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| 12/18/2013

› Lofty goal: to create a new industry in Northwest Florida
Developers of the Gulf Coast Marine Life Center hope it will create a new aquaculture industry in Northwest Florida. The center’s advisory board hosted an all-day public meeting Tuesday to update residents on the project and the universities that have come aboard to partner with the facility.

› Miami-Dade Commission OKs Major League Soccer stadium talks
An excited Miami-Dade County Commission gave the go-ahead Tuesday for Mayor Carlos Gimenez to begin negotiations on a new Major League Soccer stadium. With their unanimous vote, commissioners boosted international star David Beckham and his investors’ campaign to bring a professional soccer franchise to downtown Miami.

› Canada's largest homebuilder Mattamy moves into Tampa
Canada's largest home builder is joining the snowbirds in flocking south, opening a new division in Tampa to compete for a growing demand in new homes, the company said Tuesday. Mattamy Homes is looking to acquire land here for its newest development, calling Tampa's "diverse population and economic base ... the next great opportunity" for the Ontario-based builder.

› Entrepreneurship competitions should build your business, not sap energy
Many new business founders view winning competitions as validation. The prizes are always welcome, and the exposure and connections made through them can lead to a critical leap for a new business. The problem: contests that allow unlaunched companies to compete rarely have the diligence or vetting phases needed to ensure that claims are valid and that the assumptions have been properly assessed.

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