Business Brief

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Every week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis or reporter David Cawton about business trends affecting the First Coast. 

John Burr

Last week’s One Spark festival was more focused on business than partying, ending with a day-long seminar for entrepreneurs to network and get inspired.

In this “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what he learned at the conference.


Business Brief: One Spark Grows Up

Apr 4, 2016
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The annual One Spark crowdfunding festival is returning to downtown Jacksonville Wednesday.

However, this year’s event will feature only one day of partying instead of five. A workshop dedicated to the inventors will be held Thursday.


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Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version.

Fans of live music, comedy and theater might have noticed the bulk of acts come through Northeast Florida toward the beginning of the year.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr explains to News Director Jessica Palombo what’s behind the top-heavy schedule.

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The Laura Street Trio. The Shipyards. Jacksonville’s urban core has had its share of big development announcements that seem to go nowhere.

But one ambitious project on the city’s Southbank is plugging along.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo a housing and entertainment area called The District is on track to open next year.  

John Burr

Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version.

After 35 years, the founders of Northeast Florida’s Fisherman’s Dock Seafood Market retired last week.

In this “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr visits the newly retired couple, Ben and Louanne Williams, on their farm in Palatka.

He told News Director Jessica Palombo what the Williamses learned from decades of owning a small business.

Business Brief: 'Corporate Welfare' Or 'Pay To Play'?

Mar 7, 2016
John Burr

Tax breaks and other incentives are credited for clinching a deal that’s bringing 450-new financial-services jobs to Jacksonville.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo, the city says, what’s sometimes derided as ‘corporate welfare’ is necessary for economic development.


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Roy Crumpler / JAXPORT

The Coast Guard hearing on the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship wrapped up in Jacksonville on Friday. It was the first hearing of its kind to be streamed live on the Internet.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo, the shipping industry is making voluntary changes because of the live broadcast. 

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John Burr

Nearly every hospital chain in Northeast Florida has expanded or built new facilities in the past 10 years.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what factors are behind the healthcare boom. 

Enterprise Florida via YouTube

Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private economic development agency, has introduced a new $10 million global advertising campaign that declares, "Florida: The Future is Here."

John Burr

Protecting themselves from hackers is becoming a big priority for Northeast Florida companies.

In this “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo evolving threats are changing the way companies protect their customers’ privacy.


John Burr

More and more North Florida students are getting into competitive robot making. It’s a hobby that has exploded in popularity among middle- and high-schoolers, who are joining robotics clubs after class.


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John Burr

The historic Elks building in downtown Jacksonville just sold for 4.5 million dollars.

In this week’s "Business Brief," WJCT analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo why investors are starting to take notice of the city’s urban core.


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A Florida group that connects investors with startup companies is venturing into Jacksonville. It’s an Orlando-based network called the Florida Angel Nexus, and its members spoke with potential investors at the University of North Florida last week.


John Burr

A rapid bus route in Jacksonville is reducing commute times for people going downtown since late last year.

The Northside First Coast Flyer route was the first to be completed of four planned routes—each one connecting a corner of Duval County to the urban core.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo the Jacksonville Transportation Authority project could give the town an economic boost. 

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As 2015 comes to a close, economists are looking ahead and trying their best to guess what market forces will do in 2016.

In the last “Business Brief” of the year, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the year ahead will probably start with a whimper—but it could end with a bang. 


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