October-November 2016

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Adopting Your Customer’s Perspective

Adopting Your Customer’s Perspective

A mentor and friend shared with me his approach to assessing the level of care and concern that a business owner or corporate manager has about his or her enterprise and where that business is in its life cycle.
Passion Powering Drive

Passion Powering Drive

The Last Word from the Editor
The Organic Age

The Organic Age

Once on society’s fringe, organic farming is becoming an increasingly mainstream occupation.
Meet the 2016 Pinnacle Winners

Meet the 2016 Pinnacle Winners

These 10 women have soared in their personal and professional lives.
Paying Homage to Heroes

Paying Homage to Heroes

Local businessman Tom Rice of Fort Walton Beach pays back his fellow veterans by paying homage to military heroes.
Foreign Investors Love U.S. Manufacturing

Foreign Investors Love U.S. Manufacturing

The Power of Peers

The Power of Peers

Local CEOs find help for their companies by sharing ideas, successes and failures with fellow CEOs in the region.
War for Talent

War for Talent

In the war for talent, are you breaking the rules of engagement by poaching intellectual property along with workers?
Ensuring Equal Opportunity

Ensuring Equal Opportunity

Employers are required to accommodate employees with a broadly expanded list of medical conditions. Make sure you’re following the rules.
Grand Panama, Indeed

Grand Panama, Indeed

What’s trending, what’s selling and what’s hot to buy in the 850? Find out here.
Market Street  Building Off Market

Market Street Building Off Market

What’s trending, what’s selling and what’s hot to buy in the 850? Find out here.
DeTECT

DeTECT

Increasingly, individuals have become concerned about the possibility that they may be under surveillance by operators of drones. Gary Andrews is here to help. He has developed a drone-detecting app, available for free.
Port Panama City

Port Panama City

Expansion underway at Panama City’s deepwater port has been projected to generate an annual economic benefit of more than $125 million and create 63 jobs. In store is a new forest products terminal.
Bay County Demographics

Bay County Demographics

Alignment Bay County

Alignment Bay County

Patterned after a similar initiative in Nashville, a group made up of business leaders and educators is working to improve the chief product of Bay County schools: high school graduates.
Building a Workforce

Building a Workforce

Florida State University-Panama City, Gulf Coast State College and Haney Technical Center are all working to gear curriculum and degree and certificate programs to the anticipated needs of employers.
Google Guru

Google Guru

For anyone seeking a more formidable online presence, Mica Specialties is a one-stop shop. The business offers services ranging from website design and digital advertising to search engine optimization and social media marketing.
Pier Park

Pier Park

Pier Park, on Panama City Beach, bills itself as the premier shopping, dining and entertainment district in Northwest Florida and one that has had both financial and social impacts.
Fighting Trim

Fighting Trim

Defense activities play a major role in Bay County’s economy — and that contribution is expected to grow. Overall in 2014, the military accounted for about $2.4 billion or 30.6 percent of the total gross regional product.
Jellyfish Health

Jellyfish Health

The health care technology company, Jellyfish Health, has plans to create 100 news jobs with an average salary of $70,000 — and to do something about those insufferable lines in doctor’s offices.
The Vintage Queen

The Vintage Queen

Cindy Poire has an affinity for collecting old things because their history fascinates her. She’s turned her passion into successful businesses at Madison Antiques Market & Interiors and Marketplace of Madison — and she’s still shopping.
A Blank Canvas

A Blank Canvas

Chris Holley has an extensive resumé working for some of Florida’s fastest growing cities and counties. Now he is helping Gulf County as director of the Economic Development Coalition and gives his thoughts on the region’s development.
Big Boy Toys

Big Boy Toys

Jose Mateo, owner of B and V Custom Carts in Tallahassee, will rebuild golf carts into just about any style his customers want, allowing them to ride around their golf courses, plantations and neighborhoods in style.
There’s No Such Thing as Happiness Made-to-Order

There’s No Such Thing as Happiness Made-to-Order

Bert Thornton joined Waffle House as a manager trainee in 1971 and climbed the ranks, becoming president and COO. But he’s probably best known as the inventor of Bert’s Chili. Retired, he now focuses on the importance of mentoring.
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