Cathy Hagan

SBDC at UNF Client Among Select Businesses Nationwide Recognized in Washington

Jacksonville, FL: On March 16, America’s Small Business Development Center Network (America’s SBDC), the national association of SBDCs, held a special 35th anniversary legislative reception to showcase a sampling of SBDC clients from across the country. Among the 11 SBDC clients from eight states invited to the reception was Kathryn Murphy, owner of Jacksonville-based Comfort […]

Client of the Month: Myers Seth Pump

In the industrial pump manufacturing industry, you might not expect to find a petite, soft-spoken Vietnamese woman at the helm.  That is, until you meet Teresa Myers, CEO of Myers Seth Pumps.  Her husband, Doug, started the company in 1991 and Teresa joined him in 1997 after serving as CFO for another manufacturing-based company in […]

Businesses We Love: Edible Arrangements

Another business we love gets especially busy at Valentines Day. Here is their story: Trish Kapustka is a public relations and marketing professional.  In her company, TLK Communications, she uses her more than 25 years of experience in public relations, branding, advertising, marketing and media to help businesses build a brand and attract attention.  As […]

Husband and Wife In Business Together By Design

Marion Cook has always enjoyed interior design and space planning and her husband, Paul, has enjoyed building things.   Having been married for 21 years, they worked well together on projects. Paul’s work in construction management required frequent travel around the country and took him further into the paperwork associated with government contracting than he wanted […]

HERO FL Named 2014 U.S. SBA Regional Exporter of the Year

May marks Florida World Trade Month – a time to increase awareness about the importance of international trade as a major contributor to job creation and economic growth, and to recognize Florida companies engaging in the global marketplace. In celebration of Florida World Trade Month, the Florida SBDC Network is pleased to recognize Carlton Smith, […]

Pet Shots Affordable Animal Clinic – From Mobile to Bricks & Mortar

In 2009, the FSBDC at UNF shared the success of Dave and Pat Watkins when they started Pet Shots Mobile Vet Clinic.  Every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday), they would set up shop in front of a retail storefront to provide vaccines for pets whose owners had limited income.  Their mission was to help people keep […]

Congratulations to our new CGBPs…..

The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida is proud to announce six consultants have completed rigorous training and passed the examination to become a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).  The CGBP credential is an internationally recognized certification of international business and trade professionals in the United States and Mexico and demonstrates […]

New Markets for a New Year – Look out, world!

By Cathy Hagan It’s time to consider pursuing across borders.  And by that, I don’t mean the borders of Georgia and Alabama.  It is a fact that the vast majority of the world’s population lives somewhere other than the US.  Small and medium-sized companies that export:  * Have higher sales per employee and pay higher […]

Let the Games Begin

London businesses are about to be deluged with visitors from around the world as the Olympics kick off this month. This creates opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors. However, like any large event, the Games will also create challenges. You may have experienced this during Ponte Vedra’s annual hosting of The Players Championship […]

UNF SBDC Success Story: Dog Wood Park

                                                      Katie Kelley with two new Dog Wood Park customers! Katie Kelley has always been an animal lover.  After the death of her beloved 13 year old dog in […]

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