October 2, 2014

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More stores mix brick and mortar with online

Retailers everywhere are facing a modern dilemma: How best to blend physical stores and online operations in a world that now demands that retailers do a good job at both. The result is retailers such as Walmart offering shoppers the option to order online and pick up in store. Or online heavyweight Amazon building distribution centers in Florida so it can cut delivery times to compete with physical stores. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida Business
Building better brand awareness for your business

The business you are seeking is seeking you. There is little doubt that people are looking for what your company offers. Prospective customers are on the hunt. But, you're hiding and no one knows who you are. Or cares. Read Ron Stein's full column.


International banking brings jobs

Business Profile

EnergyGlass makes windows that generate electricity

energy glass
What if the light shining on windows could power buildings? That's the question that Riviera Beach-based Saf-Glass — which manufactures glass that can withstand bullets and bombs — explored posed when it began to develop EnergyGlass in 2007.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

International banking pumped an estimated $2.1 billion into the state economy and helped create 16,774 direct and indirect jobs, according to the Florida International University analysis that looked at 2012 data from the Florida Office for Financial Regulation and surveyed members of the Florida International Bankers Association. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Florida Trend Exclusive
Florida Small Business: Fictitious names

A Fictitious Name Registration is required of individuals who do business under any name other than either their legal personal name or a properly registered corporate name, partnership, trademark, service mark or limited liability company. More from Florida Small Business.


Small Business Advice
Nepotism is really not a good policy

Many firms have had success hiring relatives of employees. That said however, I believe not employing family members really is the best policy for so many reasons. Hiring family members is just wrought with difficulty. Read more from Jerry Osteryoung.

Technology
After .com: Using a Non-Traditional Domain Name

small business technologyToday's startups have a lot of technological advantages over businesses that launched a decade ago. But there's one challenge that's unique to the modern entrepreneur: finding an available domain name for their business. For American businesses, .com remains the most popular and coveted top-level domain. But the pool of available .com names is rapidly shrinking, and getting the branded domain name you want is becoming more difficult — and incredibly expensive.

» Full story from Business News Daily


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