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John Burr

One of the most successful businesses based in Jacksonville doesn’t do any business in Jacksonville —or even the U.S.

This is the story of APR Energy.

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Lis Ferla via Flickr

With the holiday shopping season already underway, internet hackers and scammers are expected to be busy, too.

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Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to get employers to give people with arrest records a chance.

Representatives from dozens of large and small companies gathered on the steps of the Chamber building Tuesday in support of Project Open Door.

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Klempf at egg plant
John Burr

Jacques Klempf has made a name for himself in the Jacksonville restaurant business. From Bistro Aix to Il Desco, his eateries are destinations where people go to celebrate. This week,  Klempf talked to WJCT about selling his family’s other business, the Dixie Egg Co.


Maple Street Biscuit Co.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. co-owner Scott Moore is having a busy week. 


GE

General Electric employs more than 400 full-time workers at its oil- and gas-drilling services plant on Jacksonville’s Westside.

General Electric shook up the financial world last week with its takeover of a Texas-based oil- and gas company called Baker Hughes, creating a combined company with annual revenue of $32 billion and 70,000 employees.

"Let's Bring Super Fast Internet To" sign
Google Fiber

Last week, Google parent company Alphabet made it official: It’s suspending the expansion of its super-high-speed Google Fiber internet into Jacksonville and 10 other cities.

Kayla Davis / WJCT News

A Topgolf entertainment facility opened Thursday near the St. Johns Town Center.

Topgolf features a multi-level, high-tech driving range meant not only to appeal to avid golfers, but also wants to have something for everyone, said marketing manager Alexa Wheat.

The Jacksonville Topgolf venue features two full bars, a restaurant, live music, pool tables, an outside deck, gaming consoles and event rooms, Wheat said. “We’ve seen bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate events, holiday parties, any event you could possibly dream up we have to offer,” she said.

rendering of The District
Elkus | Manfredi Architects / Provided by Peter Rummell

It's taken almost two years and several name changes to get to this point, but The District developers Peter Rummell and Michael Munz are close to final site plan approval on their proposed mixed-use project on Jacksonville’s Southbank.

UNF logo
UNF

For 10 years running, the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business has been named one of the best business schools in the country by the Princeton Review.


JTA Leaders On Board For Future Of Jacksonville Skyway

Oct 19, 2016
Wikimedia Commons

A group of Jacksonville Transportation Authority leaders deciding what to do with the Jacksonville Skyway has found a cheaper way to fix the people mover.


trees down in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Many Northeast Florida residents are making calls to their insurance companies after Hurricane Matthew. WJCT Business Analyst John Burr spoke to one local agent about how big storms affect the industry. He tells News Director Jessica Palombo about it in this week’s Business Brief.


Yellow Cab Boulder's new zTrip car
Yellow Cab Boulder

Jacksonville taxi services are rebranding themselves and stepping up their tech game to compete with app-based Uber and Lyft.

The makeover is part of a backlash against what’s called the “sharing economy.”


building facade
Ebyabe

Jaguars owner Shad Khan recently took control of the historic Barnett Tower in downtown Jacksonville, ending a seven-year effort by developer Steve Adkins to renovate the building.

Peter Haden / WJCT

It hasn’t been a good year in the international shipping trade.

South Korea’s Hanjin, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, filed for bankruptcy this month, and other international shipping companies are having problems as well.

Among the issues, companies were too aggressive and built too many bigger ships too fast. And with the global economy sluggish and places like China slowing down their imports, the industry is reported to lose about $6 billion this year.

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