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Your Best Employee Without The Fee

  Jon Temple used to have to hire 20 or 30 workers to get one to stay. But thanks to the employment services program for refugees that Lutheran Social Services runs, he has been able to hire almost a dozen workers who are committed to staying in just four months. “I was looking for people… Read More »

BYOD: How to Handle When Employees Bring Their Own Devices

By Jason Reynolds Electronic gadgets are so integrated into our daily routines that most people don’t leave home without them. It’s the norm for everyone to pack up their smart phones and tablets when they head into to work. This trend, known as “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD for short, has exploded over the… Read More »

Secret New Business Marketing Strategy Requires Zero Cash

I have found many great resources in building my marketing and event production business. Some of the most useful resources I found have also been very affordable. Here are some free ways you can grow your business. No credit cards are required and you can get full versions without trial periods. 1.Pick keywords. Choose a… Read More »

One Spark Explodes the Reach of More Than Just Startups

Naturally Smart Foods Founder Mark Patterson had already secured funding for his Jacksonville-based health food company and was already on his way to making it a success when he participated in the One Spark crowdfunding festival in April 2014. Patterson had attended the first festival—which had drawn tens of thousands of attendees the previous year—and… Read More »

How Olive My Pickle Barreled Ahead

Shai Tzabari seems to have been destined to start a pickle company with his wife Charlotte. Looking back, there have been some pretty evident themes in his life. The first has to do with his food-centered upbringing. He grew up in the kitchen of his eastern-European grandparents-immigrants to Israel who passed to him their old-world… Read More »

Drive Success with Business-to-Business Mentoring

Many businesses offer employee mentoring programs. These mentorships allow all involved parties to share their knowledge, lessons learned and tricks of the trade, thereby increasing the success of each individual and the company. The participating mentors and “mentees” also walk away with a stronger sense of community within their firm. This attachment can create a… Read More »

iStart Jax gears up for next big leap: Adds Trey Bowles and Linda Olson to board of advisors

23 April 2014

iStart Jax has expanded its board of advisors and executive leadership team to help the growing business accelerator launch programs and initiatives. After working with more than 100 nominees from across the U.S, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based nonprofit has added experienced entrepreneurs, investors and consultants to facilitate the organization’s development while supporting new efforts like entrepreneurship… Read More »

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Great Point Partners makes investment in Orange Health Solutions to finance the acquisition of MZI HealthCare

21 April 2014

Orange Health Solutions (“Orange”), a Jacksonville, FL based technology enabled health care services company, today announced a significant investment from Great Point Partners (“GPP”), a health care focused private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT. The primary use of the proceeds was to finance Orange’s acquisition of MZI HealthCare (“MZI”). The purchase of MZI enhances… Read More »

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UNF and Brooks partner in health training

21 April 2014

The University of North Florida is launching a groundbreaking program that could create job opportunities for health-care professionals and improve the well-being of area residents, by providing advanced training for health and wellness coaches. UNF’s Division of Continuing Education and Brooks College of Health have collaborated with Wellcoaches School of Coaching to offer the area’s… Read More »

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iStart Jax partners with Everywhere Else Tennessee National Startup Conference

18 April 2014

iStart Jax is pleased to announce the partnership with a National Startup Conference. Everywhere Else Tennessee is a national startup conference focused entirely on helping entrepreneurs and startups tackle the unique challenges of starting up outside of Silicon Valley. The event is expecting a sellout crowd of 400 for its 2nd annual event in Memphis,… Read More »

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The Time May Finally be Right

15 April 2014

Could it be real this time? As I write this, Downtown is alive, with an expected 180,000 visitors celebrating innovation, courage, big ideas, and aspirational dreams. You know of it as One Spark. And it could be just the catalyst Downtown Jacksonville needs to finally turn the corner and create the urban environment we have… Read More »

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Grand opening, Howetown Threads

14 April 2014

Hometown Threads has moved to a larger location! Hometown Threads in Jacksonville, FL  is the one-stop source for your personalization needs!  The grand opening/ribbon cutting with the Chamber will be on Tuesday, April 29, 5-6pm at 13770 Beach Blvd, Ste 14.(Just east of Hodges in the Mambo’s Strip center) Come celebrate with Hometown Threads and enjoy wine, cheese, yummy… Read More »

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One Spark 2014 announces big winners at closing ceremony

14 April 2014

The One Spark 2014 closing ceremony, presented by Baptist Health and emceed by Al Emerick, celebrated the top finishing creator projects in art, innovation, music, science and technology at the world’s crowdfunding festival. More than 600 creator projects competed for funding and investment opportunities at One Spark 2014 and over a quarter of a million… Read More »

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Anna Brosche crushes fundraising goal; raises nearly $100,000 in first quarter

