Jacksonville University alumni are hardworking individuals who continue to make waves and serve their communities long after they graduate. With the holidays upon us, be sure to check out the following alumni-owned businesses for all of your last-minute gift needs!
Matt Dobbins, Class of 2008, MBA 2010
This past November, Dobbins published his first children’s book, “Duncan’s First Flight.” Ranked a No. 1 New Release Children’s Book on Amazon.com, the book follows Duncan, who is nervous to fly in an airplane for the first time. With the help of Duncan’s kangaroo sidekick Ridley Roo, he finds himself literally soaring to new heights.
Coffeeine Coffee Company
Brian Tye, Class of 2012
Coffeeine is a sustainable and ethical supplier of coffee and associated merchandise.
“We care about the environment and have taken actions, from seed to cup, to reduce Coffeeine’s ecological footprint. From organic coffee practices to sustainable, recyclable and compostable packaging and low-carbon transportation, we’re going above and beyond, as well as donating 5 percent of all sales to organizations whose mission is to help the environment.” – Brian Tye
Sustainable and ethical coffee – Coffeeine Coffee Company
Hawthorne Creek Creamery
Kevin Lussier, Class of 2016 and Shelby Lussier, Class of 2017
This year Kevin and Shelby Lussier started their own dairy business called Hawthorne Creek Creamery. The company is already selling handcrafted products online as well as to restaurants in the Walt Disney World area and is ramping up production to pursue additional avenues.
Michaelene Cadiz, Class of 2005
Bazzle Baby is a baby accessory retailer on its way to expansion. Bazzle Baby was born from frustration over one mom’s efforts to keep her baby dry from drool, so, she took it upon herself to create the original “bandana drool bib.” Today Bazzle Baby sells the now popular bib and a selection of other accessories designed to keep little ones dry and well-dressed.