October 2, 2014

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| 9/26/2013

Unemployment aid applications near 6-year low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the second-lowest level in six years. Steady declines in applications show that very few companies are laying off workers. More at the AP.

Jacksonville company ranked top U.S. small business

Professional Placement Resources, or PPR Talent Management Group, in Jacksonville Beach had been listed among the top 25 best small businesses in America for about a decade in a Fortune magazine rating, but this year the company nabbed the top spot. Read more from the Florida Times-Union and see a slideshow.

USDA to test new trap to catch Everglades pythons

Business Profile

Former corporate officer opens EmbroidMe shop to help his grandson

Philip Mobley has held high corporate positions, served the public in governmental management and even helped in charitable organizations designed to engage the community. But now Mobley has opened a business of his own design to help his 20-year-old grandson, Henry Williams, get a foundation in the business community.

» Full story from the Florida Times-Union

Federal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking collars, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there's talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps. More at the AP.

Rainy spell brings business to a halt

The seemingly endless rains that pounded Southwest Florida in recent weeks have stung revenues for a slew of area businesses already fighting to survive one of the slowest months of the year. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Judge tosses key part of Florida med-mal law

A federal judge has rejected a key part of the state's new medical-malpractice law, saying it conflicts with federal requirements designed to prevent the improper disclosure of patients' health information. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee came less than four months after Gov. Rick Scott signed the law. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

The Buzz
Business is buzzing for South Florida beekeepers

beekeepersLife in South Florida is suddenly sweet for the humble honeybee. Disease may be ravaging its population, but the industrious insect has never been more popular. And South Florida beekeepers are swarming to meet the demand. "Healthy and on the incline," is how Ryan Willingham, apiary inspector with the state Division of Plant Industries, describes the region's beekeeping industry.

» Full story at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Comic-book and gaming stores are expanding across Florida. The state's major comic & video game themed conventions continue to generate increased interest and revenue. What's your level of participation in the world of comics & gaming?

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