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From Mid-Level Manager to Highly Successful Business Owner

JACKSONVILLE, FL. - Harold Boyett, owner of Blue Streak Couriers, began his career in the delivery business at UPS when he was 18 years old. He worked his way up through many positions to a mid-level management position. While employed at UPS, he learned of Blue Streak Couriers, a same-day courier service that was an agent for UPS Sonic Air in Jacksonville, Florida. After much consideration and evaluation, Mr. Boyett took ownership of Blue Streak in 2005. Since his acquisition of the company, he has steadily created jobs and grown revenue approximately 500% over 8 years. When Mr. Boyett purchased the business, he knew he would have some challenges ahead in terms of changing the business model. In October 2004, regulation was passed that allowed banks and credit unions to electronically process checks, whereas prior to that, courier services were heavily used to transport paper checks. Mr. Boyett quickly diversified the business to focus on transporting tangible products,... Read More

Orlando Firm wins Regional SBA Exporting Award

Orlando, FL --- Harry Arnon, President and CEO of Hernon Manufacturing, Inc. was recently named the 2013 District, State, and Regional Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hernon Manufacturing produces over 5,000 high performance adhesives, sealants, and processing equipment. Hernon serves multiple industries including:  ammunition, defense, aerospace, automotive, electrical and heavy equipment.  The company sells in more than 25 countries, engaging strategic partners to repackage and/or distribute their products in those nations. All Hernon products are made in the United States.

 

Hernon Manufacturing, an already established business in the Orlando area for over 20 years, recently worked with SBA resource partner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Central Florida, to grow its exporting division. The SBDC is helping Hernon evaluate, recommend, and target overseas markets to position the company for its... Read More

Marine wins State Veteran Owned Business of the Year Award

Jacksonville, FL --- Lauren Little, Multi-franchise Owner, Edible Arrangements was recently awarded the 2013 District and State Veteran Owned Small Business of the year. Edible Arrangements is a creator of handcrafted fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit. Little opened her first franchise in 2007 in the Avondale area of Jacksonville through the assistance of an SBA backed loan. In 2009, Little purchased an existing franchise in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville. Combined her franchises are generating nearly $1 million in annual revenue, and have created 4 full-time and 16 part-time jobs for the local economy. In order to grow her business, Little initially networked at local events and meetings. She also worked closely with two SBA resource partners, including the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of North Florida, for technical assistance and training. For more information on the... Read More

Orlando, FL --- Andre Uribe, Co-Founder and vice president of Business Development for Power Grid Engineering, LLC (PGE), has been named the 2013 North Florida District Small Business Person of the Year. Uribe’s company has seen tremendous success, growing their electrical engineering firm from a small three person startup to a multi-million dollar corporation with nearly 100 employees in just six years.

 

Uribe attributes the company’s success to the firm’s commitment to quality assurance. Six years ago, PGE was founded on a vision to transform the way electrical engineering consultants provide service to utility clients throughout the industry when Uribe, along with his co-founders Michael Wright and Glenn Durie, identified an opportunity to improve an industry wide problem related to a lack of quality assurance standards.

 

Prior to PGE, the trio worked as electrical engineers in the area of Protection & Control for one of nation’s largest... Read More

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