Business

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tourism experts are cautiously optimistic heading into the 2011-2012 travel season.

From January through May, visitation was up six percent over the same time period in 2010. 

According to the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), the area saw an increase in visitors last year as well, with 3.4 million visitors spending at least one night in the county during 2010-2011.

On average, those people stayed 5 days.  They spent $634 million, including $38 million in sales tax and $5.6 million in bed taxes, according to the VCB.

Those hotel and motel bed taxes are used to pay for the bureau and their marketing campaigns, which are designed to bring more people to the area.

According to the VCB, they are trying new advertising this summer to try to keep people coming back.

$10,000 Donation to St. Johns Fire Rescue

$10,000 Donation to St. Johns Fire Rescue

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much needed equipment to the St. Johns Fire Rescue. The Fire Department benefits with 17 Wyse Thin Clients & LCD displays worth $10,614. These state-of-the-art desktops will allow for cutting edge training to take place in every St. Johns Fire Rescue fire station, replacing out dated technology and allowing for economical and consistent training throughout the county. More important, the time saved will increase the efficiency of existing manpower. Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $1 million to public safety entities in the state of Florida.

Fla. Home Inspectors Must Now Have State License

Fla. Home Inspectors Must Now Have State License

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Home inspector Dave Sorge was on the job today with another home inspection to complete. 

Five years ago when he started "Inspect -it 1st," his industry was unregulated and tainted by shoddy home inspections. "The free market weeded out those guys that don't belong," he said. 

And a new law that makes every inspector get a state license, will make it even more difficult for a bad inspector to remain in business, he said.  "Is licensing really the cure for substandard performance? We'll see," he said. 

But the grandfathering of longtime inspectors, Sorge said, allows inspectors to be licensed with the most minimum qualifications.

"You could conceivably get a home inspector who has never performed a home inspection yet is qualified and licensed," said Sorge.

Winn-Dixie Celebrates National Doughnut Day With Free Doughnut Holes

Winn-Dixie Celebrates National Doughnut Day With Free Doughnut Holes

Winn-Dixie is offering guests a free jumbo doughnut hole in the in-store bakery Friday, June 3 (limit one per guest per store visit, while supplies last).

Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie is helping individuals and businesses to prepare now for what is predicted to be an “active to extremely active” year for tropical storms. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins today.

“Our guests can find the supplies to stock their hurricane kits at their neighborhood stores, and it can be done on a budget by using our Customer Reward Card and taking advantage of this week’s hurricane preparedness stock up and save sale in our stores,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.  “We are offering a number of Buy One, Get One (BOGO) sales, 10 for $10 items, and ‘Save ’til’ offers. That’s in addition to our Winn-Dixie brand products, which are better than or equal in quality to national brands at a significant cost savings.”

Buy Produce & Help Sick Kids

Buy Produce & Help Sick Kids

Publix Super Markets throughout the area, are partnering with Produce for Kids® on the largest-ever annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to encourage families to cook together and eat healthier.