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• Three people from Jacksonville were among the winners of the U.S. Small Business Administration's State of Florida Small Business Week Awards. Brian Barquilla, owner of Advantage Business Magazine, was named "Small Business Advocate of the Year." Lauren Little, franchise owner of Edible Arrangements, was named the "Veteran Owned Small Business Person of the Year." And Eloy Bazaldua, president of RM Myers Company Inc., was named "Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year." The three will be among those recognized during the 21st Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 30 at the University of North Florida Herbert University Center. The event will feature author Dan Heath as its keynote presenter.

• Florida Coastal School of Law is introducing a Juris Doctor two-year expedited program, JD Fast Track. The invitation-only program allows those participating to complete their legal education in two years, instead of the traditional three-year program. The summer 2013 semester begins May 20. The ramped-up schedule allows students to save on living expenses and those who start in May will not be charged tuition for their final semester. For information, visit fcsl.edu.

• The next meeting of the Downtown Investment Authority is at 2 p.m. today in Committee Room A on the first floor of City Hall. It is preceded by a meeting of the authority's Hemming Plaza Committee at 1:30 p.m. in the same room.

• The next installment of the "Movies in the Park" series will be about 8 p.m. Friday with a screening of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" on the riverfront lawn of the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverfront. The series concludes May 3.

• Pamela Onstead has joined the Wolfson Children's Hospital board of directors. She currently serves on the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center board of visitors. Onstead is a registered nurse who specializes in perioperative nursing and also worked in education and consulting. She and her husband, Randall Onstead, chairman of Bi-Lo, live in Jacksonville.

• Of Gov. Rick Scott's 16 appointments to the state's Family Care Councils, two are from Northeast Florida. Amanda Caswell of St. Augustine and Jeanette Flenoy of Jacksonville were appointed to the Area Four Family Care Council. Caswell is an advocacy specialist with ARC Jacksonville and succeeds Sherri Vardes for the term that ends Aug. 4, 2014. Flenoy is a volunteer at Alden Road Exceptional Student School and succeeds Lisa Russell for a term that ends April 5, 2015.

• Jacksonville-based PRC Digital Media received a Silver Reel Award from the Media Communications Association International Media Festival in Las Vegas. The company won the award for its CSX Transportation 2013 Engineering Environmental Certification interactive training program. Entries are evaluated on use of the medium, creativity, production values and technical quality in message design and creative and production elements. Since 2007, the company has produced multimedia job performance training for the military and CSX.

• Correction: A Friday story about the search for the next JAX Chamber CEO incorrectly said there was high interest in the "county" for the position. There is high interest in the country for the position.

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