April 23, 2014

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Florida's number of planned job cuts declines

Florida had 1,415 planned job cuts in August, down from 1,944 in July, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm that tracks downsizing. Year to date, there have been 10,026 announced job cuts, the report said. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Challenger, Gray & Christmas.


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Universal Technical Institute Orlando

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Universal Technical Institute, which opened its Orlando campus in 2004, is the only one of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based training company’s 11 campuses nationwide with motorcycle and marine technology as well as automotive repair.

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Chef Emeril Lagasse to host Florida-based TV show

Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse announced plans today for a new Florida-based television show that will focus on cooking and travel, with the first episode in January slated to be about Orlando. "Emeril Florida" will feature Lagasse exploring the dining and entertainment options of the Sunshine State. It is slated to air on the Cooking Network. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


Embraer plans to expand jet assembly

Embraer Executive Jets, based at Melbourne International Airport, will begin assembling a new jet at its operation in Melbourne. The expansion will likely lead to more jobs. More at Florida Today.


For some businesses, saving time is money

It seems no matter how many ways technology improves to make life easier, there’s always something left undone. Some businesses are banking on the idea that time is money—especially if it means letting clients concentrate on building a business. Here are a few time-saving businesses that render picking up dry-cleaning on a lunch break a relic of the past. More at the North Central Florida Business Report.


Florida tomato growers say Mexican imports killing their profits

Florida tomato growers say they'll be out of business in a decade if rules for Mexican imports don't change. They maintain that a 1996 U.S.-Mexico agreement continues to hurt the state, and the 2011-12 season was one of the worst on record for Florida's tomato growers: The crop lost nearly $200 million of its value. More at the Naples Daily News.

Out of the Box
Extreme hobbies for Florida executives

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Adam Ogden not only trains rigorously six days a week, but he’s also a competitive bodybuilder. And a businessman. We profile Ogden and Nicole Vassilaros, an executive who trains for the CrossFit program.

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