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Research findings help hone Florida’s business brand

Florida’s business brand soon might be pitched to the world under such concepts as “lifestyle,” “strength and size” and “attitude.” Those are some of the ideas generated from research by North Star Destination Strategies, the Tennessee firm hired by Enterprise Florida to help the state energize its business image. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.


Florida ranks high in new report on teacher quality

The National Center on Teacher Quality has released its latest briefs on state teacher policies, with Florida leading the way overall and near the top in every category. The group gave Florida a B for its total mark, the only state to achieve that level. It considered its improvement in the categories assessed to be ninth best of the 50 states. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the National Center on Teacher Quality.


Potential payoff for expanding Medicaid

Business Profile

HomeRun Holdings

qmotion shades
Two and a half years ago, when Willis Mullet sold the garage-door company where he’d been president for some 30 years, he retained his research and development division. He renamed the Pensacola company HomeRun Holdings and shifted the company’s focus to his newest invention, Qmotion Shades.

» Read the full profile and see Qmotion Shades.

Florida could gain a badly-needed economic boost and thousands of new jobs each year if state officials accept federal funds to expand Medicaid, three new studies say. One study calculates the payoff at 16-to-1. The studies -- two by university researchers, one by a hospital association -- agree on the fiscal benefit of enlarging the health program for the poor. More at Health News Florida.


Column: It's unseemly for nonprofit CEOs to make millions

The story of the nonprofit CEO who solicits charity while raking in a giant salary is, by now, becoming a Central Florida cliché. There's nothing wrong with earning a big salary. But nonprofits that make their executives millionaires lose some of their standing when they consistently have their hand out for more of the public's dollars. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


Businesses help employees take steps to better health

For a growing number of workers, the most transformational workplace gadget isn’t the iPhone 5 or a tablet computer. It’s something much more basic: a pedometer. Eager to cut health care costs and improve productivity, some companies are embracing the devices for their workforce, holding contests to see who can walk the most steps and offering rewards, such as T-shirts, cash and reduced health insurance premiums. More at Florida Today.

Out of the Box
High-Flying Business: Indoor Trampoline Parks Are Popping Up

sky zone The indoor trampoline business is booming, with dozens of parks open or in the works across America. "Since early to mid-2010, the whole industry has exploded," said Jeff Platt, chief executive of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, a Los Angeles company that opened its first location in Las Vegas in 2004. "People started feeling a little bit better about the economy and were looking for something new to do." Read the full story from the LA Times and visit Sky Zone Miami.


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