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Sunday Business Notebook: New steakhouse coming to Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:43:46 +0000

For the second week in a row, we’ve had news of big plans for Bay Street. First it was Intuition Ale Works moving there, and now it’s plans for a high-end steakhouse in the Bostwick Building at the food of the Main Street Bridge in the entertainment area known as the Elbow. In addition to the move downtown, they’re also joining the rooftop bar movement.

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Call Box: Was there a big milk bottle outside the Foremost plant in the Riverside area?
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:24:36 +0000

Dear Call Box: I want to know if anyone else in Jacksonville remembers a giant replica of an old-fashioned milk bottle that was outside a little store, of sorts, at the former Foremost Dairies plant on College Street. It sold ice cream, milk and other dairy products. Now this is over 60 years ago so I can’t trust the memories. My father was advertising manager for Foremost for over 20 years.

C.H.

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Good News: Students' 'ticket' to New York was 4.0 GPA
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:04:45 +0000

For the first time in its 18-year history, two students from the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation recently won a trip to New York. They snagged the free trip because they made all A’s the prior school year — a 4.0 grade point average.

Antonia Bell is now a senior at Lee High School and Shavonna Davis is a freshman at Ribault High. Bell was in 11th grade at Lee and Davis in 8th grade at John E. Ford Pre K-8 School when they achieved their academic coup.

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Work Wanted: The plight of part-timers in today's tough job market
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:38:03 +0000

A group of Americans larger than the population of Washington State are stuck in part-time jobs and cannot find full-time work. That’s according to an August 2014 article for Bloomberg News by Jeff Kearns and Jeanna Smialek.

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Budweiser's new ad, 'Friends are Waiting,' tugs at emotions to promote responsible drinking
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:02:08 +0000

Anheuser-Busch has a long history of using adorable puppies, computer-generated frogs and its world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales in commercials to sell beer and fun – all while tugging at consumers’ heartstrings or tickling their funny bones.

Today, in a new ad, Budweiser is using another of its animal actors to promote responsible drinking.

As part of its Global Be(er) Responsible Day campaign, the beer giant released the 60-second “Friends Are Waiting” commercial, highlighting the friendship between a man and his dog, referred to as simply “Buddy” in the ad.

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First Coast unemployment rate sees uptick for August
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:13:12 +0000

While state figures show job creation is up, First Coast employment figures for August present a mixed bag of numbers that muddy the waters on what is happening with the local economy this year.

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Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:20:00 +0000

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China’s Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

The latest windfall will be delivered with Alibaba’s record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, which is expected raise up to $25 billion for the e-commerce company and its early backers. Alibaba’s shares will begin trading for the first time on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Home Depot says malware affected 56 million payment cards
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:04:23 +0000

NEW YORK — Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of the heist of data from 90 million TJX Cos. customers, which was disclosed in 2007. Target's breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards.

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Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:01:24 +0000

NEW YORK — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high.

The gains came a day after the Fed made clear that it's in no hurry to raise a key bank lending rate, easing a major concern for the stock market.

Eight of 10 industry groups in the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose, led by financial stocks.

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Business calendar
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:35:12 +0000

MONDAY

Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Retired Navy cryptologist Joseph M. “Joe” Snowberger, commodore, USS Adams Museum and chief executive officer, Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.com.

 

TUESDAY

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One of Jacksonville's top business officials retires after more than three decades of service
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:09:59 +0000

Many business owners and entrepreneurs had to deal with him eventually for over three decades in Jacksonville. Now Joe Whitaker is retiring.

Whitaker, the business development project manager for Jacksonville’s Office of Economic Development, is formally stepping down from the job Friday. A city press release said Whitaker was personally responsible for guiding 105 different projects that included openings or expansions in Jacksonville since 2001 that resulted in the creation of about 16,850 jobs.

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Jacksonville radio station 1530-AM converting to French-Creole language programming aimed at Haitian community
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:04:53 +0000

A new radio station ownership group that purchased Jacksonville’s WYMM 1530-AM is programming the frequency mostly in the French-Creole language in hopes of attracting an audience from the growing number of Haitians in the First Coast area.

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Visit Jacksonville presents awards to area leaders who helped draw more tourists
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:03:16 +0000

During Visit Jacksonville’s annual “Destination Celebration” event marking the progress of Duval County’s efforts to attract more tourists, officials with the tourism agency announced several awards to local community leaders. The honorees distinguished themselves in their efforts to lure more visitors to the area. Here’s a quick list of the awards issued Wednesday at the Prime Osborn Convention center that drew about 400 community and business leaders:

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Visit Jacksonville's annual event invites more businesses more affordably for marketing packages
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:51:34 +0000

Visit Jacksonville officials made it clear at their “destination celebration” annual event Wednesday that they were cheerleading recent increases in tourism numbers.

Officials at the event, which featured turquoise-blue lighting and a cresting wave framing a huge projection screen, also unveiled plans to get more local businesses to financially buy into the effort to lure more visitors here.

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New owners plan to open classic steak house, rooftop bar in historic Bostwick Building
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:00:01 +0000

The new owners of the century-old Bostwick Building plan to put a classic steak house there. Wednesday afternoon, they presented plans for the Cowford Chophouse, including a rooftop bar, to the Downtown Investment Authority.

The building at the corner of Bay and Ocean streets sits at the foot of the Main Street Bridge but is most recognizable because of the jaguar murals in its boarded up windows.

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Last updated at: 9/21/2014 3:12:11 AM ET

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