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United for a Cause Sell Your Business without Regrets 4 Reasons Everyone is a Speaker and a Salesperson Cool to Pool Social Media for Nonprofits Employee Welfare Benefit Program Could Reduce Health-care Costs for Employer and Workers Alike
 

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 »

Gov. Rick Scott reappoints Jacksonville Attorney Christopher Cobb to Florida construction industry licensing board

29 December 2013

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott reappointed Jacksonville attorney and Jimerson & Cobb partner Christopher Cobb to a second term on the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB). Cobb is appointed for a term beginning December 20, 2013, and ending October 31, 2017. “My tenure on the CILB has proven to be an invaluable opportunity to positively… Read More »

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Jax Chamber’s leadership trip and 90-day listening tour brings ideas of change to northeast

23 December 2013

When JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis took the helm of the JAX Chamber in June this year, his number one goal was to understand the needs of the local business community who make up the JAX Chamber’s membership. He embarked on a 90-Day Listening Tour and traveled to Charlotte to attend the 33rd… Read More »

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Jacksonville Man owns iconic home, turns into thriving business

22 December 2013

Families everywhere enjoy the classic movie A Christmas Story, particularly as cable television channels air it repeatedly as the holiday draws near. But the 1983 film carries a bit more significance for Brian Jones and his family in Jacksonville. “I say, ‘That’s my house,’” said Jones, who owns the Cleveland house that was used in… Read More »

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Part 2: How to Map a Defendable Advantage, Touchpoint by Touchpoint

20 December 2013

By Hank Brigman Part 2: How to Map a Defendable Advantage, Touchpoint by Touchpoint To review Part 1 – Differentiation and the Touchpoint Economy, please see Volume 5, Issue 8, pages 28-29. Part 1 can also be found online at: http://advantagebizmag.com/archives/17429 The Touchpoint Economy In the first part of this two-part series, “How to Differentiate… Read More »

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Fuel Steam Ahead: The Benefits of Fuel Conversion

20 December 2013

By Jim Molis Mayport C&C Fisheries is saving green by going green. Company leaders expect to save more than $51,000 per year while reducing pollutants all by powering four trucks with compressed natural gas instead of gasoline. “It will certainly create a positive impact on the cash flow and bottom line each month,” President Atillio… Read More »

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Scott Williams, Former General Counsel of Rail America, Joins Holland & Knight

19 December 2013

Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that attorney Scott Williams has joined the firm’s Jacksonville office. Mr. Williams is the former senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the publicly-traded railroad holding company, RailAmerica, Inc., and the former general counsel of Florida East Coast Railway, L.L.C. Prior to joining RailAmerica in 2002,… Read More »

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Stronger Guidance: Two First Coast advisory firms become one

18 December 2013

Two of Jacksonville’s long-established independent wealth management firms just became one. Retirement Strategies, Inc., which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in business in January, acquired Collins Capital Management, Inc., a Southpoint firm in business since 2002. The staff from both companies will move into new, larger Retirement Strategies offices early in 2014. “We’re excited to… Read More »

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JAX Chamber announces 2014 Small Business Leader of the Year winners

16 December 2013

The JAX Chamber announced its 2014 Small Business Leader of the Year winners. The winners are: Matthew Wilson, Monument Road Animal Hospital, Arlington Council Lynda Culhane, Culhane’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Beaches Division Carter Funk, DeLuxe Cleaners, Downtown Council Rose Conry, Staff Time, Entrepreneurial Growth Division Ellen Sullivan, Doctors Express Urgent Care Centers, Health Council… Read More »

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Top 4 reasons why you should have a business vehicle

12 December 2013

By Joseph W. Nowland I know, I know. It’s just as easy to use your personal vehicle for your business purposes. Why bother with the expense of another vehicle when your personal one runs just fine? During the past twenty years I’ve worked with businesses up and down the East Coast and enjoy asking, “Why… Read More »

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Marywood Retreat and Conference Center will host their first New Year’s Eve Celebration.

