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Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes Transportation and Logistics on the Move Wi-Fi is better than candy United for a Cause
 

Natural Decision: Champion Brands CEO explains why the move to CNG

©Ken McCray Photography Earl Benton doesn’t let a good idea go to waste. The president of Jacksonville-based beverage distributor Champion Brands was initially thwarted in his attempt to use compressed natural gas for his fleet of trucks. But he is now helping to herald in what could be a new era of alternative fuel usage… Read More »

Shared Executive Office Space Offers Clients Chances to Save and Collaborate

Lisa Gufford was told once to never settle for less and to never sacrifice cost for quality. She has taken both to heart as the Co-founder/Managing Member of Executive Suite Professionals, a full-service, all-inclusive executive business center located on the 14th floor Downtown’s EverBank Center. Spacious executive suites overlooking the St. Johns River and the… Read More »

Slice Through Marketing Noise with a Brand Messaging Platform Built on Archetypes

By Dave Barbush Consumers are bombarded by thousands of marketing messages every day. There are ads in social media; ads in apps; ads on the air. One can’t even go to the restroom without seeing an ad. To get your message to your end-user, you need to cut through all this noise. You need to… Read More »

Transportation and Logistics on the Move

The logistics and supply chain management industry is on the move, and the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education is helping area employers keep up. UNF has helped more than 300 professionals attain a Certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), which helps them advance their careers while supporting their employer’s growth and the… Read More »

Wi-Fi is better than candy

By Jason Reynolds More and more small business owners across Jacksonville are making Wi-Fi available to their customers. As you might expect, these tech-savvy businesses across the First Coast include restaurants and coffee shops. But they also include doctors’ offices, vehicle repair shops, bookstores, hair salons, and car dealerships—in fact, every kind of small, main… Read More »

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 »

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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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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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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Holland & Knight welcomes four new associates in Jacksonville

14 November 2013

Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Michael Gropper, Jennifer Kifer, Drew O’Malley, and Ray Treadwell have joined the firm as associates in the Jacksonville office. Michael Gropper is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Gropper… Read More »

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Getting the Super (Near Graduate) on Your Team

14 November 2013

By now you are on page 4. You have already seen the cover featuring the best business students Jacksonville University has to offer, all who are set to graduate within the next 18 months. I want to describe how this idea came to fruition. For me, a personal point of irritation has been that, all… Read More »

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Evans Joins Visit Jacksonville as Partner Sales Manager

13 November 2013

Kim Evans has joined Visit Jacksonville as partner sales manager. In her new role at Visit Jacksonville, Evans will service 400 partners with the organization – along with engaging more businesses to participate in Visit Jacksonville’s destination marketing and sales mission. “We look forward to having Kim on our team to ensure we’re providing the… Read More »

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MAY Management Services celebrates 25th Anniversary

12 November 2013

MAY Management Services, Inc. is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a leader in community association property management during an Open House at their newest office location in Ponte Vedra Beach. Established in November 1988 MAY Management is the largest provider of property management services in northeast Florida. Specializing in providing services to homeowners, condominium and… Read More »

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Legacy Trust Adds 30-Year Veteran to Investment Team

10 November 2013

Marty Flack has more than 30 years of investment and client relationship experience, and is now one of Legacy Trust Family Wealth Offices’ newest team members. Mr. Flack’s appointment as Director, Relationship Management, was introduced to the firm this morning by CEO and Chairman, Kristin McLauchlan, adding a level of client service to a company… Read More »

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SBDC at UNF hires Katie Arroyo as International Trade Specialist

08 November 2013

The Small Business Development Center at UNF (SBDC), the premier source for small business assistance in North Florida, is pleased to announce Katie Arroyo has been hired as International Trade Specialist. Arroyo will provide confidential consulting and training to small business owners interested in engaging in international trade. Previously, Arroyo worked at the Center for… Read More »

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Visit Jacksonville Selects Toni Chadwell as Event Specialist

05 November 2013

Toni Alison Chadwell has joined Visit Jacksonville as event specialist. Chadwell is responsible for planning and executing major annual events, client familiarization events and other monthly educational sessions, and assisting with the partnership development department at Visit Jacksonville. She reports to Katie Kurycki, director of marketing and product development. In addition, Chadwell will provide oversight… Read More »

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iStart Jax supports technology company’s growth in North East Florida

01 November 2013

Building Owners Seeking Savings Power EIWCorp’s International Expansion iStart Jax supports technology company’s growth Energy Intelligence Worldwide, Corp. is installing its Energy Consumption Optimizer (ECO) software-as-a-service in a large indoor shopping center and hotel in the heart of Singapore. This installation is scheduled to be followed by ECO installations in high-rise office buildings and other… Read More »

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Upcoming Events

16oct5:30 pm- 8:00 pmJWBC 10th Anniversary Celebration5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Episcopal School of Jacksonville , Jacksonville Florida 32207
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