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March was a month that a saw slight uptick in job growth in Jacksonville.

Burro Bar To Close Its Doors

Apr 13, 2016
Burro Bar

Patrons are saying goodbye to the Burro Bar in downtown Jacksonville.

Firehouse Subs

A Jacksonville-based restaurant company is changing its advertising as it looks to expand internationally.

Firehouse Subs have longed featured the founding Sorensen brothers in their ads. Now, though, those ads are changing as the chain tweaks its brand.

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.


Jacksonville Electric Authority might revise a proposal to limit the amount it reimburses rooftop solar-panel users for their excess energy.

The municipal utility said Thursday it is considering a 30-percent decrease in reimbursement.


Jacksonville City Commissioners are no closer to deciding how to regulate ride-for-hire companies like Uber after a two-hour meeting Wednesday.

They spent that time rehashing arguments about how to make the services safe for riders and punish errant drivers.

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A long-time Jacksonville company has lost a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

Swisher International is being told to pay 44 million dollars in damages after it lost an anti-trust lawsuit.

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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A favorite local restaurant has solidified its plans to expand to the heart of Downtown.

A local company called SweetWater Restoration is busily turning two cargo containers into a restaurant. Come summer, Riverside eatery Black Sheep will open a kiosk in the containers in Hemming Park. 

John Burr

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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A Scottish commercial-refrigeration company is trading in the overcast skies of the United Kingdom for a new headquarters in Jacksonville.

City Refrigeration is hiring around 100 locals for its North American headquarters.

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The Florida Legislature failed to pass statewide regulations for ride-hiring companies like Uber. Now, the Jacksonville City Council is picking up where it left off.

But city officials are taking a far stricter approach.

rendering of The District
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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.  

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The local, state and federal governments are looking to do business with more women, minorities and veterans.

Several agencies are hoping to meet with business owners on Tuesday at the University of North Florida.

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The Fresh Market

Jacksonville’s favorite supermarket could be facing some new competition.

Publix could have a fight on its hands after a private equity fund announced it is buying The Fresh Market. That grocery chain has 40 stores in Florida, including four in Jacksonville.

The fund making the acquisition, called Apollo Management Group, plans on making Fresh Market more competitive by lowering prices. That could put it on a collision course with Publix.