Author: Laura Patrick

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

There is no doubt that the number of venture and angel investors in an area is directly proportional to the number of successful start-up companies. Areas like Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco, Austin and Seattle are flush with investors willing…

Going Global

International trade is considered the healthiest sector of the Florida economy, growing by double digits even during the Great Recession. So where does Northwest Florida fit in the picture? About 4.5 percent of the exports leaving the U.S. come from…

Angie Hill Does it All

Angie Hill leaves the big city behind, returning home to Northwest Florida to fuel her entrepreneurial spirit. Angie Hill Does it All A nurse-turned-entrepreneur keeps her Blountstown business thriving By Ana Goni-Lessan Angie Hill owns a Merle Norman franchise. And…

We’ll Drink to That

Johnny Patronis and Jay Trumbull mine a natural resource to quench the thirst of Northwest Florida. We’ll Drink to That One’s got the water. The other’s got the bottle. A perfect business relationship. By Wendy O. Dixon It’s no secret…

The Talent Connection

Using her expertise from WORKFORCE Plus, Kimberley Moore helped develop new business in Wakulla County as head of the Chamber of Commerce. The Talent Connection Kimberley Moore has worked to match the needs of local workers and Wakulla businesses By…