Friday, January 27, 2012






 FRAM 2012 

The Farmers' RAM


We feature  Jacksonville's favorite

Farmers, Growers & Food Artists!


Every Saturday

January 7th - February 25th

10am - 1pm




Recently, on our Facebook page, a regular visitor to RAM (Riverside Arts Market) asked, "What is the does the F stand for in "FRAM" ?


This question made me realize that perhaps we haven't fully spelled out "FRAM"...
First, to answer that person's question, the F stands for our FANTASTIC FARMERS AND FOOD, and of course RAM stands for, Riverside Arts Market.


During the Riverside Art's Market's winter season, the artists might take a break, but our Farmer's and Food Artisan's still come out every Saturday. That way, you can still get fresh produce and specialty foods practically all year round. It's also very nice to get outside. As always, our set up is in a beautiful location!


Check out our Vendor highlights and the line-up for this week.


Highlights of the Week:

Tres Leches Desserts

 Is a small bakery with homemade gourmet desserts & European dishes...All products are made from scratch using natural ingredients and no preservatives.


We opened in February of 2011 in the 1990's. I had a same style bakery in Caracas, Venezuela where I was born. We believe that there is nothing more important in life than our loved ones and there is not a better way to show them care & love than through meals. A warm & cozy meal says more than words can describe; a special sweet treat can bring the best out of people.


Among our best treats are Tres Leches Cake, Caribbean Lime Pie, Meringue Cookies, Strawberry Magnolia Cake, Chocolate Marquesa and others! Pleas

e visit our website and we do have a location in Springfield, and you are always welcome.


Also, since this Saturday is my Birthday we'll be giving away a small treat to anyone who purchases at least one of our products.







Our Speciality:
Long-Lasting Lettuce

Fred Bacon of Bacon Select Produce is in his third year at the Riverside Market.  He has faithfully supplied the Market with specialty long-lasting lettuces, such as Butterhead, Romaine, Oakleaf and other various lettuces.  Each lettuce is harvested with its roots, allowing the plant to remain fresh & crisp for up to two weeks.  His produce list also includes Mini Seedless Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Kale and Herbs.  Crops in the near future include Bok Choy, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Arugula.  Fred grows all of his produce in greenhouses.  This controlled atmosphere allows Fred to eliminate use of pesticides and herbicides.  The fresh produce is harvested the day before Market.  Find Fred and enjoy his beautiful and tasty produce.








Alex's Russian Bakery
Bacon's Select Produce
Black Hog Farms
Cross Creek Honey
Down to Earth Farms
Green Meadow Farms
Jay's Market Place
JD Beef
Kings Kountry
Knuckle S.
Reeds Groves
Short and Sweet
Tres Leches
Joy's International Foods


Thursday, January 19, 2012

mayor's business builder


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Angela Spears, (904) 630-1977,



Initiative will help entrepreneurs expand business in Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Jan. 18, 2012 Mayor Alvin Brown has announced Mayor Brown's Business Builder, a program designed to help small businesses gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to succeed and to help connect entrepreneurs with capital and credit. It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7 at noon at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.


"Small businesses are a vital part of Jacksonville's economic future", said Mayor Brown. "They supply jobs as well as unique products and services that improve our quality of life. Helping small businesses grow is a critical task as we work together to boost the economy."


The event will feature instructional speeches from U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills and Tom and Sue Bennett, the board chairman and senior vice president of First Oklahoma Bank.


Mayor Brown's Business Builder will have useful information and networking opportunities for everyone from start-up entrepreneurs to more established small business people who are looking for avenues of growth.


Registration is free. To enroll, small business owners can fill out the registration form on


SBA Administrator Mills, who received unanimous U.S. Senate confirmation and took office on April 6, 2009, said proper guidance is important for anyone entering the small business market.


