April 21, 2014

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Gambling parlors spent widely on Florida officials

Strip-mall parlors with slot-like computer games such as those targeted in a state racketeering and conspiracy investigation have contributed about $100,000 over the past four years to local candidates in Florida, including a sheriff whose agency was a part of the probe. More at the AP.


South Florida women earn 86 cents for every male worker's dollar

South Florida women continue to lag behind male workers for pay, earning 86 cents for every dollar men earn, a new study finds, based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Still, women in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are among the national leaders in closing the wage gap. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Cuban defector signs contract with Sarasota Ballet

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Camen Castillo, founder of Fort Lauderdale-based tech-services provider SDI, has been named 2013 Woman of the Year by publisher HispanicBusiness.com.

SDI ranked as the largest Latina-owned business in the United States and No. 4 among all Hispanic businesses in 2012, based on its 2011 revenues, according to the website.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

» See the award announcement from HispanicBusiness.com

One of the seven dancers from the Cuban National Ballet who defected while on tour in Mexico last month is the newest member of the Sarasota Ballet. Eduardo Gonzalez, 23, a soloist with the Cuban company for the past six years, signed a soloist contract Monday with the local company for the 2013-2014 season said Artistic Director Iain Webb. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Column: Delve deep, be specific for best business plans

For at least three decades, business plans have been considered the required road map for creating new companies. But lately, there’s been a movement, especially in some academic circles, to dismiss the need for business plans. Instead, some advocate a more abbreviated process, such as creating a “business model.” More at Florida Today.


Broward expects 13 million tourists this year

Broward County tourism officials are betting on 13 to be a lucky number this year. With hotel occupancy trending up, the successful launch of a winter campaign and summer promotions now underway, local tourism officials are predicting another bumper tourism year. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Health Technology
Scientists developing tests for vaccines against bioterror threats

vax designIn their cold, sterile labs near Orlando, some local scientists are creating a hot commodity — biological replicas of the human immune system — that could play a role in saving the planet from a pandemic. That's one of the goals, at least, of the work at Sanofi Pasteur VaxDesign Corp., the Central Florida unit of a French pharmaceutical giant.

» Full story from the Orlando Sentinel


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