Financial sector can grow, but Jacksonville needs to do more, experts say
Fri, 24 May 2013 09:52:58 +0000
Mirroring the rise of logistics jobs in Jacksonville, the finance sector could be poised for growth, but only if the area — particularly area schools — put resources toward it, a panel of industry experts said Thursday.
Finance-focused companies like the area because of a strong workforce, particularly in entry level jobs, the speakers told a 250-person audience at a JAX Chamber event titled Bullish on JAX.
“But when it comes to higher level talent, we have a tough time,” said Fredrik Eliasson, chief financial officer at CSX Corp.
Copper pipe factory in the works for Jacksonville
Thu, 23 May 2013 19:45:53 +0000
A Jacksonville company is expanding and hopes to revive an American industry along the way.
Nuflo, located on Evergreen Avenue, is entering a joint venture with the German company KME to produce copper-nickel pipe for ships, oil rigs and other marine uses.
John Licausi, president of Nuflo, said the venture will have about 12 employees when production begins at the beginning of next year, with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $100,000. Eventually, he hopes to grow it to 40 or 50 employees.
Thu, 23 May 2013 15:52:27 +0000
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UNF's Coggin College honors business leaders
Thu, 23 May 2013 10:17:44 +0000
With each honoree extolling the value of community service, three Jacksonville business executives and a globe-trotting University of North Florida professor were honored as distinguished business leaders by the Coggin College of Business on Wednesday.
The Prime F. Osborn III award, in its 16th year, is designed to recognize the careers of local leaders. This year, it went to Gary Chartrand, Hugh Greene, Robert Frankel and Anna Lopez Brosche.
A Jacksonville BJ's to offer early risers a gift with gasoline purchase
Wed, 22 May 2013 15:58:47 +0000
On Thursday, BJ's Wholesale Club at 12200 Atlantic Blvd. in Jacksonville will give a $15 store gift card to the first 500 customers who purchase at least 10 gallons of gas.
The station opens at 6:30 a.m., according to a news release. The offer applies only to the Atlantic Boulevard location.
People who are not BJ's members are eligible for the special gas promotion if they sign up for membership while in line for the offer. A free 60-day trial membership offer is running through July 14
'Kitchen Nightmares' restaurant learns online reviews can make or break
Wed, 22 May 2013 14:56:31 +0000
PHOENIX — It was the customer service disaster heard around the Internet.
An Arizona restaurateur, fed up after years of negative online reviews and an embarrassing appearance on a reality television show, posted a social media rant laced with salty language and angry, uppercase letters that quickly went viral last week, to the delight of people who love a good Internet meltdown.
"I AM NOT STUPID ALL OF YOU ARE," read the posting on the Facebook wall of Amy's Baking Co. in suburban Phoenix. "YOU JUST DO NOT KNOW GOOD FOOD."
Working on the First Coast: Deep Search Records goes old-school with vinyl
Tue, 21 May 2013 23:04:51 +0000
Rich Rapp has a lot of new hopes riding on the old medium of recorded music at his recently-opened store in Five Points area of Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.
In December, Rapp opened Deep Search Records on Lomax Street, hoping to lure connoisseurs of what he calls a resurgence of those who favor musical recordings on 12-inch vinyl discs, focusing on independent and alternative artists who are issuing more music on vinyl.
Delinda Fogel named publisher of the St. Augustine Record
Tue, 21 May 2013 22:49:48 +0000
ST. AUGUSTINE | Morris Communications Group Executive Vice President Derek May announced Tuesday that Delinda D. Fogel, vice president of finance and strategic planning at The Florida Times-Union, has been appointed the new publisher of the St. Augustine Record and staugustine.com.
Her first day will be June 3.
May said, “I’m thrilled to have somebody of Delinda’s character and experience at the Record. She is going to be a real asset to St. Augustine and St. Johns County.”
Jacksonville reaches pension deal with general employees union
Tue, 21 May 2013 22:23:56 +0000
The union representing most of Jacksonville’s non-public safety government workers has tentatively agreed to a package of pension changes that would mainly affect only new workers.
The package, similar to the deal struck between the Mayor’s Office and the Police and Fire Pension Fund, would lower the percentage of pay retirees would get and would make some retirees wait longer to start getting their pension.
It would also increase how much new workers have to contribute, from the current 8 percent to 12 percent.
Equality Means Business roundtable at UNF touts enhanced diversity
Tue, 21 May 2013 08:31:45 +0000
While business leaders say local companies are making strides by increasing diversity in the workplace, they remain anxious about lingering perceptions of intolerance in Jacksonville which they say hurts commerce.
Those concerns were the thrust of a roundtable discussion at the “Equality in Business” forum at the University of North Florida Monday which drew about three dozen corporate representatives from around the Jacksonville area.
First Coast home sales, prices way up, jobless figures dip down
Sun, 19 May 2013 06:46:48 +0000
University of North Florida economist Paul Mason has been tracking figures that impact the First Coast economy for 12 years, but he’s never seen the housing market jump like it did between March and April.
“We saw a monumental increase in the housing market,” Mason said Friday, with both rents and the sales prices of homes and condos increasing.
Sunday Business Notebook: St. Johns Town Center changes
Sun, 19 May 2013 06:46:32 +0000
Lots of changes are coming to St. Johns Town Center, including particularly good news for those who need a cocktail while getting their nails done:
MShack, the burger place owned by the Medure brothers, will open in October where Ritz Camera used to be. The only other location is in Atlantic Beach.
Cosmo Nail Bar, a hybrid bar and salon complete with cocktails, opens in July where Lotus Massage was.
Pandora jewelry will have its grand opening Thursday.
Suns' fans come out for more than just baseball
Sun, 19 May 2013 06:46:01 +0000
Last updated at: 5/24/2013 12:40:52 PM ET
Myron Noodleman gets the crowds dancing at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with his geeky gyrations and has kids wanting his autograph after he belts out “Sweet Caroline” on top of a dugout.
Though Noodleman has never turned a double play or hit a home run, he’s an important part of what goes on at the stadium: While baseball may be the focal point of the Baseball Grounds, the game itself seems almost secondary in the marketing plan.