Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Best Companies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Best Companies

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Some of the best companies to work for in Florida are located right here in Jacksonville.

Florida Trend magazine partnered with Best Companies Group to compile the list. They used a questionnaire of company policies, followed by an anonymous survey of 72 questions sent to a sample group of employees.

The result was a list of best small, mid-size and large companies.

Several with Jacksonville headquarters were included:

- PSS World Medical.

- Brightway Insurance.

- Harden insurance and employee benefits.

- LandSouth Construction of Jacksonville Beach.

- Hire Methods.

Another organization with a large Jacksonville presence made the list: Navy Federal Credit Union.

Stories on some of the winners generally had the same message. Investments in staff pay off down the line, especially when times get tough.

Congratulations to the Jacksonville companies and their employees.

HELP FOR HAITI

State Sen. Tony Hill, a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, took part in delivering a check of $30,000 to Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph recently.

The check will help the people of Haiti recover from the severe earthquake.

The fraternity also pledged an additional $20,000.

Hill was joined in Washington by the fraternity's Grand Basilus Warren Lee and their charity foundation executives.

PROMOTING TENNIS

It comes as no surprise, of course, that the Kraft Athletic Partners on Amelia Island wants to inspire a new generation of tennis players.

But the details of its QuickStart Tennis Camp are fascinating.

The camp is for children ages 5 to 10, often considered too young to start playing tennis. But, according to a website, everything "has been adjusted to ease kids into the sport."

The courts are smaller, for example, as are the racquets. Softer balls are used, and the net's height has been adjusted.

And the program is unique enough that, a news release says, the United States Tennis Association's magazine plans to publish a feature story on it.

Children as young as 5 generally do not have the concentration and eye-hand coordination to excel at tennis.

But by making the game a little less daunting, the club is making it fun - and probably nurturing a lot of serious players for the future. …

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