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Thinking Through a $30 Million Technology Investment Woman of Steel: Moving Beyond the Unthinkable Integrated Marketing Stage Your Business – Nine Ways to Improve the Value of Your Company NOW 3 Tips for Communicating with Your Technical Vendors The Benefits of Building a Proactive Relationship with Your Lawyer
 

Thinking Through a $30 Million Technology Investment

The new proton therapy system at Ackerman Cancer Center in Mandarin represents the type of technology that can change the direction of a practice—and alter patients’ lives. In offering the world’s first proton therapy in a private, physician-owned practice, Dr. Scot Ackerman has staked $30 million on a new technology that has yet to be… Read More »

Woman of Steel: Moving Beyond the Unthinkable

Ken Suggs never stopped caring for his family or his company before he passed away in August 2010. Nor have his family or his company stopped caring for him as they have rebuilt Allstate Steel since a horrendous economy and his untimely passing brought it to its nadir. Annual revenues had plummeted to $11 million… Read More »

Integrated Marketing – The Maze Behind the Must

Traditional marketing is now suffering the same fate from the broad and instant dissemination of information as legacy media, including broadcast television and newspapers. Marketing companies can no longer wave their magic wands and hand desired results to their clients. The “Mad Men” of marketing’s past were creatures of the controlled and predictable environments of… Read More »

Stage Your Business – Nine Ways to Improve the Value of Your Company NOW

We often hear the term “stage your home” in the residential real estate market. Realtors use this tactic to get top dollar for a client’s listing and to sell the property faster. The process does not come without a commitment of time and money, yet it produces results that benefit all parties. The same concept… Read More »

3 Tips for Communicating with Your Technical Vendors

As the role of technical teams and vendors continues to expand in most businesses, communication issues continue to rise. Whether you maintain an internal project team and technical staff, or you rely on outsourced technical vendors, it is important to protect yourself from communication issues with your technical team.   State your needs clearly Recently,… Read More »

The Benefits of Building a Proactive Relationship with Your Lawyer

By Kate Mesic Hiring a lawyer can be like pulling a tooth—the damage may be done before you do it. Waiting to hire a lawyer until you absolutely need one could cost you more time, money and hardship than if you had hired them sooner. From costly lawsuits to excessive tax bills to acrimonious severance… Read More »

Prodigy Home Loans Adds Industry Veteran to Team of Mortgage Professionals

10 November 2014

Allen Touchton has joined Prodigy Home Loans as a mortgage loan professional. A Jacksonville native and a U.S. Navy veteran, Touchton brings more than 21 years of industry experience to help his clients find the best mortgage terms and rates for their individual situation. Touchton attributes much of his success as a loan professional to… Read More »

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Local Firms Named Among Nation’s Top Contractors

03 November 2014

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, and Stellar Energy, a global provider of energy plant solutions, have been ranked as the nation’s top contractors in six market categories by Engineering News-Record (ENR), the construction industry’s leading trade publication. Stellar and Stellar Energy’s headquarters are located in Mandarin.… Read More »

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LIVE event: The Great Debate Buy vs Lease your business space

31 October 2014

On November 5th, industry experts Kim Israel, Paul Porter, Thom Wilkenson, and Kristen Tackett have joined together to analyze real case scenarios and discuss the significant decision nearly every business owner will make. Should they buy or lease their business space? We are trying to make this even as entertaining as possible and will be… Read More »

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Signet Development Celebrates Ceremonial Groundbreaking on Entrepreneurial-Based Academic Living Learning Community in Partnership with the University of Florida

29 October 2014

Signet Development, a strategic real estate development and capital solutions company, today celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for Infinity Hall, an entrepreneurial-based academic residential community at The University of Florida (UF). “Infinity Hall is the first private sector finance project to arise from the vision of public-private partnership that defines Innovation Square” This is the first… Read More »

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Businesses, Schools And County Commissions Celebrate Manufacturing Month In October

29 October 2014

Manufacturers, related businesses, high schools, the Jacksonville City Council and surrounding county commissions teamed up with the First Coast Manufacturers Association to conduct a variety of events to celebrate October as “Manufacturing Month” throughout the First Coast.   Jacksonville & Surrounding County Commissions Proclaim Manufacturers Month October was proclaimed “Manufacturing Month” by the Jacksonville City… Read More »

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A Live or Die Decision

29 October 2014

The title may be overstating things a bit, but every small and growing business is faced with seemingly game-changing decisions. It could be buying equipment, hiring a key employee or even taking on an investor. As a small business, we don’t  have the luxury of the Fortune 500 crowd, whose good decisions affect the bottom… Read More »

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Impact Player: Rick McCombs

29 October 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 of Flowers Baking Company of Jacksonville, LLC, Rick McCombs has championed the company’s involvement in the United Way, talking with each of his 250… Read More »

