Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Army Successfully Recruits In Jacksonville With Job Opportunities

 You might think it would be difficult to recruit for the Army in a Navy town like Jacksonville. But numbers show that over the years the Army Recruiting Battalion in Jacksonville has consistently led the nation. U.S. Army Recruiting Jacksonville Company Commander, Captain Anthony Goodman says the opportunity of free education, specialized skills training and entry level jobs are very appealing to young men and women in Northeast Florida. During National Hiring Days, May 14 - June 14, the Army is offering special bonuses to new recruits looking for entry level jobs, such as operating room specialists, pharmacy techs, petroleum specialists, cyber strategists, air traffic and port positions … over 200 career opportunities without needing a college degree. However, the Army pays for free college scholarships and provides student loan forgiveness. Plus, there is free healthcare and a blended 401K retirement plan. The Army offers a life-time career, an opportunity for partial benefits in the Army Reserve or education and training for a specialized career in civilian life. For more information, go to www.USAREC.ARMY.MIL or contact Captain Goodman at anthony.p.goodman.mil@mail.mil. In this “Lunch with Les” photo, Les talks with First Sergeant Michael Harter and Captain Goodman.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

For A Jump On Business Recovery, Doug Wilder Is The Answer

If COVID has side tracked your business goals and dreams or if you have found that you and your employees are working in a rut, now is a great time to get a jump on your business recovery with a terrific local resource - Doug Wilder. I got to know Doug when he won the Downtown Council’s Jax Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year in 2002. His track record as a business coach for companies ranging from start-ups to major corporations is unsurpassed. Doug’s primary process is to get businesses to focus on their goals and mission and to motivate everyone in that company, from the leadership down. With Doug’s coaching process, his scope of work includes developing strategies, sales training, dealing with employee conflicts, and almost all aspects of enhancing people skills. Much of Doug’s work involves hands-on, person-to-person work. But with COVID, he has created an online subscription series called Wilder Wisdom and continues to offer his Lifeline For Leaders program remotely. If your business needs a jump start on the pandemic recovery, I suggest you contact Doug (the sooner the better). His website is WilderSuccess.com and can be contacted at (904) 705-4567 or doug@wildersuccess.com. Doug is on the left in this “Lunch with Les” photo.  

Friday, November 13, 2020

Verdejo Provides Landscape Planning And Budgeting For Northeast Florida Businesses

Businesses are currently in the process of developing their budgets for commercial landscaping services for 2021, and Verdego, one of Northeast Florida’s top landscaping companies, is working with many of them to develop customized landscaping and maintenance programs. Billy Genovese, Director of Business Development, explains Verdego provides full commercial services including landscaping, irrigation, fertilization & pest, landscape enhancement, maintenance and tree service. But the real benefit for a business using his firm is, because his company is locally owned, he can deliver complete landscaping plans in a fast and efficient manner, plus he can negotiate pricing that fits corporate budgets. Headquartered in Bunnell, Florida, Verdego has over 150 employees in their 3 divisions - Construction Installation, Landscape Maintenance and Residential Installation - that serve Clay, Duval, Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties. Genovese is responsible for work with office parks, corporate headquarters, shopping centers, hospitals, retail/financial locations and municipalities. For help with your 2021 landscape plan and budget, contact Billy Genovese at (386) 225-0203 or bgenovese@verdego.com. Genovese is on the right in this “Lunch with Les” photo.


Monday, September 28, 2020

Regardless Of COVID-19, Gateway Business Advisors’ Cal Heseman Can Help You Sell Or Buy A Business

If you are thinking about selling your business as a result of the coronavirus crisis or if you have just been thinking about selling for any other reason, now is the time to take that first step with a free Estimate of Value of your business from Cal Heseman, Senior Business Broker with Gateway Business Advisors. Cal, a Certified Merger & Acquisition professional, can help you evaluate your company; consult on preparing your business for sale; reach out to potential buyers; and help you all the way to the closing table to get the most dollars for your business. He has worked with over 130 different types of businesses. If you’re selling because of COVID19, retiring, having a major change of life event, you’re a serial entrepreneur or you’re just tired of the business, contact Cal at 904-521-3602 or email him at cal@gatewaybusinessadsvisors.com. And if you’re interested in buying a business, he can help you there, too. Cal is pictured (on left) along with Les on the “Lunch With Les” telephone line.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Florida Harbor Pilots Keep Supply Chain Open During Pandemic

So that you are able to go to the store to get your sequestered supplies (toilet paper included), there are about 97 people in Florida, who face risk of all kinds before anyone - that’s our state’s Harbor Pilots. Laura DiBella, the executive director of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association, explains that every foreign flag vessel, by law, has to have a harbor pilot safely bring those ships into Florida ports. These brave men and women have to go out to sea to meet vessels coming from all over the world, 24/7/365 – rain or shine and, yes, pandemic included. The pilots she calls the “first responders of the blue economy,” help get ships to port to continue the economic supply chain, while protecting the environment, guiding ships through ripping currents, sand bars and other marine hazards – and all at no expense to taxpayers. DiBella was just 4 months into her new job when the coronavirus issue began. For the first time, her association has had to work with nearly all Florida Department sectors at the same time in an effort to keep all 97 pilots safe and secure in the disruption of cruise and cargo. For more, visit FloridaPilots.com. DiBella is pictured along with Les on the “Lunch With Les” telephone line.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Studio Podcast Suites Provides Complete Podcast Services For Jacksonville Businesses

 Would you like to add podcasts to your marketing mix but you don’t have the equipment or don’t even know how to begin. My buddy, Gary Spurgeon has created a unique way for anyone to take advantage of this fast growing marketing tool. As the owner of Studio Podcast Suites, located near the Town Center, Gary has the facilities and resources to produce professional podcasts for any business. He helps you through the process with 2 handouts - a Podcast Checklist and a Podcast Program & Format planner. He handles production, editing, provides commentators/hosts, customized cover art and assistance with directory placement. Podcasting is the fastest growing advertising channel with over 9 million Americans listening to podcasts every month. I knew Gary as the GM at WEJZ radio. He has over 40 years in the broadcast industry with Renda and Cox. His podcast studio concept has become so popular, he has been asked to expand in markets all over the U.S. For information on price packages, call 904-394-2594 or email gary@studiopodcastsuites.com. Gary is pictured (on left) along with Les on the “Lunch With Les” telephone line.  

Thursday, September 24, 2020

McCauley Uses The TAC System To Differentiate His New Engineer Recruiting Firm Highlander Consultants

When firms are looking to hire an engineer, many times the recruiter hasn’t listened to the specifics of the job, which results in a longer search and costly mis-hires. But there is a new Jacksonville-based engineer recruiter, Highlander Consultants, that avoids miscommunication through its operational philosophy, known at TAC. It stands for T(time) A(attention) C(communication) to help them fully understand what a firm is looking for and matches them with qualified candidates from their extensive database. While Chris McCauley started Highlander Consultants last October, his 24 years of experience, knowledge of the industry and contacts take him far from being a start-up. The demand for his services has led him to opening a Tampa office, with plans to be in cities all over Florida. His recruitment services include direct hire, contract, contract-to-hire and pro-active placement. His recruiting areas includes manufacturing, civil, energy, environmental, architectural, construction, medical device, aerospace, automotive and transportation. For a recruiter who listens and communicates, visit Highlandertalent.com or call 904-394-2624. Chris is pictured on the left in this “Lunch with Les” photo.