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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 Cutting Costs By Paying It Forward Control Your Space Thinking Through a $30 Million Technology Investment
 

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 »

Cutting Costs By Paying It Forward

As a business owner, you probably want employees to have more than the mandatory competencies and required education. You want employees who are diligent, confident team players who work well with others. Unfortunately, school alone does not always instill such desirable traits in employees. Future workers sometimes require training to develop and apply skill such… Read More »

Control Your Space – Retain More Business

Getting customers is hard. But keeping customers can be even harder. Regardless of what type of business you run, you know that attracting customers can be expensive. They can also go as fast as they came—unless you provide them a positive experience. From restaurants to law firms to dentists’ offices, you want to control the… Read More »

Thinking Through a $30 Million Technology Investment

The new proton therapy system at Ackerman Cancer Center in Mandarin represents the type of technology that can change the direction of a practice—and alter patients’ lives. In offering the world’s first proton therapy in a private, physician-owned practice, Dr. Scot Ackerman has staked $30 million on a new technology that has yet to be… Read More »

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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NSBA and SBEA host export issue briefing

19 October 2011

On Thursday, Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and the Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA) will host an informative issue briefing teleconference, “Exporting 101” on how to overcome the various challenges of exporting your goods and services. As the U.S. economy continues to lag, lawmakers and economists continue to… Read More »

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SBA’s SBIC provides record $2.5 billion to small businesses

19 October 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program provided a record $2.59 billion in fiscal year 2011 to small businesses, a 63% increase over last year’s $1.59 billion. “Over the past two years, we’ve made SBIC work better than ever before,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “We cut licensing time in half,… Read More »

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IRS hosts free webinar on reporting healthcare coverage on Form W-2

19 October 2011

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will hold a free webinar Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, to address employer reporting requirements established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Learn about what changes employees will see in their Form W-2; when employers must begin reporting the benefits on the Form W-2; transition relief… Read More »

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‘My Fair Lady’ opens at Alhambra Oct. 19

18 October 2011

For the first time in more than a decade, My Fair Lady returns to the iconic Alhambra Theatre, America’s longest continually-running professional dinner theater, on Oct. 19. The cast includes two actors who performed with the national touring companies of My Fair Lady.  Robin Haynes, who plays Henry Higgins, played the same role traveling throughout… Read More »

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Wolfson Children’s Hospital announces THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health

18 October 2011

Building on decades of speaking up for children’s healthcare access and educating the community on child safety and injury prevention, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has now established THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health. The Center is made possible by a leading gift of $1 million from THE PLAYERS Championship and donations from the tournament’s volunteer leadership, the… Read More »

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New brand and website for Jacksonville’s largest non-profit service provider for seniors

18 October 2011

Cathedral Foundation of Jacksonville Inc. and its service division, Urban Jacksonville Inc., have a new name, brand image and website – Aging True. “Aging gracefully and with dignity is what every person deserves. For nearly 50 years our programs and services have helped seniors do just that by enabling them to stay in their homes… Read More »

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Thousands of Jacksonville residents join breast cancer walk

18 October 2011

More than 6,000 Jacksonville residents, breast cancer survivors, business and community members joined together and put on their pink bras on Oct. 15 at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk. This noncompetitive, fundraising event united the community in celebrating breast cancer survivors, educated men and women about the importance of… Read More »

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JAX Chamber launches Buy Chamber Marketplace

17 October 2011

As part of its new approach, the JAX Chamber launched Buy Chamber Marketplace, an online savings program that allows members to offer discounts for their respective businesses and communicate with other members on www.myjaxchamber.com. “This is a cutting-edge tool that helps members connect, develop repeat business and increase revenue,” said Vince McCormack, co-chair of the Buy… Read More »

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Davidson Realty makes donation to Nease

14 October 2011

Davidson Realty donated equipment worth $1,500 to St. Augustine’s Allen D. Nease High School last week. Included in the  donation were iPads and an Apple TV for the math department, and camera equipment for the communications academy. Davidson Realty supports local schools in St. Augustine’s World Golf Village area with contributions to Mill Creek Elementary… Read More »

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SBA: Free tips on Winter weather disaster protection

14 October 2011

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host another in a series of business continuity webinars, titled “Preparing your Business for the Winter Weather Season,” focusing on best practices to mitigate risks posed by the winter season. Weather expert Fred Schmude,… Read More »

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SBE Council praises passage of trade agreements

14 October 2011

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) praised House passage of three long-standing trade deals that President Barack Obama recently sent to Congress. The trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea are a welcome development for the struggling economy and present new opportunities for small businesses, according to SBE Council. “Small to mid-size… Read More »

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New franchisees take over Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville

13 October 2011

It’s a new era for Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville & St. Augustine. Both Northeast Florida locations have changed ownership and transformed from corporate locations of the nation’s largest members-only boat club to franchises. The new franchise ownership team is comprised of Jacksonville residents Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig, who have both worked for Freedom Boat… Read More »

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