2011 Small Business Leader Award

2011 Small Business Leader Award



For the fourth consecutive year, Business Leader honored Jacksonville’s top small businesses at an awards ceremony.

Twelve companies were honored at the Top 300 Small Businesses of the South ceremony at Deercreek Country Club including Financial Design Associates who placed number six in Jacksonville and 71 in the south.

The companies are ranked based on a combination of factors, including percentage of sales generated in their local market, revenue growth, businesses achievements and civic contributions. This past spring, Business Leader asked companies and individuals across the South to nominate the best small businesses in their region.

Doll Tea Party at Pottery Barn Kids

Join us in stores for a special tea party designed for kids and their favorite doll or teddy bear. Guests will enjoy getting dressed up for a day of summer refreshments, fun crafts and more. RSVP with your local store — space is limited!

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What gas customers see advertised may not be the price they pay at the pump.

It's because of something gas inspection experts call two-tier pricing.

In response to many questions from viewers about the different pricing, First Coast News asked why, if it's legal and what you can do about it.

Gas stations using two-tier pricing advertise one price for cash (or company-specific credit cards, such as Shell or Chevron), but display another price at the pump for credit cards.

"They just pull up to the pump to get their gas and then realize, 'Oh, they charged me more than what that sign said,'" explained Roberta Lawson, a supervisor for petroleum inspection in North Florida.

The practice is popular in South Florida but it's becoming more common on the First Coast, according to Lawson.

The reason stations do it may be because of steep vendor credit card fees.

New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.

New Radio NOW Hits Jacksonville Radio Waves

New Radio NOW Hits Jacksonville Radio Waves

This morning at 9am RADIO NOW 97-9 hit the Jacksonville market as a mainstream Contemporary Hit Radio station.  The Music NOW on 97.9 FM will include mainstream artists like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and more.

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.

Zax Brings Jobs to Jax

Construction advances on Duval County’s ninth Zaxby’s restaurant, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and Buffalo wings. Licensees Jeanne Ward, Susan Satterfield and Ron and Jessica Gosslin plan to open the new quick-casual restaurant this summer. Located at 9612 San Jose Blvd., at the corner of San Jose Blvd. and Old St. Augustine Road, the new restaurant will create an additional 50 to 60 jobs for the area.