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  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Member John Ware made quick work of identifying the challenges we were experiencing in the delivery of member benefits. We are lucky to have members like John who have specialized skill sets.

    John and I worked together yesterday using RCCS (Root Cause & Corrective Action) to provide access to our member directory, as well as streamlining the ability to download session notes and slide decks. We also added instructions for accessing the club's On-demand video library containing Main Events, Professional Development workshops, and our unique JaxHacks 5-minute member videos.

    Thanks, John, for being a valuable member of the Jacksonville Business Club!

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We learned this week that JBC co-founder Steven Johnston has won a sales award from New York Life. Steven has earned the Career Success Award for delivering 18 life cases by the end of their first quarter. Congratulations Steven!

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Which is more important to a political campaign, social capital or financial capital. Traditionally, deep pocket donors were the most important resource in the political arena. Social media is changing the way campaigns perceive value in their base. Big hearts are becoming more important than deep pockets. 

    Social networks generate value that lasts long after a successful campaign ends. If you you want to start a movement that leads to sustainable engagement, consider attending our January workshop. Social Media for Social Change

    Whether you're launching a campaign for office, launching a startup company or extend your reach, join us Tuesday night to learn how to connect, engage and grow your social capital and power.  

  • Monday, November 05, 2018 5:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tonight we will gather to learn how to build better teams as we navigate in the age of #MeToo. Our presenter Ebony Carter sat down with us to preview where we are headed. Use the link below to listen.

    Navigating in the Age of #MeToo [15:24]

    Join us this evening to add your voice and ideas to build better teams here in Jacksonville.

    #MeToo is a Women's Community Issue
    Register Now

  • Monday, October 29, 2018 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I read the headline and almost laughed out loud, 'Psychologically scarred' millennials are killing countless industries from napkins to Applebee's'

    Hooters has struggled to win over millennials for some time now. In 2012, the chain attempted to revamp its image with updated decor and new menu items to attract more millennial and female customers.I say almost because it really wasn't funny. The basic premise of the article is that, "Millennials' preferences are killing dozens of industries." Throughout the article Babyboomers are quoted as having some sort of insight into the minds of consumers under the age of 40.

    I see the complaint not as a lack of engagement, but more of a lack of conformity. More importantly it's a failure on the part of the indusries mentioned to recognize the changing tastes and values of this growing market segment. It reminds me of the lament voiced by the head of the IT department for a large Jacksonville employer, "The users are implementing!". 

    Change is inevitable, in fact, the pace of change is increasing every day. Owners of traditional businesses have a choice, change or die. 

    PhotoHooters has struggled to win over millennials. In 2012, the chain attempted to revamp its image with updated decor and new menu items to attract more millennial and female customers. 

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a recent post titled, We are Not the Enemy, bestselling author Seth Godin talks about the fight all of us should have, for each other. It’s one of our core beliefs. We encourage you to invest a few minutes to read his post then return here to commit to be the change you wish to see here in Jacksonville. 

    When you are ready for a change, join us on Nov 5th for our Main Event.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hard to believe, but it's only been 5 weeks. With all the firsts, (first member, first event, first video) it certainly seems like more time has passed since we launched on September 7th. This morning our member-only on-demand video library came online. I am grateful to everyone who helped us get this party started. Thank you for all you do. Here's the news.

    Becoming a Voice of Influence

    There is no such thing as last minute when it comes to making a decision to attend our events. I would love for you to join Toastmaster Fred Haley and I for our first professional develop session. Follow the link to learn the three essential steps to creating the perfect presentation...

    November Main Event

    Life Coach and Community Change Agent Ebony CarterIt was just a year ago the hashtag #MeToo entered the public vocabulary. The term isn't new. It appeared more than a decade ago. The conversations have been difficult, and they are not over. 

    We believe Jacksonville is ready to have a conversation, not about where we have been, but where we need to be heading. Join our special guest, Life Coach and Community Change Agent Ebony Carter for our Main Event on November 5th as we discuss how both men and women can live and work together in the age of #MeToo.

    What We Are Most Excited About

    Although it's a member-only benefit, I'm excited to share that in addition to the On-Demand Video Library, the JaxHacks Podcast has a few interviews up our sleeve. I'm looking forward to announcing our future guests. They have interesting stories about how they achieved success right here in Jacksonville. Stay tuned.

