and… Read More »

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