15 Sep

Plan B for Business Centers

Business meetings, conferences, lectures, board meetings get scheduled. The presentations are created, and coffee is brewed in preparation. The presenter will wake up a little early and the audience might prepare questions for afterwards. We plan everything down to the last detail, except for one thing: mother nature. In Florida, Hurricane Irma devastated downtown Jacksonville,...
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5 Sep

Smart TVs:A Stress Free Presentation

For many years, classes, presentations, seminars, were done with posters. As time passed and technology developed, those same events were conducted with projectors. Some projectors plugged into computers, others were done with light and clear sheets covered in notes. Posters are difficult to transport, projectors have a short life span when it comes to their...
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9 Aug

The Future of Wi-Fi in The Corporate World

The internet is the one thing our modern world requires. Only as recently as 2015 have hotels turned Wi-Fi into a complimentary service. Even then, the Wi-Fi offered isn’t the newest and fastest internet available. According to studies 5G Wi-Fi was not expected to make an appearance until 2020. Fortunately for the business world, companies...
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20 Jul

No Contract, No Stress

Over the last 10 years the business world has undergone a drastic makeover. Companies would book conference and training space with hotels, or with convention centers. There would be a long-convoluted contract that would squeeze every penny out of a business, just for a few days in a room that didn’t really fit the needs...
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11 Jul

Getting Out of the Office

Get up, hit the snooze button, make the coffee, and start the day. We get in the car or on the bus and we get to our office, a home away from home to so many of us. As we settled into our desk, into our day, we switch our brains to auto-pilot. Plug and...
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18 May

Suites near courthouse working for attorneys

By Max Marbut, Associate Editor It’s only about 600 steps and 5.3 minutes from the Duval County Courthouse. That’s part of what’s made Executive Suite Professionals such a success since it opened in July 2014, said Lisa Gufford. She and some partners built out most of the 14th floor at EverBank Center to offer small businesses...
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1 May

Coastal Conference Center in Downtown Jacksonville Opens for Business

Coastal Conference Center located 225 Water Street, Suite 2000 in downtown Jacksonville announced today that they are officially open for business and taking reservations. The 15 dedicated conference and meeting room space is a first for Jacksonville. Leveraging the need for temporary meeting space, founder Lisa Gufford, has been fielding inquiries and  taking reservations even...
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11 Apr

Coastal Conference Center Taking Shape

Lisa Gufford, an almost 20-year veteran of the executive suites industry, took an idea, analyzed its opportunities and then made the decision. Downtown and its lawyers, mediators, court reporters and other professionals and groups needed more flexible conference space to rent by the hour. And she would provide it. “I just take an idea and...
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