"Jacksonville's small businesses need to have all the tools at their disposal to start or grow a business and create jobs," said Mills. She also added that Mayor Brown's office "is committed to making sure that business owners have the access to capital, the access to contracting opportunities, and the help, advice and mentoring that they need to go out and be successful. As the economy continues to recover, we must make sure that small businesses have the wind at their backs."


First Oklahoma Bank Board Chairman and CEO Tom Bennett said financing can be just as important as ideas in the small business world. First Oklahoma Bank started in 2009 and already is the fastest growing new bank in Oklahoma history. Mr. Bennett will bring 39 years of financial experience to Mayor Brown's Business Builder.


"Great ideas and innovation are at the root of America's small businesses," said Bennett. "Having access to capital and credit is critical to being able to turn those ideas into businesses that create jobs, serve people and make money."




January is National Mentoring Month! Sign up to be a Mayor's Mentor today by visiting the website or calling United Way's 2-1-1.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Every decade, I'll get a message from Shot Gun.

Mayor's Mentors Celebrates National Mentoring Month



Meredith O'Malley Johnson, public communications officer,             (904) 322-9233 (c)                 

City of Jacksonville                                                                    


Jerri Franz, vice president of marketing and communications,             (904) 390-3242 (o)

United Way of Northeast Florida                                                         (904) 610-1440 (c)


Connie Hodges, president, United Way of Northeast Florida               (904) 390-3218 (o)



mayor's mentors

celebrates national mentoring month


JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jan. 18, 2012 – Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and his Mayor Mentor's initiative will be celebrating National Mentoring Month in January by ramping up efforts to recruit mentors. Mayor's Mentors Rallies will be held at local businesses to recruit mentors and public service announcements will be airing on TV and radio.


Since the Dec. 7, 2012 kickoff luncheon, 524 volunteers have signed up to be Mayor's Mentors. Of those, 376 have been placed with one of the five in-school mentoring partner organizations for training and pairing with mentees. Mayor Brown set an initial goal of 500 new school-based mentors in place by April 1. This goal will be expanded as more organizations are trained and brought under the umbrella of Mayor's Mentors, as there are thousands of students in Jacksonville that would benefit from mentorship.


Mayor Brown recorded Mayor's Mentors public service announcements to air starting in January. The public service announcements are being played on WJCT, Renda Broadcasting, Clear Channel and Cox radio stations and First Coast News, CBS47/FOX30 Action News and WJXT Channel 4 television stations. 


Mayor's Mentors Rallies will be scheduled in January for Brightway Insurance, VyStar, JEA, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, EverBank, Duval Teachers United Retired Teachers, the Jacksonville Giants, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, UPS, NorthgateArinso, St. Vincent's Healthcare, CitiGroup, Gateway Community Services, Everest University, McCall's Service, the Jacksonville Alliance of Black School Educators, the Duval County Health Department and the Greater Harvest Christian Fellowship of Jacksonville.


"Mentoring only takes one hour a week and the reward is helping a child reach their full potential," said Mayor Brown. "In honor of National Mentoring Month, I encourage businesses to host a Mayor's Mentors Rally and citizens to sign up to help give a child a brighter future."


Mayor's Mentors is a public-private partnership to train and place 500 new school-based mentors with Duval County Public School students by April 1 at no cost to taxpayers. The mayor's goal is to recruit, train and match mentors with Duval County Public School students to increase on-time, next grade promotion and graduation rates. For more information on becoming a Mayor's Mentor, the public may call United Way's 2-1-1 or visit







January is National Mentoring Month! Sign up to be a Mayor's Mentor today by visiting the website or calling United Way's 2-1-1.

Monday, January 09, 2012

National Mentoring Month


Dear Friend,


The New Year is off to a great start here in Jacksonville!  January is National Mentoring Month. If you have yet to make a New Year's resolution, Mayor's Mentors is a great option.  Resolve to give back to our community this year by donating time to help a young person reach his or her full potential. 


Mentored students are 52% less likely to skip school. 


