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Fourth annual iStart Startup Weekend energizes entrepreneurs beginning Friday
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:58:59 +0000

Isabelle Killian is in the beginning phases of her new online video language instruction website, but she says there’s no way she’d be even where she is now if it wasn’t for Startup Weekend run by iStart Jax, a business accelerator organization that focuses on helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into companies.

The fourth annual iStart Startup Weekend is Friday night through Sunday at the University of North Florida Student Union, with more than 80 participants. Killian will be among the mentors who return to the event to advise other fledgling startups.

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Hundreds expected to bid at auctions that will liquidate Body Central's goods
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:40:20 +0000

In January, Body Central made the sudden announcement that it was closing. And, indeed, after two quick days of sales, the Jacksonville headquarters and all 265 stores locked their doors for good.

Next week, much of what is left goes up for auction. The proceeds will help reduce the more than $100 million the company owes. But Mark Healy of Michael Moecker & Associates, who’s in charge of the liquidation, said it won’t come close to paying it all off.

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The first February decline in area's single-family home permits since 2011
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:05:23 +0000

Permits for new single-family homes declined last month. The Northeast Florida Builders Associations’ report for February showed fewer building permits were issued than in January this year or February 2014. Permits had risen each February over February since 2011.

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Jacksonville businessman plans restaurants, more for downtown and Five Points buildings
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:21:22 +0000

Steve Williams’ ambitions as a redeveloper of small, historic buildings are growing.

First, he’s decided to purchase the former Peterson’s Five & Dime in Five Points. He’s had it under contract while he did his homework to make sure it would work.

But now Williams, who’s an artist and owner of Harbinger sign company, has made up his mind and said he will close on that property on March 24.

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Creator projects for Jacksonville's One Spark 2015 drop by about 12 percent
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:15:21 +0000

There will be 555 official One Spark creator projects in the crowdfunding festival this year when it runs from April 7-12 in downtown Jacksonville — a drop of about 12 percent in projects from a year ago.

While One Spark officials were excited about a 23 percent increase over last year in projects from creators outside Duval County, the total number of projects are down from the 2014 figure.

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Sports execs: Downtown Jacksonville's revival is key to economic growth for teams and the city
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:47:18 +0000

A luncheon on the economic impact of sports on Jacksonville quickly pivoted to the topic of the future of downtown.

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Sale of downtown Jacksonville building paves way for Intuition Ale Works' new brewery and taproom
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:36:20 +0000

Intuition Ale Works is a step closer to moving to downtown. Through 929 East Bay Street LLC, Iconic Real Estate Investments paid $2.2 million for the former Noland Building at 929 E. Bay St.

Ben Davis, owner of Intuition, is going to lease 21,000 of the building’s 36,000 square feet for a new brewery and taproom with a rooftop beer garden.

He said he hopes to begin construction next month and open in September.

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Aldi to begin hiring for Middleburg grocery store
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:13:48 +0000

Aldi will start hiring employees next week for its new grocery store in Middleburg. The hiring event will take place 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Courtyard Jacksonville Orange Park, 610 Wells Road, Orange Park.

The store is hiring a variety of positions with associate’s salaries at $11.25 an hour and shift manager’s salaries at $15.25 an hour.

Jobs: Aldi store associates

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Work Wanted: Names and what they mean to your wallet
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:12:06 +0000

March 4 is National Unique Names Day, according to people who make up these kinds of holidays. Your name is part of your personal brand and deeply connected to your identity.

Does it have any effect on your career success? Maybe, according to a 2013 study by, a career advice site for people seeking jobs that pay over $100,000 a year.

The study examined TheLadders’ nearly 6 million members’ industry, salary level, and location. They compiled a list of C-level executives and the highest (self-reported) earners. They then looked for patterns in their first names.

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US stocks ease in early trading, Nasdaq below 5,000 points
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:53:26 +0000

NEW YORK | U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower, pulling the Nasdaq composite back below 5,000 points.

Offshore drilling company Nabors sank 1.5 percent in early trading Tuesday after reporting earnings and revenue that fell well short of what analysts were looking for.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,248 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gave up four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,112.

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Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:24:25 +0000

IOWA CITY, Iowa | Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

A review of records and interviews by The Associated Press show Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who speak at promotional conferences. It is also hiring recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes just months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.

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What to expect from Costco's new deal with Visa and Citi
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:53:04 +0000

NEW YORK — If you're shopping at Costco, you'll need a new credit card to pay for those family-sized packs of chicken breasts or toilet paper.

After only accepting American Express the last 16 years, the retailer is switching to Visa and will use Citigroup as its exclusive provider of co-branded credit cards.

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NASDAQ reaches record high
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:35:36 +0000

By Patrick May

San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley, welcome back to the nosebleed section.

After its spectacular belly flop during the dot-com bust of 2000, the tech-laden NASDAQ on Monday for the first time since then reached and crossed over 5,000.

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Better traffic flow envisioned for St. Johns Town Center with new development
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:20:28 +0000

An Alabama developer plans to improve the traffic flow near the St. Johns Town Center and add a walking/biking trail. But most of the specific plans for its new development won’t be determined until later this year.

Preferred Growth Properies of Birmingham, Ala., submitted its rezoning application Friday for the property across Town Center Parkway and Gate Parkway from the Markets at Town Center.

Slideshow: First look at St. Johns Town Center expansion plans

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Career Track: Who's on the move on the First Coast
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:06:03 +0000

Attorney John Dyro joined Holland & Knight as a senior counsel in Jacksonville. Dyro will represent lenders, borrowers, buyers and sellers in connection with financing, purchasing and selling real estate, including portfolio and syndicated loans.


Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville was awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator.

The 4 star rating is awarded to the most fiscally responsible organizations.


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Last updated at: 3/5/2015 7:11:31 PM ET

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 	Civil rights demonstrators, led by Dr Martin Luther King (5th R), civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy (5th L), John Lewis (3rd L) and other civil and religious leaders, make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965 in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks and represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. The first march took place on March 07, 1965 (Blood

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