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Congratulations to Amber of Ocean Movers, Ribbon cutting in Orange Park!
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ScaleUp North Florida and members of the Small Business Resource Network and the FSBDC at UNF at the annual networking event. Members from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 ScaleUp classes attended.

Special thanks to Dennis Chan, owner of Blue Bamboo and 2016 ScaleUp graduate for hosting the event and offering up some Asian Appetizers for all to enjoy. Katie Rider of Gregory Paul’s counter serve cafe and catering and 2016 ScaleUp graduate earned many kudos for her Pecan Carmelized Bacon. Noura Abi-Khalil from Noura Cafe, also a 2016 ScaleUp graduate contributed stuffed grape leaves and hummus that were a big hit, and 2017 ScaleUp class member Teddy Aboye’s Sambusa, from his restaurant IBEX Ethiopian Kitchen - most people just thought they were delicious not knowing they were vegan. Dessert was courtesy of Janice Newton of Flippin’ Good Cookies who made her signature Vanilla Shortbread Logo Cookies. Thank you to everyone for helping out and making the evening a success!

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http://www.scaleupnorthflorida.com/

Please take a look at our new ScaleUp North Florida website, we want to thank Elyk Innovation Inc., especially Chris for his hard work and patience!!!





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Teza Kulka, Program Director, ScaleUp North Florida (904) 265-­‐0750 | l.t.kulka@unf.edu

Thirty Five Small Businesses Receiving Education and Growth Assistance from ScaleUp North Florida
Community First Credit Union will again sponsor the small business growth program


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 4, 2017 – ScaleUp North Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) growth acceleration program based at the University of North Florida, selected 35 small business owners for its 2017 class. This is the third year of the SBA pilot program designed to positively impact the local economy by helping small businesses scale up, create jobs and grow their bottom lines. The program provides growth education and assistance to North Florida entrepreneurs. There is no charge to participate but each of the selected entrepreneurs commits his or her time to the 9-­‐month program.

Much of the interest in the program is a direct result of ScaleUp’s two previous successful years. Since UNF was awarded the 5-­‐year grant from the SBA, 77 participants have completed the program. End of program results for both groups include 77 percent of participating business owners reporting an increase in sales, 70 percent reporting hiring new employees, 23 percent reporting access to capital and 100 percent indicating they would recommend the program to a business colleague.

For the third year, Community First Credit Union has partnered with ScaleUp North Florida as the program’s local sponsor. This sponsorship fits with Community First’s focus on serving local small businesses. “Building small business power is important to our economy in North Florida,” said Susan Verbeck, chief lending officer of Community First. “We are proud to support and participate in ScaleUp to help give businesses the tools and education they need to succeed.”

The 2017 ScaleUp class represents growing businesses from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. Participants include: Theodres Aboye, IBEX Ethiopian Kitchen, Inc; Rosemeire Arruda, Frontline Flooring Installations, Inc; Laura Bunso Bittencourt, Smart Body Physical Therapy; Sherry Blue, Executive Bonding Group, LLC; Janie Boyd, Janie Boyd and Associates Real Estate Services, LLC; James Briley, Shipyard Dog; John Cortese, Act Wireless; Beverly Davis, Sensi/Care Services; Kelly Dawson, ITS, LLC; Jeffrey Fisher, Advanced Printer Service; Catrine Fredrikson, EZY Marketing, LLC; Scott Graddy, Augustine Computer Services; Jacqueline Green, The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville; Jensen Hande, Jensen Hande Studios/HandeCam, Inc; Tabitha Johnson, Family Therapy Associates of Jacksonville; Sharon Kelly, Kelly Klean: Michele Larson, Knowledge 4 College; Kevin Lin,Precision Chiropractic; Andrew Michael, The Veterans Agent; Scott Moore, 8 Flags Insurance Agency; Terina Moore, Moore Cleaning for Your Money, Inc; Janice Newton, Flippin’ Good Cookies; Kay Poole, VTEC Home Solutions; Susan Quinn, East Coast Stepping Stones, Inc; Tracy Riley, New Hope Family Service; Amber Sahbudak, Ocean Movers, Inc; Will Shaw, Taphouse Graphics; Shannon Louise Smith, Beach Bark; Mark Szaks, Trust Environmental Services, Inc; Johnny Taylor, Smoke House Meat Market; Raghunath Thirikodu, Menchen, Inc; Oliver VanDeKamp, Phase One Electric, LLC; Bonnie Vande Velde, Eagle Wings Enterprises, Inc; Jenna Waites, Waites Business Architecture; Shay Woodward IV, Performance Wealth, LLC.

