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Navarre’s largest brokerage splits from NABOR

Navarre’s largest brokerage splits from NABOR

Keller Williams Emerald Coast-Navarre, the largest local real estate brokerage by agent count, has announced a partnership with the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR). The Dec. 19 announcement means a split from the Navarre Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). Keller Williams had been associated with NABOR for five years, and the decision to leave […]

BearWise grant to secure restaurant dumpsters

BearWise grant to secure restaurant dumpsters

South Santa Rosa County has been selected for a $58,000 grant to prevent bears from getting into local restaurant trash cans. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 10 communities to reduce human-bear conflicts as part of BearWise. Santa Rosa’s grant would go toward modifying dumpsters to […]

Navarre Chamber welcomes Walmart Neighborhood store

Navarre Chamber welcomes Walmart Neighborhood store

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market store celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The store’s first official customer, Tina Maloney, cut the ribbon Friday, Jan. 12. Featured in the Jan. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. […]

Salaries vs. discretionary income

Salaries vs. discretionary income

Santa Rosa County residents make less, spend less and have less left over at the end of the month than those in the rest of the state and surrounding counties, according to findings from The Discretionary Income Report 2017 by Trove Technologies. This study looked at the salaries of workers across the country and compared […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

UWF entrepreneur program welcomes new director

UWF entrepreneur program welcomes new director

When University of West Florida students have an idea for a new business or product, the Center for Entrepreneurship has resources ready to help them succeed. The new director of the center, Ed Ranelli, said the university is relaunching the program, which began in 2015, making it bigger and better than before. He said entrepreneurship […]

Eight new employers wooed by Santa Rosa

Eight new employers wooed by Santa Rosa

From a 500-employee gun manufacturing plant to a 300-worker distribution center, Santa Rosa County is seeking to attract a diverse list of potential employers to its three industrial parks or other locations. But Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said on Thursday that his efforts are hampered by a lack of financial incentives, starting at the […]

Personality is key in closing the sale

Personality is key in closing the sale

In the business world, knowing who you are selling to can be as important as knowing what you are selling. That’s the message of Karen Aloy, founder of Aloyal Vision, a business coaching and training company. Aloy presented her insights as a team member for Women 2 Women Connecting at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber […]

Schroeder talks management

Schroeder talks management

People are the most important asset in a company, but they are also the most time-consuming part of a manager’s work. And managers get little to no training. On average management personnel receive between six and 12 minutes of training every six months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the disconnect, said […]

Pitch it to me: The art of a good elevator pitch

Pitch it to me: The art of a good elevator pitch

Imagine stepping onto an elevator and coming face-to-face with your perfect customer or the employer of your dreams. You have less than two minutes to grab their attention and sell your product, service or skills. And your mind goes blank. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Beach pier partners to face off in court

Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox have long presented a public image as shoulder-to-shoulder allies in managing the Navarre Beach Pier through everything from financial woes to cleaning up vandalized restrooms. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.    

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet

Cowboy hats and boots, checkered table cloths, saddles and all things Wild West adorned Hurlburt Soundside for a crowd of nearly 150 chamber members and guests. The celebration was held for The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Friday evening. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue […]

Merger strengthens local bank for lending

Merger strengthens local bank for lending

Local bank Gulf Coast Community Bank (GCCB) was absorbed by regional banking franchise The First, A National Banking Association at the start of the year for roughly $3 million in stock exchanges and other transactions. GCCB officially opened July 2003 in Pensacola and was co-founded by businessman and former State representative Buzz Ritchie, who now […]

Beachfront Springhill Suites nears completion

Beachfront Springhill Suites nears completion

Finishing touches are underway at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on Navarre Beach as construction winds to a close. Ben Harris is the project manager with Alabama-based general contractor Stewart Contracting Company, Inc. Harris said though it still does not look like much from the outside, the next two weeks will bring quite the transformation. […]

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

The Gulf Breeze Chamber hosted their annual Awards Gala Saturday night to thank their members, businesses, board of directors and board members. The evening was set at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola with a Gulf Breeze theme to honor outgoing chairman of the board and “breezer” Jamie Walker of DigiPro Media and welcome chair […]

CrossFit Navarre to cross the street

CrossFit Navarre to cross the street

If you’ve been following CrossFit Navarre’s journey around town you’ll be interested to notice the “box” is moving. But, if you’ve gotten used to seeing that banner off of Highway 87, you won’t miss it. In fact, the big pile of dirt across the street is the future home of their brand new building. The […]

