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May 27, 2018

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| 8/5/2013

› Microloans getting a big push in Jacksonville
It’s a form of financing that’s becoming more accessible to Northeast Florida businesses. After the U.S. Small Business Administration signed a memorandum in 2012 with the city of Jacksonville to promote microlending, the agency certified Accion USA to do microlending throughout the state.

› Spec houses making comeback in parts of Southwest Florida
Build spec houses and they will come. That’s a concept that went out of fashion in Southwest Florida after the real estate boom collapsed in late 2005 leaving a huge number of never-lived-in new homes for sale cheap.

› SeaWorld pushes back against new film, federal regulators
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has reached some of the greatest heights in its history this year, from a successful stock offering to the opening of the largest attraction the company has ever built. But now the Orlando-based marine-park owner must again confront the darkest chapter in its 50-year history.

› Florida education job a revolving door
A word of advice to those who aspire to become Florida’s top education official: keep your resume updated. For the third time since 2011, a Florida education commissioner has resigned under less than squeaky-clean circumstances.

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