Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
High-stakes Fed meeting for Florida
Florida has good reason to pay attention to what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says from Washington, D.C., today, because it could set the tone for financial markets for the rest of the year. Christian Bertelsen, chief investment manager of Sarasota-based Global Financial Private Capital, said the Fed's policies on bond buying and efforts to keep interest rates low could affect housing and retirees who depend on investment income. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the AP.
» 2:00 p.m.: Read the Federal Reserve Statement here
Tech startup program to be launched in South Florida
Startup Quest — a new technology-focused entrepreneurial program for the unemployed and under-employed who have college degrees or are veterans — is being launched this fall in South Florida. The new program is offered under a statewide grant through WorkForce One, Broward County's employment agency. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Flexible work schedules help men who care for parents
An increasing number of men are caring for aging parents -- especially fathers -- and experiencing the work/life conflicts this new dynamic brings. Because more male caregivers work full time, many report that overseeing Dad’s care has required they modify their work schedules, leave early, take time off or turn down overtime. More at the Miami Herald.
Tallahassee tech firm expands product offerings
A Tallahassee technology firm active in the medical field signed an agreement this week to partner with CureMD, designers of award-winning medical software, thereby expanding its product offerings to physicians. More at the Tallahassee Democrat.
Seniors may get an even smaller Social Security raise
Retirees may get an even smaller raise in their Social Security checks in 2014 than they got this year. So far, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers is showing only a 1.4 percent cost of living increase from a year ago. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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