Egg Farmers Donate Nearly 12 Million Eggs to Feeding America This Easter

Florida egg farmer Dixie Egg Company is giving back to their community and donating 32,400 eggs to the Second Harvest North Florida.  Stretched out shell to shell (each egg is approximately two and a half inches long), the 32,400 donated eggs equal over a mile!

Second Harvest North distributed 19 million pounds of food to individuals and families in 2010, enough food to create 14.6 million meals.

First Coast Vision Design Challenge

First Coast Vision Design Challenge

Hundreds of volunteers and members of the Regional Community Institute (RCI) are creating First Coast Vision, a vision for growth and development in the seven county Northeast Florida Region for the next 50 years.  They have done it with the help of more than 1,000 members of the public, who were polled on their preferred growth patterns for the Region, and they have developed goals that describe where they hope the First Coast will be in 50 years.

Local Coalition Targets Crime, Homelessness & Education

Local Coalition Targets Crime, Homelessness & Education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 2,000 leaders from 25 churches met in downtown Jacksonville Monday night with a message: "We want to do our part to make the city better."
They're asking our elected officials to do the same.
It's a program called I-CARE, the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, which represents 21 congregations from 11 denominations in Jacksonville, Florida.

This year it voted to focus on homelessness, education and neighborhood crime.

They invited both mayoral candidates as well as someone from the state attorney's office, mayor's office, and public defender's office to discuss issues like homelessness and neighborhood crime.

Alvin Brown was there to answer questions, but Mike Hogan's campaign said he couldn't make it.

HabiJax Celebrates ‘A Brush with Kindness’ Housing Repair Program

On April 15, HabiJax will celebrate the completion of 20 homes through a new housing repair program, aimed at providing exterior painting, landscaping, and minor repair services to low-income homeowners in need.  All the homes are located in the New Town Success Zone, an area just west of downtown Jacksonville.

Grace Huxtable to be Honored at WBO Women in Business Awards

Beaver Street Enterprise Center Graduate Grace Huxtable-Mount was one of four women in business honored by the Women Business Owners of North Florida at the 25th Annual Women in Business (WIB) Awards Luncheon on March 21 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.  Named 2011 Franchisee of the Year, Grace Huxtable-Mount is owner and business manager of The Learning Experience (TLE) Child Development Center on Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville. 

Beaver Street Business Leader Arthur Lee to be Honored by SBA

Arthur J. Lee is President and CEO of Lee, Wesley & Associates, Inc., Lee Wesley Group, Inc., and Lee Wesley Restaurants, LLC.

Owner of three Burger King Franchises in Jacksonville, Florida (Kings Road near Edward Waters College, Downtown at Union and Market Streets, and inside the Jacksonville International Airport), Mr. Lee has been named the SBA’s 2011 Minority Business Champion of the Year. 

McDonald's Set to Hire More than 1,500 Employees in Florida

McDonald's Set to Hire More than 1,500 Employees in Florida

McDonald’s and its franchisees are looking to hire more than 200 new crew and restaurant management positions at it’s northeast Florida area restaurants on April 19.