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It's Your Money: Don't be held hostage to your insurance plan with medications
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:02:52 +0000

Many of us experience fear and anxiety when we are entering a doctor’s office, which is understandable because clinical settings are associated with sickness and injury. And we often feel anxious when we talk about money. Combining these two? That’s a mix that most of us would just as soon avoid all together.

But that’s not smart. We have to face our fears and make good decisions.

My Primary Care Physician is Eduardo Balbona, who is a fabulous doctor. He’s also easy to talk to and willing to give good advice about how to deal with money and health care.

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Work Wanted: Virtual Assistants can land extra income or provide a career transition
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:53:23 +0000

Many workers are adding sideline jobs to their employment, both as a source of extra income and a hedge against unemployment. Working as a virtual assistant can be a way to do both.

Virtual Assistants — or VAs — are usually self-employed and offer administrative, technical, social or concierge services to clients. VAs work from home offices and can support clients around the world. Startup costs are low; you just need a reliable high speed Internet connection, computer and phone, and great organizational skills.

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Jacksonville's Crowley Maritime lands $130M military contract
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:11:17 +0000

Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Inc. landed a $130-million military contract.

In a prepared statement Monday, Crowley officials announced the company was awarded a technical management agreement for five United States government-owned Military Sealift Command container ships. Two of those vessels will be moored in Jacksonville while the remaining will be homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Crowley’s services under the contract include managing, staffing, repair and dry-dock maintenance of the ships.

Drew Dixon: (904) 359-4098

Missing ship in Caribbean demonstrates long, strong history of trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:38:53 +0000

While the search continues for potential survivors of the Jacksonville-based El Faro cargo ship, the tragedy at sea highlights just how entrenched business ties are between the First Coast and Puerto Rico.

The El Faro was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, when it got caught in heavy seas generated by Hurricane Joaquin on Thursday and sank, officials say. The ship and 33-person crew aboard the vessel owned by TOTE Maritime was on its way to deliver a shipment to the U.S. territorial island.

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Sunday Business Notebook: Velocity Air Sports bounces to Jacksonville
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:42:34 +0000

The entertainment options continue to grow.

Velocity Air Sports is going to open at 7022 A.C. Skinner Parkway. Here’s what it has:

Trampolines (25,000 square feet of them), trampoline dodge ball stadium, foam pit, high wire slack lines, trapeze and what the company says is the largest Ninja Warrior obstacle course in the state.

By the way, the company also says the foam pit is “Olympic sized” but that may not be an official designation. Owner Chris Brown described it as 80 feet long with 3 feet of foam over a trampoline.

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Retired tire store owner Joseph DeSalvo: 1928-2015
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:23:06 +0000

Joseph DeSalvo’s devotion to family dictated his career moves, but his personable way with customers and his business finesse made him a success in the automobile service industry. Mr. DeSalvo was district manager for B.F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Co. for almost 25 years and retired as owner of DeSalvo Tire and Auto in Jacksonville Beach.

He died Wednesday at home surrounded by the family to whom he was so close. He was 87.

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Business calendar
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:43:28 +0000


Wholesaling Networking Group Beaches, 7-8:30 p.m., Property MOB Office, 830 Third St. S., Jacksonville Beach. Speaker: Tracy Caywood on “Wholesaling.” (888) 545-7342 or



Durkeeville Historical Society, 6 p.m., Durkeeville Center, 1293 W. 19th St.

QuickStart Class, networking 6:30 p.m., program 7-9 p.m., JaxREIA Office, 103 Century 21 Drive. Speaker: James Perkins on “Wholesaling.” (888) 545-7342 or



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Southeastern Grocers to lay off 250 in corporate restructuring move
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:20:46 +0000

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers LLC, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and other grocery stores, is about to lay off 250 employees, according to a corporate statement.

The company announced Thursday it is restructuring the corporate organization and there will be 250 layoffs at store support centers in seven states. Some of the other grocery chains owned by Southeastern Grocery stores include Bi-Lo and Harveys supermarkets.

Company CEO Ian McLeod said the restructuring will involve several layoffs at the Southeastern Grocers Store Support Center in Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville, say hello to your new easy-listening radio station
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 21:24:24 +0000

Cox Media Group thinks Jacksonville needs more easy-listening rock, so this week Easy 106.5 launched and Hot 106.5 moved.

After years of playing Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and other classic rhythm and blues, 106.5 listeners had to turn their dials down to 99.5 last week. It’s now broadcasting with a weaker signal. That means there aren’t many places in Northwest Jacksonville, or anywhere above Interstate 10, that can listen to the station on the radio.

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In former CSX exec's new role as United CEO, Oscar Munoz acknowledges airline's failures
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:39:13 +0000

NEW YORK — Five years after United Airlines and Continental merged, the company's new CEO declared in a public letter that the combined company has failed to live up to the expectations of both fliers and United's employees.

Just three weeks into the job, CEO Oscar Munoz acknowledged in full-page newspaper ads that "the journey hasn't always been smooth."

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Florida fertilizer company ordered to establish trust fund in wake of environmental regulation violations
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:33:03 +0000

Mosaic Fertilizer LLC has reached a settlement with the federal government that involves spending hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of alleged environmental violations at company facilities in Florida and Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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Times-Union Media acquires First Coast, HealthSource magazines
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:59:11 +0000

Times-Union Media on Thursday announced that it has purchased First Coast Magazine, recently named the 2015 Magazine of the Year by the Florida Magazine Association, and HealthSource Magazine from Beson4Media Group.

“We’re thrilled to add First Coast and HealthSource to our family,” said Mark Nusbaum, president of Times-Union Media. “Everything we do is focused on providing great value to our audiences, our business partners and our communities, and these outstanding monthly magazines give us new and exciting ways to do just that.”

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Ameris Bancorp to buy Jacksonville Bancorp
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:37:38 +0000

Ameris Bancorp has reached an agreement to acquire Jacksonville Bancorp Inc., the parent company of The Jacksonville Bank.

In a prepared statement Thursday, Ameris officials said the company signed a merger agreement with Jacksonville Bancorp to acquire all of its eight banking locations in Jacksonville. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016. If the deal is completed, the combined company will have about $5.7 billion in assets, $4 billion in loans and $4.9 billion in deposits. The acquisition price is an estimated $96.6 million

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Mavericks at Jacksonville Landing shifts away from country music, seeks more diverse acts
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:46:56 +0000

Maverick’s at the Jacksonville Landing is undergoing an image overhaul.

The venue known primarily as a country music nightspot is shifting away from its country roots. A news release Wednesday said Maverick’s is moving toward more diverse live acts and is rebranding the venue as Maverick’s Live.

“Acts of every music genre will be live on our stage, and we guarantee you, you will see one of your favorite bands performing soon,” said Darrin Kurtz, the managing partner of Maverick’s.

Drew Dixon: (904) 359-4098

Jacksonville's Laura Street named one of the top-5 streets in the nation
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:44:59 +0000

Laura Street, at least five blocks of it in the heart of downtown, has been named one of the best streets in the United States. One of the best five streets.

The American Planning Association gave the designation this week to Laura Street as part of its Great Places in America program for 2015.

That’s the same group that named Riverside Avondale one of the Top 10 great neighborhoods in the country in 2010.

This year, it named 15 Great Places: Five streets, four neighborhoods and six public places.

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Last updated at: 10/6/2015 7:20:05 PM ET

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