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2017 Small Business Leader of the Year

Leading with Verve, Courage and Boldness: Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails Owner Sarah Marie Johnston By Susan Burnell There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before a perfectly-plated entrée reaches the table. Likewise, a vast amount of unseen effort goes into starting and sustaining a successful restaurant business. Sarah Marie Johnston will tell you… Read More »

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If nothing changes, nothing changes

The story goes something like this. Bob is a moderately successful corporate type. He has put in the time and has sat through enough corporate meetings for a lifetime.  Somewhere along the way, he became unfulfilled, hit his max pay rate and now doubts why he sold the last 20 years of his professional life… Read More »

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What your employee background checks may not be telling you

By Kate Mesic For most hiring managers, performing a criminal background check is part of the hiring process. We all want to make great staff decisions because the emotional and economic cost of a bad hire can be enormous. While performing a background check is very well accepted and prudent practice, it’s important to understand… Read More »

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5 Dangers Of Planning Your Own Trip To A Foreign Country

The appeal of the exotic is enough to afflict even the most content person with wanderlust. It’s in our nature to want to occasionally escape our regimented lives and experience another’s way of life. While traveling can be a fascinating experience, it can also be full of pitfalls and dangers that most tourists may not… Read More »

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There is never a good time to start your own business

It’s true. There is never a good time to start your own business. As we get more established and go through life, we gain more, consume more and have more people dependent on us.  Think back to your life just after school. You were likely single, didn’t own much and could devote energy into whatever… Read More »

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Show Me The Time! Empowering Your Second In Command

All too often, the founder of a business doesn’t designate the time to pause and contemplate where they have been in their professional journey, and, more importantly, what comes next.  After all, planning today dictates the outcomes of tomorrow.  If you can’t remember the last time you’ve thought strategically about how your life integrates with… Read More »

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Forty Small Businesses Selected to Receive Education and Growth Assistance from ScaleUp North Florida

25 March 2016

ScaleUp North Florida, the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) growth acceleration program based at the University of North Florida, has selected 40 small business owners for its 2016 class. This represents a participation increase of over 8% in the second year of the program. Much of the interest was a direct result of ScaleUp’s… Read More »

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Jaxcoe And One Spark Ventures Announce Innovation Day Conference Keynote Speaker Quang Pham Of Espero Pharmaceuticals

24 March 2016

One Spark’s Creator Innovation Day conference further strengthened its lineup with today’s announcement of Quang Pham of Jacksonville-based Espero Pharmaceuticals as a keynote speaker. Pham joins a series of Northeast Florida leaders in business, healthcare and technology for the event on Thursday, April 7. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and open to… Read More »

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Downtown Vision, Inc. Announces Winners of the Inaugural #DTJax Awards

24 March 2016

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI), Downtown Jacksonville’s Business Improvement District, presented four awards Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the inaugural #DTJax Gala to recognize champions for Downtown who exhibit outstanding dedication, vision, persistence and commitment. DVI’s Executive Committee selected the four award recipients for Ambassador of the Year, Downtowner of the Year, Downtown Business of the… Read More »

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One Spark Announces Creators Selected To Participate In Spark Walk Creator Showcase

22 March 2016

Of the 190 Creators who applied for 2016’s First Wednesday Spark Walk Creator Showcase, 70 Creators have been selected, with 66 accepting invitations to participate.  A hand-picked jury evaluated each application and determined which projects have the greatest potential for success at their current stage.  The selected Creators will be situated along Laura Street between… Read More »

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Top SBA Lenders Named for FY 15

19 March 2016

North Florida’s economy continues to improve and small business lending is at the center of that recovery. SBA guaranteed 1033 loans through its North Florida District Office, valued at nearly $502.6 million in loans for small businesses in Fiscal Year 2015.  The following lenders have made an extraordinary contribution to small business lending in Fiscal… Read More »

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iStart Jax rebranded as iStart Valley

17 March 2016

iStart Jax is now iStart Valley. The new name and re-branded website are all part of the company’s expanded mission to provide world-class entrepreneurship programs nationwide. Mission of the organization remains focused on enhancing the startup ecosystem with the support of regional and global resources. The re-branding reflects iStart Valley’s commitment to leveraging successful programs… Read More »

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Ameris Bancorp Completes Legal Acquisition of Jacksonville Bancorp Inc.

16 March 2016

Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, announced today the finalization of the merger agreement under which Ameris Bank acquired Jacksonville Bancorp Inc., the parent company of The Jacksonville Bank. The transaction was finalized Friday, March 11, 2016. The transition and conversion of The Jacksonville Bank operating systems, accounts, services and signage to Ameris… Read More »

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SBA Announces 2016 Florida Small Business Week Winners

15 March 2016

U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District Director Wilfredo J. Gonzalez is pleased to announce the winners of SBA’s 2016 District and State of Florida 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 all of… Read More »

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Chicken Salad Chick Opens Second Jacksonville Location

14 March 2016

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Florida with its second location in Jacksonville. The new restaurant will open on Tuesday, March 15 at 4624 Town Crossing Dr. #115 in the Town Center. This location marks the 9th Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in… Read More »

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Made In Space to Keynote One Spark Creator Innovation Day

10 March 2016

One Spark today announced its Creator Innovation Day agenda, which includes keynote speakers from Made In Space, an address from Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and a series of Northeast Florida leaders in business and technology. Creator Innovation Day is Thursday, April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and open to the public. It’s the… Read More »

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