About ScaleUp North Florida: ScaleUp North Florida is a small business growth program of the U.S. Small Business Administration which is based at the University of North Florida. To learn more about ScaleUp North Florida, visit our website at www.scaleupnorthflorida.com.

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 121,000 members and with assets of $1.4 billion. Community First has 18 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information visit www.communityfirstfl.org.

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Registration: 904.620.2476 www.sbdc.unf.edu Click the “Workshops & Events” tab
Location:
Beaver Street Enterprise Ctr.
1225 W. Beaver Street Jacksonville FL 32204
Event Details:
Date: June 27 Time: 10am - 12pm Cost: $20
About the Speaker:
Elizabeth Pampalone, Wed Design Chic, Inc.
In 2012, Elizabeth launched The Web Design Chic to create beautiful, hand crafted websites, and offer personalized technical support. She believes everyone should have the tools and training they need to succeed. She wants clients to know that websites and networking don’t have to be a nightmare.
Helping Businesses Grow & Succeed
State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [ § 288.001, Fla. Stat.]
The FSBDC at UNF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agree-ments with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Ali Stephens at 904.620.2441 or ali.stephens@unf.edu
What’s Best for Your Business?
Out of the hundreds of sites that are online vying for your attention, there are 21 top social media sites. TWENTY-ONE! Some of these will be a great help to your business and others not so much. In this class, attendees will explore the demographics, uses and practical applications of the major players. We will also discuss who, what, when, where and the ever popular “WHY!” Keep your customers wanting more by using social media effectively!




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Teza Kulka, Program Director, ScaleUp North Florida (904) 265-­‐0750 | l.t.kulka@unf.edu

Thirty Five Small Businesses Receiving Education and Growth Assistance from ScaleUp North Florida
Community First Credit Union will again sponsor the small business growth program


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 4, 2017 – ScaleUp North Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) growth acceleration program based at the University of North Florida, selected 35 small business owners for its 2017 class. This is the third year of the SBA pilot program designed to positively impact the local economy by helping small businesses scale up, create jobs and grow their bottom lines. The program provides growth education and assistance to North Florida entrepreneurs. There is no charge to participate but each of the selected entrepreneurs commits his or her time to the 9-­‐month program.

Much of the interest in the program is a direct result of ScaleUp’s two previous successful years. Since UNF was awarded the 5-­‐year grant from the SBA, 77 participants have completed the program. End of program results for both groups include 77 percent of participating business owners reporting an increase in sales, 70 percent reporting hiring new employees, 23 percent reporting access to capital and 100 percent indicating they would recommend the program to a business colleague.

For the third year, Community First Credit Union has partnered with ScaleUp North Florida as the program’s local sponsor. This sponsorship fits with Community First’s focus on serving local small businesses. “Building small business power is important to our economy in North Florida,” said Susan Verbeck, chief lending officer of Community First. “We are proud to support and participate in ScaleUp to help give businesses the tools and education they need to succeed.”

