April 24, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 7/1/2013

Gas prices drop heading into Fourth

As they did last year, gas prices are dropping as the busy Fourth of July weekend gets closer. The national average price for a gallon of regular gas dropped from $3.57 to $3.49 in the past week, according to AAA. In Florida, the average dropped from $3.51 to $3.45. More at the Florida Times-Union.

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Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida business
How to increase revenue through informed customer care

Your marketing paid off. A large deal just closed and your new customer is happy to be on board. It’s time to turn your marketing attention again to bringing in more new customers. Or is it? Read Ron Stein's full column.


Tutoring company learns how to grow

Business Profile

Quality Cleaners

dry cleaner
After he had worked at TV20 for nearly 12 years, Greg Johnson figured that owning a business would be a good way to keep him in the community he had grown to enjoy.

Thirty years later, he is pretty well-ingrained in Gainesville as the president of a dry cleaning company with eight locations, an active board member of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and president of the board for the Gainesville Orchestra.

» Full story from the Gainesville Sun

Private tutoring, or what SmartMoney dubbed the “tutoring-industrial complex,” has exploded in recent years, growing into a $5 billion business 10 times the size it was a decade ago. In addition to fierce competition among colleges and universities, demand has been driven by the No Child Left Behind Act that in 2001 required all Title 1schools not meeting assessment targets to offer free tutoring. More at the Miami Herald.


Small Business Advice
Avoid actions that embarrass your staff or break their trust

It takes a long time to build trust with your staff, but not very long at all to tear it down. By far, the easiest way to lose the trust of your staff is to embarrass them. Some managers incorrectly assume that berating employees in public will motivate them to perform better. Typically, the result is the exact opposite. Read Jerry Osteryoung's full column.


Florida companies protect your assets from storms

Many businesses offer options that can mitigate hurricane damage, cut financial losses and may save money on insurance premiums, such as manufacturers of metal and fabric shutters and panels, impact-resistant windows and doors as well as reinforced roofs, skylights and doors, especially large doors vulnerable to penetration by hurricane-force winds. More at the Miami Herald.

Bucking the Trend
The "Business Whisperer"

dog whispererShay Maimoni took the plunge when others wouldn't or couldn't. The 35-year-old former Israeli soldier started two businesses in Palm Beach County during the worst moments of the Great Recession. It was a time when the number of new ventures were dropping nationwide. He had a passion for training dogs and keeping them from being abandoned. Five years later, his drive for training dogs is paying off.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel


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