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 a ceremony Feb. 2 at the Schultz Center. Edkin, a third-generation chiropractic specialist 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 unbelievable skill in our neighborhood and it's amazing what our small companies are carrying out in Jacksonville,” said Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber president and CEO. “Dr. Edkin is a gifted, ingenious leader, and I eagerly anticipate dealing with her over the next year– and where she takes this growing service 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 good news:

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

Participants for the annual obstacle, usually a marathon and much shorter runs, might use an unique Wolfson55 app throughout January to track activities such as walking or running outside or on a treadmill or cycling. The fundraiser also honored the Wolfson 55, a group of children chosen every year to represent all the others looked after by the Jacksonville medical facility.

“Each year the Wolfson Children's Challenge unites numerous advocates to help turn miles into wonders for our kids who require it most,” said Michael Aubin, the health center's president. “Despite being virtual in order to keep everyone safe, this year's challenge was just as powerful, even though individuals and households 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 received 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 obtain the abilities to become responsible, independent and efficient members of their communities.

McDonald's franchisees throughout the region produced the grant program to celebrate educators and programs dedicated to improving 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 4 schools and organizations.

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 celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday with members of his household, has actually never missed

a Florida Gators football game because he was a kid, except for the 3 years he invested overseas throughout World War II as a member of the U.S Army Air Forces. The Jacksonville homeowner began following the Gators when he was 12 or 13 and went to his very first game in 1938 accompanied by a couple of good friends. The Gators lost that a person, Fraden remembered, however he wasn't dissuaded.”I enjoyed college football,”he stated, and he just decided at an early age that the Gators were the group to follow.

Radio, television and season tickets — which Fraden had for near 30 years– meant he could always follow the Gators. He always participated in home video games, often with his other half, Ruth, and sometimes with buddies, and he sometimes traveled to away games as well. He was there for the Gators' 3 national championship victories — 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 three daughters and he made his living selling sewing makers.

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

“If Florida's playing, you can't talk with him,” he said.

Have good news? You can mail to The Florida Times-Union, P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231 or e-mail

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