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May 26, 2018

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Gov. Scott signs state budget into law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law the largest budget in state history, a $77 billion spending plan crafted to enhance his re-election prospects, as well as the Republican legislators who crafted it. Scott didn't use a scalpel for vetoes, it was a pair of tweezers: $69 million in vetoed spending is less than half his previous low. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

» Read Gov. Scott's letter to Secretary Ken Ketzner

» List of budget vetoes

Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida Business
How to beat the fear of public speaking

Our online and social media centric world makes it all too easy to sit behind a keyboard or mobile device to market your offering. But, sometimes you need to actually look another human in the eye to sell your product or service. And, sooner or later it’ll be to a room full of people. More from Ron Stein.

Bank and lending professionals in demand

Business Basics

Government Contracts & Exporting

florida small business
For some small businesses, it’s definitely worth the time to develop a marketing campaign specifically for state of Florida agencies.

MyFloridaMarketPlace, which is part of the Florida Department of Management Service, has nearly 15,000 registered buyers who issue, on average, 5,000 purchase orders each month. 

» Florida Small Business

New bank branches in South Florida are resulting in more job opportunities, especially for those with lending experience. "Due to the economic recovery, many banks are expanding their staffs," said David Sosa, who heads the financial services practice for Randstad Professionals in Florida. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

UCF Business Incubation Program receives recognition

UCF’s Business Incubation Program has been receiving buzz for its successful and highly innovative laser technology. The National Business Incubation Association named OptiGrate the 2014 Outstanding Incubator Graduate in the technology category at the International Conference on Business Incubation in New Orleans. More at Central Florida Future.

Small Business Advice
Letting staff make decisions in customer service issues

A critical piece of every business’ customer service strategy is how you plan to handle customer concerns. When properly dealt with, complaints are an opportunity to transform angry or upset customers into extremely loyal ones. More from Jerry Osteryoung.

Out of the Box
Under the Sea

fabian cousteauThe grandson of famed undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau is starting his own mission — this one with the ability to reach millions of people on the lessons and mysteries of the deep. Fabien Cousteau and other aquanauts will live in Aquarius, the world's last remaining offshore underwater laboratory.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

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2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and the rest of his team NOAA, are predicting an 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will either be near-normal or above normal.

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