October 31, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/20/2013

More Florida students take Advanced Placement exams

Florida students took, and passed, Advanced Placement classes at higher rates than their peers in almost every state in the country last year. Florida ranked first in the country for the fourth straight year for the percentage of students taking the exams, and fourth in the country in the number of students passing at least one test. More at the Tallahassee Democrat.


Office Depot and OfficeMax agree to merge

Boca Raton-Office Depot Inc. has reached a $1.2 billion deal to buy competitor OfficeMax Inc., based in Naperville, Ill., in an all-stock transaction, the companies said Wednesday. The merger will create an $18 billion global office supply company. The marriage is aimed at making the new company more competitive with Staples, the nation's largest office supply company. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


No damage to Florida citrus crop from cold snap

CEO Sounding Board

What trends are driving the advertising & marketing business now?

ceo sounding board
John Sowinski, founding partner at Consensus Communications, tells us:

"What’s always been most important is still most important — that’s figuring out how to tell your story and managing it and how to get it out. The folks in the media are stretched thinner and thinner all the time. The evolution of the press as an industry both limits and creates opportunities."

» Read more from him and other Florida execs.

Florida came through this week’s cold snap with no major damage to the orange blossoms that will produce next year’s crop, the state’s largest growers’ association said. Temperatures dipped below freezing on the northern edge of the central Florida citrus-fruit-growing area during the weekend, but the cold didn’t linger long enough to cause crop damage, the group said. More at Reuters.


Russian official in hot water for Florida condos

Russia’s love-hate affair with the United States took a tabloid-like turn Wednesday when a legislator known mostly for his loyalty to the Kremlin resigned because an opposition blogger had accused him of owning $2 million worth of property in Florida. More at the Washington Post.


Remote employees require care to feel like part of the team

Today, businesses want the talent they want – and are more willing to hire or retain someone to fill a job even if they live or move thousands of miles away. Yet even with a great number of employees working remotely, nobody wants to be that guy who doesn’t get the inside joke during a conference call. More at the Miami Herald.

Business Profile
From communism to capitalism, a Jacksonville Beach boutique celebrates the American way.

cathy's boutique

Growing up helping her mother run a clothing business in Satu Mare in Transylvania, Romania, gave Cathy Juhasz a head start in the fashion design business. But Juhasz said she never could fully actualize her dreams until the fall of communism and the end of one of the most brutal regimes in the Eastern Block. By the end of 1991, she moved to Jacksonville, eventually bought a shop in north Jacksonville Beach and named it Cathy’s Alterations. Read an interview at the Florida Times-Union.

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