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Bigger isn’t always better in the space industry these days. Since the massive shuttle program ended, small businesses are being sought out by the federal government. NASA acknowledges that small businesses are innovation hubs and can complete space industry jobs more quickly for less. [Source: Florida Today]
One company in Davie is betting on engineering and robotics "to transform health care." Another in Palm Beach thinks its medical device will lead to "better medicine." A third says the instruments it is developing will get the patient "up and running a lot faster" after surgery. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
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A growing number of adults are getting their flu shot at drugstores and other retail outlets. While the majority still get vaccinated at their doctor's office, about 20 percent of adults received shots at a retail pharmacy last year, up from 12 percent the previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's more than workplaces or health clinics. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Florida’s job market won’t erase losses from the recession until 2019, when payrolls are expected to cross the 8 million threshold again, according to a forecast by Jones Lang LaSalle. The Sunshine State currently has about 7.3 million people working, according to the latest federal labor report. That’s down 9 percent from the peak of just over 8 million workers hit at the end of 2006 and the start of 2007. [Source: Miami Herald]
More than 70,000, mostly young professionals, now call downtown Miami home, up more than 70% from a decade ago. This business portrait includes
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ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Tampa Bay home builders are cautiously optimistic
Silent here for half a decade, the symphony sounded anew: blasting nail guns, beeping backhoes, the din of crews at work.
› Legoland's first year's success exceeds expectations
Birthdays are a big deal to the Legoland Florida demographic. When you've only had 2 or 8 or 12 of them, they still rate as special. Legoland Florida has a birthday of its own to celebrate. Monday marks one year since the theme park opened at the former Cypress Gardens property in Winter Haven.
› Are you dead? Crackdown on insurers that use policyholder demise for their own benefit
It's a practice that's greedy, cold and should be illegal. When policyholders pass away, some big insurers ignore their deaths and hang on to what would be substantial life insurance payouts. Yet the same companies respond at once when a customer's death lets them stop payouts on income-producing investments.
› Tiny cars generate big interest
Dealers in Central Florida, where the average gas price hit $3.65 last week, say business has been booming for minicars and subcompacts. Across the U.S., sales of small cars are expected to reach 3.1 million in 2012, compared with 2.5 million last year.
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