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Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes Transportation and Logistics on the Move Wi-Fi is better than candy United for a Cause
 

Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG

©Ken McCray Photography Earl Benton doesn’t let a good idea go to waste. The president of Jacksonville-based beverage distributor Champion Brands was initially thwarted in his attempt to use compressed natural gas for his fleet of trucks. But he is now helping to herald in what could be a new era of alternative fuel usage… Read More »

Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate

Lisa Gufford was told once to never settle for less and to never sacrifice cost for quality. She has taken both to heart as the Co-founder/Managing Member of Executive Suite Professionals, a full-service, all-inclusive executive business center located on the 14th floor Downtown’s EverBank Center. Spacious executive suites overlooking the St. Johns River and the… Read More »

Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes

By Dave Barbush Consumers are bombarded by thousands of marketing messages every day. There are ads in social media; ads in apps; ads on the air. One can’t even go to the restroom without seeing an ad. To get your message to your end-user, you need to cut through all this noise. You need to… Read More »

Transportation and Logistics on the Move

The logistics and supply chain management industry is on the move, and the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education is helping area employers keep up. UNF has helped more than 300 professionals attain a Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), which helps them advance their careers while supporting their employer’s growth and the… Read More »

Wi-Fi is better than candy

By Jason Reynolds More and more small business owners across Jacksonville are making Wi-Fi available to their customers. As you might expect, these tech-savvy businesses across the First Coast include restaurants and coffee shops. But they also include doctors’ offices, vehicle repair shops, bookstores, hair salons, and car dealerships—in fact, every kind of small, main… Read More »

United for a Cause

Celebrating 90 years of making an impact on our community, United Way of Northeast Florida has a rich history of creating positive, lasting change. Founded as the Community Chest by a group of concerned citizens, the organization supported a variety of social services from the outset. Continuously evolving since to meet the changing needs of… Read More »

500 South Restaurant to be part of ‘Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast’

22 September 2011

If you have not yet visited 500 South Restaurant at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, you now have even more incentive to go. The casually-elegant restaurant, located just off of the AAA Four-Diamond resort’s beautifully-remodeled lobby, is offering a special three-course prix fixe dinner throughout October, as part of the Historic Coast’s… Read More »

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Pinedale Elementary wins $25K playground from Sprite

21 September 2011

Hundreds of students and local residents joined Pinedale Elementary staff, Coca-Cola employees, Jacksonville Education Commissioner Dr. Donnie Horner, and other Jacksonville education and government leaders to celebrate the refresh of the playground at Pinedale Elementary, the winners of a $25,000 playground through the Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools sweepstakes. The event included a “demolition”… Read More »

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Poll results: Small businesses support strong national standards

21 September 2011

Small business owners support strong national standards to increase energy innovation, according to a new national opinion poll of 1,200 small business owners released by Small Business Majority. The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found that 87% of small business owners agree that “improving innovation and energy efficiency are good ways to increase… Read More »

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Alhambra’s ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ starring Jamie Farr opens tonight

21 September 2011

In June of 2010 it was M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit marking the return of a big name star to the Alhambra’s stage. In July of this year, that tradition continued with Barry Williams in The Odd Couple. And tonight, Sept. 21, M*A*S*H alumnae, Jamie Farr, who played Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Klinger in television’s longest… Read More »

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NEFBA selects Davidson Realty to market annual President’s Project homes

21 September 2011

Davidson Realty Inc. is honored to be chosen by the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) to market two affordable single-family homes recently renovated by NEFBA as part of its community-focused President’s Project. The homes, which are part of Jacksonville’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, are being offered for $85,000 and $120,000 respectively and buyers may qualify for… Read More »

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SBA seeks nominations for 2012 North Florida Small Business Person of the Year & Champion Awards

20 September 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the 2012 North Florida Small Business Person of the Year and several Small Business Champion awards. Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week. The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards… Read More »

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TD Bank to visit MWKF to promote academic literacy

20 September 2011

The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) and TD Bank will partner to bring the foundation’s Friday Book Club to a group of second-grade students on Friday, Sept. 23 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. TD Bank Market President Cindy Stover will be joined by local TD Bank employees to read “The Can Man,” a financially-themed book children can… Read More »

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Comcast to provide Internet service to low-income families of Duval County schools

