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Cheaper LED Lighting Means Big Returns For Companies Big And Small Make the Right Decisions: Commercial Real Estate Market Present and Future. How to Avoid Pitfalls When Buying Or Selling A Business Rethinking Tourism: Visit Jacksonville Adds Value to More Than Just the Hospitality Industry Capitalizing on Sports Tourism Giving Your Business Room to Grow: How One Man’s Passion for a Business Incubator is Changing the City
 

Cheaper LED Lighting Means Big Returns For Companies Big And Small

If your monthly electricity bill approaches $20,000 for a single location even the smallest of savings can eventually make a large difference, particularly if you have few other opportunities to eke out additional profits. Not even a $1.2 million price tag would stop Scott-McRae Automotive Group from installing energy-efficient lighting and power conservation tools at… Read More »

Make the Right Decisions: Commercial Real Estate Market Present and Future.

By Scott Henley Northeast Florida’s commercial real estate market continues to strengthen, with some submarkets surging more than others. Optimistic tenants are exercising options to expand on their rights of first refusal as their businesses grow and landlords are locking in higher rental rates as they scale back concessions. Rental rates for Class A office… Read More »

How to Avoid Pitfalls When Buying Or Selling A Business

By Kate Mesic Buying or selling a business will likely be one of the defining moments of your life. Whether you are preparing to invest your life’s savings into your dream or cashing out after a lifetime of working on your business, you want to move on confidently–knowing that you made the right decision and… Read More »

Rethinking Tourism: Visit Jacksonville Adds Value to More Than Just the Hospitality Industry

You don’t need to be in the hospitality industry to benefit from tourism. That’s one of the lessons that businesses have learned by participating in Visit Jacksonville’s partnership program. The benefits of the $2.2 billion in area business sales that tourism generated in 2013 were dispersed among industries, as evidenced by the more than 22,000… Read More »

Capitalizing on Sports Tourism

By Todd Hall Local sport commissions and sport authorities are commonly tasked with securing funds to build and manage sport facilities, obtain sport franchises and to use sports and sporting events to boost the economic development and meet the needs of businesses and residents. Such is the case with the City of Jacksonville’s department of… Read More »

Giving Your Business Room to Grow: How One Man’s Passion for a Business Incubator is Changing the City

Kevin Grant enjoys helping people and he has ample opportunity to do so as interim director of Beaver Street Enterprise Center. As home to about two dozen small businesses, the 25,000-square-foot core-city business incubator is a hub of entrepreneurial activity and a nexus for community outreach. Grant is bolstering the resources available to BSEC’s tenant… Read More »

Hester Group among American Express OPEN’s VIP Award winners

24 October 2011

At the “Grow Your Business through Government Contracting” event in Dallas, American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company, recognized three small business owners—including Hester Taylor Clark of Hester Group—for their remarkable achievements in government contracting with the second annual Victory in Procurement (VIP) Awards. Hester Taylor Clark of Jacksonville, Fla.-headquartered, The… Read More »

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Renaissance captures Meetings & Conventions’ ‘Gold Key Award’

24 October 2011

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in Jacksonville/St. Augustine has captured another prestigious award: Meetings & Conventions magazine’s “Gold Key Award” for 2011. This marks the fifth consecutive year the resort has received the honor, which will be presented to Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the 301-room, AAA Four Diamond resort. Together… Read More »

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NAIOP’s Nov. 4 luncheon to feature Herschel Vinyard

24 October 2011

NAIOP of Northeast Florida, the region’s commercial real estate authority and trade association, announces it will host a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 4, featuring guest speaker Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Omni Downtown and is open to the public. Tickets are… Read More »

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IRS announces pension plan limitations for 2012

24 October 2011

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2012. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2012 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will… Read More »

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NEFBA goes country for annual charity gala

21 October 2011

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) went country for its annual charity gala by hosting a county fair celebration at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville. More than 550 people attended the gala celebration, which featured traditional fair food and entertainment including funnel cakes and a dunking booth. “Our annual gala brought NEFBA members together for a… Read More »

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JAX Chamber hosts first Business Growth Series workshop

21 October 2011

The JAX Chamber hosted its first Business Growth Series workshop with “Where’s the Money? Uncovering Capital Resources for Small Businesses.” The monthly workshops are designed to help Chamber members more effectively manage their businesses and ultimately improve their bottom line. “We developed the Business Growth Series to complement the Chamber’s new approach to lead Northeast… Read More »

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Next Davidson Speaker Series set for Oct. 27 at Nocatee

