October 2, 2014

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| 11/19/2012

› CEO search trips up Florida's top tourism agency
Board members at the state's top tourism agency had agreed in September that the chief marketing officer should be promoted to take the place of the outgoing CEO. But there was a problem: Making that decision unilaterally could offend the agency's chief funders — the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.

› On the new shopping list: milk, bread, eggs and a mortgage
As the nation's largest banks stay stingy with credit and a growing portion of the population has no bank at all, major retailers are stepping into the void. Customers can now withdraw cash at an ATM with a prepaid card from Walmart, take out a loan at Home Depot for a kitchen renovation or kick-start a new venture with a small-business loan from Sam's Club. This year, Walmart even started to test selling life insurance policies.

› Economists make small changes in Florida forecast
State economists are making only relatively small changes in Florida's improving forecast, but the federal government's so-called fiscal cliff could change that.

› Obamacare confusion: First Coast small businesses not sure what to do
The Affordable Care Act, signed into law nearly three years ago, is headed for full implementation in January 2014, and business owners are scrambling to find out what it means.

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