small business

Five things to know: Instagram for business

Five things to know: Instagram for business

Social media has enabled businesses to connect to customers in new and sometimes exciting ways if they can crack the code of ideal posting. As the audience on these platforms continues to grow, Instagram is one of the tools in the business owners’ toolbox of promotion, said Monica McBrien, community outreach specialist for the Santa […]

Co-work spaces offer flexibility, collaboration for entrepreneurs

Co-work spaces offer flexibility, collaboration for entrepreneurs

Being a business does not always mean having a location. The overhead cost of owning or even renting a building or storefront can be cost prohibitive for small businesses.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

County gets to down to business with StRIVE

County gets to down to business with StRIVE

Businesses across Santa Rosa County are set to get a facelift thanks to the first round of StRIVE grants set for approval this week. The StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) program was proposed by Chairman Sam Parker in January.     Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Businesses must plan for disaster

Businesses must plan for disaster

One in four businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and 90% of businesses that do not get back up and running in five days will ultimately fail, according to the Small Business Development Center at University of West Florida (SBDC). A business continuity plan can help mitigate that risk said SBDC business consultant Ayesha […]

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

Santa Rosa not so small business friendly

When Ken Walters prepared to open the Grey Tap Room in Navarre, he went through the proper county processes. He said he wanted to be sure to do things the right way. Walters got approved site plans after months of back and forth with county staff, and planted the trees as required from his plan […]

Chamber closes on new home

Chamber closes on new home

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce signed closing documents on purchase of a new permanent home Friday. The new office building is located at 1804 Prado Street in the heart of Navarre. The Chamber’s new location, totaling approximately 3,000 square feet with about 50 parking spaces, was previously occupied by the Navarre Beach Agency. […]

County needs change from within

County needs change from within

When it comes to the process of opening a business in Santa Rosa County, the county staff should look at themselves, as a whole, in the mirror. That is where the change must start. At the small-business roundtable hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber and Small Business Development Council of UWF, we listened to […]

Say ‘I do’ to small business

Say ‘I do’ to small business

Billions of dollars flow in the U.S. economy based on two little words: “I do.” And as that mass of wedding cash pays for everything from flowers to rental halls to event insurance, small businesses benefit most from that spending. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

Navarre native’s artistry gains national recognition

Navarre native’s artistry gains national recognition

Claire Crider grew up on the white sand shores of Navarre, and from those early years she had a love of crafting. That love combined with an entrepreneurial spirit has gained her national recognition in the popular magazine “The Pioneer Woman.” Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

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. […]

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 […]

Small businesses get free tools from Florida SBDC

Small businesses get free tools from Florida SBDC

Being a small-business owner requires many skills. One moment business owners might be working with customers. The next moment they are designing their websites. Then they are sorting through accounting, interviewing for open positions, filing taxes, updating inventory and on and on. Read the full article in the July 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Teen entrepreneur draws accolades from Tallahassee

Teen entrepreneur draws accolades from Tallahassee

Sage Offutt received a standing ovation inside the Capitol building in Tallahassee after Gov. Rick Scott praised the 14-year-old entrepreneur for her efforts in starting a thriving small business. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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 […]

Economic development giveaways drop

Economic development giveaways drop

Freebies are falling out of fashion as a means to lure new employers to Santa Rosa County. The recent slowdown by county officials in bestowing money or other incentives, such as discounting the sale of government-owned property to prospective new employers, is in step with the current advice of some economists. Job-recruiting sweeteners approved by […]

Small Shop Crawl brings record-setting sales

Small Shop Crawl brings record-setting sales

By all accounts and everyone’s accounting, the 2015 Holiday Small Shop Crawl presented by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce was a huge success. More than a dozen Navarre shops participated, and each one said the event brought new customers into their shop.   The Director of Membership and Marketing for the Navarre Chamber Chanda […]

Small business loans available for flood impacted businesses

Small business loans available for flood impacted businesses

Businesses impacted by flooding may apply for short-term, interest-free loans to help meet the demands of their businesses. Gov. Rick Scott announced May 8 the activation of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program as the request of State Rep. Clay Ingram of Pensacola. The program was also made available in 2010 for businesses adversely impacted […]