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How sellable is your business? Four ways to make social media pay while you are away Employers liability for distracted employees Section 105 benefits plan may offer relief from affordable care act costs Powerful questions Top 50 Business Influencers
 

How sellable is your business?

By Gary  & Nancy Hallett You’ve worked hard to build your business, sacrificing along the way to make sure your employees have a steady, reliable place to work, with hopefully enough left for your own family every week. As the years go by, your thoughts turn toward the overall value of your business and how… Read More »

Four ways to make social media pay while you are away

By Peter Roesler A major benefit of social media marketing is that it gives business owners and marketers a platform where they can continuously engage with their fans and potential customers. Social networks are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing companies to continually promote a brand with fresh content. However, it… Read More »

Employers liability for distracted employees

By Wayne Hogan One text or call can wreck it all. Does that irrefutable fact just apply to drivers? No; to their employers, too. Remember the train that derailed in Spain last summer and killed 79 people? The driver was reported to be talking to a co-worker on his work cell phone. It made headlines… Read More »

Section 105 benefits plan may offer relief from affordable care act costs

By Brian Bibb Lower premiums, reduced payroll tax liability, reimbursements for payroll costs, increased employee take home pay and the possibility of eliminating deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for employees. All of these benefits can be realized in a unique benefits program that requires no changes to a company’s current plans and has zero net costs… Read More »

Powerful questions – Your key to Success

By Mark A. Vickers When you present any type of information, your ability to ask powerful questions will determine the speed and degree of your success. This is not another teaching on the importance of Open vs. Closed questions. This is about selecting wording that will transform your questions from being weak, to being powerful… Read More »

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 »

ACA Implementation is NOT Delayed

11 September 2013

While most Americans were planning for a weekend filled with food, fun, and fireworks, the Treasury Department got the party started a little early on July 2 with an announcement on their online blog that the Obama Administration intended to delay enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act for one year. … Read More »

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Majority of Small Businesses underestimate consumers’ desire to build stronger personal relationships through the web

10 September 2013

Small Businesses Will Drive More Revenue, Engagement and Loyalty by Building Deeper “e-Relationships” With Consumers Small businesses are missing out on revenue, loyalty and customer engagement opportunities by not extending face-to-face relationships with consumers into the web and social media, according to a national survey of 3,000 consumers and small business decision-makers commissioned in August… Read More »

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Boyer Business Development Consultant, Inc. now open for business at Beaver Street Enterprise Center

05 September 2013

The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony signals a brand new company is on the horizon at Beaver Street Enterprise Center.  On August 29th, at her well-attended open house, Charlene Boyer pledged that Boyer Business Development Consultant, Inc. will be a great asset to the Jacksonville business, civic and philanthropic community.  Demonstrating her gratitude for the privilege… Read More »

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Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront recognized for catering services

04 September 2013

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is proud to announce its food and beverage services have been recognized by a top industry publication. The hotel is one of only five properties honored on the Convene magazine “Best Food and Beverage” list in the August issue. Convene is the official publication of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).… Read More »

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Jacksonville Developer Launches Software for Football Fans

03 September 2013

After years of participating in football pools and fantasy leagues, a local business owner decided it was time to change the landscape and make the football season even more interesting. ELYK innovation Inc has developed The Last Fan Standing, (www.TheLastFan.com ) a web based interactive football portal designed specifically for football fans. On a weekly… Read More »

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Jacksonville University ranked fifth in state for best lifetime return on investment

03 September 2013

Jacksonville University ranks fifth in the state among colleges offering the highest lifetime return on investment, in a list released by an organization that identifies affordable colleges. According to AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online), graduates from these schools “enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years, and earn more on average than graduates from… Read More »

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Startup Quest gives under- and unemployed professionals new opportunities

29 August 2013

After 10 weeks of preparing and training, ten teams comprised of under- and unemployed degree-holding professionals pitched their business ideas for new startup companies to a panel of nine judges as part of Startup Quest, a program that is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. Startup Quest is a partnership between… Read More »

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One Spark kicks off crowdfunding campaign with RocketHub

28 August 2013

One Spark today announced the kickoff of their online crowdfunding campaign with RocketHub to raise $50,000 towards the April 2014 festival’s second year operating costs. The crowdfunding campaigns will run September 1 – October 15, 2014. “Goods,” or rewards for donating to One Spark’s campaign, include everything from a shout-out on Twitter for a $10… Read More »

