Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Moving Ahead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Moving Ahead

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Credit analyst makes skills add up

Angie Palmer, 31, has joined the Jacksonville Economic Development Co. as a credit analyst. In the position, Palmer analyzes the financial records of companies looking for loans.

"I wanted to use my accounting background, but didn't want to do the whole CPA thing," she said. "This lets me use my accounting knowledge as well as analytical skills."

JEDCO works with expanding businesses looking to purchase fixed assets, primarily real estate. By working with the company, business owners can reduce the amount of money they need to put into the deal.

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Reaching the home shopper

Reaching customers through television shopping networks is an entrepreneur's dream, giving them access, for example, to the 84 million households QVC reaches every day. But it ain't easy: Out of 13,000 inquiries received last year from potential vendors, only about 2 percent to 3 percent made it. What the network is looking for: Products must solve a common problem or make life easier, appeal to a broad audience, have unique features and sell for $15 or higher.


Keep it under 100

To cut down on junk e-mail, Microsoft Corp. has limited Hotmail users to 100 messages a day. "MSN is strongly committed to helping stop the widespread problem of spam," said Lisa Gurry, MSN lead product manager.


Making less bacon

Although women hold nearly half -- 46 percent -- of the executive and managerial jobs in the United States, they're not the highest paying jobs. Almost 16 percent of men working full-time earned at least $75,000 a year, compared with 6 percent of women. And even though median earning for women is up 3.5 percent, women still earn only 76 cents for every dollar a man earns.



The number of hours an average German worker puts in each year, a 17 percent decrease from 1980. Americans are working about the same as two decades ago, some 1,800 hours a year.


Retiring chairman likes to hang out at the stores on weekends

Al Rowland, who said Friday he was retiring from Winn-Dixie, has been in Jacksonville since 1999, when he came to take over the reins of the then-troubled company. Since then, he's tried to lead the company through a turnaround, bringing in new executives, shedding underperforming stores and launching a new line of upscale marts. …

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