14 April 2014

Campaign has Met its Six Month Fundraising Goal in Half of the Time Anna Brosche, candidate for Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1, has raised a total of $94,000 in donations since announcing her candidacy in January of this year. Brosche set a goal of raising $100,000 by July and will exceed this goal in… Read More »

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North Florida District Office guaranteed over $357.2 million in small business lending in fiscal year 2013

11 April 2014

North Florida’s economy continues to improve and small business lending is at the center of that recovery. SBA guaranteed 749 loans through its North Florida District Office, exceeding more than $357.2 million in loans for small businesses in Fiscal Year 2013.  The following lenders have made an extraordinary contribution to small business lending in Fiscal… Read More »

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Local couple brings frozen custard to Atlantic Beach

10 April 2014

As summer approaches, Atlantic Beach will gain a great place to cool down when Whit’s Frozen Custard opens at 38 Ocean Boulevard in early May. Originally launched in the small college town of Granville, Ohio, Atlantic Beach is the chain’s first foray outside of Ohio. Whit’s Frozen Custard is a frozen confection that will be… Read More »

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Fruit arranged like flowers now available in North Jacksonville

08 April 2014

Edible Arrangements®, the company that delivers smiles with artistically designed fresh fruit bouquets and chocolate dipped fruit, is now open in North Jacksonville at 731 Duval Station Road, next to Publix. The newest Edible Arrangements store serves North Jacksonville, Arlington, Fernandina, Amelia Island, Yulee and Callahan, and joins four other Jacksonville locations. Each is independently… Read More »

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The near golf experience

02 April 2014

Ever have that can’t miss great business idea only to find out that someone beat you to the punch? I met Glenn Connelly recently, and he told me how he singlehandedly came up with the concept of “footgolf,” by combining two of the most popular sports in the world (soccer+golf). Just as the name implies,… Read More »

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Cultural Council names Antonio Allegretti executive director

31 March 2014

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is pleased to announce Antonio Allegretti will be its next executive director. Allegretti has long been a visionary in the Jacksonville arts and culture scene, launching the First Wednesday Art Walk that’s become a decade-long staple downtown and serving as founding director of the successful Riverside Arts Market. Allegretti… Read More »

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MarkOne Holdings announces new Chief Financial Officer

26 March 2014

As new CFO, Robert Bennett brings more than 20 years of finance and automotive industry knowledge to MarkOne Holdings’ leadership team. MarkOne Holdings, a national automotive finance holding company operating through three regional subsidiaries, is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Bennett as its new corporate Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bennett will be located… Read More »

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SBA announces 2014 Florida Small Business Week Winners

25 March 2014

U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District Director Wilfredo J. Gonzalez is pleased to announce the winners of SBA’s 2014 State of Florida and South Florida District Small Business Week Awards. “Once a year I have the privilege of acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of small business owners in Florida. I would like to congratulate… Read More »

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VISIT FLORIDA marketing dollars attracting Florida tourists in record numbers

21 March 2014

Florida Hotel Industry Reports Significant Gains in Last Four Years The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association today released data supporting the efforts of VISIT FLORIDA and the millions of dollars spent on marketing tourism programs used to bring visitors to the Sunshine State. Florida currently enjoys a $79.34 RevPAR rate, which is above the national… Read More »

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One Spark expands global reach with its first festival outside US

21 March 2014

Inaugural One Spark Berlin planned for fall 2014 One Spark, the world’s crowdfunding festival, today announced plans to expand into Berlin, Germany producing One Spark Berlin in mid-September 2014. This will be the first One Spark festival located outside of the U.S. Since the inaugural One Spark festival in April 2013, numerous international markets have… Read More »

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Jaguars announce new broadcast partners

20 March 2014

1010XL and 99.9 Gator Country new official radio broadcasters, Channel 4 back as television partner after 11 years The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached agreements with new flagship radio and TV broadcast partners for carriage of their on-air programming in and around the Jacksonville area. For the first time, Jaguars games and official team radio programming… Read More »

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Regional leaders discuss transportation and logistics at JAXUSA Partnership Economic Development Forum

18 March 2014

Leading business and civic leaders examined the Jacksonville region’s opportunities for business growth and development during a Regional Economic Development Forum at the University of North Florida (UNF) in partnership with JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber. The program featured a panel and group discussion focusing on transportation projects and initiatives throughout the… Read More »

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Anna Brosche raises over $60,000 in first two months of City Council Campaign

11 March 2014

Campaign is Well on the Way to Achieving its Goal of Raising $100,000 in the First Half of the Year Anna Brosche, candidate for Jacksonville City Council At-Large Group 1, has raised a total of $61,650 in donations since announcing her candidacy. Brosche received over sixty-three unique contributions from individuals and businesses for a monetary… Read More »

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