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› South Florida company creates MasterCard for addicts
There are some things a MasterCard for addicts can't buy. Booze, strippers and tattoos. It's the premise of a South Florida invention soon to launch nationally, the Next Step Card, a prepaid MasterCard for people fighting addiction and families who don't quite trust them yet. The card won't work at cocktail lounges or casinos, nor will it fetch cash, a toxic asset for addicts, from ATMs.
› As elite panel airs lofty ideas on job creation, business startups show off real deal
Entrepreneurs — how to train them, motivate them and keep them — blossomed as a key theme during a luncheon panel of elite business, philanthropic, political and social leaders in town for the Republican National Convention. The mission? To explore how to create more jobs, but in ways that will help the next generation find both better purpose and opportunity in what they do.
› Longshoremen strike would cripple East Coast ports, but nothing is imminent
Port officials are bracing for a potential longshoremen’s strike along the East and Gulf coasts, but some union officials are downplaying the possibility of a work stoppage.
› Miami-based Florida Grand Opera names Susan Danis as CEO
The Florida Grand Opera searched around the world for a new general director and CEO, the company’s fourth in 72 years. She turned up just across the state.
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