Business

The Beacon introduces a new executive director

The Beacon introduces a new executive director

    Diedre Reis is the new executive director of The Beacon. She took the position at the end of May and brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Reis formerly worked at Homestead Village in Pensacola for 14 years, including the last 10 as an administrator. She also has experience as a […]

Successful financial planning starts young

Successful financial planning starts young

High schoolers who have a credit card will graduate with an average debt of $1,585, according to research by student loan provider Sallie Mae. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 60 percent of 15-year-old Americans are not financially literate on the basics of handling money. As more financial planners, including nationally known […]

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Three Florida State University graduate students with training in economics and a problem to solve have set their sights on Santa Rosa County with one goal in mind: Diversify the economy. To answer that need, the students have chosen to study a potential solution in the form of a business incubator as part of their […]

Falling in love with wine and more at the Vine

Falling in love with wine and more at the Vine

  It is not often a couple purchases the place of business they frequented during their courtship, but that is exactly David and Melissa Hoar’s love story. In a fairytale beginning, they had their second date and first kiss at Vine Wine Bar & Shop when they started dating the summer of 2013. From that […]

Southern Specialty popular shopping destination in Navarre

Southern Specialty popular shopping destination in Navarre

  Recently a customer said spending time in Southern Specialty was like hanging out in “Truvy’s Beauty Salon” on Steel Magnolias. And anyone who spends any time at all in this precious store would probably agree with this claim. And why wouldn’t it be? Southern Specialty, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 […]

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

Just recently, being ranked as the “Finest” Mortgage Lender on the Emerald Coast and also continuing their legacy of being the Number One Residential lender for Santa Rosa County for the past five years, (data supplied by Metro Trends) the Navarre team of University Lending Group start each day with dedication and gratitude. Stacy Wright, […]

Cybercrime expert: Small businesses are ‘sitting ducks’

Cybercrime expert: Small businesses are ‘sitting ducks’

Of the thousands of attempted and successful cyberattacks on businesses in the U.S. in 2016, 43 percent targeted businesses with fewer than 250 employees, according to online security company Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report. That number is increasing each year, Symantec reported. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Home-sales boom cuts inventory, boosts median price

Home-sales boom cuts inventory, boosts median price

Potential home buyers with smaller wallets may be getting squeezed out of the market in Santa Rosa County, according to the latest data. Local economist Rick Harper told the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners May 21 that inventories of homes for sale are down by 57 percent from their 2010 levels, dropping from last […]

Navarre Chamber to host Money Matters Expo

Navarre Chamber to host Money Matters Expo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will host an expo June 9 to help people improve their financial literacy on topics from homebuying to investing to life insurance and more. The Money Matters Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center at 8700 […]

Tourism Development Council creates annual sponsorship opportunity

Tourism Development Council creates annual sponsorship opportunity

The Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Board took a hardline approach to grant funding for the second year in a row during their May 17 budget workshop meeting, but even with the cutbacks, many events that did not receive the grant may still count this year’s budget a victory. The Local Tourism Event Marketing Grant […]

Emerald Coast Med Spa Keeps you looking and feeling better

Emerald Coast Med Spa Keeps you looking and feeling better

  Stephanie Wilbanks has been a paramedical esthetician for 17 years and brings her passion for skin care to work every day at the Emerald Coast Medical Spa in Navarre. Her business recently expanded its square footage and service at its new location at the First National Bank and Trust building in the heart of […]

Hockey training facility approved for Gulf Breeze

Hockey training facility approved for Gulf Breeze

Despite its warm climate, Florida is earning a reputation for ice hockey. The Pensacola Ice Flyers have secured three Presidents Cups in their five years of competing, and teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning have found a spot in the National Hockey League playoff finals. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of […]

Navarre United Futbol Club continues to grow

Navarre United Futbol Club continues to grow

  Tryouts for the Navarre United Futbol Club’s fall and spring seasons are coming up. They are scheduled to take place May 22-24 at the Navarre Soccer Complex. Registration information for the tryouts can be found at navarreunited.org. Navarre United is a growing club and numbers have doubled since being relaunched more than a year […]

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

  U.S. Highway 98 is changing and a new business corridor is emerging. Though the thoroughfare has functioned as Navarre’s main corridor for decades, increasing traffic and potential expansion plans could mean the roadway may not be able to serve that function much longer, especially for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the […]

What is small business?

What is small business?

From stay-at-home mothers selling handmade fashions to one-of-a-kind restaurants serving up authentic cuisine to a professional service firm boasting some of the highest employment numbers in the county, small business takes on many different shapes in Navarre. There are roughly 880 small businesses with physical locations in the 32566 ZIP code, according to Reference USA. […]

Meal matches the view at Beach House Bar and Grille

Meal matches the view at Beach House Bar and Grille

Since opening in June, Beach House Bar and Grille on Navarre Beach has prided itself on providing customers with a great meal and quality service. “Our menu is simple and we concentrate on using fresh ingredients,” executive chef Tricia Horton said. “We also have a friendly staff.” Horton’s goal is to provide each customer with […]

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Roughly 80 percent of businesses in the U.S. open their doors without taking out a business loan, according to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida. For entrepreneurs seeking to bring new retail outlets, services and industry to the Navarre area, there are many financing options. Read the full article […]

Pressure washing by Curb Appeal

Pressure washing by Curb Appeal

It wasn’t long ago that Barry Underwood wasn’t sure what he was going to do next in terms of a career. “When I became unemployed in August of last year, my uncle, who has 20-plus years of experience in painting and pressure washing, encouraged me to start a pressure washing business,” Underwood said. Underwood did […]

TC’s Front Porch is a dining destination in Navarre

TC’s Front Porch is a dining destination in Navarre

Looking for a good place to eat in Navarre? TC’s Front Porch is the perfect destination. The numbers will tell you as much as the popular café-style restaurant at 8552 Navarre Parkway, which is just west of the Navarre Beach Bridge, reached a significant milestone. “On August 3rd we surpassed $1 million in sales for […]

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

Santa Rosa tourists here for friends, stay for events

County Commissioners and Tourist Development Council (TDC) members gained insight into the impact of tourism in the county last week as the University of West Florida Haas Center unveiled the Tourism Market Economic Impact Study. This yearlong effort examined many aspects of tourism including spending by visitors, where visitors were coming from and how this […]

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

  Workers do not need a bachelor’s degree to make a livable wage. Research by the Center for Human Capital Studies, a part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, reveals that while degrees do typically mean higher wages, a group of workers with little or no college training is pulling in big dollars thanks […]

Food bank dependent on Stamp out Hunger Campaign

Food bank dependent on Stamp out Hunger Campaign

  There are shelves inside the food bank at Good Neighbor Thrift Store in Navarre that are empty, the supply dwindling down long before it normally does. That’s why store manager Cheryl Fromularo is so intent on making sure the word gets out about the Stamp Out Hunger campaign in May because food collected from […]

Tourism boosted by sports

Tourism boosted by sports

Sports is packing a punch on the field and in the local economy this week. A total of 13 college women’s golf teams were on the course at Hidden Creek Monday and Tuesday competing in the University of West Florida’s Argonaut Invitational. Featured in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

Chamber defamation lawsuit settled out of court

  A defamation lawsuit filed by Tony Hughes, president of Beach Community Bank, against the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its previous CEO, Judy Morehead, has been settled out of court under undisclosed terms. The suit was filed in May 2016 in the First Judicial Circuit Court and alleged that Morehead made false […]

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