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Bring it Home, Jacksonville

By Jim Molis Sometimes the most powerful answers are among the most obvious. When contemplating how to accelerate the growth of Northeast Florida’s already expanding tourism industry, leaders of Visit Jacksonville turned to the people who know Jacksonville best for help—local businesses and citizens. Visit Jacksonville’s new “Bring it Home,Jax!” campaign encourages residents to recruit… Read More »

How sellable is your business?

By Gary  & Nancy Hallett You’ve worked hard to build your business, sacrificing along the way to make sure your employees have a steady, reliable place to work, with hopefully enough left for your own family every week. As the years go by, your thoughts turn toward the overall value of your business and how… Read More »

Four ways to make social media pay while you are away

By Peter Roesler A major benefit of social media marketing is that it gives business owners and marketers a platform where they can continuously engage with their fans and potential customers. Social networks are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing companies to continually promote a brand with fresh content. However, it… Read More »

Employers liability for distracted employees

By Wayne Hogan One text or call can wreck it all. Does that irrefutable fact just apply to drivers? No; to their employers, too. Remember the train that derailed in Spain last summer and killed 79 people? The driver was reported to be talking to a co-worker on his work cell phone. It made headlines… Read More »

Section 105 benefits plan may offer relief from Affordable Care Act costs

By Brian Bibb Lower premiums, reduced payroll tax liability, reimbursements for payroll costs, increased employee take home pay and the possibility of eliminating deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for employees. All of these benefits can be realized in a unique benefits program that requires no changes to a company’s current plans and has zero net costs… Read More »

Powerful questions – Your key to Success

By Mark A. Vickers When you present any type of information, your ability to ask powerful questions will determine the speed and degree of your success. This is not another teaching on the importance of Open vs. Closed questions. This is about selecting wording that will transform your questions from being weak, to being powerful… Read More »

People—The essential element of your company’s brand

09 January 2014

By Jennifer Holland If you’re a CEO, ask yourself: When was the last time I had one-on-one contact with my customers? I’ll bet it was quite a while ago, if ever. A brand defines your customers’ relationship with your company, and it’s an extremely valuable business asset that will ensure your company’s success. But do… Read More »

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Staffing firm changes name

08 January 2014

It’s a new year and a new name for a national staffing firm. OnCall Staffing, Inc. is now Agility Staffing, Inc., as of Jan. 1. In addition to the name change, former president of OnCall Staffing Mike Rolewicz founded Agility HR Group, Inc., a company launched based on experience with large groups for payroll and… Read More »

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Jacksonville-Area Credit Unions take a proactive, consumer-centric approach to protecting members who may have been affected by target security breach

03 January 2014

The Northeast Florida Chapter of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (NE FLA LSCU) announced that Jacksonville-area credit unions exemplified decisive leadership by taking proactive and consumer-centric measures to protect their members’ accounts, thus mitigating potential damages or losses related to a security breach that occurred(November 27, 2013 – December 15, 2013) at Target, one… Read More »

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Gov. Rick Scott reappoints Jacksonville Attorney Christopher Cobb to Florida construction industry licensing board

29 December 2013

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott reappointed Jacksonville attorney and Jimerson & Cobb partner Christopher Cobb to a second term on the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB). Cobb is appointed for a term beginning December 20, 2013, and ending October 31, 2017. “My tenure on the CILB has proven to be an invaluable opportunity to positively… Read More »

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Jax Chamber’s leadership trip and 90-day listening tour brings ideas of change to northeast

23 December 2013

When JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis took the helm of the JAX Chamber in June this year, his number one goal was to understand the needs of the local business community who make up the JAX Chamber’s membership. He embarked on a 90-Day Listening Tour and traveled to Charlotte to attend the 33rd… Read More »

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Jacksonville Man owns iconic home, turns into thriving business

22 December 2013

Families everywhere enjoy the classic movie A Christmas Story, particularly as cable television channels air it repeatedly as the holiday draws near. But the 1983 film carries a bit more significance for Brian Jones and his family in Jacksonville. “I say, ‘That’s my house,’” said Jones, who owns the Cleveland house that was used in… Read More »

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Part 2: How to Map a Defendable Advantage, Touchpoint by Touchpoint

20 December 2013

By Hank Brigman Part 2: How to Map a Defendable Advantage, Touchpoint by Touchpoint To review Part 1 – Differentiation and the Touchpoint Economy, please see Volume 5, Issue 8, pages 28-29. Part 1 can also be found online at: http://advantagebizmag.com/archives/17429 The Touchpoint Economy In the first part of this two-part series, “How to Differentiate… Read More »

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Fuel Steam Ahead: The Benefits of Fuel Conversion

