Hurricane preparedness tips for businesses
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
The Florida Small Business Development Council (FSBDC) exists to provide assistance with marketing and business plans for small businesses. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips for businesses: Develop a Comprehensive Plan. An effective hurricane survival plan should be written down and reviewed annually. This plan should address policies and procedures for employee safety regarding hurricanes, business continuity and contingency plans in the face of damage to the business’s facilities and policies for dealing with employees, customers and vendors. Some of the key elements of an effec ..read more
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Small business marketing ideas that won’t break your budget
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
The Florida Small Business Development Council (FSBDC) exists to provide assistance with marketing and business plans for small businesses. Here are a few marketing ideas to try that can be done for little to no cost: Perfect your elevator pitch: You should always stand ready to talk about your business. Spend some time creating a brief elevator pitch, meaning a summary of your business in a short version, that not only details what you do, but also gives the listener a reason to want to learn more. Once you pique their interest, you’ve got about a minute to sell them. Practice your pitch unti ..read more
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The importance of record keeping
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
The appeal of having your own business is often associated with being your own boss, having financial independence, and working on your own clock. Once the opportunity comes your way and you start your “business dream,” there are added responsibilities to account for to ensure that you and your future employees are successful in this venture. As the owner of a small business, one invests a tremendous amount of time and or energy to ensure that the company is successful. We spend our lives worrying about ROI (Return on Investment figures) and trying to maintain a good financial record. You need ..read more
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Local distillery’s spirits win Gold and Platinum at 2017 SIP Awards
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
The St. Augustine Distillery won two distinguished medal at the recent 2017 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards including a gold medal for its Florida Double Cask Bourbon and “Best of Class” platinum medal for its Port Finished Bourbon. The distillery was also recently named “Florida Whisky of the Year” by Whisky Advocate and one of the “Best Whiskey Distilleries in America” by Esquire magazine. The SIP Awards is an international spirits competition, and the only blind tasting competition that enlists consumers as judges. This year, SIP Awards hosted its largest competition to date wit ..read more
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What social networks should you be using in your business?
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
You know you should be marketing to your customers and everyone says social media is the way to go — but which type should your business be using? Lately I have been hearing that no one is using Facebook anymore or it’s for old people. We now have three different generations in the marketplace and it’s important to know who your target market is. There is a vast difference between the baby boomers (age 55+) millennials (age 18 – 34) and generation Xers (age 34 – 54). I was looking at an article from Small Biz Daily and came across some interesting items you may want to consider when using soci ..read more
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Top questions to ask a tax preparer
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
So here we are, 2017. A new year and a fresh start. There is just one little thing we need to remember about 2016: how much money we made (or lost) and to let Uncle Sam know about it. That’s right — tax returns. If you currently have a tax professional helping you – that’s great. If you need to find one, be sure you ask them questions and understand exactly what their service provides for you. For example, there is a difference between a tax preparer and a CPA who does tax returns. Forbes recently listed the top 12 questions to ask a tax preparer: Do you have a PTIN (Preparer Tax Identificati ..read more
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Perfection in confections: Bakery starts small but now does it all
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
When Nils Rowland was 11 years old, his father spent time teaching him how to make the perfect pie. This lemon meringue dessert set the tone for his future. After years in the kitchen, lemon is still his favorite flavor. Rowland is a graduate of the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando and also a past competitor on The Food Network’s Cake Wars series. He has perfected the art of beautiful and delicious desserts. Rowland and his wife Bailey started their pastry journey by providing services in both wholesale and weddings; the Rowlands worked in private clubs and resorts while honing their sk ..read more
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Checks disbursed to local business impacted by Hurricane Matthew
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
On Oct. 28, Gourmet Hut, a local small business impacted by Hurricane Matthew and eligible for the Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, received funding totaling $50,000 during a check presentation at the St.Johns County Board of County Commissioners Office. Pictured are Melissa Glasgow, St. Johns County Director of Economic Development; James Johns, St. Johns County Commissioner; Wendy Relph, Gourmet Hut; Marge Cirillo, Small Business Development Center Certified Business Analyst. Photo courtesy Melissa Glasgow   The post Checks disbursed to local business impacte ..read more
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Pirate ship a unique adventure in hospitality industry
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
The Black Raven pirate ship has become a popular St. Augustine attraction since her maiden voyage in 2009. Proprietor Gunnar Hedqwist is originally from Sweden, but relocated to St. Augustine in 2005 when he invested in the local hotel industry. Having moved from Clearwater Beach, Hedqwist longed for another adventure apart from his hotel business, and a pirate ship became his quest. He found an architect, and later a ship builder, to help bring his dream to life. A year and a half later, the Black Raven emerged. After completion, the ship sailed from Tarpon Springs, Fla., around Key West, to ..read more
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Flagler College celebrates first anniversary of Adult and Community Education program
St. Johns Business Monthly | St. Augustine
by Business Monthly
3y ago
On Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, faculty and administration of Flagler College joined with community members at Markland House on campus to mark the first anniversary of the college’s ACE or Adult and Community Education program. Dr. Jorge Herrera, director of the program as well as an association professor of business administration at Flagler College, said, “We are pleased to expand Flagler College’s ability to engage with the community and strengthen the ties between the college and the community with this program.” During the reception, certificates were presented to the first graduates of the ..read more
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