October 25, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 4/29/2013

› Small businesses discover social media not always best way to boost sales
The way Melissa Isenmann sees it, Facebook and cycling go together quite nicely. Isenmann, 39, is the marketing director for the Infinity Bike Shops in Melbourne and Indialantic and she has become accustomed to promoting the sport, and the business, through social media like Facebook. But here’s the problem: Not all small business operators are finding the path so smooth.

› Nonprofit hospitals: Do they give back enough?
With annual gross charges of $8 billion, Florida Hospital came in fourth out of nearly 3,000 nonprofit hospitals, according to Becker's Hospital Review, which tracks the financial data of hospitals and health systems for national comparisons.

› UF: Online courses will be of the same quality as traditional classes
Creating an online university won't be easy, but the University of Florida already has a good head start. The university has been charged with creating a complete online undergraduate degree program from start to finish. And it must have those first programs ready to launch by Jan. 1.

› 32 speakers get 5 minutes each to ignite Tampa Bay's economy, imagination
Think you can set a fire and ignite a passion under Tampa Bay in only a few minutes? It's not easy. But 32 diverse folks gave it a try in strictly enforced five-minute pitches at the landmark Tampa Theatre.

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