October 25, 2014

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Florida unemployment rate drops to 6.1% in January

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in January, continuing to tick down even as employment shrank by 2,600 jobs, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported this morning. More at the Palm Beach Post, the Orlando Sentinel and CBS Miami.

See also: Unemployment rates rise in South Florida


Small Business Advice
A time to reflect

Learning to give back is such an important virtue every leader should develop. Money and greed just will not seem very satisfying as you come to the end of your career. Being concerned only with monetary rewards while ignoring our society’s real needs is a shame. Read more from Jerry Osteryoung.


Q&A: John Clarke and Martin Lynch of JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

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John Clarke and Martin Lynch pride themselves on building and maintaining South Florida’s most authentic Irish pub. Everything in it — the deep-mahogany bar, the maple floorboards, the memorabilia on the walls — is from Ireland, including the owners, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s from Killinkere in County Cavan, northwest of Dublin. More at the Miami Herald.


Companies crack the code to employee satisfaction

If human resources (HR) professionals do just one thing this year, it should be focused on fostering a learning culture that makes employees more productive and happy. This was one of the primary messages from a panel of experts who gathered at the 11th annual SAPInsider Human Resource (HR) 2014 Conference held this week in Orlando, Florida. More at Forbes.


Personal driver services growing as drinkers avoid driving

Sometimes you don't even know your designated driver. More people are deciding to hire a personal driving service for work, errands and safe partying, particularly on occasions like St. Patrick's Day. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Entrepreneurship
Inventors face challenges bringing inventions to market

tarpklipWhile some Florida inventors have enjoyed some success and have big plans for the future of their inventions, many, for a variety of reasons, don’t achieve major mass-market success for the long term. For Lydia Woods, inventor of the Tarp Klip, a clip-on device that holds tarps in place, it has been an uphill battle of almost 20 years to get her product out there.

» Full story from the Miami Herald


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