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Jacksonville, the most business-friendly city in the world

Back in 2013, the Kauffman Foundation named Jacksonville as “the most business friendly city in Florida.” Meh. While the recognition is appreciated, it’s really underwhelming. So, we beat out Tampa, Miami and Orlando. That’s great, but how about Hong Kong, New York, Toronto or San Francisco? Can we really compete with the big guns for… Read More »

Do they understand you?

In most jobs or careers, there are aspects of your work that other people don’t understand. Whether you work in a highly specialized technical field full of buzz words and acronyms, or a mechanical environment that requires special skills and tools, people you work with often don’t understand you. Miscommunication or misunderstanding of technical information,… Read More »

Three QuickBooks Errors that Will Bury Your Business.

The seemingly minor mistakes that you may be making in QuickBooks could actually be quite costly. Delaying dull yet important tasks, or failing to address oversights or to correct inaccuracies in your bookkeeping, could cost you more time and money than you would have spent to do it right the first time. Stop stalling and… Read More »

Head first or feet first? How will you exit your business?

By Kimberly Deas Sadly 80 percent of businesses on the market do not sell (Tom West, Business Brokerage Press). This is usually because the business owner did not prepare for their exit. They simply let time decide for them and they were forced to sell or shut down their business due to unforeseen incidents. Given… Read More »

7 Steps to Protect Your Social Media

From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and Foursquare, one thing is abundantly clear—social media is here to stay. In fact, data show that people spend more time on social media sites than any other type of site. If you or your business are not actively involved in social media, now is the time to start.… Read More »

When your spouse is also your co-worker

Mutual respect but separate responsibilities. Those are the bedrocks upon which the husband and wife team of John and Erika Nelson have built their company. “At home we make decisions together. At work we might talk about decisions on big stuff but we really run separately during the day,” John Nelson said. “We’re not communicating… Read More »

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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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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JAX Chamber’s leadership trip provides economic inspiration

29 September 2011

More than 120 members of the JAX Chamber traveled to Houston to learn first-hand how civic leaders realized a common vision for their city. The 31st annual Jacksonville Leadership Trip focused on creating a world-class port, downtown revitalization and education reform, laying the groundwork for local leaders to learn applicable lessons and gain greater understanding… Read More »

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Comcast awards $10,000 grant to Monique Burr Foundation

29 September 2011

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from Comcast to fund Speak Up Be Safe, the foundation’s safety and child abuse prevention program taught in elementary schools in the Northeast Florida area and throughout Florida. This is the second consecutive year that the organization has received the annually-distributed grant, bringing Comcast’s… Read More »

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Kindle e-Books now available at Jacksonville Public Library

28 September 2011

The Jacksonville Public Library announces that its e-book collection is now compatible with the Amazon Kindle. Customers can download popular and classic e-books to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more. To get started, visit www.jaxpubliclibrary.org and click on the rotating image of… Read More »

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Snap2 now a USPS Approved Shipper

28 September 2011

Snap2, a Jacksonville-based mailing/shipping/eBay consignment retailer, has been selected as a United States Postal Service (USPS) Approved Shipper, announced Brian Frazier, president of Snap2. As an approved shipper, Snap2 can sell USPS products and services at U.S. Post Office prices. These services include Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, Parcel Post, international mail, Delivery Confirmation,… Read More »

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SBA grants $30 million to states for trade, export promotion

28 September 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing $30 million in grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia, to help increase exporting by small businesses during the next 12 months. The grants were authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, under the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP). The STEP program,… Read More »

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Security First Insurance announces renters insurance product

28 September 2011

Florida-based homeowners insurance provider, Security First Insurance Company, announced that it has received approval from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to begin offering renters insurance in Florida. The product is available through more than 1,300 insurance agents contracted with the company and located throughout the state. Often renters are under the mistaken impression that… Read More »

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BusinessClimate.com launches research tool

28 September 2011

A new website, BusinessClimate.com, launched in September as a powerful tool and resource forsite selectors and relocation professionals. Studies show more than 85 percent of this target audience begins its research online. Site selectors can find demographic information and workforce data on all 50 states on the site, as well as more detailed facts and… Read More »

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Wine Down with West Council Sept. 29

27 September 2011

The West Council of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting its “Wine Down with the West Council” all chamber mixer showcasing The Broach School on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Broach School (6211 Terry Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216). Come join in on the live music, food, beer, wine… Read More »

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Davidson Realty welcomes French

27 September 2011

Davidson Realty Inc. has added new agent Amanda French to its team of real estate professionals. French brings several years’ experience in sales, customer service and community outreach to her new role in real estate. Says Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson, “Amanda is both customer and community focused which makes her an excellent fit for… Read More »

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Smith Hulsey & Busey attorneys ranked by ‘Best Lawyers’

27 September 2011

Eleven lawyers from Smith Hulsey & Busey were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. The national attorney ranking is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The Smith Hulsey & Busey attorneys named in the 18th… Read More »

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American Jobs Act Q&A with Obama Sept. 28

27 September 2011

Want to get your questions answered and engage with the Obama Administration about the American Jobs Act? On Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11:25 a.m. President Obama will take questions live, during an Open for Questions roundtable with Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost Latino Voices from the White House. The President will answer questions… Read More »

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Renaissance World Golf Village receives award

26 September 2011

The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in Jacksonville/St. Augustine has received another prestigious award from the meetings industry, Association Meetings magazine’s “Inner Circle Award” for 2011. The award will be presented to Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the 301-room, AAA Four Diamond resort. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame,… Read More »

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State Representative Ray selected as FCMA executive director

26 September 2011

The board of the First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) unanimously voted to select Northeast Florida State Representative Lake Ray to replace Lad Daniels as executive director of the association. Ray, who was chosen from 14 candidates, will begin his new position effective Oct. 1. The FCMA Board made their selection based on Ray’s strategic vision for… Read More »

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SBA awards grants for 5-year pilot program

26 September 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced grant awardees in a pilot program designed to help small businesses work together to compete for federal contracts, grow, and create jobs. The Small Business Teaming Pilot Program, made possible by the Small Business Jobs Act, awards grants to organizations for training, counseling, and mentoring to help… Read More »

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Webinar: Post-disaster survivor tips for business owners

26 September 2011

In the fourth of four weekly webinars during National Preparedness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery Solutions will have three business owners who faced losses of property and income after a disaster share their experiences and what they learned about preparing for the next disaster. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 2:00 p.m.… Read More »

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