26 Florida Companies Make Inc. 500

25 08 2007

Florida is fourth in the nation, with 26 private companies on Inc. magazine’s list of 500 top companies.

The Inc. 500 ranks privately held companies according to averaged year-over-year sales growth over the past three years. The 26th annual issue hits newsstands Aug. 28, but the list is online at www.inc.com/inc5000. This year, the magazine expanded its list to 5,000 companies for the online version only.

Miami-based Global Risk Solutions was the highest-ranked Florida company, at No. 16. Northeast Florida had three companies in the top 500 — Go Mini’s at No. 39 (and fourth in the state) and Uneta at No. 358 (and 18th in Florida) are both based in Jacksonville, and Ponte Vedra Beach-based National Safety Commission is at No. 91 (and eighth in the state).

Go Mini’s delivers and stores portable storage containers. Uneta is an online business serving real estate agents, mortgage agencies and lawyers. National Safety Commission offers online driver’s education courses.

The other Florida companies that made the list include:

Boca Raton-based BSN
Inverness-based Smartphone Experts
Orlando-based Xymogen
Miami-based Acceller
Vero Beach-based Broadband National
Fort Lauderdale-based Cableorganizer.com
Bonita Springs-based Airborne Health
Vero Beach-based Smith Services
Altamonte Springs-based Mercantile Commercial Capital
Maitland-based Power Pro-Tech Services
Boca Raton-based Host.net
Pompano Beach-based Albar Precious Metal Refining
Lake Worth-based Crescent Solutions
Miami-based Weintraub Construction
Orlando-based Healthcare Support Staffing
Boca Raton-based American Bancard
Boca Raton-based BMI Gaming
Miami-based Preferred Care Partners
Coral Springs-based TekPartners/MedPartners
Maitland-based Florida Home Equity
Cape Coral-based QCE USA
Sarasota-based Medialynx Group
California has the most companies in the top 500, with 81, up from 66 last year. It is followed by Texas and Virginia. New York tied Florida at fourth.

For the fifth year in a row, Washington, D.C., is the top metropolitan area, with 40 of the fastest-growing companies, down from 43 in 2006. New York is second with 38, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

Source: The Inc. 500





26 Florida Companies Make Inc. 500

24 08 2007

Florida is fourth in the nation, with 26 private companies on Inc. magazine’s list of 500 top companies.

The Inc. 500 ranks privately held companies according to averaged year-over-year sales growth over the past three years. The 26th annual issue hits newsstands Aug. 28, but the list is online at www.inc.com/inc5000. This year, the magazine expanded its list to 5,000 companies for the online version only.

Miami-based Global Risk Solutions was the highest-ranked Florida company, at No. 16. Northeast Florida had three companies in the top 500 — Go Mini’s at No. 39 (and fourth in the state) and Uneta at No. 358 (and 18th in Florida) are both based in Jacksonville, and Ponte Vedra Beach-based National Safety Commission is at No. 91 (and eighth in the state).

Go Mini’s delivers and stores portable storage containers. Uneta is an online business serving real estate agents, mortgage agencies and lawyers. National Safety Commission offers online driver’s education courses.

The other Florida companies that made the list include:

Boca Raton-based BSN
Inverness-based Smartphone Experts
Orlando-based Xymogen
Miami-based Acceller
Vero Beach-based Broadband National
Fort Lauderdale-based Cableorganizer.com
Bonita Springs-based Airborne Health
Vero Beach-based Smith Services
Altamonte Springs-based Mercantile Commercial Capital
Maitland-based Power Pro-Tech Services
Boca Raton-based Host.net
Pompano Beach-based Albar Precious Metal Refining
Lake Worth-based Crescent Solutions
Miami-based Weintraub Construction
Orlando-based Healthcare Support Staffing
Boca Raton-based American Bancard
Boca Raton-based BMI Gaming
Miami-based Preferred Care Partners
Coral Springs-based TekPartners/MedPartners
Maitland-based Florida Home Equity
Cape Coral-based QCE USA
Sarasota-based Medialynx Group
California has the most companies in the top 500, with 81, up from 66 last year. It is followed by Texas and Virginia. New York tied Florida at fourth.

For the fifth year in a row, Washington, D.C., is the top metropolitan area, with 40 of the fastest-growing companies, down from 43 in 2006. New York is second with 38, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

Source: The Inc. 500





2Q Home Sales, Prices Fall

16 08 2007

The second quarter numbers on home sales in Florida provide the details of the slowdown in the housing market.

Sales of existing single-family homes in Jacksonville were down 24 percent in the second quarter, and the median price was down 1 percent to $207,900. The numbers are from the Florida Association of Realtors.

Those numbers were slightly better than the statewide figures, which showed a 30 percent drop in sales and a 4 percent decline in median price to $239,200.

Sales fell by at least 20 percent in 15 of the 20 markets tracked by FAR, and rose in only two of them. The median price fell in 16 of the 20 markets, but usually only a single-digit decline.

Sales of condominiums were much the same, though locally, the median price rose. Sales in Jacksonville in the second quarter were down 16 percent even as the median price rose 12 percent to $189,300. Sales of condos statewide dropped 25 percent, and the median price fell 1 percent to $208,400.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal





2Q Home Sales, Prices Fall

15 08 2007

The second quarter numbers on home sales in Florida provide the details of the slowdown in the housing market.

