Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Organized retail theft costs stores and shoppers
Organized retail crime — not just your run-of-the-mill-shoplifter — has hit almost every store in the past year, experts say. Nearly 90 percent of retailers have been victims of organized retail crime, the National Retail Federation found in a survey this spring. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Job growth large in Northeast Florida, but not for high paying jobs
20,100 jobs were created in Northeast Florida between April 2013 and April 2014. That's more jobs than the entire state of Kansas created in the same time span. But not all the jobs are high paying or full time. More at First Coast News.
NBA Finals help basketball grow in football states
Basketball is taking center stage in the football-crazed states of Texas and Florida — and not just this month. With so much basketball in June lately, kids in Texas and Florida are being exposed to a different option — without getting hit. More at the AP.
I Became a Multi-Unit Franchisee While Still in College
Most people graduate college with a diploma. Aneesh Patel graduated not only with a degree, but also five Subway locations in Tampa. Starting young has paid off for Patel, who now owns six Marco's Pizza locations in Southern Florida. His goal is to work with this brother to establish 40 locations by 2020. More at Entrepreneur.
Orlando’s I-Drive gets a facelift
By 2016, the Orlando International Drive District, a first of its kind when it was established in 1993, will house two new entertainment complexes. International Drive already employs about 32,000 people, and the new projects are estimated to add between 800 and 1,000 new jobs. More at the AP.
Out of the Box
The Florida Department of Citrus is in the final stages of negotiations on a roughly $1 million contract with comic book publisher Marvel Worldwide Inc. to create a new Captain Citrus character to market orange juice to pre-teens and teens.
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