Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida

On Target!

Does your business have a customer or market niche? If so, you can conduct target marketing and focus your efforts directly on potential customers. If not, your business is functioning in a generic or commodity market where it is hard to distinguish your product or service from that of your competitors. Many businesses have products […]

Business Ceredigion Style…

I was testing a random search function on Google and landed on an article about the land of Ceredig. While reading about historic agricultural activities in the spring, it occurred to me that analogies could be made with small business practices… It’s always best to start a story at the beginning. For this one, that […]

Wheels of Industry, Tires, and the Right Interface…

A mishap with my car got me thinking about wheels and tires last night. The “Wheels of Industry” is a phrase first used and written down, according to oxforddictionaries.com, in the mid 1700’s by William Wilke, a Church of Scotland minister who used it in one of his sermons. It occurred to me that wheels […]

Delivering the Goods…

If you have been following the news from England, you have been aware of the fiasco that Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) had to deal with there. Beginning on February 14th, 2018, and continuing for more than a week, KFC was unable to get chicken to their 900-plus stores in the UK and over 800 of […]

Tips for growing your business…

If you want to find out how to grow your business, one of the best ways is to study the people who literally do that on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year – farmers! Their best practices will revel many tips that can be applied to any business. Here are some of the key […]

Tax Reform Law: Topics of Special Interest for Individuals

Repeal of the ACA Penalty for Individuals The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires individuals to pay a penalty if they aren’t covered by a health plan that provides at least minimum essential coverage. That penalty is also known as the “shared responsibility payment.” Unless an exception applies, the penalty is imposed for any month that […]

FSBDC at UNF Success Stories – Emergency Bridge Loans

Interview with Marco Tran, I-Tech Personnel Services in Jacksonville In the latter part of this year, Hurricane Irma brought quite the impact to Florida’s First Coast, but there is a silver lining – the Florida SBDC was able to assist local small businesses, like I-Tech Personnel Services, in obtaining Emergency Bridge Loans to help “bridge […]

Why Your Team Is Failing

Today’s educational system, from Kindergarten through college, puts a focus on team work. However, while you may learn who gets their work done versus who is counting on everyone else to get an “A” grade, your scholastic team experience probably did little to prepare you for business teamwork. When you think about it, every business […]

Ups and Downs, and Keeping Your Balance

Ideas for blogs can come from interesting associations. I was wondering what I should write my next blog about while bicycling this weekend as the weather in Florida has finally become cooler and less humid. After discarding several ideas, I associated bicycling with cycles and decided to write about the various cycles that affect business. […]

Falling Leaves; Rising Sales…

Fall is in the air; it’s a bit cooler and the humidity is lower. Fall is also the time that sales increase as holiday gift buying begins, vacationers escaping cool weather come to Florida, and the “Snowbirds” return. For both retail and service businesses fall is the beginning of the “money making season.” Several factors […]

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