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iStart Jax – Organization announcement

26 August 2013

iStart Jax is pleased to announce the restructuring of its leadership team which will continue to remain committed to bring world class entrepreneurship programs aimed at improving services. Their mission remains focused on enhancing the startup ecosystem of Northeast Florida with the support of local and global resources. Yash Nath, former director, has assumed the… Read More »

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JAX Chamber announces regional launch of Startup Quest Entrepreneurial Training Program

26 August 2013

Startup Quest, an entrepreneurship training program for out of work, degree-holding professionals, launched in Northeast Florida.  The program, one of the first of its kind in the U.S., is a partnership between Florida Works, the University of Florida, the JAX Chamber and WorkSource. “Startup Quest will drive economic transformation by providing opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators… Read More »

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Inc. Magazine Unveils 32nd Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

23 August 2013

iMethods Ranks No. 1454 on the 2013 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 276% Inc. magazine today ranked iMethods NO. 1454 on its 32nd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies… Read More »

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Davidson Property Management Welcomes Michelle Brown

23 August 2013

Davidson Realty, Inc., the premier Jacksonville and St. Augustine real estate company, is pleased to welcome Michelle Brown to its Property Management team.  She brings to her new position years of experience managing properties as well as property marketing and foreclosure administration.  Says Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson, “Between her industry knowledge and personal focus… Read More »

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STACHE Investments Corporation exceeds $1 million One Spark commitment

21 August 2013

The STACHE Investments Corporation announced today that it exceeded the $1 million potential investment committed at One Spark and has also extended this commitment to next year’s One Spark event April 9 – 13, 2014. As part of STACHE’s investments, KYN launched today as an accelerator and apprenticeship program. KYN will launch with four companies… Read More »

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Silverpop presents Digital Marketing Meetup

20 August 2013

Silverpop, the only digital marketing technology provider that unifies marketing automation, email, mobile, and social, presents the Jacksonville Digital Marketing Meetup on September 12, 2013 at Latitude 30 from 6:00 – 8:30PM. This special networking and keynote event is a must-attend if you are a marketer, advertiser, entrepreneur or senior leader looking to drive more… Read More »

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TEDxJacksonville Announces its 2013 Presenter Lineup

20 August 2013

The roster of speakers for TEDxJacksonville Connecting Currents, to be held on October 26, 2013 at the WJCT sound stage, has been finalized. The exceptionally talented, engaging and visionary individuals selected to share their ideas with the Jacksonville community are as follows (in alphabetical order): Barbara Colaciello is an actor, playwright, storyteller and educator with credentials that include a 6-year stint… Read More »

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Community First Credit Union launches the Community First Cares Foundation

19 August 2013

Only foundation of its kind in Jacksonville will support projects to improve quality of life on the First Coast Community First Credit Union has founded the Community First Cares Foundation, the only non-profit foundation administered by a credit union in the region and one of only a few in Florida. The charitable foundation will grant… Read More »

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Cloud computing: is it right for you?

15 August 2013

By now, you probably have heard the term Cloud computing. It’s fast becoming the new norm. But, what is Cloud computing? Generally speaking, it can be defined as having one or more technology-related function occurring offsite or off premises. A very common form of Cloud computing is email. Many of us use some form of… Read More »

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Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Do the Right Amount of Due Diligence.

15 August 2013

What exactly is due diligence? How much is too little or too much? Due diligence, by definition, is the research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business transaction. Much of the information needed to do due diligence on a potential franchise purchase is available. You need to know where… Read More »

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The price of compassion

09 August 2013

There was a heartwarming occurrence that happened recently at Cortello Salon in Jacksonville Beach. It was just a normal day at the salon until a woman walked in, unsettled, weary, and sobbing. She was facing cancer for the third time and her hair was falling out from the treatment. She had decided that, instead of… Read More »

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Busy as a Beaver: Incubator giving spark to small business

09 August 2013

Businesses are born from great ideas and expertise. However, excelling at your craft is not enough for success because there are many facets to running a business. Human resources. Legal. Marketing. Operations. You cannot do it all by yourself and it will impede your growth if you try. As an entrepreneur, you must access the… Read More »

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