March 2, 2015

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 11/26/2013

› Booming entrepreneurship among Black women
Since 1997, the number of African American woman-owned businesses has skyrocketed by more than 250 percent. Today there’s an estimated more than 1.1 million Black woman-owned businesses in existence, with an estimated $44.9 billion in revenue for 2013.

› Florida Blue at center of controversy over $1 billion Medicaid contract
Accusations of “collusive” bidding practices used by a company with big financial ties to Jacksonville-based Florida Blue could drastically alter the state’s multi-billion dollar push to reform its Medicaid program.

› Store for teachers now affiliated with national network
The Tools 4 Teaching program, which was founded in 2009, offers free classroom supplies that have been mainly purchased with fundraising dollars or donated by local businesses and organizations.

› Medical device maker to invest $18 million in new Florida plant
Medical device manufacturer Covidien plans to open a new production facility in Hillsborough County, Fla., state officials announced. The company plans to invest $18 million in the site, and create 165 jobs with the project.

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