small business

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 […]