850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida - 850 Business Magazine December-January 2009

Young Independents

Young Independents Entrepreneurial spirit thrives in Phillip and Madra McDonald By Zandra Wolfgram   Madra and Phillip McDonald grew up around the corner from one another in Miramar Beach, but they didn’t see each other until they applied for jobs…

Stepping Up

Stepping Up Following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ivan, Pensacola hopes to revitalize its economy with a new downtown Maritime Park By Jennifer Ewing   Most recent visitors to the Pensacola area probably paid little heed to the Trillium site…

A Red Carpet All-Star

A Red Carpet All-Star Samantha Strickland brings fame to Florida Commerce By Daniel Mutter   The TV reality show craze has given viewers the opportunity to see who is fastest at losing weight or racing around the world, how Jon…

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers From funeral directors to magazine publishers, professional associations represent the collective interests of their members — and provide a boost to Tallahassee’s economy By John Kennedy   You don’t often use Washington, D.C., Chicago and Tallahassee in…

American Success Story

American Success Story At nearly 80 years old, family-owned Boyd Brothers Inc. is an example of good old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity By Wendy O. Dixon   The year 1931 was not an ideal time to start a business. Investors…

Surf Dreams

Surf Dreams Trying to avoid a wipeout in the Panama City Beach surfing business By Tony Bridges Panama City Beach isn’t exactly known for its intense surfing action. Sure, there are some good, consistent swells off the jetty at St.…

Sound Bytes: Our ear to the ground in the 850

Betty Castor, former state senator and Florida Education Commissioner, has joined Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar to launch the Center for Education Policy, an advocacy center for education. Sound Bytes: Our ear to the ground in the 850 Compiled…

Standout CEO Has Focused on Philanthropic Efforts

In 1986, entrepreneur Rick Kearney left his job as a systems engineer for IBM, moved to Tallahassee and converted his own house into a homeless shelter. Standout CEO Has Focused on Philanthropic Efforts By Jennifer Ewing   In 1986, entrepreneur…

Force Fields: Our Region's Military Influence

Force Fields The economic influence of the military in Northwest Florida is undeniable — and in negotiations on everything from oil exploration to endangered species, it’s a component of our livelihood that should not be underestimated By SCOTT JACKSON It…

The Intersection of Work & Life

You’ve heard it before: "My life is on my smartphone." What you probably haven’t heard is this: If your employer provides that laptop, BlackBerry or iPhone, then you should have no expectation of privacy. The Intersection of Work & Life…