Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Small business confidence rollercoaster continues
The latest Small Business Optimism Index rose 2 points to 93.4, mostly reversing the February decline but failing once again to breach the 95 ceiling that has capped the Index during the recovery. Six of the Index components improved, two were unchanged, and two were lower. More from NFIB and eWeek.
» Related: FloridaSmallBusiness.com is all new for 2014 and includes how-to articles for entrepreneurs.
Aerospace giant Rockwell Collins marks 40 years in Melbourne
When talking about some of the big players in aviation — Airbus, Beechcraft, Gulfstream, LearJet — you can't get into too much detail without bringing Rockwell Collins Inc.'s operation in Melbourne into the conversation. More at Florida Today.
Orlando ranked No. 1 in foreclosure activity in March
Metropolitan Orlando led the nation in foreclosure activity during March, with a 13 percent increase in filings compared with February, according to a new report. The number of legal actions at all stages of the foreclosure process hit a nine-month high of 2,886 but was still down from a year earlier. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
» Miami still leads in foreclosure filings
Fewer barbershops, more full-on salons for just the guys
Grooming studios that offer male customers cold draft beer and televisions showing sports games aren't new in Southwest Florida. But the needs of men have changed, and traditional barber shops have evolved over the years in an effort to stay relevant. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Sarasota company hopes its beacon will lead to missing Malaysian jet
As the month-long search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet focuses on signals detected in the Indian Ocean over the past few days, a company in Southwest Florida is especially transfixed. More at the Miami Herald.
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