December 21, 2014

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Gas prices crack $4 per gallon, so consumers adapt

Prices at some South Florida gas stations are cracking $4 per gallon and likely will keep rising into April. This month is poised to close as the February with the highest gas prices ever, travel club AAA said. Many consumers already have adapted by saving money elsewhere, often shopping less or dining out less; consolidating errands; budgeting better and carpooling when possible. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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TD Bank plans Florida growth

Florida is a major growth point for TD Bank, which plans to expand in the Sunshine State. “TD Bank has said it will be a dominant player in all the markets it serves. Florida will be no different,” said Ernie Diaz, TD’s newly named regional president for Florida. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]


Entrepreneurship column: Child care is a small-business issue

Q&A

Promoting a startup community

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For the past year through his new role at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Matt Haggman has been a man on a mission — to help put Miami’s startup community on the map.

As the Knight Foundation’s Miami program director, Haggman has been the face of the foundation’s new efforts to accelerate a technology hub and startup community in South Florida.

» Read the Q&A at the Miami Herald

I have a baby at my business. I like babies, but they’re not really my first choice in office companions. But the baby’s mother is a valued and critical employee, I don’t want to lose her. The lack of child care in this country is a crisis, and it’s not just hurting parents and children — it’s hurting businesses, especially small businesses. Read Rhonda Abrams' full column at Florida Today.


Florida Trend Exclusive
Final link in Orlando's state road beltway

Work on the $1.7-billion Wekiva Parkway (SR 429) is under way northwest of Orlando, a milestone in developing the final link of a beltway around the urban core. Designed to take pressure off Interstate 4 through downtown Orlando, the costly and complicated project is expected to take at least seven years to complete. Full story.


Middle-class family's fortunes improve since recession

They were a middle-class family in Weston who never expected to be living on food stamps and unemployment benefits. In 2009, Richard and Sheila Tobier lost their 19-year-old business to the recession and were struggling to keep their home. Their 17-year-old daughter Jennifer was the only family member employed, at a local restaurant. About four years later, the Tobiers' situation has nearly turned around. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Pet Medicine

condoHyperbaric chambers have been used for decades to treat divers with the bends, burn victims and people with traumatic injuries, but in Florida and a handful of other states they’re increasingly being used on ailing pets. Doctors at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine have recently used an oxygen chamber on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and one monkey.

» Full story from the AP


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