October 2, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/4/2014

› Southwest Florida hunting ground for cyber scammers
Scammers love Southwest Florida. Consumers nationwide lose more than $1.5 billion a year in fraud that is reported to the Federal Trade Commission, and residents of Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties are among the hardest hit.

› OUR Microlending receives $600,000 grant to offer microloans in South Florida
Miami-based OUR Microlending said Monday that it has received certification as a Community Development Financial Institution by CDFI Fund — a program of the U.S. Department of Treasury — and has received a $600,000 grant to be disbursed via microloans to small business owners in South Florida.

› Workforce Central Florida gets new name, look
Workforce Central Florida will roll out a brand new name next week as part of a statewide rebranding effort. Workforce Central Florida is the local board that connects employers to workers and provides worker resources and training.

› Florida education department seeks input on financial literacy standards
Demand has risen in recent months for Florida high school students to receive an improved education in financial literacy. Lawmakers recently added the requirement that the subject be added to schools' curriculum. Some people think the topic should be a graduation requirement.

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