Small Businesses

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Santa Rosa businesses miss opportunity with Visit Florida marketing program

Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, announced April 1 that 152 Florida businesses were accepted into the organization’s free 2019 Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP). None were in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up […]

StRIVE Grant open for applications

StRIVE Grant open for applications

Applications are now being accepted for the first round of StRIVE grants which will provide business owners the opportunity to fund thousands in improvements to their commercial properties. County Commissioners dedicated $50,000 to the StRIVE (Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise) Grant program in January 2019 to help businesses improve their look through signage and facade changes. Read […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Retailers lose tens of billions of dollars to shoplifting each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and small businesses are victims just as often as larger retailers. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassadd said she is all too familiar with shoplifting losses. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

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 […]

Small businesses big for holiday shopping

Small businesses big for holiday shopping

What is black and small and ends with cyber? The answer is one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year for retailers of all size, the weekend following Thanksgiving. After the turkey is gobbled up, 164 million consumers plan to shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday according to the National […]

Small retailers feel pinch of debit card fees

Small retailers feel pinch of debit card fees

When customers swipe their debit card or insert it into the reader at checkout, several things happen in the blink of an eye. Information on the transaction is transferred back and forth between the merchant’s bank, the customer’s bank and a debit card processing network. Within a few seconds, the transaction is approved or denied […]

Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO Florida Taxwatch Small businesses truly are this nation’s backbone. They account for 94 percent of all the country’s businesses and are owned by a diverse array of Americans from all backgrounds. The ability to build a small business is the cornerstone of the American dream. Unfortunately, the United […]

NRF projects big holiday spending at small businesses

NRF projects big holiday spending at small businesses

With the election season finally put to bed, the National Retail Federation has become far more optimistic about consumer holiday spending in the coming weeks. The NRF has published their Holiday Headquarters data, and while projected spending by individuals is slightly down from last year at about $935, Senior Director of Media Relations for NRF […]

Florida First Sites break ground on first project

Florida First Sites break ground on first project

When President and CEO of boat manufacturer Cape Horn/Fabbro Marine Chris Fabbro realized he needed room for his business to grow, he said he feared he would have to leave Santa Rosa County even going as far away as North Carolina. Fabbro Marine had been doing business in the county for 20 years, and he […]

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Gov. Rick Scott issued a press release touting the highest level of Florida jobs available in a decade, with a total of nearly 300,000 openings across the state. “Florida is leading all large states in job growth and we will keep working every day to be first for jobs,” Scott said. Job demand in Florida […]