Good News: Chiropractor is JAX Chamber’s small business leader of the year – The Florida Times-Union

8February 2021

Chiropractor Bridget Edkin, owner of Slainte Chiropractic, is the 2021 JAX Chamber Overall Small Business Leader of the Year.

Chiropractor Bridget Edkin, owner of

Slainte Chiropractic, was called the 2021 JAX Chamber Overall Small Business Leader of the Year at an event Feb. 2 at the Schultz Center. Edkin, a third-generation chiropractic doctor who opened her Jacksonville Beach practice in 2017, was selected from the 12 selected as Small Business Leaders of the Year by the Chamber Councils, the Beaches Division and the

Entrepreneurial Growth Division.” We have such extraordinary skill in our community and it's remarkable what our small companies are performing in Jacksonville,” stated Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber president and CEO. “Dr. Edkin is a talented, ingenious leader, and I eagerly anticipate working with her over the next year– and where she takes this growing organization from here.”

In addition to Edkin, a member the Beaches Division, the Small Business Leaders of the Year are: Jon Hart, Hart SEO, Arlington Council; Jim Webb, Manifest Distilling, Downtown Council; Rochelle Stoddard, Berman Bros., Inc, Entrepreneurial Growth Division; Nemiah Rutledge, Body Paradox, Health Council; Wendy Norfleet, Norfleet Integrated Solutions, IT Council; Gustavo Diaz, Exótico Coffee Company, North Council; Snowden McFall, Brightwork, Fired Up Professional Speaking and Coaching, Professional Women's Council; Jesus Garay, Global Freight & & Commerce, LLC, Transportation & & Logistics Council; Dustin Fries, Kanine Social, West Council; Gloria Vinson, Landco Properties Inc., Mandarin Council; and Trey Vollmer, Vollmer Visuals, South Council.

Here's more excellent news:

– The virtual format this year for the Wolfson Children's Challengeenabled the occasion to expand beyond Northeast Florida, leading to the participation of about 400 children and households from across 15 states and raising about $96,000 for the Wolfson Children's Challenge Endowment. The money will be used to help Wolfson Children's Hospital fund the purchase of trauma devices and innovation for its most critically ill and hurt clients.

Participants for the yearly difficulty, typically a marathon and much shorter runs, might use a special Wolfson55 app throughout January to track activities such as walking or running outside or on a treadmill or biking. The fundraising event likewise honored the Wolfson 55, a group of kids selected annually to represent all the others looked after by the Jacksonville health center.

“Each year the Wolfson Children's Challenge combines hundreds of advocates to assist turn miles into miracles for our kids who require it most,” stated Michael Aubin, the health center's president. “Despite being virtual in order to keep everyone safe, this year's difficulty was just as effective, even though individuals and families supported us from a distance.”

Alison Zaya-Bazan (from left), a Jacksonville McDonald's franchise owner, and Dee Ellis and Felicity Price-Forehand, members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The organization's EMBODI program received a $5,000 Golden Grant from the North Florida/Southern Georgia McDonald's Owner/Operators.

Felicity Price-Forehand, members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The company's EMBODI program got a$5,000 Golden Grant from the North Florida/Southern Georgia McDonald's Owner/Operators.”/ >– The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority got a $5,000 Golden Grant from the North Florida/Southern Georgia McDonald's Owner/Operators for its EMBODI program.

Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence is created to assist young African American males acquire the abilities to end up being responsible, independent and efficient members of their neighborhoods.

McDonald's franchisees throughout the area created the grant program to commemorate educators and programs devoted to enriching the lives of area youth. The grants, varying from $2,500 to $5,000, were granted based on imagination, development and need in the community and went to an overall of four schools and companies.

Abe Fraden of Jacksonville just celebrated his 100th birthday. He's been a Florida Gators football fan since he was a kid and has never missed a game, except during his military service overseas during World War II.

– Abe Fraden, who commemorated his 100th birthday Saturday with members of his household, has never ever missed out on

a Florida Gators football game since he was a kid, except for the three years he invested overseas during World War II as a member of the U.S Army Air Forces. The Jacksonville local began following the Gators when he was 12 or 13 and went to his very first game in 1938 accompanied by a couple of buddies. The Gators lost that a person, Fraden remembered, but he wasn't prevented.”I enjoyed college football,”he said, and he simply chose at an early age that the Gators were the team to follow.

Radio, television and season tickets — which Fraden had for near 30 years– indicated he could constantly follow the Gators. He constantly went to house games, in some cases with his other half, Ruth, and in some cases with friends, and he sometimes took a trip to away games too. He was there for the Gators' three national championship success — over Florida State University in 1996, Ohio State in 2006 and Oklahoma State University in 2008.

Fraden went to Andrew Jackson High School and participated in the University of Illinois after leaving the service. The Fradens raised 3 children and he made his living offering sewing devices.

Bernie Fraden of Orlando stated his bro has never ever missed the yearly Florida-Georgia game. He kept in mind one specific video game as a testament to his bro's commitment as a fan: in 1968, when Florida lost to the Bulldogs 51-0. It was pouring rain, so much that “We could not see our hands in front of our faces,” he stated. “I stated, ‘Let's go.' But he wouldn't leave. He said, ‘The video game's not over yet.'”

“If Florida's playing, you can't speak to him,” he said.

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