21 October 2011

As part of Davidson Realty’s monthly Davidson Speaker Series, the developers behind the pre-eminent communities in Ponte Vedra Beach—Paul and Jerome Fletcher of Fletcher Management Company and Jim Davidson, past president of Arvida Corporation’s Jacksonville Division and president of Davidson Development—will discuss the development of Marsh Landing and Sawgrass Oct.27 at the Nocatee Room at… Read More »

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SBDC announces CEO XChange

21 October 2011

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of North Florida (UNF) is forming the CEO XChange— an executive roundtable program serving progressive chief executives and business owners in Northeast Florida. It is designed specifically for growing companies and is a way to connect executives and cultivate leaders. CEO XChange offers a confidential setting for… Read More »

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ULI North Florida to host ‘Emerging trends in real estate 2012’ program

21 October 2011

Urban Land Institute (ULI) North Florida will host its annual “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” program Nov. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Attendees will hear both national and local speakers discuss trends and forecasts for 2012, including featured guest speaker Dean Schwanke, executive director for the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real… Read More »

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Hampton Golf names Henderson head tennis pro

21 October 2011

Golf course management and club development company Hampton Golf announces Selva Marina Country Club in Atlantic Beach has hired new head tennis professional, Alex Henderson, to continue the growth of the Selva Marina tennis program. Henderson, a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)-certified pro, was previously at Florida Yacht Club where he coached players of… Read More »

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It’s finally happened to me

21 October 2011

Many of you have probably had these moments when you realize time has been creeping up on you. Perhaps it’s when you realize your 20 year college reunion is coming up or maybe it’s when your “babies” graduate high school or college—it happens to the best of us. Just like my parents remember life before… Read More »

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Local CPA firm receives national recognition as ‘Best Accounting Firm to Work For’

20 October 2011

Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs is pleased to announce that it has been nationally recognized as one of the 2011 Best Accounting Firms to Work For. This is the second year in a row that the firm receives the award which has been created by Accounting Today and Best Companies Group. Anna Lopez Brosche, managing partner… Read More »

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Roy is Alhambra’s new executive chef

20 October 2011

Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, previously the executive chef at 95 Cordova in St. Augustine, joins the Alhambra Theatre & Dining and brings with him his own staff, including Sous Chef Christine Seely and Pastry Chef Cheryl Sheppard. Chef DeJuan will lead the Alhambra into its next new era. By preparing meals in its own kitchen—newly… Read More »

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SBE Council publishes ‘Surviving the Recession’ report

20 October 2011

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) published a new study titled “Surviving the Recession: Business Establishments and Jobs State by State.” The report, written by SBE Council chief economist Raymond J. Keating, looks at the trend in business establishments and employment nationally and state by state from 2007 to 2009. The states are… Read More »

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Beaches Energy Services distributes call to artists

20 October 2011

Beaches Energy Services of Jacksonville Beach, Florida is offering the opportunity of exposure for local artists. Beaches Energy asks for artistic entries for its “The Art of Conservation Juried Collection,” which will feature twelve pieces of artwork in its Tidings newsletter, accompanied with the artists’ biography and website address/URL. Beaches Energy is seeking local artists… Read More »

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Baptist Health hosts ‘Dessert and Discussion’ Oct. 27

20 October 2011

The public is invited to the Hill Breast Center located in the Baptist Outpatient Center in San Marco on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. for “Dessert and Discussion,” an evening of assorted catered treats and great information about breast health. Topics by Baptist Health physicians and staff will include breast cancer prevention, early detection,… Read More »

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St. Johns County Chamber welcomes Bulak

20 October 2011

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Debra Bulak as its new membership manager and events coordinator. In her role, Bulak is dedicated to increasing the Chamber’s membership including the recruitment of new members and the retention of existing members. She will also manage the Chamber’s numerous special events. “We are excited to have… Read More »

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Outdoor meeting and event space construction completes at The Renaissance

20 October 2011

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in Jacksonville/St. Augustine has completed its renovation and expansion of its outdoor meeting, event and recreational space. The large project included new and expanded outdoor function space with brick pavers and new furniture in conversational groupings; a new fountain called La Piazza; a new gazebo; and… Read More »

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Valent re-elected to FACP Board of Directors

19 October 2011

The JAX Chamber is pleased to announce its vice president of operations, Anna Valent, was re-elected as a member of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) Board of Directors to serve an additional three-year term. The FACP provides chamber of commerce professionals with the information, educational tools and communication skills they need to fulfill… Read More »

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Watson joins Clockwork Marketing Services

19 October 2011

Clockwork Marketing Services announces Julie Watson has joined the marketing and public relations firm as Editorial Coordinator/Writer. In her role, Watson is responsible for crafting press releases, feature stories, calendar updates and creative copy for Clockwork clients. In addition to her writing duties, Watson also manages editorial relationships and opportunities, and the daily administration of… Read More »

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