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One Spark Explodes the Reach of More Than Just Startups

Naturally Smart Foods Founder Mark Patterson had already secured funding for his Jacksonville-based health food company and was already on his way to making it a success when he participated in the One Spark crowdfunding festival in April 2014. Patterson had attended the first festival—which had drawn tens of thousands of attendees the previous year—and… Read More »

How Olive My Pickle Barreled Ahead

Shai Tzabari seems to have been destined to start a pickle company with his wife Charlotte. Looking back, there have been some pretty evident themes in his life. The first has to do with his food-centered upbringing. He grew up in the kitchen of his eastern-European grandparents-immigrants to Israel who passed to him their old-world… Read More »

Drive Success with Business-to-Business Mentoring

Many businesses offer employee mentoring programs. These mentorships allow all involved parties to share their knowledge, lessons learned and tricks of the trade, thereby increasing the success of each individual and the company. The participating mentors and “mentees” also walk away with a stronger sense of community within their firm. This attachment can create a… Read More »

Jacksonville, the most business-friendly city in the world

Back in 2013, the Kauffman Foundation named Jacksonville as “the most business friendly city in Florida.” Meh. While the recognition is appreciated, it’s really underwhelming. So, we beat out Tampa, Miami and Orlando. That’s great, but how about Hong Kong, New York, Toronto or San Francisco? Can we really compete with the big guns for… Read More »

Do they understand you?

In most jobs or careers, there are aspects of your work that other people don’t understand. Whether you work in a highly specialized technical field full of buzz words and acronyms, or a mechanical environment that requires special skills and tools, people you work with often don’t understand you. Miscommunication or misunderstanding of technical information,… Read More »

Three QuickBooks Errors that Will Bury Your Business.

The seemingly minor mistakes that you may be making in QuickBooks could actually be quite costly. Delaying dull yet important tasks, or failing to address oversights or to correct inaccuracies in your bookkeeping, could cost you more time and money than you would have spent to do it right the first time. Stop stalling and… Read More »

Impact Player: Jim Flagg

02 September 2014

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. Jim Flagg is vice president of Ulrich Research Services in Orange Park. He is also a member of the United Way of Northeast Florida’s board of… Read More »

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The Other Option

02 September 2014

I’m a car guy. I can talk about torque curves, powertrain options and debate the intricate differences between the different manufacturers.  In fact, I barely know my cousin and couldn’t even tell you where or even if he works. But we have talked cars for hundreds of hours since I was three years old. Sad?… Read More »

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Cortello Salon, Inc. honored on “Inc. 500|5000” List of Fastest- Growing Private Companies in America

02 September 2014

Cortello Salon, Inc., a Jacksonville Beach based hair salon that specializes in producing some of the most talented professionals in the beauty industry. Their success has landed them on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list, an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Cortello earned the spot of 713 based on the company’s… Read More »

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Vak Pak launches new corporate and ecommerce websites

29 August 2014

Vak Pak, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned VakPak.com corporate website and new VakPakBuildersSupply.com ecommerce site. A leader in the design and manufacturing of self-contained filtration, operating systems and collector tanks for the commercial swimming pool and aquatic industry, the 40-year-old company continues to expand its product and service lines along… Read More »

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Anna Brosche campaign endorsed by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Florida First Coast Chapter

27 August 2014

The Anna Brosche Campaign today announced the endorsement of the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). The ABC Florida First Coast Chapter includes 11 Northeast Florida counties, including Duval County. ABC has the strongest network of commercial and industrial contractors in the state of Florida with five chapter offices,… Read More »

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Volunteers in Medicine welcomes new CEO, kicks off fundraising campaign

26 August 2014

Mary Pat Corrigan to Lead Health Care Not-For-Profit Serving Jacksonville’s Working Uninsured Mary Pat Corrigan, a senior leadership professional with more than 20 years of experience in health care and IT, has been named chief executive officer of Volunteers in Medicine at a crucial time in the evolution of health care. The not-for-profit organization runs… Read More »

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Health Planning Council Board of Directors appoints new Chief Executive Officer

25 August 2014

Effective Sept. 2, Deanna McDonald will assume responsibility as the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Planning Council, an organization whose mission for more than 40 years has been to champion healthy communities, lifestyles and accessible, quality health and wellness in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties. “The board conducted an… Read More »

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Axia Public Relations receives PR Association Award

22 August 2014

Axia Public Relations, a PR firm that specializes in national public relations campaigns, received recognition from the Florida Public Relations Association last week at its annual Golden Image Awards. Axia Public Relations, including CEO Jason Mudd, APR, and account manager Marjorie Comer, received the Judges’ Award at the 2014 Golden Image Awards in Orlando, Florida… Read More »

