Jacksonville, FL --- Ronald Rose, President of Nova Pressroom Products, LLC was recently awarded the North Florida District Exporter of the Year and the Region IV Exporter of the Year. The company has been in business for just over 5 years and in that time has increased export sales from 3% to 23%.
NOVA Pressroom Products, LLC manufactures and markets a full line of pressroom products such as blanket and roller washers for the graphic arts industry worldwide. Nova Products are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The company uses a combination of technology and client support to grow its business. An example of client support provided by the company is that when selling in international markets, NOVA sales managers accompany distributor representatives on sales calls. The company currently has 21 employees and 7 manufacturing representatives. The company started with just 5 employees in 2007. Mr. Rose has also used SBA guaranteed lending to grow the business.
Mr. Rose recently stated “Since the onset of Nova, we have been committed to growing our export business, providing our dealers with specially formulated products for their particular markets, fast production and timely shipping. The District and Regional awards are a tribute to everyone on the Nova team.” Mr. Rose further commented that “our location in Jacksonville, Florida gives us multiple connections to major shipping lanes into Latin America and Asia. We have also benefited significantly from the help provided by the SBA, our local bank (American Enterprise Bank of Florida) and the Small Business Development Center.”
Prior to starting Nova Pressroom Products, LLC in 2007, Mr. Rose completed a 30-year career within various divisions of Fuji Film, most recently as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Fuji Hunt/Anchor. He has a long history in channel management positions in North America, Asia & Europe. Mr. Rose is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies. Through his involvement with the trade association, Mr. Rose mentors younger companies on how to pursue international trade opportunities.
Mr. Ronald Rose may be reached at Nova Pressroom Products, LLC. 1663 North McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254 or by phone at (904)-292-2554. Please visit www.novapressroom.com for more information on the company and its products.
Jacksonville, FL --- Ann Sabbag created Health Designs, Inc. in 1995 with the hope of delivering health and wellness programs to corporations. At the time, Ms. Sabbag worked as a Wellness Coordinator for Bellsouth and saw first-hand how the wellness program benefitted employees. Ms. Sabbag was passionate about health and wellness and decided that she could have more impact on the field if she started her own business. Health Designs, Inc. now provides employee health assessments, biometric screenings, and face-to-face health coaching to hundreds of companies in 22 States throughout the Southeast and Midwest.
Ms. Sabbag is the winner of the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year award for both the North Florida District and the State of Florida. Health Designs. Inc. was nominated by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida. The Small Business Person of the Year in every State will be invited to Washington D.C. to compete for the national title. For more information related to the National Small Business Week Awards, please visit www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com. Ms. Sabbag will also receive an award locally on May 24, 2012 at the UNF Small Business Week luncheon.
The company has grown in many aspects including the number of fulltime and contract staff. Health Designs, Inc. went from 2 fulltime staff members to 10 fulltime staff members from 2007 to 2011. This is in addition to the 90 contract staff members that deliver remote services. The company has also increased sales and intends to reach 60,000 individuals at 346 different companies this year.
Health Designs, Inc. faced adversity in 2008, when 2 of its largest clients decided not to continue to provide wellness programs to its employees through the company. Ms. Sabbag quickly reacted by taking her leadership team on a weekend retreat to strategize on how to handle the situation. After the retreat Health Designs, Inc. strengthened its alliance with Blue Cross Blue Shield and other clients.
Ms. Sabbag also turned to the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, Athena Powerlink program to further develop her company in 2008. Additionally, Ms. Sabbag has also used other SBA supported programs such as SBDC and SCORE counseling to grow her business to what it is today.
Health Designs, Inc. is highly innovative in that the company has developed tools and resources that are considered proprietary to further the brand including an online health risk assessment. The company also developed a process to recruit and develop leaders amongst her team and contract staff as well.
Ms. Sabbag earned a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Florida. In 2009 she was named one of Northeast Florida’s Women of Influence. In 2011 she was named one of the Top 50 Small Business Influencers in Jacksonville and the Small Business Leader for the Chambers Health Council.
In addition to her many recognitions, Ms. Sabbag is also committed to her community. She serves as Board Member on the Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Well-Being, for the City of Jacksonville and also is a Board Member of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center. She is a member of Women’s Giving Alliance, whose mission is to inspire women in Northeast Florida to be philanthropists through collective giving. In 2009 Ms. Sabbag made a matching grant to the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health and hosts interns from the school as well. Ms. Sabbag is a mentor for IMPACTJax and also contributes her time to the PACE Center for Girls, Angelwood and Cathedral Arts Project.
Ms. Sabbag may be reached at Health Designs, Inc., 35 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082 or phone at (904) 285-2019. Please visit www.healthdesigns.net for more information on the company.
Jacksonville, Fla. - Hester Taylor Clark, President of the Hester Group started the company in 1998 from her home. Today the company has over 25 employees throughout Florida, Mississippi and Virginia. Founded as a public relations and community outreach agency, its core services include public involvement, advertising and public relations. In 2009, the company began working in the government sector and is currently under contract to provide program management support to the United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States Navy.
Ms. Clark’s story started 24 years ago, when her infant son was in need of a liver transplant. In an effort to save her son’s life, she reached out to the public and media for help. On May 1, 1987, her 10-month-old son received a liver transplant, and today he is a healthy young man.
The Hester Group has worked with the SBA in many instances including SCORE counseling and training, Women’s Business Center emerging business training, and most recently the company received a CAPLines loan through American Enterprise Bank of Florida.
CAPLines is an umbrella loan program that helps small businesses meet their short-term and cyclical working-capital needs. The Contract Line finances the direct labor and material cost associated with performing assignable contract(s); it can be revolving or non-revolving. Read more about the CAPLines program.
Ms. Clark was recently named American Express OPEN’s Woman Government Contractor of the Year-2011 and continues to give back to the Jacksonville community. Ms. Clark has served on several boards such as JCCI, Baptist Health Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Florida, Hope Haven Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, United Network for Organ Sharing, and the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum.
Hester Taylor Clark, President of the Hester Group may be contacted at 6320 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217 or (904) 739-2338 or by visiting www.hester-group.com.