Sales of existing single-family homes in Jacksonville were down 24 percent in the second quarter, and the median price was down 1 percent to $207,900. The numbers are from the Florida Association of Realtors.

Those numbers were slightly better than the statewide figures, which showed a 30 percent drop in sales and a 4 percent decline in median price to $239,200.

Sales fell by at least 20 percent in 15 of the 20 markets tracked by FAR, and rose in only two of them. The median price fell in 16 of the 20 markets, but usually only a single-digit decline.

Sales of condominiums were much the same, though locally, the median price rose. Sales in Jacksonville in the second quarter were down 16 percent even as the median price rose 12 percent to $189,300. Sales of condos statewide dropped 25 percent, and the median price fell 1 percent to $208,400.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal





Carnival to Put Bigger Cruise Ship in Jacksonville

15 08 2007

Carnival Cruise Lines will assign the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination to host four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville beginning Sept. 20, 2008.

The Fascination, a Fantasy class ship in Carnival’s fleet, will replace the Celebration, a 1,486-passenger Fun class ship that has been sailing year-round from the Jaxport Cruise Terminal at Dames Point since October 2004. The Celebration will remain in Jacksonville through April 14, 2008.

Carnival, the only cruise ship operator sailing year-round from Jacksonville, expects to carry 170,000 passengers a year on board the Fascination; the Celebration carried about 129,000 passengers in 2006. The company has been using the Fascination for three- and four-day cruises from Miami. The ship will continue that program through Sept. 15, 2008.

The move by Carnival comes about four months after the Port Authority announced plans for a causeway and pier at the northern edge of Blount Island as part of a permanent cruise terminal. The project would allow cruise ships to avoid power lines crossing the St. Johns River that limit ships’ heights to about 180 feet.

“Jacksonville has proven to be a very successful homeport based on the convenient and affordable cruise options that it offers to consumers from across the Southeastern U.S.,” said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Our Jacksonville-based cruises generate some of the highest guest satisfaction ratings in our fleet and we believe that this will only be enhanced when the Carnival Fascination starts.”

Tony Orsini, the Jacksonville Port Authority’s senior director of cruise operations, hailed Carnival’s decision as a “clear sign of its commitment to the future of Jacksonville as a cruise homeport.”

Along with deploying the Fascination to Jacksonville, Carnival will offer a new five-day itinerary departing Saturdays and featuring day-long calls to Nassau, The Bahamas; and Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island. The five-day cruises departing Mondays will visit Key West and Nassau, and the four-day weekend voyages departing Thursdays will call at Freeport and Nassau.

The 70,000-ton Fascination underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation last year, the first phase in Carnival’s enhancement initiative for its eight Fantasy class ships. The refurbishment included a new nine-hole miniature golf course, a pastry shop, an atrium lobby bar, conference center and expansive new areas for children and teens. In addition to a renovated spa, the ship’s 1,026 staterooms were upgraded with flat screen TVs, new décor and remodeled bathrooms.

Future upgrades for the Fascination, scheduled to be completed in 2009, include a Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a new design and features for the mid-ship pool area, and a “Serenity” adults-only deck area.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal





Carnival to Put Bigger Cruise Ship in Jacksonville

14 08 2007

Carnival Cruise Lines will assign the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination to host four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville beginning Sept. 20, 2008.

The Fascination, a Fantasy class ship in Carnival’s fleet, will replace the Celebration, a 1,486-passenger Fun class ship that has been sailing year-round from the Jaxport Cruise Terminal at Dames Point since October 2004. The Celebration will remain in Jacksonville through April 14, 2008.

Carnival, the only cruise ship operator sailing year-round from Jacksonville, expects to carry 170,000 passengers a year on board the Fascination; the Celebration carried about 129,000 passengers in 2006. The company has been using the Fascination for three- and four-day cruises from Miami. The ship will continue that program through Sept. 15, 2008.

The move by Carnival comes about four months after the Port Authority announced plans for a causeway and pier at the northern edge of Blount Island as part of a permanent cruise terminal. The project would allow cruise ships to avoid power lines crossing the St. Johns River that limit ships’ heights to about 180 feet.

“Jacksonville has proven to be a very successful homeport based on the convenient and affordable cruise options that it offers to consumers from across the Southeastern U.S.,” said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Our Jacksonville-based cruises generate some of the highest guest satisfaction ratings in our fleet and we believe that this will only be enhanced when the Carnival Fascination starts.”

Tony Orsini, the Jacksonville Port Authority’s senior director of cruise operations, hailed Carnival’s decision as a “clear sign of its commitment to the future of Jacksonville as a cruise homeport.”

Along with deploying the Fascination to Jacksonville, Carnival will offer a new five-day itinerary departing Saturdays and featuring day-long calls to Nassau, The Bahamas; and Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island. The five-day cruises departing Mondays will visit Key West and Nassau, and the four-day weekend voyages departing Thursdays will call at Freeport and Nassau.

The 70,000-ton Fascination underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation last year, the first phase in Carnival’s enhancement initiative for its eight Fantasy class ships. The refurbishment included a new nine-hole miniature golf course, a pastry shop, an atrium lobby bar, conference center and expansive new areas for children and teens. In addition to a renovated spa, the ship’s 1,026 staterooms were upgraded with flat screen TVs, new décor and remodeled bathrooms.

Future upgrades for the Fascination, scheduled to be completed in 2009, include a Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a new design and features for the mid-ship pool area, and a “Serenity” adults-only deck area.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal








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