October 24, 2014

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Gov. Scott will use speech to stress tax cuts

Gov. Rick Scott will kick off the 2014 legislative session by asking legislators to approve his tax cut package and by asking to keep tuition rates low. Scott's State of the State speech Tuesday will be one of the highlights of the opening day of the 60-day session. More at the AP.

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» For campaigning Gov. Scott, a balancing act


Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida Business
How to get your audience to discover your content

Content is an interesting word. Most of us hear it and think about the creation and sharing of information used to acquire customers. It comes in all forms. Video, brochures, ebooks, blog posts, printed how-to guides, infographics, case studies, articles, and many more. Read Ron Stein's full column.


Your favorite store may be tracking you while you shop

Food Business

Kitchen incubators help new food-preneurs

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As South Florida’s food trade simmers into national recognition and food-preneurs try to catapult their products into bigger markets, companies are cropping up to provide shared kitchen space and advice on everything from license applications to social media marketing.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

Signals emitted by your smartphone leave a digital trail that retailers can follow to find out how long you lingered in front of a sales rack or languished in a checkout line. A growing number of mobile analytics companies use the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi beacons broadcast by smartphones to help retailers monitor customers’ movements. More from McClatchy.


Small Business Advice
Hiring people with disabilities

There are roughly 54 million people in our country with disabilities of all types, and surveys show the rate of unemployment for this group is twice that of the overall workforce. However the true number is even higher than these statistics show, as many get so discouraged they quit looking. Read more from Jerry Osteryoung.


Darden Restaurants: Another tough quarter

Darden Restaurants warned investors this morning of another disappointing quarter, saying it expects profit to drop 20 percent. Darden expects earnings per share of 82 cents its third quarter that ended last month. Analysts had been expecting 93 cents. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Environment
Carbon emissions fall in Florida

emissionsGood news for Floridians concerned about air quality: Carbon-dioxide emissions fell in the state in 2011, according to the latest state-by-state data. Carbon emissions, considered a key contributor to climate change, dropped by 5 percent in Florida from 2010 levels, faster than the 2.3 percent dip for the country overall in 2011.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel


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