What you need to know about Florida today
Florida businesses rally for holiday giving
Florida businesses and their employees continue to rally around local charities "even though their dollars are stretched more than ever before," said David Biemesderfer, president and chief executive officer of the Florida Philanthropic Network. The group expects donations in Florida to have risen slightly or remained flat after leveling off to about $1.26 billion in philanthropic giving in 2011. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
» Some examples of Florida holiday giving
Live Chat: Florida and Colombia as trade partners
Improved safety, economic growth and a new free trade deal with the U.S. has strengthened Florida's trade and business connections with Colombia. Join Florida Trend writer Lilly Rockwell and Bob Grammig, a partner with Holland & Knight's Tampa office, as they discuss why Colombia is an important trade partner. Submit your questions now on the chat page and join the chat live tomorrow at noon.
How to make that first impression count
Mom-trepreneur takes healthy homemade spreads to market
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You’re at a business reception and then it happens -- someone asks what you do. It’s an opportunity to make a business connection. Yet, people tend to give a message that usually makes the listener yawn, if not confuses them altogether. Read Ron Stein's full column.
Online rights hot area for intellectual property lawyers
The explosion of online content has heated up business for South Florida’s intellectual property lawyers. They’re involved in a range of issues from protecting clients’ online rights to resolving domain name disputes to determining who is responsible for digital copyright infringement. More at the Miami Herald.
Let staff know you appreciate and value them
For many people this can be a very stressful time of year, and managers need to take this opportunity to reach out to each of their employees with some gift or token to show them they are appreciated for who they are and what they do for the company. It does not have to be an expensive gift; the important thing is that each employee feels recognized and appreciated. More from Dr. Jerry Osteryoung.
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