The 2017 ScaleUp class represents growing businesses from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. Participants include: Theodres Aboye, IBEX Ethiopian Kitchen, Inc; Rosemeire Arruda, Frontline Flooring Installations, Inc; Laura Bunso Bittencourt, Smart Body Physical Therapy; Sherry Blue, Executive Bonding Group, LLC; Janie Boyd, Janie Boyd and Associates Real Estate Services, LLC; James Briley, Shipyard Dog; John Cortese, Act Wireless; Beverly Davis, Sensi/Care Services; Kelly Dawson, ITS, LLC; Jeffrey Fisher, Advanced Printer Service; Catrine Fredrikson, EZY Marketing, LLC; Scott Graddy, Augustine Computer Services; Jacqueline Green, The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville; Jensen Hande, Jensen Hande Studios/HandeCam, Inc; Tabitha Johnson, Family Therapy Associates of Jacksonville; Sharon Kelly, Kelly Klean: Michele Larson, Knowledge 4 College; Kevin Lin,Precision Chiropractic; Andrew Michael, The Veterans Agent; Scott Moore, 8 Flags Insurance Agency; Terina Moore, Moore Cleaning for Your Money, Inc; Janice Newton, Flippin’ Good Cookies; Kay Poole, VTEC Home Solutions; Susan Quinn, East Coast Stepping Stones, Inc; Tracy Riley, New Hope Family Service; Amber Sahbudak, Ocean Movers, Inc; Will Shaw, Taphouse Graphics; Shannon Louise Smith, Beach Bark; Mark Szaks, Trust Environmental Services, Inc; Johnny Taylor, Smoke House Meat Market; Raghunath Thirikodu, Menchen, Inc; Oliver VanDeKamp, Phase One Electric, LLC; Bonnie Vande Velde, Eagle Wings Enterprises, Inc; Jenna Waites, Waites Business Architecture; Shay Woodward IV, Performance Wealth, LLC.

About ScaleUp North Florida: ScaleUp North Florida is a small business growth program of the U.S. Small Business Administration which is based at the University of North Florida. To learn more about ScaleUp North Florida, visit our website at www.scaleupnorthflorida.com.

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 121,000 members and with assets of $1.4 billion. Community First has 18 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information visit www.communityfirstfl.org.

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Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month—there’s a lot to keep up with. This session will help make sense of the noise.
This class is designed to take you step by step through the keys of effective email marketing, how to avoid the common mistakes and maximize the impact of your email marketing. Then, we will move to a live, guided demonstration to show you how to do what you just learned. You will leave this session with a list of simple actions you can take today to find success with Constant Contact.
State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [ § 288.001, Fla. Stat.]
Helping Businesses
The SBDC at UNF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Ali Stephens at 904.620.2441 or ali.stephens@unf.edu
Please bring business cards for networking!
Registration:
904.620.2476 www.sbdc.unf.edu
Beaver Street Enterprise Center 1225 W. Beaver St. Jacksonville FL 32204
Place:
April 5, 2017
Time: 9am—11am
Cost: No Cost!
Grow Your Business with
Email Marketing & Social Media
Presented by:
Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert Catrine Fredrikson, of EZY Marketing

Registration: www.sbdc.unf.edu 904.620.2476
Location:
UNF Herbert University Center 12000 Alumni Drive Jacksonville FL 32224
Event Details:
Date: March 30 Time: 10am - 12pm Cost: $25
Explore the art of making real connections to help open more doors of possibilities. Attendees will foster new ideas on how to prepare, engage in and follow up on networking opportunities that best suit your personality and networking purpose. Learn specific networking techniques that align with your own personal style in order to further your business opportunities!
About the Speaker:
Elizabeth Pampalone, Wed Design Chic, Inc.
In 2007, she launched her own company, Jax Computer Chic. In 2012, she launched The Web Design Chic to create beautiful, hand crafted websites, and offer personalized technical support. Elizabeth believes everyone should have the tools and training they need to succeed. She wants clients to know that websites and networking don’t have to be a nightmare.
Helping Businesses Grow & Succeed
State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [ § 288.001, Fla. Stat.]
The FSBDC at UNF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Ali Stephens at 904.620.2441 or ali.stephens@unf.edu
Take the Work out of Networking
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