Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Rewards to healthy employees ramping up
As Florida employers gear up for open enrollment, some intensify the emphasis on rewarding employees for good behavior. But some punishments await, too. Meanwhile, some experts say the truly major changes are a year away, in 2014 — a time when many employees might find themselves in a virtual shopping mall, choosing health insurance with company provided credits. More at the Miami Herald.
What to do if customers put buying decisions "on hold"
New website connects customers, low-price businesses
Corey Leff has created it — spendLO.com debuted in South Florida just four months ago. Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been the test market for the local services website, and Leff considers it a successful first phase, as spendLO.com landed more than $200,000 in service contracts so far.
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Let's face it -- you hate hearing "call me back after the first of next month" or with the end of the year fast approaching, "call me after the holidays." As these words roll towards you, that queasy feeling rumbles around inside you. Read Ron Stein's full column.
Naples chamber program helping small businesses expand, learn
Everything Aimee Schlehr learned at a Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce program prepared her to expand the Naples Art Association's educational offerings. Now, for the first time, the Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center has a business plan. More at the Naples Daily News.
Deadline for Governor's Innovators in Business Awards nominations
The awards recognize businesses for making noteworthy contributions toward Florida's economic development efforts. The nomination of a business can be made by a local or regional economic development organization, or a professional or industry association. Self-nominations are acceptable, also. The deadline for nominations is October 26th. See Enterprise Florida for full details.
Sales skills are crucial, even for small businesses
Being an entrepreneur mandates that you also become a sales person in so many ways. You are always having to sell yourself and your business to a whole range of people, not just customers. You have to get creditors to supply you with goods, to convince a bank to give you a loan and so much more. Read Jerry Osteryoung's full column.
In 2000 about 6.6 million sets of fingerprints were sent to the FBI for vetting, said Chris Brown, an executive with MorphoTrust, which operates 1,200 enrollment centers, including six in metro Orlando, where employers send job applicants for screening. Today the number of prints sent to the FBI is more than 25 million, Brown said.
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