Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Small-Business Optimism Hits Highest Level in Over 6 Years
Small-business owners seem to be wearing rose-colored sunglasses this spring, according to the latest survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index increased 1.4 points in May for a final reading of 96.6 – the highest reading since September 2007. More from Fox Business, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC.
Wellington aircraft company to split into two businesses
B/E Aerospace, which makes products for commercial aircraft and business jets, is planning to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. More at the AP and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Sarasota may sue Sanborn Studios to recover grant
Nearly four years after the county gave $650,000 to a production company in hopes of creating jobs and fostering the local film industry, commissioners will consider suing the company they invested in. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Why a Publix-Whole Foods deal makes sense - and why it doesn't
It seems like a foodies’ dream, too delicious to ignore: Publix, Florida’s No. 1 supermarket chain, considering a purchase of Whole Foods, the upscale grocer known for organic products. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Florida grads 'panhandle' on street corner for a job
After having no luck with traditional job-hunting methods in a struggling job market, two recent University of South Florida graduates came up with a different approach. Holding cardboard signs saying they're "not homeless (yet)," Damian Romero and Jarod Fluck are soliciting their resumes to any passersby on the street. More at USA Today.
Out of the Box
Jack Miller caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror a few years ago, wearing a blue LED necklace. Naturally, he thought: "This should be in my toilet." Not because he didn't like it, but because the 62-year-old bathroom designer thought that lighting up the toilet bowl would make those nighttime trips a little easier. Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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