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Keep Your Horse at Your House minutes from Ponte Vedra? Business Opportunities: How to Decide on a Franchise Not-So-Secret Rules of Business Etiquette Are Franchise Opportunities Really Less Risky Than Business Startups? Top CEOs: Myths about Hiring “A” Players Business Distilled
 

Keep Your Horse at Your House minutes from Ponte Vedra?

Its a little known secret that there are a few select properties near Ponte Vedra and Nocatee where you can keep your horse in the stables behind your home. One such property has just come available. Represented by Kristin Doakes, this beautiful equestrian pool home in gated community on premium land. Your family and horses… Read More »

Business Opportunities: How to Decide on a Franchise

By Marshall Reddy For the prospective small business owner, franchises are a great avenue to consider. There are many benefits to owning a franchise and thousands of people purchase franchises each year. In fact, the Franchise Times, a leading franchise news source, reported that nearly 12,000 franchise units are sold per year. In general, franchises… Read More »

Not-So-Secret Rules of Business Etiquette

Have you ever heard, “Don’t place your elbows on the table…it isn’t polite,” only to be left wondering, “Why is this such a bad thing?” There are a myriad of small actions that we’ve taken in business meetings, networking events, and other professional gatherings, that shaped the outcomes of those meetings in ways that we… Read More »

Are Franchise Opportunities Really Less Risky Than Business Startups?

By Marshall Reddy So you’ve decided to become your own boss…now what? There are two basic paths to business ownership that most people embark on. Choosing the right path is not so much a matter of risk as it is a matter of your personal best fit. Whether or not you decide to explore franchise… Read More »

Top CEOs: Myths about Hiring “A” Players

Every great, profitable company has the same thing in common. The concept is so simple yet so elusive. Top CEOs understand  “A” players attract other “A” players, and that “B” players attract “C” players. We asked Laura Sabo, facilitator with Renaissance Executive Forums in Jacksonville, Florida, to share with us some real-world tips. Here are… Read More »

Business Distilled

A Fight for Legal Rights and the Pursuit of Local Quality at St. Augustine Distillery By Ryan Winter One of Northeast Florida’s top tour stops invites locals and visitors alike to taste the passion and history  that culminate in world-class spirits at St. Augustine Distillery. Imagine the crisp smells of juniper, cassia bark, and citrus… Read More »

Grubb & Ellis|Phoenix Realty Group closes deal in Jacksonville’s Northside

28 September 2012

Grubb & Ellis|Phoenix Realty Group brokers Aaron Zarle, Bryan Bartlett and John Richardson recently brokered a sale on behalf of the seller for a 240,000-square-foot distribution center at Imeson International Industrial Park located at 10089 North Main Street in North Jacksonville. The building was previously owned by W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, currently vacant,… Read More »

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Leadership Jacksonville announces executive director to retire, legacy series to launch Nov. 15

28 September 2012

Leadership Jacksonville announces that Executive Director Isabelle Owen Spence will retire in May 2013. Spence has served as the executive director of the organization since 2001. The announcement was made during the annual Reunion Luncheon for Leadership Jacksonville graduates. Honorary Lifetime Members David A. Stein and Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., M.D. were also inducted and… Read More »

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STEP Program to begin second STEP round

27 September 2012

Forty-seven states, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia will receive $30 million total from the U.S. Small Business Administration in a second round of funding to support efforts to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) initiative, launched last year under the… Read More »

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St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors donate 600 lbs. of pet food to St. Augustine Humane Society

27 September 2012

The St. Augustine Humane Society received approximately 600 lbs. of pet food for dogs and cats from members of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The Chamber Ambassador’s quarterly giving campaign included the donation to help the Humane Society and its Pet Food Bank. The Pet Food Bank provides food and supplies to… Read More »

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Mass Mutual branch relocating, expanding in downtown

25 September 2012

Financial Design Associates, a local branch of the 161-year-old Fortune 500 company Mass Mutual, has moved operations from the Southside to the BB&T Tower in Downtown Jacksonville. Mayor Alvin Brown joined Jacksonville City Council President Bill Bishop, Councilman Don Redman, Downtown stakeholders and representatives of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce to welcome Managing Partner… Read More »

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Time broke and stuck in a rut

24 September 2012

Finding time to work ON the business By Neill Vining In a growing economy many businesses are facing issues that they haven’t thought possible since the recession hit. And while most Chief Executive Officers say that they will take having the problem of “too much business” any day of the week, the issue of not having enough time to actually manage the business is what’s causing them trouble. This is a concern a lot of First Coast businesses have encountered as of late. Most small companies have been forced to dramatically downsize over the last decade, but with consumers starting to spend more money, there’s now a greater demand, and often not enough people to meet it. This is a good problem to have, but one that a lot of CEO’s haven’t had to manage over the last few years. And when time is already a luxury that doesn’t exist for them, not one that most are willing to spend more time trying to fix. That’s what led Mike Potts, CEO of Feature 23, a St. Augustine based software development company to seek guidance. “All in one year, we moved into a 3300 square foot office and grew from a staff of five to a team of 14.” He says with the growth came a host of issues related to growing a small business.

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FCMA recognizes employees of 29 local companies through Crane Awards

24 September 2012

The First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) recognized 98 outstanding employees from 29 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… Read More »

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Small Business Pep Talk with the Jaguars: Event Recap

20 September 2012

By: Alison Williams The Jacksonville Jaguars’ new management team joined ADVANTAGE Business Magazine on Tuesday, September 11th, to host an event for local small business owners. Invitations were extended exclusively to ADVANTAGE subscribers and readers, and the event’s one hundred spots were quickly filled. The gathering, which took place at Everbank Field, included a cocktail… Read More »

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SBA increases support for Hispanic entrepreneurs

19 September 2012

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) are teaming together on a pilot program in eight states to broaden the impact of the agency’s programs among Hispanic entrepreneurs. The new pilot program between the SBA and the USHCC will help widen the agency’s outreach efforts and connect Hispanic small business owners and entrepreneurs with local lenders and business counseling to help them grow and create more jobs.

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Mayor welcomes $95,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant, Enterprise Florida awards $850,000 state-wide grant

19 September 2012

Mayor Brown is proud to accept a $95,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant awarded from the State of Florida’s official economic development organization, Enterprise Florida. Governor Rick Scott announced Jacksonville as one of eleven recipients of the $850,000 grant. The Defense Reinvestment Grant will allow Jacksonville to hire a Washington, DC consultant to advocate for Jacksonville at… Read More »

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