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Nearly five years after the dream was initiated of bringing an aerospace engineering facility to Pensacola, ground was broken on the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. at the Pensacola Regional Airport Friday morning. Hiccups occurred along the way in terms of coordinating the project and coming up with a design for it, but when local […]

Federal wage law extends overtime pay to millions of workers

Federal wage law extends overtime pay to millions of workers

Effective Dec. 1 federal employment law regarding overtime and wages will change dramatically, more than doubling the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay for 4 million employees in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are currently required to pay time and a half […]

Doctor’s dream investment becomes financial nightmare

Doctor’s dream investment becomes financial nightmare

Emergency room physician Paul Henning and his wife, Ekaterina, a substance addiction counselor, had an ambitious vision for The Club II athletic center when they bought it for $2.9 million in 2012. Their goals included replacing the standard sports club snack bar with a European-style café, redesigning the lobby with a tile waterfall that resembles […]

SunTrust to close historic Gulf Breeze branch

SunTrust to close historic Gulf Breeze branch

Although the City of Gulf Breeze boasts some of the more affluent neighborhoods in Santa Rosa County, SunTrust Banks Inc., plans to close its longtime location there on Jan. 17. The Atlanta-based company sent a letter to customers last week that directed them to SunTrust’s nearest locations in Tiger Point and downtown Pensacola, both about […]

Is your insurance going up?

Is your insurance going up?

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) has been busy these past few weeks, raising Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation coastal policy costs by an average 10.9 percent for consumers and finalizing a rate hike of 14.5 percent for workers’ compensation costs to employers across the state. Citizen’s Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation is a state-backed insurer […]

New Walmart confirmed for Navarre

New Walmart confirmed for Navarre

The grocery store planned to be constructed on Navarre Parkway across from Joybrook Road will be a Walmart Neighborhood Market according to building plans submitted for the project in September to the Santa Rosa County Development Services office. Jason McLarty with Development Services said there has not been an official start date set for construction […]

Navarre Beach Area Chamber welcomes new board members

Navarre Beach Area Chamber welcomes new board members

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed five new business leaders to their 2016 Board of Directors this month. Selected by the Navarre Chamber’s 2016 Nominating Committee, the members were selected to fill out-of-cycle vacancies. The board carries out the mission of the chamber and works to support the members of the chamber within […]

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offers unique business opportunities

Chamber offeNew members of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (NBACOC) got a crash course in their benefits Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Chamber 101 Member Orientation Workshop at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. The NBACOC has added 70 new members since January 2016, bringing the total membership to 462. Several new members packed […]

Clarkson Eyecare absorbs Navarre Family Eyecare

Clarkson Eyecare absorbs Navarre Family Eyecare

Navarre Family Eyecare changed its name after becoming part of larger company Clarkson Family Eyecare. Though the name has changed, Clarkson Eyecare Marketing Manager Johnny Ippolito said the people inside are the same. “We can see where there may be some confusion as with any change,” he said via email. “But we do want to […]

Cox offered to Navarre businesses

Cox offered to Navarre businesses

Navarre businesses gained a new option for Internet and voice services as Cox Communications opened service up to businesses along the Highway 98 corridor. Public Affairs Manager for Florida and Georgia Cam Johnson said the expansion seemed like a logical choice. “We already provided service in Escambia and Okaloosa, and we had the fiber running […]

Gulf Breeze won’t buy troubled Club II

Gulf Breeze won’t buy troubled Club II

Renee Bookout says someone phoned her last week to suggest that the City of Gulf Breeze buy the financially strapped Club II tennis and swim facility. But she quickly rejected the idea. Although known for its investment forays into businesses that include a golf club, a water utility and municipal bonds, the town of 6,000 […]

The tangled web of secrets

The tangled web of secrets

Where there is light, there is nowhere to hide.  Only the shadows and darkness can hold the secrets.  Where there is a window, you can see through to the other side to observe what is happening there.  The same is true in business and government.  When you shine a light on the issues, the corrupt […]

Business women of Navarre unite

Business women of Navarre unite

Business women of Navarre built connections and discussed self-worth with author and motivational speaker Linda Sizemore Wednesday, July 20 at this month’s Women 2 Women Connecting Group. The group, founded by Cherie Rice and Sarah Hasty, provides a forum for business women in Navarre to come together. Members meet every third Wednesday of the month […]

Get to know the Zoning Board

Get to know the Zoning Board

Created in 2011, the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board governs how land is used in Santa Rosa County. Whether building a grocery store in a neighborhood or digging a pit in the backyard, you will likely have to fill out a request with the Zoning Board. The board consists of two members for each district […]