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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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A local ship repair company has gotten a Navy contract, a major win for the company.

A Jacksonville-based barbecue restaurant chain is looking to open up in the Springfield neighborhood.


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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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At Riverside’s Bold Bean, barista Chris Jackson works the counter Thursday afternoon.

He shakes an iced latte on this hot Florida day. The coffee shop has brick walls adorned with paintings from local artists arranged between square windows, supplying plenty of natural light for the tables of customers on laptops.

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The Jacksonville City Council may be racing toward a populist solution to regulating ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft.

With little to no regulation governing app-based vehicle-for-hire companies, a committee Monday discussed the possibility of leaving regulatory questions to voters.

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Jacksonville’s Bold City Brewery is a step closer to opening its second location in downtown Jacksonville.

On Wednesday, the Downtown Investment Authority’s Retail Enhancement Committee okayed a $28,000 forgivable loan for renovations to a building Bold City is leasing at 109 E. Bay St. The money doesn’t have to be paid back if the business is still there five years later.

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Jacksonville officials kicked off National Tourism Week on Monday with a new campaign highlighting the River City.

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Plans for a new shopping center in Jacksonville Beach are moving forward after the city signed off on them.


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Some of Jacksonville’s ride-for-hire drivers are calling out Uber and the city for prioritizing certain cars.

And they are bringing their gripe to City Council.

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A major retailer is shutting down one of its handful of locations on the First Coast.

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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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One of Jacksonville’s oldest retail centers is on the market.

Gateway Town Center is up for sale, with an asking price of $12 million.

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A familiar face in Jacksonville’s restaurant scene has been named the head chef at the Cowford Chophouse.

Ian Lynch has been the executive chef for the restaurant group that owns the Cowford Chophouse. Starting this summer, though, he’ll be focusing his attention on the new restaurant.