Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Tech execs remain optimistic despite hiring challenges
About eight in ten global tech execs say they plan to grow their work force but about nine in ten say it is very difficult to find the right people. About 82 percent said they believe business conditions will be better this year than last, the highest rate of optimism in the survey in five years. More at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
» Innovation Economy Outlook 2014
Why fresh leads and closing deals are part of the same process
Quick. Without giving any deep thought to it, what’s more important -- fresh leads or closing the prospects you have? Most business owners and executives will quickly say leads. I bet you did too. Truth is, this is a trick question. The answer is neither and both. Read Ron Stein's full column.
Local roots key for independent booksellers
Florida Small Business
From farmers markets to supermarkets, local-minded consumers are buying Florida-made produce, beers, even soap. Now Florida authors and booksellers are hoping to build on their own roots with a locally grown approach to literary marketing. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Small Business Advice
Don't get too busy to pay attention to your health
Overdoing it with travel and work can have negative results on your health, which can affect all aspects of your life. If you don't listen to your body, you can end up paying a high price. More from Jerry Osteryoung.
» 3 Ways to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: You
Four keys to building a high-demand business
For most of us in Small Business, the last several years have tested our limits and brought about more change than we ever expected or even wanted. But change is good if you can use it to your advantage, and today, as a result, those small businesses that learned to adapt and evolve with the changing economy have started to move beyond mere survival to new levels of success. More at the Miami Herald.
Out of the Box
In a country where Fidel Castro once proposed breeding mini-cows for pasturing in backyards, it should be no surprise that Cubans have become masters of improvisations and inventions in the face of their myriad scarcities.
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