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Magazine Jukebox Expands Norfolk, Virginia, Operations

Magazine Jukebox Inc., a company that provides commercial spaces with a digital alternative to traditional print magazines, will expand operations in Norfolk, Virginia. The $1 million project is expected to create 20 jobs.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Norfolk and the Hampton Roads Alliance to secure the project and will support Magazine Jukebox’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities.

“We want to thank Governor Glenn Youngkin and the Norfolk economic development team for their help and support as we take our company to the next level. We are proud to be a Virginia-based company, and we believe Norfolk is the perfect place for us to grow,” said Scott Janney, Magazine Jukebox Co-Founder and CEO. “The city's investment and support of technology startups like ours has been a driving force in our decision to launch our company in this community and remain in this community. Hampton Roads is rich in entrepreneurial talent, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with the state and local economic development officials as we expand our operations in a community that we have called home for more than 20 years.”

As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

“Virginia hosts a top-ranked tech talent market in the U.S., and Magazine Jukebox will continue to benefit from our industry workforce pipeline at its location in the City of Norfolk,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Supporting the growth of existing businesses of all sizes is a priority, and the Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide valuable assistance to the company in the recruitment and training of 20 new employees.”

MJB’s technology will soon be deployed by Ziosk, a tabletop platform currently in use in more than 2,000 quick service restaurants across the country. It was recently launched at Massanutten Resort, where MJB’s software has been added to Massanutten’s website for its more than 1,100 rental units. The company has been deployed in more than 100 medical offices with Baptist Health of South Florida and the University of Miami Health System and is also being used by Choice Hotels.

“The Hampton Roads Alliance congratulates the City of Norfolk in expanding innovative companies like Magazine Jukebox,” said CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance Doug Smith. “In our work of growing the regional economy, we look at the success of startup companies as an indicator of a healthy economic ecosystem that provides the support and resources for existing companies and those eyeing Hampton Roads as their new location. We look forward to sharing this announcement of a Norfolk-grown business with our domestic and international networks.”

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