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Woman of Steel: Moving Beyond the Unthinkable Integrated Marketing Stage Your Business – Nine Ways to Improve the Value of Your Company NOW 3 Tips for Communicating with Your Technical Vendors The Benefits of Building a Proactive Relationship with Your Lawyer Innovation as a Foundation
 

Woman of Steel: Moving Beyond the Unthinkable

Ken Suggs never stopped caring for his family or his company before he passed away in August 2010. Nor have his family or his company stopped caring for him as they have rebuilt Allstate Steel since a horrendous economy and his untimely passing brought it to its nadir. Annual revenues had plummeted to $11 million… Read More »

Integrated Marketing – The Maze Behind the Must

Traditional marketing is now suffering the same fate from the broad and instant dissemination of information as legacy media, including broadcast television and newspapers. Marketing companies can no longer wave their magic wands and hand desired results to their clients. The “Mad Men” of marketing’s past were creatures of the controlled and predictable environments of… Read More »

Stage Your Business – Nine Ways to Improve the Value of Your Company NOW

We often hear the term “stage your home” in the residential real estate market. Realtors use this tactic to get top dollar for a client’s listing and to sell the property faster. The process does not come without a commitment of time and money, yet it produces results that benefit all parties. The same concept… Read More »

3 Tips for Communicating with Your Technical Vendors

As the role of technical teams and vendors continues to expand in most businesses, communication issues continue to rise. Whether you maintain an internal project team and technical staff, or you rely on outsourced technical vendors, it is important to protect yourself from communication issues with your technical team.   State your needs clearly Recently,… Read More »

The Benefits of Building a Proactive Relationship with Your Lawyer

By Kate Mesic Hiring a lawyer can be like pulling a tooth—the damage may be done before you do it. Waiting to hire a lawyer until you absolutely need one could cost you more time, money and hardship than if you had hired them sooner. From costly lawsuits to excessive tax bills to acrimonious severance… Read More »

Innovation as a Foundation

GloDea Creates New Ways to Make Money From Scratch If complacency is the enemy of success then innovation could well be its friend, at least based upon the continued growth of GloDea. From designers to bookkeepers to warehouse workers, the Jacksonville company’s team relentlessly pursues improvement. It’s always a continuous improvement process. It’s about, ‘How… Read More »

Jacksonville University’s Dolphin Pitch looks to bring ideas to reality

06 May 2014

First came the Shark Tank. Now comes the Dolphin Pitch. Jacksonville University recently hosted an “elevator pitch” competition to create an entrepreneurial spirit among students. “One of our goals is to bring entrepreneurship across the campus. There’s not a major at any university that doesn’t have a business implication to it,” said Martin Luytjes, adjunct… Read More »

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iStart Jax invites you to a video premier of “Did you know?”

06 May 2014

iStart Jax held the first class in its new Entrepreneurial Mindset program on April 26. Together with Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation and local corporate sponsors such as Florida Blue and The Jaguars Foundation, iStart Jax has launched the program with 23 young adults, with a long-term objective producing 1,000 entrepreneurial minds. A video, “Did… Read More »

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6th Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference and Healthiest Companies Award Luncheon

01 May 2014

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) along with Humana present “The Art of Wellness”, the largest annual Wellness Conference in Jacksonville. We’ll also celebrate more than 40 companies honored for their commitment to employee health and wellness as well as the Frank Barker Wellness Leader during the Healthiest Companies Awards Luncheon. The 6th Annual… Read More »

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Florida 8(a) Alliance to hold third annual federal contracting conference May 27 &28

29 April 2014

The Florida 8(a) Alliance wants to help companies take their businesses to the next level by expanding their horizons at the organization’s upcoming annual federal contracting conference. Attendees of the May 27-28 networking and training event at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando will learn the latest news, trends and best practices in government… Read More »

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Brightway Insurance opening Palencia Store

29 April 2014

An extensive background in insurance and the prominence of the Brightway Insurance brand throughout Northeast Florida led Bob Miller, CPCU, to open a store at 7440 US Highway 1 North, Suite 102 in St. Augustine. The Euclid, Ohio, native graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing as well as… Read More »

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United Way of Northeast Florida announces new President and CEO

24 April 2014

The United Way of Northeast Florida board of trustees today announced the selection of Michelle Braun as president and CEO, effective July 1, 2014. Braun succeeds longtime president and CEO, Connie Hodges, who in January announced her plans to retire in December 2014. “Michelle has been actively involved in philanthropy and community development across northeast… Read More »

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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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