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Foreclosure prevention workshop will be held today

Foreclosure prevention workshop will be held today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Wells Fargo is holding a free Home Preservation Workshop.

The foreclosure crisis continues to hit the First Coast. According to www.realtytrac.com in Duval County 1 in every 337 homes is being foreclosed on. Statewide, it's 1 in every 368 homes.

The workshop is, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on Water Street. Walk-ins are welcome, but you must be a customer of Wells Fargo or Wachovia to attend.

For more information: 1-800-405-8067.

Free program helping military veterans, unemployed gain tech jobs

Nearly 100 military veterans, unemployed and underemployed individuals are now working in high tech positions thanks to a Jacksonville, Fla. foundation that offers free IT training.

And that's just the beginning of what Pragmatic Works Foundation organizers are planning.

Pragmatic Works Foundation is accepting applications now for its December 5 weeklong Microsoft analytics class. Students learn the basic skills needed to work as a database administrator or a reports writer using Microsoft SQL Server technology. Funded solely by donations from companies who have hired its graduates, Pragmatic Works Foundation is a bridge to the Fortune 1000.

Foundation Financial Group makes commitment to go green with Project Sequoia

When Mark W. Boyer took over as chief executive officer at Foundation Financial Group in January 2011 he had a vision of developing a paperless culture within the growing national financial services company.

By midyear, his vision had taken not only taken root, but had sprouted into an entirely new companywide initiative to go green. Thus, Project Sequoia was born. Named after the mighty tree that lines the deep, lush forests of northern California, Project Sequoia aims to save Foundation Financial Group upwards of $50,000 its first year.

The cornerstone of Project Sequoia is Foundation Financial Group’s new fully secure, integrated paperless document management system.

“We have integrated an entirely paperless origination, processing, shipping and storage process for all of our affiliates,” CEO Boyer said. “The new system has multiple environmental benefits, is totally secure and improves efficiencies and time management at Foundation Financial Group.”

Foundation Financial Group named finalist in “Best Places to Work” competition

For the second time in 2011, one of the nation’s fastest-growing financial services companies is recognized for being one of the best places to work.

The Charlotte Business Journal named Foundation Financial Group as a finalist in its annual “Best Places to Work” awards for 2011. Employees answered survey questions covering such areas as benefits and training. The survey also gauges employee morale and corporate retention. The full rankings will be unveiled at a Nov. 4 luncheon in Charlotte, and will appear in that week’s issue of the Charlotte Business Journal.

Brazil Business Solutions plays key role in trade mission to Brazil

From left to right: Alan Vinson, CEO of Brazil Business Solutions, Greg Driskell, President of Professional Pavement Products Inc.; Jerry Mallot of JAX USA, formerly Cornerstone; and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Seated at the head of the table is Lara De Lacerda Santos Rodrigues, who heads the City of Curitiba, Brazil’s Department of International Relations. Curitiba is one of Jacksonville's newest SIster Cities. Photo by Cristiana Camargo Gusso

Brazil Business Solutions is among eight Jacksonville companies joining Gov. Rick Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and officials from Enterprise Florida aiming to boost trade with one of the world’s emerging economies. The trip runs Oct. 23-27. Brazil is currently the state of Florida’s No. 1 trading partner and Jacksonville’s No. 2 trade partner behind Puerto Rico. Brazil is the seventh-largest economy in the world and, in 2010, trade between Florida and Brazil totaled approximately $13.7 billion.

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Cole is out on the banks of the St. Johns River every chance he can get.

Cole said fishing is pretty much like paying his electric bill: he never knows what he will get.

"The month before last it was $303, but this time I got it yesterday, Saturday it was $160.

Cole said his JEA bills on average have gone up $100 a month.

While he is paying more, the electric authority has paid out $12.4 million in overtime in just the last year.

DATABASE: See What JEA Employees Earn

JEA said overtime makes up less than 8 percent of the salary base, which is $158 million.

Looking for a Job? Virtual Fair Continues Through Friday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for a job? 

Starting a new career could be as easy as logging on and uploading your resume. 

First Coast Workforce Development is holding a "virtual job fair" this week. 

It began at midnight Monday and runs through midnight Friday. The job fair features more than 50 employers and over 300 job opportunities on their website.

Once you go to the site, create a user name and password.  Then you can upload your resume and start applying.

Virtual job fairs have become more popular for both companies and their potential employees.