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Last Word

Last Word

‘Truly A Gift’

‘Truly A Gift’

Founded in the mid-1900s, the EF San Juan company in Youngstown is being run by the third generation of the family. What was once a small woodworking operation has turned into a state of the art facility that produces products used worldwide.
Small-Time Success

Small-Time Success

Several communities in Northwest Florida are working to better themselves with the help of a program provided through the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Called Competitive Florida, among the areas benefitting are DeFuniak Springs, Century, Port St. Joe and Madison County.
The Accidental Entrepreneur

The Accidental Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Ed Mansouri is the driving force behind Ucompass, the company that created the hardware and software powering the Florida Virtual School. But his heart has always been in meteorology, and he is starting up another company, WeatherSTEM, which has a wide variety of uses for business and everyday life.
Tsunami Ready

Tsunami Ready

If you thought tsunamis couldn’t happen along the Gulf Coast — you were wrong. Santa Rosa County has prepared a safety plan for tsunami preparedness — the first of its kind in the region.
All About Santa Rosa

All About Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa County sits in the midst of a six-county area of Northwest Florida that has the highest concentration of military retirees in the U.S., providing a trained and ready workforce. There are more than 31,000 military retirees in Santa Rosa alone — and approximately 100,000 military veterans in Santa Rosa and neighboring counties combined.
Military

Military

Home to one of the largest and most active naval aviation bases in the world, Santa Rosa County’s economy gets a major boost from businesses that cater to or work with the military. With hundreds of defense contractors, land available for development and a sizeable trained workforce, the county’s economic development office is making a push to get the word out that the county is at the “heart of a growing aerospace cluster.”
Oysters

Oysters

An area known for its blue-green waterways and rich ecosystems, Santa Rosa County is currently working on a project that could improve the quality of marine life — and perhaps economic development — for years to come. The county has been working with scientists at the Nature Conservancy since 2015 on the Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration Project — a multi-phase endeavor that’s being funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
Waterfront Property in Navarre

Waterfront Property in Navarre

Cared for by Canterfield

Cared for by Canterfield

Working Small

Working Small

Alyssa McShane has some words of advice why its important for everyone to begin their business career working for a small company.
Management Strategies

Management Strategies

Talent is the No. 1 commodity in the business of technology. There a few major factors that can help businesses acquire and retain the best and brightest in our community.
More Than Just Numbers

More Than Just Numbers

Winston Howell changed his college major 14 times before settling on accounting. Today he is the managing shareholder of the fast-growing Thomas Howell Ferguson CPAs.
Taxing  For Dollars

Taxing For Dollars

Women Take Flight

Women Take Flight

While women have made great strides in a variety of careers and industries, there is still a gender gap when it comes to female aviators. Tallahassee business partners Lacey Smith and Faith Drewry — cofounders of FL Aviation Center — think today’s women need to see more of their contemporaries making a real, viable, everyday career in aviation.
Finding Happiness

Finding Happiness

Flying Private

Flying Private

Adjacent to Northwest Florida’s major airports and tucked in smaller, out-of-the way airfields, fixed base operators are a boost to the region’s economy by helping to keep private planes flying — including those owned by visitors who might be taking a jaunt to the coast for lunch or dinner or to Tallahassee for a legislative hearing. But their major product isn’t necessarily fuel. It’s more to do with customer service — and rolling out the red carpet for visitors who could bring future business to the area.
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