AI for Entrepreneurs by a Real Data Scientist

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Katie Bakewell, real Data Scientist of NLP Logix joined the PS27 founders to explain Artificial Intelligence and how startup companies can exploit the power of this new solution.

Katie discussed the fundamentals and benefits of AI, she also addressed the myths and buzz-words surrounding AI. Check out photos from this event below.


Jim Stallings Honored in Washington D.C. by Black Enterprise

We are pleased to announce that last week PS27 CEO, Jim Stallings, was honored as a member of the 2019 Black Enterprise Magazine Registry of Corporate Board Directors.

This award recognizes African Americans who serve on the board of directors of S&P 500 companies. The event took place in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Congratulations, Jim!

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Beaver Street Enterprise: Space for Innovation Growth

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Yesterday we sat down with Theresa Johnson, Managing Director at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, to learn more about her role and what Beaver Street can offer Jacksonville entrepreneurs.

About Beaver Street

The Beaver Street Enterprise Center was launched in 2001 as an initiative of FreshMinistries, Inc., with support from the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation, and opened its doors in 2003. Located in the city’s northwest quadrant in both state Enterprise and federal Empowerment Zones, the non-profit Center has support from a number of valued partners and is currently home to 48 successful companies and organizations.

Office Space

BSEC provides office furnishings to meet the needs of members, and phone and high-speed wired internet is available for a nominal additional charge. Both our buildings meet all ADA standards for handicap accessibility. Office spaces start at $200/month.

Training

In addition, tenants have access to mentoring, workshops, help with business plans, marketing, direction on financing, excellent networking opportunities and much more. The Beaver Street Enterprise Center is affiliated with JaxSmallBizHelp, and First Coast Business Alliance. We partner with the Women’s Business Center, Jax Chamber, the Small Business Development Center of the University of North Florida, SCORE, the Small Business Administration and Brenau University. The SBDC maintains offices at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center.

Resility Health born from search for stress relief

by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

After years of chronic, low-grade back, neck and shoulder pain and ineffective treatments, Resility Health founder and CEO Sarah Davidson realized that it wasn’t caused by a health issue, but by stress.

It wasn’t until she tried biofeedback training that she found relief. It helped her see how her body responded to stressful situations, and helped her learn to physically respond to stress. Even that became expensive and inconvenient.

In 2016, she realized she could create a convenient alternative.

“You don’t have to go in and be wired up to six sensors to be able to get that biofeedback and figure out what’s happening in your body,” Davidson said. 

“It was really just a matter of seeing that there was a gap in the market. I just thought this could be made so much easier if people can just do it on an app,” she said. Resility Health produces a wearable device that tracks muscle tension using its smartphone app and offers a subscription service that includes the virtual coaching and personalized lessons and exercises. Read the full article here.

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SCORE Jacksonville: What You Need to Know

Last week, we sat down with Frances Fisher, a SCORE Jacksonville mentor to learn more about how entrepreneurs can take advantage of their mentorship and programs.

Mentors: SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 40 years and has a network of over 11,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs.

As highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs, SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals. Learn more.

Workshops: SCORE also offers the opportunity to learn from the experts with SCORE’s small business training workshops.

On this page you’ll find instructor-led training offered in a SCORE office or online. You can also find interactive courses to help you learn new business strategies. Learn more.

JBJ Tech Award Winner OnPay Solutions

We are proud to announce that Juliet Negrete Anderson of OnPay Solutions has won the Jacksonville Business Journal Tech Awards 2019. Congratulations to Julie and the OnPay Team!

Listed by CFO Tech as one of the Top 10 Accounts Payable Solution Providers 2018 and 2019 and by CIO Review as part of the 20 Most Promising Corporate Finance Tech companies for 2017, OnPay Solutions automates accounts payable and accounts receivable payments in the cloud to allow your complex organization to make and receive payments quickly, securely, and at a low cost...while earning cash rebates on spend! Learn more here.

Hazlnut - The Company Helping to Bring New-Age Technology to the Small Businesses in Their Community

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Meet Hazlnut, the company helping to bring new-age technology to the small businesses in their community. Today, people expect to have access to restaurants and retail stores on the web.

Hazlnut is an all-in-one integrated solution that helps companies develop relationships with their customers through beautifully designed websites and custom branded apps. With Hazlnut, small businesses deepen relationships and customer loyalty with branded apps and custom websites, seamlessly integrated with your point of sale system. To read the full article click here.

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Blended Designs Enters Business to Business Space

Monday, September, 2019 – Blended Designs (BD), the high quality travel accessories brand, has entered the business-to-business space, expanding transactions beyond the consumer to develop and design signature, quality and versatile products for other businesses. 

Blended Designs’ new business-to-business practice comes after a string of partnerships and demands from other brands who specifically requested co-branded products and/or products of their own after noticing the buzz surrounding BD’s very popular backpacks, overnight bags, and other accessories.

 “We are excited to take the Blended Designs business to the next level,” says Blended Designs founder and CEO Casey Kelley.  “Our consumers have raved about the distinguishing attributes of our products, and we are pleased to now offer the signature qualities that have become synonymous with our brand to other companies and brands with discerning consumers who want the best in top-notch bags.”

Blended Designs makes this announcement upon striking a deal to manufacture premium back packs for the hugely successful Support Black Colleges brand, who, up until now, were primarily known for hoodies and t-shirts.  This new partnership officially aids in building the BD business model to stream revenue from other sources, including their everyday consumer.

In previous years, Blended Designs has partnered with various other businesses, including, a 2018 deal with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, where BD was selected by the championship-winning team to design and create backpacks for team members and the team’s philanthropic efforts. Blended Designs first burst onto the fashion and culture scenes in 2017 with travel bags and school backpacks featuring distinct characters of color.  Since its inception, Blended Designs has gone on to be a back-to-school must-have for students of all ages, a celebrity favorite, and a million dollar band!

About Blended Designs

Blended Designs is a brand that creates distinctly designed travel bags and backpacks geared toward the celebration of African American culture, history and destiny. Created to promote inclusion and empower students of color, Blended Designs bags features a diverse range of characters representing a broad range of skin tones. 

About Casey Kelley

More than your average entrepreneur, Casey Kelley is a businesswoman, a mother, a visionary and an inspiration. Dedicated to serving her community, Casey is redefining the African American story with Blended Designs, an aspirational travel brand that educates, motivates, and stimulates the culture’s experience and narrative to truly demonstrate that we all can do anything! 

Featured on The View, Forbes, NPR and ABC News, amongst various other media outlets, Casey Kelley is empowering her children and those of many others with her rise-above-attitude, making Blended Designs one of the most popular resources for school gear specifically designed for people of color. In 2018, Kelley was awarded the FedEx Small Business Grant, and continues to grow her company to impact the world.