UNF Small Business Blog

Employees… Pay, and Benefits

As the economy improves, a number of small businesses have reported not only having employees leave, but that they are having difficulty attracting a replacement. They have asked, “How much do I need to pay to get a good employee?” The glib answer is, “As much as it takes to hire and retain one.” The […]

Our Blog Just Turned Four! Five Must Have Small Business Links!

Time flies! Hard to believe that four years have zipped by since we started our UNF Small Business Blog. At the time, it all seemed so new and novel and it took us over an hour to learn how to create and publish our first post.Now it is part of our everyday marketing along with […]

Hiring Your First Employee Workshop On August 1st

-Decide what role to fill -Calculate how much you can afford -Understand employment law & taxes -Find the right person -Become the best boss The cost to attend includes the book Hire Your First Employee: The entrepreneur’s guide to finding, choosing, and leading great people. Pre-registration is required to ensure all attendees order and receive […]

The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida (Jacksonville) hosted its 7th Annual Teen Entrepreneurship Conference-It’s HER Business today. The event encourages financial literacy and helps local high school girls learn about starting businesses and managing personal finances through interactive games and hands-on activities. Here are the pictures:             […]

SCORE Jacksonville Wins District Chapter of the Year Award for 2011

The Jacksonville Chapter of SCORE was designated on March 6, 2012 District Chapter of the Year by SCORE National.  Ken Yancey, SCORE CEO, was on hand to present the award to David Taylor, Chapter Chair.  In his remarks, Mr. Yancey praised the Jacksonville Chapter for its work in presenting business building workshops, logging several business […]

SBDC Client Spotlighted in UNF Marketing Publication Inside

Student builds energy drink brand with SBDC assistanceBy Matt ColemanThe long hours and taxing shifts as a sonar technician and search-and-rescue diver at Mayport Naval Station were draining. Coffee didn’t cut it when he needed to stay alert and focused. Neither did those sugary, massively caffeinated energy drinks. So, Brian Smith, a University of North Florida marketing […]

National Association Survey Notes Small Business Optimism

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Small Business Index which measures the attitude of entrepreneurs is up again. This is the third month in a row where the sector has demonstrated optimism in the economy. You can read the NFIB study here. It appears the long crawl back is picking up speed. Hopefully retail sales […]

PTAC: New Office to Help Companies do Business With the Government

PTAC Specialist Lisa Haggerty has new digs! She will be housed in a much more efficent office within the Small Business Development Center at UNF. Now might be a good time to describe what PTAC does and highlight some of the workshops offered to businesses in our community.The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), provides free counseling […]

Federal Government May Close, UNF SBDC to Remain Open.

As of this writing, it looks like the Federal government will be closing due to the budget impasse. In our world, that means the Small Business Administration offices will be closed and therefore most small business loans will not be going forward as there will be nobody there to process them. Here is the SBA’s […]

Social Media Marketing Strategy Made Simple!

January 18 | 10:00 to 12:00 pm & 1:30 to 3:30 pmUNF University CenterTwo Free Workshops! Social Media Marketing | 10:00 to 12:00 pm Not sure how (or why) to incorporate social media (FaceBook, Twitter, Linked-In) into your marketing strategy? This session is for you! Learn how to: Use social media to promote your organization Develop good […]

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