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DOJ to monitor five Florida counties during Tuesday's primary
Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice will monitor Tuesday's primaries in five Florida counties -- Collier, Hendry, Lee, Osceola and Polk -- to make sure that elections officials there will provide language assistance in Spanish. From the DOJ's press release: "The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group. In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process." More at the Miami Herald.
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Few felons regain right to vote in Florida
How to translate strategic goals into concrete actions
In this week's column, Florida Trend's business coach Ron Stein shares three ways to translate strategic goals into concrete actions that you can effectively put into practice.
"The gap between strategy and execution can be huge. For some companies it can seem Grand Canyon wide, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We laugh at the phrase “ready, fire, aim”, yet this is what happens all too often. Part of the problem is that people confuse strategies and tactics. The line between the two has become blurred. And there is no doubt that the urgency to make revenue goals have made most businesses very tactically oriented. Think of strategy as art and tactics as the science behind the art." Column continues here.
Microloans meeting credit needs for some entrepreneurs
Nutrition Kitchen is on a mission to provide healthy school lunches
Caterers Jennifer and Mac deCarle know they tend to look at food differently. But the couple was nothing short of appalled when they saw the school lunch menu being offered at their 9-year-old son's public elementary school. So they started Nutrition Kitchen, a catering service that provides healthy lunches to private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Now their business services 13 schools. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
In cities like Miami, New York, Houston and Los Angeles, a small but growing group of mostly immigrant and minority entrepreneurs are turning to microfinancing. These loans, generally provided by nonprofit groups, can serve as stepping stones to more traditional sources of credit and are often the difference between success and failure for small business owners who may have nowhere else to turn for the money they need to build a business. More from AP.
Gas prices on the upswing - again
Gas prices in Florida have climbed 35 cents per gallon in one month's time, and prices in Tampa Bay have followed that trend. According to AAA, here in Florida, we're paying an average of $3.63 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That's up 35 cents from this time last month. More at TBO.com.
Small Business Advice
Are you too busy?
From Jerry Osteryoung's weekly column:
"I am mentoring a very talented executive and we were recently discussing the vacation he was mandated to take. I asked him to take just four hours every day of his vacation and unplug completely from work. He replied that he could not commit to that because if he did not have this to do, he would not know what to do. This executive had fallen into the 'busy hole' and had no way of climbing out." Column continues here.
FWC ups the ante on lionfish
On Monday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced unprecedented changes to lionfish management that allows for "increased harvest opportunities," according to a statement. In other words, they are essentially letting fishermen and divers into the water without a license to target lionfish. They believe they are the first in the country to do this. More from WTSP