September 18, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

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Construction, tourism lead Florida recovery

Florida’s GDP is expected to jump to 3 percent this year, led by stronger construction activity and continued growth in tourism, according to a report from BMO Economics. It’s a stark contrast to a few years ago, said Dave Maraman, regional president, Florida BMO Harris Bank. One key difference is employment rates. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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» Adelson Takes On Disney in Florida Gambling Battle Over Tourists
» Medical marijuana in Florida could attract tourists
» Discover America highlighting Bradenton for foreign visitors


Celebrity Cruises launches 'Top Chef' cruises

Celebrity Cruises has partnered with Bravo's "Top Chef" to offer cruises featuring former contestants of the Emmy-winning show. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in complimentary cooking demonstrations, the show's famous, interactive Quickfire Challenges and other activities. More at the South Florida Business Journal.


10 Ways Companies Drive Away Talent

Business Profile

RoboVault

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RoboVault, a high-tech storage facility catering to the wealthy, is under new leadership and seeking to restore order after courtroom turmoil last year.

"It's all behind us," said Susan D. McGregor, president and general manager at RoboVault. "The facility is being run in a very appropriate way with strong commitment to the security of our clients' assets."

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

If there’s one word that’s almost certain to appear somewhere on every business’s website, that word is talent. Companies of every size love to talk about talent! They can talk about talent all day long. Talk is cheap. More at Forbes.


Brevard Workforce to get new name

Brevard Workforce, the agency that helps the unemployed find work and also assists others in re-training, soon will a new name. Beginning Monday, it will be known as CareerSource Brevard. More at Florida Today.


Miami entrepreneur rocks out with crowdfunding campaign

Musician-entrepreneur David Packouz created a guitar pedal drum machine and started out trying to raise $75,000 on Indiegogo. But when the campaign ended, he raised $349,236 from 1802 crowdfunders. More at the Miami Herald.

Out of the Box
Camps for adults help workers recharge

camp for adultsWith time demands and stress levels rising, U.S. workers are desperate to connect with others who feel trapped in the same dynamics. Camps for adults have become increasingly popular as an antidote to workplace stress, offering workers a weekend or weeklong opportunity to unplug their devices, recharge their personal batteries, re-evaluate priorities and experience much needed camaraderie.

» Full story at the Miami Herald


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