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First Coast Manufacturers Association announces 2014 Manufacturers Awards

16 October 2014

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) announced the winners of its 2014 “Excellence In Manufacturing” awards at a banquet honoring nominees and winners at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island at its second annual Manufacturing Summit. The three Manufacturer of the Year awards went to: Georgia-Pacific Corporation Georgia Pacific was recognized for its active participation in FCMA… Read More »

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One Spark to Announce Enhancements to 2015 Creator Experience

14 October 2014

One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, will announce enhancements to the 2015 creator experience on Thursday, Oct. 16, 6pm, at the “Project Launch: Masters of the Pitch” event at MOCA. WHO:  One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson Pitch Expert Al Emerick WHAT: One Spark 2015 announcement about enhancements to the creator experience. WHEN:        6 –… Read More »

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Financial Design Associates’ Glenn honored with FSP’s Chapter of the Year

10 October 2014

Financial Design Associates, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), congratulates Steven L. Glenn, CLU, ChFC, MSM, MSFS in his honor with the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) award, Chapter of the Year, in the Society’s 2013-14 Excellence in Chapter Achievement (ECA) program. The award is… Read More »

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JU Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center named one of only four Regional Training Centers in Florida

09 October 2014

Jacksonville University’s new Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center is one of only four statewide hubs to be named a Regional Training Center, which will bring higher levels of training for College of Health Sciences faculty to benefit students and the area health care community. The designation by the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance arose… Read More »

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Trillium Capital Resources delivers $16.08 million HUD loan commitment on 232 Unit Apartment Project

09 October 2014

Trillium Capital Resources (TCR) announced today the successful financing commitment of a $16.08 million multifamily Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan through their partner Red Capital Group.  The 232 unit multifamily project is located in Madison, Alabama and will receive a fixed rate financing package for 35 years. “We have the privilege of assisting our… Read More »

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Florida SBDC invests in LivePlan, business planning and management software, to grow SMBs faster

06 October 2014

The Florida SBDC Network chose Palo Alto Software’s flagship business planning and tracking software, LivePlan, to help small businesses better plan and track for growth as a part of alarger statewide initiative to boost economic development. The Florida SBDC Network, which oversees 40 local offices statewide, purchased 500 LivePlan licenses to be available for small… Read More »

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Distinguished veteran, top higher ed administrator join JU staff in key leadership posts

03 October 2014

Jacksonville University has named distinguished military veteran and senior banking executive Michael Fleming as its Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer, along with top law school administrator Teresa Heekin Davlantes as inaugural Executive Director of the University’s new Entrepreneurism, Policy, Innovation & Commerce (EPIC) initiative. Fleming, a retired Brigadier General and former Managing Director… Read More »

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Juror registration opens for One Spark 2015

03 October 2014

Juror registration opened today for One Spark 2015, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival. One Spark is seeking three to five jurors to serve as subject experts in each of the six creator project categories – art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology. A panel of jurors in each category will independently select the… Read More »

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CoWork Jax Joins the Florida Coworking Passport Program

28 September 2014

CoWork Jax is one of the first communities to join The Florida Coworking Passport program. The program, spearheaded by CoWorkTampa, allows any member of a participating passport space to cowork at any other participating passport space one day each month for free. Christopher Arnoldi, founder of CoWorkTampa, created the program to close the gap between… Read More »

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HabiJax announces management team promotions

26 September 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) is pleased to announce the promotions of three management team members. Angela Leatherbury has been named Chief Administrative Officer. Roger Cortie has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Brenda Thomas has been named Vice President of Resource Development. “Angela, Roger and Brenda are valued members of the HabiJax… Read More »

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121 Financial Credit Union Breaks Ground

19 September 2014

121 Financial Credit Union officials broke ground Wednesday for its Middleburg branch, located at 1714 Blanding Boulevard at Branan Field Road. The new facility, which is being built by Scherer Construction of North Florida, will have approximately 3,900 square feet, plus three drive-through lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM and safe deposit boxes. Architectural design was… Read More »

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Senior Marketing Executive Joins Burdette Ketchum Leadership Team

16 September 2014

What do dolphins, divots, driving on high banks and Burdette Ketchum have in common? Barbara Emener Karasek. Shortly after joining the agency as executive vice president to lead client services, Barbara has become a minority owner of the firm. She joins founding partner Karen Burdette and equity owners Will Ketchum and Patrick Golden. Barbara brings… Read More »

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Virtual CIO becomes Evocio

11 September 2014

Evocio is the new name for a team of Chief Information Officers that brings high-impact expertise to organizations and companies nationally. A growing organization, Evocio recognized the need to evolve from its former name, Virtual CIO, to a new brand that recognizes the evolutionary change in information technologies and strategies in today’s business environment. “The… Read More »

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