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Cuddly Companions Make Congenial Coworkers 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
 

Cuddly Companions Make Congenial Coworkers

Lisa Almeida’s beloved boating dog Buddy is more than a pet. He’s a part of her business. His warm welcomes and endearing fondness for visitors, members and employees of Freedom Boat Club make him a key contributor to the company’s growth. “If there’s a dog lover or an animal lover there’s an immediate bond as… Read More »

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 »

‘Movember’ First Wednesday Art Walk Nov. 2

26 October 2011

“Movember,” November’s First Wednesday Art Walk, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, from 5-9 p.m. rain or shine at various downtown Jacksonville galleries and museums, as well as include cultural venues, restaurants and businesses. This free event will include more than 19 live music and performance venues, more than 11 hot spots open after… Read More »

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Flagler closes 11-year, 30,000 sf lease with KeHe Distributors

26 October 2011

Flagler announced KeHe Distributors has signed a long-term 29,624-square-foot lease at Flagler Center, one of Northeast Florida’s newest and largest master-planned office parks located off Interstate 95. KeHe Distributors, a distributor of natural and specialty food products serving more than 33,000 food retailers nationwide, will relocate the company’s regional office from St. Augustine to 12740… Read More »

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Ketchum and Golden to lead next phase at Burdette Ketchum

26 October 2011

After 15 years of leadership, founder Karen Burdette is passing the torch to Will Ketchum and Patrick Golden to lead next phase of growth and client success. Ketchum, a 12-year veteran of the firm, has been named president and CEO, and Golden, a founding member of the firm in 1996, has been promoted to executive creative… Read More »

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NEFBA hosts successful realtor builder tradeshow

26 October 2011

The 32nd annual Realtor Builder Tradeshow drew more than 800 attendees to the University of North Florida University Center. The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA), in conjunction with the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, hosted the event, which brought real estate and building industry professionals together for a day of education and networking. This year’s… Read More »

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JWBC announces new advisory board

25 October 2011

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a program of the JAX Chamber Foundation announced its new advisory board members. Chair Candace Moody, vice president of communications, at First Coast Workforce Development, and Vice-Chair Chantelle Quick, director of audit services at Ennis Pellum & Associates, CPAs, will lead the 22-member board for the next two years.… Read More »

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Davidson Realty and Taps Bar & Grill present NovemberFest Nov. 9th

25 October 2011

World Golf Village-based Davidson Realty and Taps Bar & Grill on County Road 210 West have teamed up to present NovemberFest on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3-5 p.m. Proceeds raised from the beer tasting will support the World Golf Village Relay for Life Team which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $25… Read More »

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Wise joins THE PLAYERS Championship’s sales & marketing team

25 October 2011

THE PLAYERS Championship has hired Alyson Wise to join its sales and marketing team. In her new role, Wise is responsible for selling hospitality packages and sponsorships to local and national businesses for the PGA TOUR’s flagship event, held each May in Ponte Vedra Beach. “Support from the local and regional business community has grown… Read More »

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Hogshead ‘fascinates’ at JAMA event

24 October 2011

More than 140 marketers from Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando recently attended the Fascinate Me! event held by the Jacksonville chapter of the American Marketing Association (JAMA) at the famous Florida Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville. The successful day-long event included high-caliber leaders and marketing experts from across the country including keynote address by Sally Hogshead, talented… Read More »

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SBA’s October web chat revisits WOSB federal contract program

24 October 2011

Are you a woman business owner seeking federal contracts? The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) October web chat on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, from 1-2 p.m., ET will focus on the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contract program aimed at bringing more WOSBs into the federal contracting arena. Federal contracts can provide women entrepreneurs with… Read More »

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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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