Co-working in Jacksonville Meets Executive Office Space

Co-working space is increasingly common but shared business space in executive suites is still exclusive.

Businesses often share office space to save money and create synergies with co-tenants but Executive Suites Professionals takes co-working in Jacksonville to a higher level.

Co-working space is appealing to entrepreneurs and independent workers because they can keep their overhead low while connecting with other businesses, according to an Inc. com article on co-working spaces.

Common benefits of networking include:

  • saving money by sharing expenses for office space

  • leveraging the expertise and networks of co-tenants

  • tapping a collective creative energy

Nationally, co-working spaces increased by 400 percent between 2012 and 2014 as entrepreneurs sought community and collaboration, according to a Forbes article on the benefits of co-working.

Executive Suites Professionals clients enjoy these benefits as well as others because its shared office space includes plush furniture and premium services, like reception and high-speed voice/data with telephones programmed to ring directly to the client.

ESP’s co-working space offers a cost-effective solution for attorneys, engineers and other professionals with expanding practices in particular because they can hire part-time staff to work flexible hours. Clients can also generate referrals from co-tenants with complementary services.

Executive-style private work stations with professional perks such as these are hard to find in Jacksonville shared office space. Such is the nature of exclusivity.

Executive Suite Professionals Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award

Executive Suite Professionals has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award in the Shared Office Spaces category by the Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Jacksonville area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program

The Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Jacksonville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Jacksonville Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. and Jacksonville Jaguars launch “Small Business Breakthrough”

Executive Suite Professionals has been selected and is in round 2 of finalist for the Jaguars “Small Business Breakthrough Powered by”. Stay tuned to see if ESP will win it all!

Learn more by reading the Jaguars press release below:

The Jacksonville Jaguars and launched the inaugural “Small Business Breakthrough Powered by” competition, providing North/Central Florida and South Georgia region small businesses a rare opportunity to compete to win a comprehensive NFL sponsorship with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a full digital makeover from, together valued at more than $250,000.

The competition challenges entrants to respond to a detailed questionnaire about their business, create an optional video discussing what they would do to grow their business if they were to win, and convince a final panel of judges featuring Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, Team President Mark Lamping, and CEO David Brown that they deserve the incredible prize.

Small Business Breakthrough Powered by was launched in an effort to help small businesses discover new ways to boost their marketing and earn next level exposure. The recent launch of the Jaguars Black B2B initiative – designed to provide small businesses with the most complete corporate experience in professional sports, and entertainment and’s position as an industry leader in helping build customers’ businesses by harnessing the full potential of the web, made this partnership a perfect fit.

This first-of-its-kind promotion in professional sports and entertainment will challenge local small businesses to compete in pursuit of a dream scenario: seeing their name in lights on the grandest of stages in sports, providing the winner with an incredible platform to take their business to the next level.  The winner’s comprehensive sponsorship of the Jaguars will include both traditional and non-traditional assets such as:

  • Logo designation and usage rights
  • Videoboard presence and commercial inventory
  • Television and radio commercials featuring a Jaguars player or coach as an endorser
  • Digital media presence on and in Jaguars social media
  • In-business appearances by Jaguars players, coaches, and/or personalities
  • Premium hospitality at EverBank Field on game days
  • Client and prospect experiences with the Jaguars, and more

The winner’s digital makeover will provide access to’s full suite of industry leading solutions, including:

  • State of the art custom website (or rebuild if necessary)
  • Digital strategy session to boost customer reach – SEO/SEM, advertising, email marketing, ecommerce, and social media optimization
  • Dedicated account manager to provide ongoing website updates and optimization

“As someone who was once a small business owner, I understand the challenges but also know there are opportunities,” Khan said.  “This is an opportunity.  The American Dream is still achievable.”

“We developed Jaguars BLACK to help local Jacksonville businesses create opportunities to drive their own success,” Lamping added. “Partnering with a local Jacksonville company in, which believes in that philosophy, allowed us to come together and create something special for local businesses to participate in which we hope will inspire economic growth and impact in our community.”

Businesses that are selected to venture to Round 2 will face casting interviews with Jaguars and senior executives, with 10 finalist businesses selected to enter “The Cage,” a panel of five judges featuring Khan in a face-to-face, “Shark Tank”-style pitch process.  Finalists will be asked a series of questions regarding their intent to utilize the sponsorship and digital makeover to grow their business.  “The Cage” will be curated into a video content short series, culminating into a twenty-two minute feature production.  All content will be filmed and produced by a major motion picture studio, with the potential to be translated into a television production at a later date.

“As a Jaguars sponsor, we are beyond excited to launch a results-driven B2B platform to help inspire and grow small businesses,” said Chairman and CEO David Brown. “This program offers that chance to dream big about the stage that a small business could leverage to generate amazing business results and the tangible effects that a digital makeover can provide for any business that may not be optimizing itself online.”

Local businesses are encouraged to register for their chance for a “Breakthrough” at and post submission videos to Facebook at or by using the social media hashtag #bigstagebigresults.

The initial registration period for “Small Business Breakthrough Powered by” runs through Friday, July 31, with the second round interviews taking place between Aug. 1 and Aug. 13.  “The Cage” final selection show featuring the panel of judges and 10 finalists will take place sometime between Thursday, August 13 and Saturday, Aug. 15, with the winner to be named on Monday, Aug. 17, in Jaguars social media and on

Downtown Business Spotlight: Executive Suite Professionals

-by Emily Gregorchik, DVI Intern

With over a decade of experience, Lisa Gufford knows how to give her clients exactly that they want. Her company, Executive Suite Professionals, offers high-end, fully furnished office suites for a wide variety of clientele. From single offices to quintuplet suites, these office spaces give clients a luxurious space to meet and conduct business as well as stunning views of the St. Johns River and Downtown. The dust has barely settled from the renovations to the 14th floor of EverBank Center, but Gufford is ready and eager to move clients into these spaces.

Executive Suite Professionals presents patrons with many amenities and services. The suites are fully furnished allowing staff to “plug-in and play.” Amenities  include telephone equipment, private phone lines, high speed internet and wi-fi, 10 hours of meeting room time per month, beverage services, parking, a full-time receptionist, on-site management and security, plus opportunities to network and much more. Guests are not locked in to long-term contracts, which gives them the freedom and flexibility to choose the space that is right for their business.

“I’ve had the word ‘no’ taken out of my vocabulary.  We will find a way to fit your needs, we find solutions,” says Gufford on the quality of service and what clients can expect from ESP.

Gufford is very excited to bring ESP to the Downtown area:
“Being in the industry and listening to clients’ needs, it’s been mentioned many times, ‘Do you have anything Downtown?’ I really believe in our city. So my hope, my dream, my desire is to bring one hundred small businesses to Jacksonville on one floor.”

Gufford hopes that bringing her business Downtown will help bolster the economy of the urban core.

“Not only will my clients be here with me, but their clients will come to see them. They’ll need parking, they’ll need dining, hotels, shopping, so it’s my hope that bringing Executive Suite Professionals to Jacksonville will help, in some small way, stimulate the economy to Downtown.”

Gufford, along with her two business partners are committed to higher standards of service for their clients, as well as helping to revitalize the Downtown area. “I’m very, very lucky to have two great business partners and two great friends who see my vision,” says Gufford.

Downtown is sure to see great changes with a company like this calling our city home and we are excited to welcome them to our metropolitan community.

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