Blended Designs at Women's Leadership Luncheon

Casey Kelley, President & CEO at Blended Designs spoke on Friday the I3 Women’s Leadership Luncheon. The event featured professionals with personal experiences to inspire, innovate, and ignite others to achieve their full potential.


Companies are Going Nuts for SmartBox Gifting

Brandon Stallings, CEO SmartBox

Brandon Stallings, CEO SmartBox

With two new customers and 4,000 Express Boxes to fill, SmartBox is expanding in all areas and they’re also looking to hire.

SmartBox Company, founded in 2012 by CEO Brandon Stallings, is on a mission to equip organizations with easy-to-access, wholesome and natural snack foods, meals and beverages for their people. By using a combination of smart technology and unique service solutions, SmartBox provides a one-stop shop for an office’s break room.

“We’ve modernized the customer experience, and provided a much needed avenue for healthier choices,” said Stallings. “We only provide products that are proven to help achieve wellness goals.”

With an expanding team, SmartBox is experiencing rapid growth. Christopher Rudasill joined the team earlier this year as a Business Development Consultant and has helped the company bring in new clients like the Jacksonville Humane Society.

Christopher Rudasill, SmartBox

Christopher Rudasill, SmartBox

Large corporations and companies that do event planning have taken notice to improve their employees wellness. Express Boxes start at $29.99 and in some cases with large volume orders some boxes can be ordered for as low as $25 a box.

“We have a team of 4 assembling the boxes, everyday, as of this month. With this massive corporate gifting volume, we’ve got so much to do,” said Stallings. “It’s taking off heavily, it’s everything that I’ve asked for, but its also a monster to be this super-busy.”

To learn more about SmartBox, click here.

Telehealth or Virtual Medicine

Via Medina County Fiber

“Telehealth” services allow individuals to communicate face-to-face with doctors through a smartphone, tablet or computer. Using a telehealth service, individuals have direct access to a local healthcare provider, from the comfort of their own homes. 

The service is designed to work in conjunction with your primary doctor, and can sometimes replace the need for an office or urgent care visit. 

Docity telehealth gives you the ability to have a face-to-face virtual visit with a medical provider from wherever you are — all you need is a computer, smartphone, or tablet. In addition to the monthly subscription, each visit with a doctor will cost $49 -- the price of a typical co-pay. To read more, click here.

Elevating Women Entrepreneurs at the PS27 Female Founders Forum


Music filled the air Friday morning as women entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, and corporate creatives gathered at the PS27 Female Founders Forum event. Put on by PS27 Empowerment, the event was held to celebrate International Women’s Day at the University of North Florida. The forum is an annual event to motivate and improve the skills of female founders and entrepreneurs.

The event kicked off with a workshop on branding by Jennifer Holland. Female founders were encouraged to reflect on their brand and create a compelling brand story. The mission of the PS27 Female Founders Forum sponsored by Baptist Health is to empower a network of entrepreneurs with resources and experiences to allow them to achieve business success.

The program is tailored to startups and features a selection of female leaders that discuss the unique challenges that women face in business. This year’s speakers included Karen Bowling, director at the University of North Florida Center for Entrepreneurship, Audrey Moran, Executive Vice President and President, Baptist Health Foundation and Catherine Graham, Vice President Business Innovation and Development at Baptist Health.

 Keynote, Ashley Wong, a YCombinator alumni and founder of Gemnote, traveled to Jacksonville from Silicon Valley, CA to share her story. Gemnote, founded in 2015 creates unforgettable experiences through sending premium, customized gifts. Their software scales the personal touch for businesses and Gemnote's clients continue to top the lists for Best Places to Work, including Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Slack and more. To continue reading, click here.


Student wins BridgeBuilder backpack by Blended Designs

Via. Valdosta Daily Times


Sixth-grade student Ja'Kori West from J.L. Newbern Middle School was recently presented with a new 'I Can Do Anything' Blended Designs 1954 backpack from the H. DeWayne and Amanda Johnson BridgeBuilder Education Foundation. Ja'Kori was joined by his mother, Marinda Chevaun, baby sister Jos'Lynn Wells, his teacher, Tawanna Christian, and grandmother Johnnie Wells to support the surprise presentation in his classroom. Ja'Kori's mother submitted his name as an online entry in the BridgeBuilder Education & Investments Backpack Sweepstakes Drawing. To read the full story, click here.

One of Jacksonville’s Fastest Growing Companies Announces Growth Milestones

OnPay Solutions, a leader in accounts payable and accounts receivable software for enterprises, today announced its 2018’s growth. Continuing its fast growth trajectory, the company achieved more than 50 percent growth rate its overall revenue. More importantly, it is proud to boast a 900% growth rate in payment volume processed over the platform. Through 2018, the company processed billions in B2B payments through its payment ecosystem which offers large companies and enterprises with multiple P&Ls the ability to pay their vendors and suppliers. The OnPay Solutions vendor marketplace now contains more than 150,000 payees in the ecosystem and expects that to more than double in this year. Click here to read more.

'There's never been a better time for women entrepreneurs': Female founders talk business in Jacksonville


By Will Robinson  – Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal

Jacksonville women founders and executives gathered Friday to celebrate International Women's Day and exchange strategies for navigating the workplace.

Despite the fact that women received only 2.2 percent of venture capital funds in the U.S. last year, several speakers at PS27's Female Founders Forum – including Baptist Health System Vice President Catherine Graham and University of North Florida Entrepreneurship Center Director Karen Bowling – believe now is the best time to be a woman in the workforce.

About 7,000 of Baptist's 11,000 employees are women, Graham noted, and women are finding ways around male-dominated chokepoints through crowdfunding, direct-to-consumer sales channels and more, said PS27 Director Jim Stallings.

Ashley Wong, founder of San Francisco-based Gemnote, shares the sentiment that now is the best time for women entrepreneurs. Wong has navigated the hurdles both of raising venture funds and of being a woman founder in the tech industry, and she is one of the few female founders to go through the ultra-competitive Y Combinator accelerator program.

Her company helps clients like Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Slack send premium, customized gifts that boost employee retention and customer acquisition. Click here to continue reading.

PS27 Peer to Peer with Neal von Stein of BDO

Founders gathered today to learn about Stock Grants, Stock Options, and Warrants to attract and retain key talent in their companies.

Neal Von Stein is the Tax office managing partner in BDO’s Jacksonville office. He has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting as trusted advisor to his clients. He provides strategic, proactive tax planning to business owners, top management and individuals, with specific experience and focus in the areas of estate tax planning and entrepreneurial consulting.