Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
FSU's Eric Barron to become president of Penn State
Eric J. Barron, current president of Florida State University, was chosen Monday to lead Pennsylvania's largest university. During his four years at Florida State, Barron has been an aggressive advocate for increased state funding and academic recognition for the university. He was formerly a professor and dean at Penn State. Over the weekend, Barron shocked FSU trustees by publicly talking about leaving the school in a newspaper interview in Florida. More at the AP, and also see:
- Penn State names Eric J. Barron president; University will welcome him on May 12
- Florida State University trustees to discuss presidential transition
Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida Business
How to sell more stuff to more people more often
Every company has a reason for being in business. When that purpose is properly communicated, people warm up. When people feel the need for your offering in their own lives, they listen. When they see a company that’s different, provides value, and can be trusted, they buy.
Read Ron Stein's full column here.
US small businesses are tapping wealthy Chinese investors for loans
Education & Training
Technical schools now state-of-the-future options
Just a few years ago, Southwest Florida's pair of technical schools were considered the place students went if they could not get into college. Some even saw the schools, which were dilapidated and filled with junky, often second-hand tools and equipment, as akin to a prison.
But not anymore.
It’s well known that China’s wealthy investors are stashing money abroad in real estate and offshore bank accounts. But their investment in US small and mid-sized businesses, thanks to America’s immigrant investor program known as the EB-5 visa, is rapidly growing. More at Quartz.
Make sure your business dealings conform to your broader ideals
Every once in a while I see a company making a strategic decision not because of the money, but because it is the right thing to do. The recent announcement by CVS Caremark that it will remove all tobacco products from its stores is one such decision. Read Jerry Osteryoung's full column.
Business travelers flee to favorite winter getaways
With many regions of the country saddled with frigid temperatures and snow and ice this winter, many business travelers are burning vacation days to seek warmth and relaxation at various sunny locales. More at USA Today.
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