December 20, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/18/2012

Commercial space sector set to hop aboard

Florida is taking steps to profit from what a top state space development official predicted would be a boom in commercial space business as reduced federal spending forces the government to rely more on the private sector. “It’s time now for greater commercial reliance in this industry,” said Frank DiBello, president of Space Florida. Full story from Florida Today and see also:

» Posey: Expect less government spending on aerospace industry [video below]:


Swing state small businesses could loom large

Nearly 50 percent of small business owners in key swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin) favored Republican challenger Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, according to a survey released last week by Manta, an online small business community. Despite Romney’s lead among swing state small business owners, Obama was narrowing the gap. [Source: Reuters]


South Florida at bottom for middle class to afford a home

South Florida ranks at the nation's bottom for offering the American Dream to the middle class, when it comes to buying a house, according to a new study released Wednesday. South Florida comes in 22nd of the 25 largest U.S. metro areas for a median-income family's ability to buy a home, reported a subsidiary of North Palm Beach-based Bankrate.com. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Grocer's guide: A world to savor in ethnic markets

If you have an adventurous palate, Central Florida is the place to be. Indian, Moroccan, Russian, German, Latin, Italian and British markets now are thriving along with Asian stores and others. Read more from the Orlando Sentinel and see the 18th Annual Ethnic Grocery Guide.


5 Tips on using Instagram for your business

Instagram has quickly become one of the hottest names in social media. Essentially, this free photo-sharing application allows you to take a photo, filter it to change its look and feel, and then post to Instagram to share with your followers. The North Central Florida Business Report offers five tips to help your business join in the filtered fun.


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› SBA lending jumps 38% in Miami
US Small Business Administration lending in Miami-Dade County grew almost $59 million in the year ended Sept. 30, up 38%, restoring cautious optimism to the agency.

› 260 Florida sites got suspect drugs
A third Floridian has died from contaminated steroid injections, and the number of Florida sites that received products from the now-infamous New England Compounding Center has tripled to 260, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.

› FPL to perform 1,000 Business Energy Evaluations for Energy Awareness Month
Florida Power & Light Company is marking Energy Awareness Month, which started today, by helping 1,000 small-and medium-sized businesses in Florida shape-up and BEE-healthy. FPL’s Business Energy Evaluation (BEE) is a first step for a business to get “Energy Fit.”

› Citrix, Cisco expand partnership
Cisco and Citrix announced an expansion of their desktop virtualization partnership into three strategic areas: cloud networking, cloud orchestration and mobile workstyles, the companies announced at Citrix Synergy conference in Barcelona on Wednesday.


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