August 22, 2014

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Florida business owners expect gains in 2014

There's an abundance of confidence in the local economy among Florida business owners surveyed by BMO Harris Bank. Ninety-six percent of those polled said they expect their own businesses to either grow or stay at the same level in 2014. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal and see the full results from BMO Harris Bank.


Megayachts may have trouble reaching boat show berths

An environmental project linked to the PortMiami expansion may be blocking the route megayachts take to Indian Creek berths for next month’s annual Yacht & Brokerage Show. More at the Miami Herald.


What does IT mean? It means 'It's Time'

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CompDesigns Mobile/UCF

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Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Preisler was one of the first participants in a University of Central Florida program that helps military veterans become entrepreneurs. Preisler says the FastTrac New Venture for the Veteran Entrepreneur course gave him more confidence to start an entertainment gaming company, CompDesigns Mobile, in 2013.

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Information Technology is back. After the dot-com bubble burst in the 1990s, highly paid IT workers grew discouraged when startups failed, employment prospects dried up and salaries plunged. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, IT job creation is on a strong upward trajectory. More at the Florida Times-Union.


Cuba Standard merges with CubaNews

Cuba Standard, a Tampa Bay-based online publication, is merging with Miami-based CubaNews. Cuba Standard, a well-respected source of Cuban business and economic news, and CubaNews will become totally digital as of March. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.


Warren Henry Automotive Group grows through 4 decades of change

His father launched the first Toyota store in Florida in 1965, and his son now is helping plan what will be one of the largest eco-friendly car dealerships in the state. In four decades in the auto business, South Florida dealer Warren Henry Zinn has seen huge changes. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Executive Lifestyle
Up in the Air

airFirst introduced in 2006, the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program offers travelers who don’t have their own plane the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of private aviation, with scheduling flexibility and plenty of perks. “Every need and want is tended to with precision and passion,” says Flexjet President Deanna White of the program.

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