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Cheaper LED Lighting Means Big Returns For Companies Big And Small Make the Right Decisions: Commercial Real Estate Market Present and Future. 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
 

Cheaper LED Lighting Means Big Returns For Companies Big And Small

If your monthly electricity bill approaches $20,000 for a single location even the smallest of savings can eventually make a large difference, particularly if you have few other opportunities to eke out additional profits. Not even a $1.2 million price tag would stop Scott-McRae Automotive Group from installing energy-efficient lighting and power conservation tools at… Read More »

Make the Right Decisions: Commercial Real Estate Market Present and Future.

By Scott Henley Northeast Florida’s commercial real estate market continues to strengthen, with some submarkets surging more than others. Optimistic tenants are exercising options to expand on their rights of first refusal as their businesses grow and landlords are locking in higher rental rates as they scale back concessions. Rental rates for Class A office… Read More »

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 »

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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Anna Brosche Endorsed by JAXBIZ

23 December 2014

JAXBIZ, the political affiliate of the JAX Chamber, today announced its endorsement of Anna Brosche for the Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1 seat. JAXBIZ is a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization with the goal of promoting business-friendly leadership at the local and state government levels. JAXBIZ members research and endorse candidates for public office based… Read More »

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One Spark Named Top 300 Festival in the World by Fest300 Magazine

19 December 2014

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, was named one of the top 300 festivals to attend in the world by Fest300 Magazine this month. Fest300 crowdsourced the final 30 festivals on their list, and, thanks to supporter’s votes, was voted 21 out of over 120 entries. This honor will bring more international attention and… Read More »

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Scribe Solutions acquired, new leaders positioning for growth

15 December 2014

Jacksonville-based Scribe Solutions, Inc. has been acquired by publicly-traded Chicago-based staffing firm General Employment Enterprises, Inc., according to a company announcement today. The acquisition positions General Employment and Scribe Solutions to grow significantly, with three prominent Jacksonville business success stories leading it. Derek Dewan will become General Employment’s chairman and chief executive officer. He is… Read More »

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Community First to launch mobile deposit service for business members

11 December 2014

Community First Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Florida, launched mobile deposit abilities for all business accounts effective immediately. The credit union becomes one of the only locally-based credit unions to offer this advanced technology that has until now only been available to personal accounts. Business members will have the ability to… Read More »

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It’s time to hop on the Jax Ale Trail!

08 December 2014

When your city has tons of award winning craft brews you want to make sure everyone, especially those visiting from out of town, gets a chance to enjoy all of them, that’s why on this December 4, Visit Jacksonville and Jacksonville’s craft breweries are unveiling the new Jax Ale Trail and the Jax Ale Trail… Read More »

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Rebounderz selects Axia Public Relations as national PR agency of record

05 December 2014

After a competitive search, Rebounderz Franchise and Development selected Axia Public Relations as its agency of record for public relations to build its reputation and attract new franchisees to the growing brand. Rebounderz is expanding across North America. Along with Axia’s engagement, the indoor trampoline arena plans to double its size in 2015. “We believe… Read More »

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Full Circle

05 December 2014

This issue causes me to reflect back to when I was approaching graduation from Jacksonville University. I was ambitious and full of energy. I was just missing the direction. I didn’t know what was next. What I did know is that one lucky employer was going to get a heck of an employee! Luckily for… Read More »

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Food Fun(d) Partners with One Spark to Assist Start-up Community on December 9th

03 December 2014

Food Fun(d) combines food, music and crowdsourcing to help fund new Jacksonville-based ideas. After a successful inaugural event in August, Food Fun(d) has teamed up with One Spark and returns to downtown Jacksonville to help fund a Jacksonville-based idea. Food Fun(d) will take place December 9th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Jacksonville Landing. The… Read More »

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Impact Player: Will Ketchum

02 December 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. As president & CEO of Burdette Ketchum, a Jacksonville-based integrated marketing communications firm with 26 employees, Will Ketchum has gradually  increased his personal support as well… Read More »

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Creator Registration Launches for One Spark 2015

02 December 2014

One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, kicked off creator registration today for the April 7 – 12, 2015 festival. This year, creator projects have the opportunity to compete for bigger awards, exhibit in more venues and accept rewards-based crowdfunding contributions from anywhere in the world. One Spark 2015 offers official creators 13 different $15,000… Read More »

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JAX Chamber Announces 2015 Board of Directors

26 November 2014

The JAX Chamber has announced its 2015 Board of Directors. John Delaney, president of the University of North Florida, will lead the board as Chair in 2015. Audrey Moran, senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy for Baptist Health, has been named Chair-elect and Board of Governors Chair. Other members of the JAX… Read More »

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