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By Michelle Ruschman After eight years of working in the Manhattan fashion industry, Jenny Herndon, one of the co-owners of Baldwin Turf’s Lawn and Landscaping, is excited to be back home where she can enjoy the sunshine and beaches year-round again. “My brother and sister, Matthew, and Leigh Anna, have managed...
Growing up in Pensacola, Corey Booth didn’t need to look far to learn the meaning of generosity. “As a child, I watched my father work at the local utility and live his faith by helping others, and I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Booth. The now always-busy...
By Julie A. Martin During the holiday season, many beautiful baubles are bought, beautifully wrapped and gifted to loved ones to smile, ooh and ah over. Rings, and earrings, and bracelets and necklaces, Oh My! Now that you have these beautiful gems, gold and silver, too, how do you insure...
The Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 2023 Achievements and Welcomes 2024 with New Leadership and Prestigious Awards In January, The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce gathered members and community leaders for its Annual Installation and Awards Breakfast. The event, a staple in the Okaloosa County calendar, served...
Beachworx is Destin’s premiere coworking community, supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and remote workers. The operator announced its first franchise location in Fort Walton Beach is now open. “Our franchise is a unique solution for landlords with vacant office or retail space,” said CEO, Steven Franco, citing the franchise’s flexible...
By Julie A. Martin When you live in a community governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), you might feel like your options for homeowner’s insurance are limited. However, working with an independent insurance agent can help you find the right coverage that meets both your needs and the requirements of...
By Bill Mason, Rocket Fuel Coach Have you ever wondered how some achieve their Big Harry Goals while others only daydream? Get ready for enlightenment! There’s a secret society of extraordinary achievers, a select 3% who conquer goals with a superhero-like spirit. And guess what? You’re invited to join their...
By Julie A. Martin 2023 has been a strange year for insurance in the state of Florida. We have seen some massive increases in premiums across the board. Home, Auto and Flood insurance premiums have risen above levels seen last in 2005. Between 2022 and 2023, nearly 20 carriers either went...
By Lori Leath Smith The doors have opened at a new Training Center for students pursuing careers in the automotive industry. The Center of Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility, is a milestone achievement made possible through the unique and valuable partnership of Step One Automotive Group and Northwest Florida State College...
By Julie A. Martin It can be scary to be driving along one minute, and the next, either you’ve been run off the road, or spun out into the intersection, or even into a ditch. You or your passenger might even be injured, and need medical attention. Here is the...