12 December 2013

Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Style The Marywood Retreat and Conference Center, nestled on 100 acres on the St. Johns River, will be opening its’ doors to the general public for a very special New Year’s Eve Celebration. Tickets to the celebration are $75.00 per person and include: a cash bar, music provided by a… Read More »

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Obtaining a small business loan: 5 simple steps

11 December 2013

By David Marovich Most business owners will find out sooner or later that obtaining a small business loan can be a difficult task. But there are things you can do to prepare yourself and make the loan process go smoother. Most will ask that you address five categories when applying for a business loan. Step… Read More »

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The rock that slew goliath: How social media levels the playing field

11 December 2013

By Peter Roesler For small businesses that are competing against larger companies, the battle for new customers may sometimes seem lost before it begins. Besides having the name recognition that comes from being an established and sizable company, large businesses gain an advantage by having advertising budgets that most small companies can’t easily compete against.… Read More »

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JAXUSA Partnership honors region’s international business leaders at quarterly luncheon

05 December 2013

JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development division of the JAX Chamber, presented its annual International Awards, sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank, during the JAXUSA Quarterly Luncheon today at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Every year, JAXUSA Partnership presents the International awards to recognize the companies and individuals that are positively impacting the international growth in Northeast… Read More »

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Creator registration opens for One Spark 2014

03 December 2013

Creator registration kicked off for One Spark 2014 on Sunday, December 1, 2013 with 75 creator projects registered in the first 48 hours, a 142% increase over the same time period last year. One Spark’s website also saw a 438% increase in traffic compared to the same time period last year. One Spark 2014 is… Read More »

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Florida 8(a) Alliance now headquartered at Beaver Street

03 December 2013

A well-attended open house on Friday, November 22, marked the establishment of the Florida 8(a) Alliance headquarters at Beaver Street Enterprise Center. Founded in November 2011 and recognized as a 501 (c) (3) Charity, the Florida 8(a) Alliance’s mission is to strengthen, train, educate and promote 8(a) and other small businesses. Andy Harold, Florida 8(a)… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union opens expansion Branch in South Jacksonville

27 November 2013

Community First Credit Union, based in Jacksonville, celebrated the opening of its 17th branch office with a commemoration of the new location on Friday. The Bartram Branch at 13910 Village Lake Circle in South Jacksonville represents an expansion for the credit union. Credit union employees and leaders as well as Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and… Read More »

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Paul Davis Restoration names David Machia as estimator

21 November 2013

Marguerite and Mike Mumford, owners of Paul Davis Restoration of North Florida have recently hired David Machia as one of the company’s estimators. Machia will be responsible for estimating and overseeing residential and commercial restoration projects along with emergency mitigation, clean up and reconstruction of property damages from water, fire, smoke, vandalism, and mold insurance… Read More »

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iStart Jax Launches Program to Inspire Entrepreneurial Mindset in Underprivileged Population

20 November 2013

iStart Jax is pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious program, E-Mindset. Short for Entrepreneurial Mindset, E-Mindset is a revolutionary and globally proven program focusing on engaging and inspiring underprivileged women and young adults on the fundamental concepts of the entrepreneurial mindset and its unlimited potential. According to a recent study by The Ewing… Read More »

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Zeeshan S. Aziz, M.D. joins St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat

20 November 2013

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, has named Zeeshan S. Aziz, M.D. as a key physician at the practice. Dr. Aziz will be responsible for ear, nose and throat (ENT) patient care in the office and in surgery. Dr. Aziz specializes in otolaryngology, rhinology,… Read More »

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Small Business Owner and Veteran Earns $20,000 Grant

18 November 2013

Marine combat veteran, David Moorefield, CEO of DAK Resources was awarded $20,000 November 14th by Veterans Pathway. “This grant will allow me to expand my business development activities and create a significant level of jobs for Floridians throughout our state.” says Moorefield. In a ceremony at the headquarters of the Wounded Warrior Project, in front… Read More »

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