October 22, 2014

Wednesday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

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Small Businesses Continue to Lead Job Creation

The private sector added 179,000 new jobs in May, down from 220,000 the month earlier, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. Small businesses, however, added 82,000 workers to their payrolls in May, an increase over April’s numbers, which were revised down from 82,000 to 76,000. More at FOX Business.

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Florida arts groups see biggest budget windfall in a decade

Florida playhouses, museums and performance groups have spent years grasping for cash, the dry economic climate felt not only at ticket windows but also at the state funding level. Relief came as part of Scott's $77 billion state budget, the largest in Florida history. More at the Tampa Bay Times.


Miami struggling to attract film productions

Higher Education

UF's online university has become a 'cash cow'

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Florida public universities have become national leaders in online education. What’s driving the trend? Online classes are lucrative -- both for the schools and the companies that help them set up web-based coursework. 

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After two legislative sessions without allotting additional funds for movie and television industry tax credits, Florida filmmakers are looking for new ways to attract productions to the state. More at the Miami Herald and Miami Today.


AutoNation's sales in May were best since 2006

With its May sales of new vehicles at their highest level since 2006, AutoNation plans to add another store to what's already the country's biggest dealership network. The Fort Lauderdale-based chain said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Roundtree Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Mobile, Ala. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Florida business owners weigh in on new hires, retaining talent

A new study by BMO Harris Bank found that two of the most critical strategies in retaining talented employees — other than salary — are to offer flexible hours and opportunities for education, training and development. More at the Orlando Business Journal.

Transportation
Car-ride services compete in Miami

miami car shareWhat began as a civil campaign to change Miami-Dade County laws so passengers could hail car rides using their cellphones has, in the face of political opposition, evolved into an outright insurgency. Ride-sharing service UberX plans to launch in the county Wednesday, joining Lyft, which began offering rides two weeks ago.

» Full story from the Miami Herald


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