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Top 50 Business Influencers

The results of the nominations for Advantage Magazine’s Top 50 Business Influencers are in, and our readers have spoken. We put it to you, the small business community, to tell us who you consider to be the top business influencers in Jacksonville—people that every business owner should know—and you exceeded our expectations. After hundreds of… Read More »

The four keys to speaking success in any environment

By Mark A. Vickers Whether you are presenting in a meeting or conference, or speaking to a customer or staff, your ability to speak effectively and strategically will determine your success. Have you ever listened to a salesperson and wondered: “When are they going to stop talking?” Have you sat through a presentation and wondered… Read More »

Choose the right strategy to connect on LinkedIn

By Peter Roesler Most business owners have heard of LinkedIn, which markets itself as the world’s largest professional network. Many are also aware that some business owners have managed to make money from LinkedIn either through content marketing or lead generation strategies. Using LinkedIn for marketing is simpler than some may think, and those who… Read More »

Pain is very useful

By Rusty Bozman Some years ago, I turned to a good friend for a supportive ear when I was going through a low point in my personal life. As usual, he was generous with his time, but at the very end of our conversation he gave me something much greater than what I originally asked… Read More »

Local University Gaining Momentum

Jacksonville University is influencing the local business community by preparing students to succeed and helping companies to grow. In expanding its involvement in the community, JU is impacting businesses by providing real-world challenges and opportunities that its students can help solve and meet. “Our goal with the graduate school overall is to provide a forum… Read More »

The day the disaster plan was TESTED

If it were not for a well honed disaster plan, the fire that destroyed Advantage Design Group’s office could have also destroyed its business, given its dependence upon the equipment and contents that were inside. Just as a trucking company would take pride in its vehicles, Advantage Design Group prides itself on using the best… Read More »

Davidson Realty kicks off 2011-2012 teacher recognition program

04 October 2011

Davidson Realty Inc., based in World Golf Village, will kick off its popular teacher appreciate program for St. Johns County’s Mill Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary Schools on Oct. 3. The program invites the community to nominate and vote on their favorite teachers. Full details are available at www.DavidsonAppreciatesTeachers.com. Davidson Realty began the program… Read More »

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Flagler reports 300,000+ sq. ft. in lease transactions for first half of 2011

04 October 2011

Flagler is reporting strong numbers across its Northeast Florida portfolio for the first half of 2011 with more than 300,000 square feet of closed lease transactions. “Our portfolio continues to outperform the marketplace during this period of recovery,” said John Guitar, Flagler vice president & market officer for North and Central Florida. “In Northeast Florida, we… Read More »

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NSBA survey: Politics of small business

03 October 2011

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is seeking input on a survey about the politics of small business and needs your help. From time to time, NSBA conducts surveys on a wide range of topics which are then used in various NSBA reports and lobbying efforts. Please take just a few moments to complete the… Read More »

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Prudential Network Realty ranks at top of Northeast Florida real estate

03 October 2011

Prudential Network Realty has enjoyed tremendous success in 2011 and continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the Northeast Florida real estate market. For the first eight months of 2011, the company reported a 16.2% increase in home sales compared to the same time in 2010. By comparison, overall Northeast Florida real estate home sales… Read More »

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IRS offers tips about health care tax credit

03 October 2011

Many small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement may be eligible for the small business health care tax credit. This credit can enable small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage for the first time. It also helps those already… Read More »

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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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After Hours: Joseph Catalano—Bringing history to life

03 October 2011

Whether it is in front of a classroom or in front of a crowd at a festival, Joseph Catalano has a passion for involving, as well as entertaining, people on the subject of history. His passion runs so deep, in fact, that he has performed history for close to 15 years now. History behind the… 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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