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United for a Cause

Celebrating 90 years of making an impact on our community, United Way of Northeast Florida has a rich history of creating positive, lasting change. Founded as the Community Chest by a group of concerned citizens, the organization supported a variety of social services from the outset. Continuously evolving since to meet the changing needs of… Read More »

Sell Your Business without Regrets

  By Lewis Hunter “Now what?” It’s a simple question but it is not always easy for an entrepreneur to answer when selling their business. You invest so much of yourself into your business that it can be hard to distinguish where “work” ends and “life” begins. But selling your company may require you to… Read More »

4 Reasons Everyone is a Speaker and a Salesperson

Most people rank the fear of public speaking higher than their fear of death. Many will say that the thought of being a salesperson is worse than getting the flu. But there is a secret to success that will propel you to the next level:   You need to be a great Speaker and a… Read More »

Cool to Pool

Even small businesses can save big by supporting car pools. Participants in the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization’s Cool to Pool Program include some of the region’s largest employers but it does not cater to them exclusively. “Small companies tend to have more problems with parking than large companies,” said Elizabeth De Jesus, commuter services… Read More »

Social Media for Nonprofits

Through Kickstarter campaigns for TV series, flash mobs in the street, and memes that spread like wildfire, the Internet has shown its ability to motivate people to act for various, sometimes silly, causes. Nonprofit organizations should use this ability to organize people to their advantage. When used properly, social media marketing can encompass all the… Read More »

Employee Welfare Benefit Program Could Reduce Health-care Costs for Employer and Workers Alike

Business owners are trying just about any strategy they can to deal with the increased expenses of providing health-care coverage for employees. Rising premiums and larger deductibles are taking money from both employers and their workers, forcing some companies to reduce coverage or to cut it altogether. But employers can find savings if they look… Read More »

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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Young Guns

21 October 2011

The power of youth in the workplace   By Wendy Bautista For the first time in American history, we are seeing four different generations working together in the workplace—with some demographers saying there are really five, depending on how the generations are defined. With some traditionalists (those generally born between 1927 and 1945) remaining in… Read More »

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Handling insurance claims

21 October 2011

How to protect your rights when dealing with your insurance company   By Mark Bajalia, Esq. As a business owner, you will very likely need to make a claim under one of your insurance policies at some point. If you do, you may receive a “reservation of rights” letter from your insurer. A reservation of… Read More »

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Improve your effectiveness

21 October 2011

How a little focus and delegation can improve your business   By John Geshay Being a certified business coach who works with small business owners, it is not uncommon to hear from them that they  have little to no time to work on the “bigger picture” items of their business. They almost always say they… Read More »

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Proactive pointers to fighting fraud

21 October 2011

Preventive safeguards can protect your small business finances and relieve anxiety By Cindy Stover Attention Jacksonville small business owners: What measures are you taking to protect your company from fraud? According to a 2010 report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), incidents of occupational fraud are 31% more likely to occur at small… Read More »

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The power of planning

21 October 2011

6 steps to creating a strategic word-of-mouth marketing plan   By Hector Cisneros In dealing with business people that are considered “top-notch networkers,” there always seems to be a common thread in what they say has contributed to their success. Many times their answers are similar, and oftentimes they are blindingly obvious, but yet these… Read More »

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Living the good life

21 October 2011

Align your actions with your ultimate life goals for better results   By J.H. Hyun Apple founder Steve Jobs, in his commencement address to Stanford University in 2005, made the following statement, which pretty much explained why he was so successful in his life: “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something… Read More »

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Healthy equals happy

21 October 2011

How green cleaning practices can positively affect your bottom line By Robert Owens Your business is only as strong as your most valuable assets—your employees. In a competitive landscape, protecting their health and enhancing their productivity by incorporating green cleaning practices can positively affect your bottom line. From workplaces across the country, stories abound. Employees… 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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