20 September 2011

Mayor Alvin Brown teamed up with Duval County school officials to support another public-private partnership benefitting public schools. Comcast, along with city and school leaders, held a news conference Monday to announce a new program, Internet Essentials, designed to help low-income families bridge the digital divide. “This is a great example of how public-private partnerships… Read More »

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SBE Council offers 4 reasons to oppose Obama’s tax proposals

20 September 2011

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) was critical of President Barack Obama’s tax proposals, which would hurt small businesses by raising taxes on upper income earners. SBE Council noted that such tax increases would hurt small business in four key ways. SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan noted, “First, many successful entrepreneurs… Read More »

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ICBA urges Treasury to respond expeditiously to SBLF applicants

20 September 2011

With the Sept. 27 deadline for Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) applications rapidly approaching, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) continued to urge Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and top bank regulators to respond expeditiously to all community banks that still have questions and concerns on the status of their applications. “ICBA worked diligently with Treasury,… Read More »

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FCAACC social Sept. 29

20 September 2011

First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce’s (FCAACC) Northeast Florida Social Entrepreneurship Event for Small Business will be held Sept. 29, from 11- 1p.m. at 6225-2 Lake Gray Blvd. Chairman and CEO of FCAACC, Cliff Grant says, “We are a part of a collective group that will change the way we support and encourage small… Read More »

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Small Business Majority to release EPA poll results

19 September 2011

On Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Small Business Majority will release results from a poll of more than 1,200 small business owners from across the country regarding small business owner’s opinions about the federal government setting stronger standards for fuel efficiency and EPA regulating carbon emissions from power plants, refineries and other major… Read More »

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SBA & Agility’s disaster webinar to focus on helping employees

19 September 2011

During National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery Solutions are hosting free weekly disaster preparedness webinars. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, Tom Heneghan, manager of preparedness for the American Red Cross, will talk about best practices for helping employees be ready for any kind of… Read More »

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Flagler inks 99,000sf lease renewal with TAP Worldwide

19 September 2011

Flagler announced it has closed a five-year, 99,000-square-foot lease renewal with TAP Worldwide LLC at one of Flagler’s nine warehouse distribution buildings located within the Jacksonville International Tradeport industrial park. Based in Compton, Calif., TAP Worldwide LLC is the leading supplier of parts and accessories for off-road vehicles with five warehouses and distribution centers across the… Read More »

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NAIOP of Northeast Florida supports daniel with backpack and school supply drive

16 September 2011

NAIOP of Northeast Florida recently supported local nonprofit daniel with a “Back to School Backpack and School Supply Drive.” NAIOP and its members donated backpacks filled with school supplies including folders, rulers, calculators, crayons, markers, three-ring binders and paper to the organization and the children it serves. “Our members stepped up to the plate for… Read More »

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Volunteers needed for Saturday’s coastal cleanup

16 September 2011

The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission and Clean It Up, Green It Up encourage individuals and organizations to participate in the 2011 Florida Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17. This event, which will provide volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city’s shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal… Read More »

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Local celebrities join library for fundraiser

16 September 2011

Start your holiday shopping early, meet local celebrities and support the Jacksonville Public Library at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event will be held at the bookstore’s St. Johns Town Center location. Shop at the store and mention the library bookfair when making a purchase… Read More »

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Crowdfunding gets hearing in U.S. House

16 September 2011

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) member and entrepreneur Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss brings his Crowd Fund Investing (CFI) framework to a congressional hearing today, where there is growing support to modernize outdated security laws that prevent small business owners from tapping into their networks for raising capital. The U.S. House Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services… Read More »

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Equifax offers small business financial solutions

16 September 2011

Small business lending executives are now empowered with the market intelligence necessary to shape their future growth and risk strategies with the announcement of Lending Trends Benchmarking— the first offering from Equifax’s new Small Business Market Navigator suite of small business financial solutions. Designed and developed in collaboration with the Small Business Financial Exchange (SBFE), a… Read More »

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IRS issues guidance on tax treatment of cell phones; provides small business recordkeeping relief

15 September 2011

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance designed to clarify the tax treatment ofemployer-provided cell phones. The guidance relates to a provision in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, enacted last fall, that removed cell phones from the definition of listed property, a category under tax law that normally requires additional recordkeeping by taxpayers. The… Read More »

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