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| 12/4/2012

Hiring up at Florida's smallest businesses

Hiring at Florida's small employers is up 0.2 percent. according to Intuit's Small Business Index. It's not much, but at least the trend is in the right direction. U.S. small business employment saw an increase of 30,000 jobs in November, while hours worked and compensation also rose. Small business revenue fell 0.3 percent in October, continuing a decline that began in February. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida will investigate voting problems in 5 counties

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told a Senate committee Tuesday that he plans to dispatch a team of experts to Miami-Dade next week to investigate more fully the "problems" with the recent election, including long lines at the polls and an overwhelming surge of last-minute absentee ballots. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Head of state's jobs agency resigns over unemployment insurance flap

Business Profile

Eventstar Structures

Midtown Miami, once punctuated by vast open spaces of vacant land, has been transformed for Art Basel week into a bastion of massive fabric tent structures, the temporary homes of various art fairs.

Eventstar Structures, the Miami designer and manufacturer of customized removable structures, is erecting seven tents with a total of nearly 500,000 square feet of space on 22 acres.

» More from the Miami Herald.

» Eventstar

Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Hunting F. Deutsch tendered his resignation Tuesday -- effective Dec. 14 -- after a string of stories about the fact that he drew unemployment compensation for nearly two years after he was laid off by a bank and vacationing in Europe. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida banks post $292 million profit

Florida banks reported a combined $292 million in net income in the third quarter of 2012, more than double their combined net income of $138 million in the third quarter of 2011. The improved profit picture for Florida banks outpaces gains nationally. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Broward's arts nonprofits get a fundraising boost

Donating a few dollars to help a dance show in Fort Lauderdale or an arts camp in Hollywood is about to get easier. Starting in late January, a website called will offer non-profit arts groups from Broward County a chance to raise funds for small projects up to $10,000 each. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Collect fake half-billion dollar note, don't go to jail

pillars hotelThe crime, the judge decided, was simply too absurd to deserve a prison sentence. Cleland Ayison was facing up to three-and-a-half years in federal prison for trying to pass off a fake document he said was a $500 million Federal Reserve note, or U.S. Treasury bond, from the 1930s. U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas said he did not think prison was an appropriate penalty "for doing something so silly and outrageous."

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Wild Willy's adding two go-kart tracks, bumper boats and more
Wild Willy's adding two go-kart tracks, bumper boats and more

New attractions are coming soon to Wild Willy's Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island. Crews have already put down two 1,000-foot go-kart tracks as part of an expansion that will include bumper boats, a chipping range, climbing wall, kiddie rides and more miniature golf.

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