Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Micro-businesses booming in U.S.
There are small businesses and then there are the really small businesses – those that have no employees. And those are booming, at least in number. The number of businesses without paid employees in the U.S. rose 1.7 percent to 22.5 million in 2011, according to a new report released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau. Florida boasts 31,485 non-employer businesses, the third most of any state. More at the Central Valley Business Times.
» Making a micro business
State's 2nd largest insurer fined nearly $1.3 million
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty announced Thursday that his office was assessing a fine against Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company. Universal has roughly 542,000 policyholders statewide and collects more than $765 million a year in premiums. Only Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has more residential customers. [Source: AP]
Quality of sites, not quality of life, attracts companies
Contemporary business recruitment depends largely on hard-nosed data-crunching that's easily and quickly digestible, a sophisticated website, access to industry-friendly property free of regulatory hurdles and, perhaps most importantly, lucrative financial incentives. More at the Ocala Star-Banner.
Miami-Dade public records go mobile
The clerk’s office Thursday is launching mobile access to a ton of public records. They include county real-estate records, marriage licenses and code-enforcement and parking violations. Other official records from the county recorder also will be available via mobile devices during the first phase of the project. More at the Miami Herald.
Minority firms offered resources, financing help in new statewide effort
The new Minority & Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Capital division was unveiled last week to better support and grow black, Hispanic and women-owned businesses in the state. Lending its support to grassroots organizations serving minority entrepreneurs, Enterprise Florida's ultimate goal for the effort is to generate jobs in Florida by helping minority firms be successful. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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