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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 5:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The majority of winners in yesterday's election here in Jacksonville were incumbents. It's not the  challengers who lost, It's the residents. Voters who got up off their sofas chose the Status Quo. Multiply the winning percentages by the turnout and you will learn that the vast majority of registered voters did not vote for Mayor Curry. I think that's great! 

    I know that sounds crazy. Unless, like I you look at obstacles and see opportunities. I believe building a better business community in Jacksonville requires a very small band of committed young business leaders, because everyone else will stay home. 

    I not only believe it, I can prove it. The most amazing event last night was not the election, it was the first televised gathering of our Clean Water Working Group. You will be hearing more later today. Let me share with you just one conversation to illustrate my conviction. 

    The group chose the response to the Love Canal environmental disaster, a successful water quality campaign as our strategy. None of us could remember when the Canal was in the news. Robert Zinnser joked that it was before group leader Steven Johnston was born.

    We all laughed and then it hit me. The strength of the Jacksonville Business Club is our ability to gather everyone, Youngers, Elders - Women, Men, Black, White, People of Color. Everyone.

    If you would like to see this in action, I invite you to join us on April 9th for our YP Global Summit. It will be amazing, just like Jacksonville's future.  


  • Wednesday, March 06, 2019 5:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last night we learned the real reason Florida water is in crisis during our March, Making a Difference event. Bud Duthie, President/CEO at Synergena International, Inc. shared the good, the bad and the ugly about Florida’s water quality. From the other experts in attendance, we learn it’s not a lack of available solutions or science. It’s a lack of will on the part of elected officials and the overwhelming financial influence of developers that have created our current crisis.

    Those who attended identified a ways to resolve the issues surrounding clean water. They include increasing public awareness of Florida’s current water quality, a larger commitment to early education on the responsibility for soil and water conservation., and a partnership between public agencies and private schools.

    The Jacksonville Business Club agreed to host a Clean Water Working group to coordinate a response. They will gather during an online event on March 19, 2019 to start their work.

    Are you interested in clean water? We invite you to use the link (below) to join this effort. https://jacksonvillebusiness.club/clean-water

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I discovered a band of superheroes this week. They were wearing their best Clark Kent disguises so I almost missed them. The team was revealed as they applied their superpowers.  They battled burgeoning budgets, leaped over logistical challenges, and worked together under the banner of conservation. 

    Yes you guessed correctly. It was the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Led by a legend in the field, Chairman Allen Moore became a soil scientist before a number of is fellow Supervisors were born. 

    For more than a half-century the district board has led the way with -12 education outreach. The annual Envirothon three contests and Stewardship Week somehow happen each year.

    What impressed me the most what the supervisors concern for financial responsibility. The board debated the best way to increase attendance at an upcoming event. It is rare to hear words like carpooling or phrases such as, “all I need is gas money " during a public meeting.

    Most gratifying was their collaboration without regard to age, gender or race. Their focus was on soil, water, and ground, common-ground. My hope is that other agencies in Duval County will emulate the working model of the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District. I think newly elected Supervisor Jennifer Casey said it best, “What if one of the historically less significant boards in town became a model of government done right?”  

    The Jacksonville Business Club intends to work with the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District to build a better business community. Thanks for showing us the way!

  • 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. 
    https://seths.blog/2018/10/we-are-not-the-enemy/

    When you are ready for a change, join us on Nov 5th for our Main Event.
    https://JacksonvilleBusiness.club/events 



  • 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


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