20 December 2013

By Jim Molis Mayport C&C Fisheries is saving green by going green. Company leaders expect to save more than $51,000 per year while reducing pollutants all by powering four trucks with compressed natural gas instead of gasoline. “It will certainly create a positive impact on the cash flow and bottom line each month,” President Atillio… Read More »

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Scott Williams, Former General Counsel of Rail America, Joins Holland & Knight

19 December 2013

Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that attorney Scott Williams has joined the firm’s Jacksonville office. Mr. Williams is the former senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the publicly-traded railroad holding company, RailAmerica, Inc., and the former general counsel of Florida East Coast Railway, L.L.C. Prior to joining RailAmerica in 2002,… Read More »

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Stronger Guidance: Two First Coast advisory firms become one

18 December 2013

Two of Jacksonville’s long-established independent wealth management firms just became one. Retirement Strategies, Inc., which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in business in January, acquired Collins Capital Management, Inc., a Southpoint firm in business since 2002. The staff from both companies will move into new, larger Retirement Strategies offices early in 2014. “We’re excited to… Read More »

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JAX Chamber announces 2014 Small Business Leader of the Year winners

16 December 2013

The JAX Chamber announced its 2014 Small Business Leader of the Year winners. The winners are: Matthew Wilson, Monument Road Animal Hospital, Arlington Council Lynda Culhane, Culhane’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Beaches Division Carter Funk, DeLuxe Cleaners, Downtown Council Rose Conry, Staff Time, Entrepreneurial Growth Division Ellen Sullivan, Doctors Express Urgent Care Centers, Health Council… Read More »

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Top 4 reasons why you should have a business vehicle

12 December 2013

By Joseph W. Nowland I know, I know. It’s just as easy to use your personal vehicle for your business purposes. Why bother with the expense of another vehicle when your personal one runs just fine? During the past twenty years I’ve worked with businesses up and down the East Coast and enjoy asking, “Why… Read More »

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Marywood Retreat and Conference Center will host their first New Year’s Eve Celebration.

12 December 2013

Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Style The Marywood Retreat and Conference Center, nestled on 100 acres on the St. Johns River, will be opening its’ doors to the general public for a very special New Year’s Eve Celebration. Tickets to the celebration are $75.00 per person and include: a cash bar, music provided by a… Read More »

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Obtaining a small business loan: 5 simple steps

11 December 2013

By David Marovich Most business owners will find out sooner or later that obtaining a small business loan can be a difficult task. But there are things you can do to prepare yourself and make the loan process go smoother. Most will ask that you address five categories when applying for a business loan. Step… Read More »

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The rock that slew goliath: How social media levels the playing field

11 December 2013

By Peter Roesler For small businesses that are competing against larger companies, the battle for new customers may sometimes seem lost before it begins. Besides having the name recognition that comes from being an established and sizable company, large businesses gain an advantage by having advertising budgets that most small companies can’t easily compete against.… Read More »

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JAXUSA Partnership honors region’s international business leaders at quarterly luncheon

05 December 2013

JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development division of the JAX Chamber, presented its annual International Awards, sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank, during the JAXUSA Quarterly Luncheon today at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Every year, JAXUSA Partnership presents the International awards to recognize the companies and individuals that are positively impacting the international growth in Northeast… Read More »

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Creator registration opens for One Spark 2014

03 December 2013

Creator registration kicked off for One Spark 2014 on Sunday, December 1, 2013 with 75 creator projects registered in the first 48 hours, a 142% increase over the same time period last year. One Spark’s website also saw a 438% increase in traffic compared to the same time period last year. One Spark 2014 is… Read More »

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Florida 8(a) Alliance now headquartered at Beaver Street

03 December 2013

A well-attended open house on Friday, November 22, marked the establishment of the Florida 8(a) Alliance headquarters at Beaver Street Enterprise Center. Founded in November 2011 and recognized as a 501 (c) (3) Charity, the Florida 8(a) Alliance’s mission is to strengthen, train, educate and promote 8(a) and other small businesses. Andy Harold, Florida 8(a)… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union opens expansion Branch in South Jacksonville

27 November 2013

Community First Credit Union, based in Jacksonville, celebrated the opening of its 17th branch office with a commemoration of the new location on Friday. The Bartram Branch at 13910 Village Lake Circle in South Jacksonville represents an expansion for the credit union. Credit union employees and leaders as well as Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and… Read More »

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Paul Davis Restoration names David Machia as estimator

21 November 2013

Marguerite and Mike Mumford, owners of Paul Davis Restoration of North Florida have recently hired David Machia as one of the company’s estimators. Machia will be responsible for estimating and overseeing residential and commercial restoration projects along with emergency mitigation, clean up and reconstruction of property damages from water, fire, smoke, vandalism, and mold insurance… Read More »

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