Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:47:43 +0000
NEW YORK — Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now that day has taken a backseat to Thanksgiving Day. Still, retailers have settled into times that don't interfere with the turkey feast.
After opening earlier and earlier on the holiday, this year, most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy's, Target and Kohl's are sticking with their 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thanksgiving openings.
US stocks edge higher in early trading; Deere gains on earns
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:27:50 +0000
NEW YORK |Stocks are drifting higher in early trading Wednesday, building on their small gains from the previous day, as markets start to wind down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.
EARLY GAINS: The Dow Jones industrial average added 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,838 as of 10:02 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,090. The Nasdaq composite index gained 11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,114.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:25:54 +0000
Beaches Business Association, noon Mondays, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Representatives from Seachasers Restaurant, the newest Jacksonville Beach oceanfront dining. $8, lunch. (904) 834-1268 or bbajax.org.
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall to 260,000
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:39:09 +0000
WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.
The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 260,000, not far from the lowest levels in four decades.
Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The four week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 271,000.
Work Wanted: Job-seekers can be targeted by con artists
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:25:29 +0000
Recently, I visited a local coffee shop where what looked like job interviews were taking place. The person I met with that day runs a job club, so he stayed behind to speak to the people conducting interviews. He later reported to me that what we saw were actually scammers in the process of stealing personal identification. (The police are pursuing the matter.)
Retired JCPenney executive David Miller: 1929-2015
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:11:55 +0000
From childhood, David Miller had an entrepreneurial spirit that took him from raising chickens and selling eggs, grapefruit and figs to the head of the JCPenney Co. The Jacksonville native retired in 1990 as chief operating officer and vice chairman.
Even so, he became involved in other business ventures and continued going to his Fernandina Beach office until earlier this year when his health began to fail. He died Thursday, Nov. 19. Mr. Miller was 86.
JAX Chamber names 63 members for 2016 board of directors
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:27:03 +0000
JAX Chamber has announced members of the upcoming board of directors for 2016 with Audrey Moran serving as chairwoman of that board.
Moran also serves as senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy for Baptist Health.
Taking the Jax Chamber helm as chairman-elect for the board of governors will be Darnell Smith, market president of North Florida for Florida Blue, a JAX Chamber news release said Tuesday.
There were 61 other people named to the 2016 board of directors for the JAX Chamber and they include:
Innovative delivery idea puts entrepreneur in an expanding business
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:12:55 +0000
If you need something at the grocery store, Savita Jones will go get it for you. Same with a restaurant that doesn’t deliver.
She’ll pick up the food and deliver it to your tailgate party outside the stadium. And, this is important, if you run out of beer, she’ll go get more of that, too.
Jones started her small company, GoKart Shopping (gokartshopping.com), last year. She’d been working at a call center doing collections, a job she called “definitely not fun” and left it at that.
Florida Health Department names 5 companies to grow medicinal low-THC marijuana
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:56:59 +0000
The list of companies approved to grow low-THC marijuana for medical use in Florida was released Monday, about a year behind schedule.
The Florida Department of Health announced the five dispensing organizations which will each be assigned to a region of the state to provide the marijuana. They are:
■ Chestnut Hill Tree Farm for the Northeast Region.
■ Costa Nursery Farms for the Southeast Region.
■ Knox Nursery for the Central Region.
■ Hackney Nursery Co. for the Northwest Region.
■ Alpha Foliage Inc. for the Southwest Region.
Career Track: News briefs on Jacksonville professionals
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:31:09 +0000
Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health, will join the board of directors of Citra Health Solutions.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty named Realtor Debbie da Silva broker/manager of the company’s satellite branch office at Villages of Seloy, a ‘55 and up’ community in St. Augustine.
Dawn Crosby joined the Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners Market Center as a real estate professional.
Jacksonville's Drone Aviation completes $3.7 million stock offering
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:26:22 +0000
Jacksonville’s Drone Aviation Holding Corp. announced Monday it completed a $3.7 million stock offering.
As a result, the company said in a prepared statement that it sold an aggregate of 745,000 shares of its common stock to investors in the business that develops drones, but the vehicles are “tethered” unmanned aircraft. They’re virtually identical to other drones with a propeller setup similar to small helicopters. But the aircraft are connected to a cable — or tether — that sends data and gets power from the ground.
Jacksonville International Airport offers special parking for Thanksgiving holiday travel
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:34:24 +0000
Officials at Jacksonville International Airport are bracing for what’s expected to be a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority in a prepared statement Monday said they’ll be opening an extra lot to handle parking for those parting ways from JIA. Economy Lot 3 will be available from Wednesday through Dec. 2 for overflow parking. Entry into the lot is a flat rate of $20 and there will be a free shuttle service. The lot, usually used for special events, will be open to travelers on a first come, first serve basis.
Stuck waiting: Ground delays at airports on the rise
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:03:10 +0000
NEW YORK — On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip.
Then they waited. And waited.
Still within sight of the gate, their jet sat motionless due to airport congestion. It wasn't until 30 minutes after passengers buckled in that they were finally in the sky.
Sunday Business Notebook: Hobby Lobby planning store in The Strand
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 20:24:33 +0000
Last updated at: 11/26/2015 11:39:33 PM ET
Hobby Lobby plans to open a store in the new development that’s going in across the street from the St. Johns Town Center. A company spokesman said it wouldn’t open until 2017 and that’s all he could tell me about the store.
The 61-acre development is called The Strand and it’s being done by Preferred Growth Properties, which isn’t scheduled to close on the property until January. But it’s already starting to fill up.