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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 »

FCMA recognizes 96 local companies’ employees with annual Crane Awards

06 October 2011

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) recognized outstanding employees from 32 FCMA member companies with the prestigious Crane Awards at the annual Crane Awards banquet. The Crane Award, named after the late A. Crane Jones, Jr., a former senior vice president of CSX Transportation, Inc. and founder of FCMA, is presented to an employee who… Read More »

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Jobs Act loan incentives led to record SBA loan approval volume

06 October 2011

Spurred in part by unprecedented loan volume in the year’s first quarter, small business loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in FY2011 reached the highest mark in the agency’s history—supporting over $30 billion, continuing the rebound begun in 2009 and returning to healthy pre-recession levels in the final three quarters of the… Read More »

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TD Bank partners with ACTrees to plant trees in Jacksonville

05 October 2011

TD Bank, in partnership with Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), is proud to announce its first TD Tree Days tree planting events, taking place during the month of October with more than 250 TD employee volunteers planting 200 trees in Jacksonville, Boston and Philadelphia. Employee volunteers from TD Bank, TD Insurance, TD Auto Finance and TD… Read More »

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BFA to host networking and panel discussion event

05 October 2011

The Brazil-Florida Alliance (BFA) is hosting a networking event and panel discussion to provide attendees with access to knowledge and the ability to network with others who are participating in the abundant trade opportunities with Brazil on Oct. 19, 2011, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Tento Charruscaria (528 North First Street, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.).… Read More »

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Davidson Realty announces September’s top performers

05 October 2011

Davidson Realty Inc., a leader in Jacksonville and St. Augustine real estate, announced its top producers for September 2011. World Golf Village-based Davidson Realty Inc.’s top listers, sellers and producers for the month include: •Top Sales (most buyer sales): Pauline Cake •Top Lister (most seller listings sold): Michelle Gonzalez •Top Producer (most closed listings &… Read More »

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NEFBA to co-host annual Realtor Builder Tradeshow

05 October 2011

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA), in conjunction with the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, will present the 32nd annual Realtor Builder Tradeshow on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the University of North Florida University Center. The tradeshow will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 800 members of Northeast Florida’s real estate and… Read More »

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Mayor Brown appointed chair of national ports task force

05 October 2011

Mayor Alvin Brown has been appointed chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Metro Exports and Ports Task Force. “I’m honored by this opportunity,” said Mayor Brown. “Our port is a crucial part of our economic engine. We must help the port realize its full potential so it can help revitalize our economy with good-paying… Read More »

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8th annual Art in the Park Oct. 8

04 October 2011

The City of Jacksonville’s Department of Recreation and Community Services and JaxParks will host the eighth annual Art in the Park, an interactive art and multicultural entertainment event, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Northbank Riverwalk, between The Jacksonville Landing and CSX Transportation. This free and open to the… Read More »

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Legacy Trust renews sponsorship with Nationwide Tour

04 October 2011

Nationwide Tour President, Bill Calfee, announced that Legacy Trust Family Offices will again be the Official Family Wealth Office of the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open (WDO) presented by Planters, being held Oct. 20-23 on Dye’s Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass. Legacy Trust will use its relationship with the WDO to launch its 10th anniversary celebration.… Read More »

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Davidson Realty kicks off 2011-2012 teacher recognition program

04 October 2011

Davidson Realty Inc., based in World Golf Village, will kick off its popular teacher appreciate program for St. Johns County’s Mill Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary Schools on Oct. 3. The program invites the community to nominate and vote on their favorite teachers. Full details are available at www.DavidsonAppreciatesTeachers.com. Davidson Realty began the program… Read More »

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Flagler reports 300,000+ sq. ft. in lease transactions for first half of 2011

04 October 2011

Flagler is reporting strong numbers across its Northeast Florida portfolio for the first half of 2011 with more than 300,000 square feet of closed lease transactions. “Our portfolio continues to outperform the marketplace during this period of recovery,” said John Guitar, Flagler vice president & market officer for North and Central Florida. “In Northeast Florida, we… Read More »

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NSBA survey: Politics of small business

03 October 2011

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is seeking input on a survey about the politics of small business and needs your help. From time to time, NSBA conducts surveys on a wide range of topics which are then used in various NSBA reports and lobbying efforts. Please take just a few moments to complete the… Read More »

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Prudential Network Realty ranks at top of Northeast Florida real estate

03 October 2011

Prudential Network Realty has enjoyed tremendous success in 2011 and continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the Northeast Florida real estate market. For the first eight months of 2011, the company reported a 16.2% increase in home sales compared to the same time in 2010. By comparison, overall Northeast Florida real estate home sales… Read More »

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IRS offers tips about health care tax credit

03 October 2011

Many small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement may be eligible for the small business health care tax credit. This credit can enable small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage for the first time. It also helps those already… Read More »

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121 Financial teams with WOKV and Nocatee to bring Clark Howard to Ponte Vedra

03 October 2011

National radio and television “consumer warrior” personality Clark Howard will be appearing at the Nocatee Welcome Center on Oct. 15 in Ponte Vedra through WOKV radio station and sponsorship by Nocatee and 121 Financial Credit Union. The event, which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon, will feature a “meet and… Read More »

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After Hours: Joseph Catalano—Bringing history to life

03 October 2011

Whether it is in front of a classroom or in front of a crowd at a festival, Joseph Catalano has a passion for involving, as well as entertaining, people on the subject of history. His passion runs so deep, in fact, that he has performed history for close to 15 years now. History behind the… Read More »

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Army Corps awards contracts for HHD rehab

30 September 2011

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced the award of two contracts to replace four water control structures on Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. The Corps awarded a $47-million contract Sept. 28 to Odebrecht Construction of Coral Gables, Fla., which calls for replacement of Culverts 1 and… Read More »

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Mayor Brown names Jarrett as acting general counsel

30 September 2011

Mayor Alvin Brown announced the appointment of Mary W. Jarrett as acting general counsel, effective Oct. 1, 2011. “Mary Jarrett is a distinguished attorney whose experience and leadership will allow the Office of the General Counsel to continue to offer the best legal support possible for Jacksonville’s government agencies,” said Mayor Brown. “I greatly appreciate her… Read More »

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Public libraries announce new hours

30 September 2011

The Jacksonville Public Library announced a new schedule of operations for its 21 locations effective Oct. 15. The library’s fiscal year 2012 budget approved by the Jacksonville City Council Tuesday night reflects a reduction of $1.3 million from the previous year. To accommodate this reduction, service hours at all locations will be reduced; however, all… Read More »

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SBA signs memorandum of understanding

30 September 2011

Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), signed a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Republic of Turkey’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB) to encourage collaboration to assist small and medium-sized businesses with international trade opportunities. The MOU, signed during… Read More »

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