By giving just one hour each week after a short training period, you will be developing a meaningful relationship that will inspire a young person to work his or her hardest in academics and in life.


Mentored students are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs or abuse alcohol.


We're off to a great start with 322 mentors signed up since December 7, but thousands of Jacksonville students could still benefit from mentoring.  Please consider becoming a Mayor's Mentor today.


Your choice to become a mentor could be the difference between a young person becoming a dropout or a graduate.


For more information on becoming a Mayor's Mentor, please call United Way's 2-1-1 or visit


Best regards,


Alvin Brown


Thursday, January 05, 2012

CoWork Jax Announces Grand Opening

CoWork Jax Announces Grand Opening

Media Contact:
Elton Rivas
P: (904) 586.8678 ext. 701


January 5, 2012 - CoWork Jax is pleased to announce its grand opening!  CoWork Jax, a local business, located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, features coworking options for freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs from around the Jacksonville area. Amenities include conference rooms, collaboration areas, and other tools designed to help local businesses grow. Jacksonville's first full-service coworking space is ready to open it's doors to the Jacksonville community.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown had the following to say about CoWork Jax, "Congratulations to CoWork Jax on the launch of its downtown office space. We need to do everything we can to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship and this is a great step towards that goal. CoWork Jax provides an alternative to the 9-5 work environment that will appeal to young people and entrepreneurs in a downtown location. I am confident CoWork Jax will thrive and encourage future investment in similar projects."

CoWork Jax welcomes the community to celebrate the grand opening on the evening of January 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided, and several prominent community leaders will be present to speak about CoWork Jax.

Located at 5 W. Forsyth St., CoWork Jax occupies nearly 6,000 square feet in the top floor of the historic WoolWorth building, constructed in 1916. Original features of the building have been left intact, including exposed brick walls and unique clay-tiled ceilings. Thanks to the exciting partnership with downstairs neighbors, Perdue, Inc., the space is being outfitted with beautiful contemporary furniture from Turnstone and Steelcase's coworking lines. The dedication to making the space engaging and inspiring is evident in every corner, from the cozy collaboration areas to the state of the art media:scape conference room, to the coworking desks that look over downtown towards the St. Johns river.

CoWork Jax offers a variety of membership options, with prices ranging from $25 a month to $319 month, and choices of coworking desks or dedicated desks, which come with lockable storage. CoWork also offers a limited number of three-person innovation suites for $649 a month. The space offers two conference rooms, a 100mbps internet connection, a resource library, numerous collaboration areas and all of the amenities of a traditional office, like copy/print/scan services, for coworker use. With almost a dozen reservations already made for coworking desks and nearly sold out innovation suites, momentum and excitement continues to grow for the grand opening.

"We're excited to finally open the doors and allow the community to make this space their own. CoWork Jax has been nearly a year in the making, and it's an honor for us to bring this business to the local community," says Elton Rivas, co-founder and "Chief Coworker" for CoWork Jax. "We've seen a tremendously positive response to our plans and pricing, and many people have taken advantage of the ability to reserve their spot before the space even opens."

CoWork Jax also looks forward to being a stop on the First Wednesday Art Walk. People are encouraged to drop by and say hi during the evening of February 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information about CoWork Jax and to register for a space you can visit them online at, on Facebook at, on twitter @coworkjax, or
by phone at 904.568.8678.


About CoWork Jax
CoWork Jax is a coworking venture led by Zero Confines, LLC. CoWork Jax was created to build a space where a community of inspired, independent workers can collaborate and grow their business. The space will have coworking workspaces, dedicated workspaces, collaboration rooms, web conferencing tools, a library, lounge, and innovation suites. CoWork Jax will offer daily, weekly, and monthly memberships to the coworking space. For more information on CoWork Jax, visit

Zero Confines is an launch agency that leads and supports the launch of products, services, businesses, and initiatives.  Zero Confines, LLC has offices in Jacksonville, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC.  Additional information on Zero Confines can be found at