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Local social Entrepreneurship Rethreaded unveils their newly designed retail space

22 August 2014

Rethreaded, a local nonprofit who believes every individual can experience self-worth and value to communally change the world we live in, will be hosting the Grand Opening of their Retail Space on Saturday, September 13th 2014 10am to 5pm, located at 820 Barnett Street Jacksonville Florida 32209. Rethreaded invites the Jacksonville community to “Shop for… Read More »

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Tech Coast Conference could become signature event

21 August 2014

The inaugural Tech Coast Conference drew almost 500 attendees to Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Advanced Technology Center on Aug. 15. The day-long event featured workshops and presentations by leading Northeast Florida’s leading IT professionals, including executives from some of the area’s largest companies. “It was our first, premiere IT signature event,” senior project manager… Read More »

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Two local business owners honored by Governor Scott

20 August 2014

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Comfort Keepers, Mettron Contracting, and LBS South with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for their commitment to creating jobs. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families. Governor Scott said, “I am… Read More »

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Culhane’s Irish Pub host Celtic Thunder concert series in Atlantic Beach

13 August 2014

Culhane’s Irish Pub (CIP) owner and 2014 JAX Chamber Beaches Division Small Business Leader of the Year, Lynda Culhane, today announced that members of the famous Irish ensemble, Celtic Thunder, will be playing a series of concerts at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach.  Celtic Thunder is on its 6th year of touring and has… Read More »

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Orange/MZI Healthcare changes name to Citra Health Solutions

13 August 2014

- Citra Will Continue To Offer Simplified Solutions for Providers, Payers, and Patients – Orange Health Solutions combined with their recently acquired MZI Healthcare will now operate under the name Citra Health Solutions (Citra). The name change introduces an updated brand to better address how Citra’s services simplify the business of healthcare. The company will… Read More »

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Leadership Jacksonville Legacy Series’ film on Robert Shircliff receieves Telly award

12 August 2014

Leadership Jacksonville, in partnership with Lindsey Films, received a silver award at the 35th Annual Telly Awards for a documentary on philanthropist and executive Robert Shircliff that aired as part of the organization’s Jacksonville Legacy Series. The awards honor outstanding local, regional and national cable TV commercials and programs as well as the finest video… Read More »

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Local charitable giving website, WeGive.org®, crosses $100,000 in donations

12 August 2014

WeGive.org ® passed an important donation milestone this week, topping $100,000 in small, local gifts to nonprofits in northeast Florida. Created and run by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida as a service to the community, the online marketplace has helped over 250 nonprofits raise money for special projects or to meet urgent needs. Successful… Read More »

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Legacy beyond business

08 August 2014

I still remember the night when after the kids were put to bed, my wife and I had a few minutes to regroup and share some moments of the day. We got onto conversation about being a well-rounded person, our faith and our desired legacies for when we are gone. That’s when it hit me. … Read More »

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Pomar joins Jobplex as Executive Vice President

07 August 2014

Jobplex is pleased to announce that Jane Loop Pomar has joined Jobplex as executive vice president and will establish the firm’s Jacksonville, Fla. office. Pomar has worked across multiple industries with significant focus on engineering and technical roles.  Prior to joining Jobplex, she spent five years developing a U.S. presence for Ian Martin Group, a… Read More »

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Burdette Ketchum Hires New EVP of Client Leadership

04 August 2014

Barbara Emener Karasek has joined Burdette Ketchum as executive vice president of client leadership, bringing more than 20 years of expertise in brand management, global marketing and organizational leadership to the agency. A senior marketing executive, Karasek has a proven track record in business development, brand positioning and integrated marketing communications. Karasek will serve as… Read More »

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Tech Coast Conference August 15th

04 August 2014

Local organizations have created a signature technology conference to showcase Jacksonville as the high-tech hot spot.   Tech Coast Conference is a collaborative effort to highlight the skilled talent pool, local companies, and emerging trends in Northeast Florida. The JAX Chamber IT Council and Florida State College of Jacksonville have joined together to showcase and… Read More »

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Visit Jacksonville Welcomes New Board Members

31 July 2014

Three New Members Bring Years of Management Experience to City’s Destination Marketing Organization. Visit Jacksonville, the city’s Destination Marketing Office, has appointed three distinguished industry professionals to its board of directors for 2014. The new appointees are: Odette Struys, Communications and Public Relations Manager for the Blood Alliance; Michelle Leak, Community Engagement and Longitudinal Care… Read More »

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