Business Brief

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A giant shopping, office and residential development is coming to northern St. Johns County along I-95.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT business analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo, that’s one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.


John Burr

A Jacksonville native is now in charge of entrepreneurship for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

His name is Doug Rand, and he came back to his hometown last week to talk about business at Jacksonville University.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how Rand views the River City’s business climate from Washington.

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John Burr

Jacksonville-based EverBank, the largest bank based in Florida, is being sold to a company called TIAA.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo the positives of the sale for Jacksonville should outweigh the negatives.

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Getting more people qualified for the workforce is the goal of a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce program called Earn Up. Its efforts recently earned the Chamber a competitive national grant of $40,000 to expand its reach.

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A recent analysis ranks Jacksonville among the country’s top 30 cities for women to open a business. In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo what makes the city so attractive to female entrepreneurs.


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A super-sized cargo ship was met with great fanfare when it docked in Miami over the weekend. The MOL Majesty is the first neo-Panamax vessel to reach Florida after sailing through the recently expanded Panama Canal.

Officials say it’s the payoff of more than $1 billion the state has invested in ports since Gov. Rick Scott took office, and in a news release, Scott hailed its arrival as the dawn of the "big ship era." 

But in Jacksonville, a St. Johns River dredging project aimed at ushering in the new, larger ships is having trouble setting sail.


John Burr

Jacksonville’s Congaree and Penn Farm has had huge success in its two years in business, mainly by selling rice to local restaurants.


John Burr

The year-old Edible Northeast Florida magazine is launching a series of events called Sunday Suppers.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the suppers are part of a growing trend among print media companies to try to engage readers beyond the page or computer screen.


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John Burr

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the owner of TV station WJXT, Graham Media, is buying rival WCWJ, known as CW17. Graham Media is the former owner of the Washington Post.

Burr notes the purchase completes a network TV consolidation in the Jacksonville market, with TEGNA Media’s controlling the local NBC and ABC affiliates and Cox Media’s controlling the local CBS and Fox affiliates.

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Jessica Palombo

Florida business groups are scrambling to fight back against a recent state Supreme Court ruling they say could cost business owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

The court struck down caps on attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation insurance cases. WJCT business analyst John Burr breaks down the effects of that decision for News Director Jessica Palombo in this week’s Business Brief.


Made in Space

When parts break on the International Space Station, astronauts can get instant replacements thanks to onboard 3-D printers. In this “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo those 3-D printers are made by a company called Made in Space, and it has a growing operation in Jacksonville.


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Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art is losing its director to a job in Milwaukee. As she prepares for her exit, Marcelle Polednik spoke with WJCT business analyst John Burr.

He tells News Director Jessica Palombo what he learned about the business of running a museum in this week’s “Business Brief.”


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John Burr

A new Jacksonville nonprofit that helps veterans start businesses is getting grant money from financial-services company JPMorgan Chase.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr introduces WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo to the veteran in charge of Jacksonville’s Bunker Labs, Derek Distenfield.


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This could be the last week a popular downtown eatery has its doors open on Adams Street. The quirky sandwich shop Chomp Chomp is relocating to Avondale this month. At the same time, neighboring Burro Bar is closing for good.

For this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr and WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo headed downtown to find out what the moves mean for the entertainment district called The Elbow.


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The Jacksonville Suns’ new owner has invested a million dollars to create a better fan experience. That’s on top of $25 million to acquire the minor league team last year.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr takes WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo out to the ballgame for a look at the business of baseball.  


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