April 25, 2014

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Seasonal hiring may set records this year

Retailers are hiring seasonal, part-time workers in record numbers this year, despite early predictions for a flat holiday season. Several chain stores already are hiring in record amounts. The hiring picture isn't all positive, however. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Court backs Navy range off Jacksonville coast

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmental groups to a Navy plan to operate an undersea warfare training range 50 nautical miles off the coast of Northeast Florida. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


AutoNation rebound: Q3 sales hit another pre-recession high

Tax Planning

Advice for Floridians and businesses

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Last year, accountants stayed busy with the expiration of an estimated $500 billion in Bush-era tax cuts. This year is more stable. "It's completely the opposite of last year," says Benjamin A. Tobias, a CPA and president of Tobias Financial Advisors in Plantation.

Back to normal means searching for ways to reduce taxes an individual or business pays by deferring income or increasing expenses.

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AutoNation had a great third quarter for new vehicle sales, selling more than 76,000 units – the highest third quarter level since 2007. Sales for the Fort Lauderdale-based retailer have been climbing out of a deep cellar since the recession. More at the South Florida Business Journal and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Silver Springs opens as a new state park

Silver Springs State Park came into being when the operation of the property was turned over to the state recently. The property had served as a tourist attraction for decades. More at the Gainesville Sun.


Shutdown costs MacDill employees $400,000 daily

The shutdown of the federal government is costing MacDill Air Force Base's 1,500 furloughed civilian employees about $400,000 every day, the base commander said Wednesday. "That's a pretty incredible number on the backs of our" civilian workers, said Col. Scott DeThomas, chief of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at a morning news conference outside MacDill's main gate. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Networking Trends
Cash Mob Ocala

condoTraci Karbler who founded, the Ocala Small Business Networking Group, does "cash mobs," in which group members visit a local business and spent $20 apiece at the establishment as a means of introducing business people to each other and promoting products and services.

» Full story from the Ocala Star-Banner


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