    Future Main Events

    Our monthly events are the perfect time to gather everyone together to connect, collaborate and create. Our Main Events are booked through January 2019. Visit Upcoming Events for all the details.

    "I created the JBC with a mission to find common ground with those how want to build a better Jacksonville. Thanks to all of you, we are headed toward that future. 

    I appreciate you." 

      - Jerry Gitchel, CEO

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    J Magazine's latest issue just hit the newsstands. Why two copies? One for me and one for Shawana Brooks, (I promised her a copy.) 

    I'm confused at some of the coverage. J Magazine editor Frank Denton introduced the edition as follows: "[G]eneralizing about [an] entire generation is risky, but J could hardly produce an issue about millennials Downtown without getting the perspective of some." "So we put together a focus group of seven genuine millennials to discuss Downtown." "Our seven are not a random or representative sample..." "They are mostly toward the older end of the generation, they are better educated than a typical millennial..." "We probably would have gotten significantly different input if we had recruited focus group participants at the beach or in the suburbs, in college classes or, OK, the jail."

    First, however they were chosen, they picked the right seven. I believe they are both present and future leaders of Jacksonville. That's why I'm going to ask them for their autograph. The age range of 23-38 was not "the older end". 

    What really made an impression for me was Denton's slam on their level of education and location... Jail (?) What's up with that?

    I've have read a number of articles from this issue. Here's my editorial opinion.

    J Magazine used the shorthand label "M" to target a consumer market segment. Capitalizing the word Downtown and not millennial revealed their primary focus. Hoping that this specific generation will save downtown is just that, hope. And hope is not a strategy. 

    Gather any group of seven residents and you're sure to hear opinions. Although "What's Next?" was asked, I'm not sure we received an answer, just more fix'in to. Jacksonville's future success depends on future leaders committing to providing those answers. 

    The members of the Jacksonville Business Club will gather October 1st to start moving toward a brighter future.

    JBC - Main Event  Won't you join us?

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our members participated as toy shop elves last year. Well organized. We even got to meet Santa. 

    Salvation Army Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Founding Member, Deborah Handsenoray

    Guest post by founding member: Deborah Hansen

    Authentic: representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified; genuine; real.

    What IS Jacksonville’s true nature? Do we have a vision that will move our city forward or are we forever looking behind us, dogged by a revolving door of focus groups trying to figure out exactly who we are?

    I throw my gauntlet in with the vision. Maybe we don’t explain ourselves well to others in the sandbox, but let’s try. And then let’s all get on the moving sidewalk together and move forward.

    There is no doubt that our rich history is to be valued and protected. Even the parts that we wish we could go back and rewrite a bit, but it’s ours and we will gladly claim it. Invest in your children and your community by taking a “Staycation.” Visit the museums, historical societies, and sites in the area that help explain our heritage.

    And then let’s move on. Please.

    J Magazine is offering a series of articles focusing on “Millennials,” as the title of this article captured from their latest installment leads the reader to believe. The article, however, focused on—you guessed it—the past. Nothing about downtown revitalization or authenticity. Or millennials.

    Pew Research states that “Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22 to 37 in 2018) will be considered a Millennial…….” And according to the latest demographic information on Jacksonville, the largest group within our population is age 25, thus falling into the M-word designation.

    Here is my question, the one that does return to the title of this article: If we value our diversity and the concept of inclusion, where are they at the table? The table of local city governance? Or at the tables at dozens of business organizations that insist on operating according to the outdated “let’s do lunch once a week and pass around business cards—again” model?

    We speak about them as if they are children of no account who are then shunted off to the kids’ table at Thanksgiving dinner. How about dropping the unnecessary reference to their age completely and invite them to sit with us?

    If we hope to move forward as a city with authenticity, we need to “represent our true nature and beliefs.” That includes all citizens, not simply the ones who have been in charge of the place cards for decades. The ones who can’t seem to decide on our vision, even after all those decades at the head of the table.

    We need the input and inclusion of ALL citizens at the same table, not only certain age groups but all people of color, ethnicities, and any other criteria that has been used for far too long to divide us.

    It is the only honest way to move Jacksonville forward instead of continually looking over our shoulders, clutching to a past that no longer exists nor serves the majority of our citizens.







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