Today on “First Coast Connect,” Girl Scouts Gateway Council CEO Mary Anne Jacobs gave us the details of the State of Girls 2017 report from the Girl Scout Research Institute (01:33). We heard about the TV pilot “Replica” being filmed in Jacksonville with producer Lisa Eve and actors Jordan Jett and Adrian Gentry (38:01), and ahead of One Spark we discussed crowdfunding with Breakaway Funding founder Kim Kaselionis and regional marketing director Richard Cuff (46:07).   

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The nonprofit Jacksonville Symphony is looking for help buying a new instrument — or rather, an older model that’s new to the orchestra.

The “Rock the Glockenspiel” campaign got underway last week with a crowdfunding goal of $7,500.

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 Jacksonville nonprofit is trying to move homeless people into a new apartment complex.

Ability Housing is turning to an Internet crowdfunding campaign to help ease people’s transition from the streets to their own homes.

Silverware, pillows, sheets, bed linens, toilet paper and paper towels are just a few things Ability Housing Executive Director Shannon Nazworth reads off of a list of about 40 items that will be given to homeless people moving into a new complex on Jacksonville’s Westside.

Remember ‘Success Kid,’ the web photo of the chubby-cheeked Jacksonville toddler on the beach with a fistful of sand and a look on his face of smug satisfaction?

Eight years later, Laney Griner has posted that same photo of her son Sammy on a crowdfunding site to help raise money for a kidney transplant for his dad, 39 year old Justin Griner.

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A nonprofit that's trying to bring more farming to Jacksonville's urban core is hoping to create jobs as well.

Jacksonville-based FreshMinistries plans to bring aquaponics to Downtown. That's a combination of aquaculture, or raising fish in tanks, with hydroponics, growing plants in water. The system doesn't require much space and can be built in a parking lot or small backyard.

FreshMinistries Urban Operations Director Bobby Lee says the project should help spur economic development by teaching people how to farm their own vegetables and fish.

Riverside Avondale Night Trolley

Trolleys and ferries are running this weekend on the First Coast.

Congressional districts, Michael Dunn and English bulldogs are in the headlines today.

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Acclaimed storyteller, performer and creator of the national award-winning Jacksonville-based public radio program State of the Re:Union, Al Letson is a man of many talents.

A recently released study looking at the amount of money raised by participants at the world’s first crowdfunding festival has been making some waves in the Jacksonville business community.

One Spark's Elton Rivas has written a blog post responding to a recently released study that says the amount of money made through crowdfunding by creators at the 2014 One Spark festival was far less than they were hoping to raise.

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An independent study released this week shows a significant gap in the funds distributed by One Spark during their 2014 festival and the amounts creators said they needed to get their projects off the ground.

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One Spark 2014 will kick off in one week, flooding Jacksonville with an estimated 150,000 visitors.

The event, which runs from April 9-14, stretches 20 square blocks with 77 venues and displays from more than 630 projects for visitors to enjoy.

Festival-goers cans also expect the expansion of a two-block food village on Laura Street between Adams  and Bay streets.

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The One Spark festival, which began in 2013 in Jacksonville, will expand to Berlin, Germany in the fall of this year organizers announced Thursday night.


One Spark’s second annual crowdfunding festival is coming up April 9-13 in downtown Jacksonville.