April 20, 2018

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Florida's record-setting budget, new laws, take effect Tuesday

On Tuesday, July 1, the state's $77 billion budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. The laws range from the "Florida GI Bill" which is intended to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation, to lowering college costs and banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Roundup of major laws taking effect at the Tallahassee Democrat.

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Florida TaxWatch

Florida fruit and vegetable production grow the economy

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Florida's favorable agricultural climate positions the state as the second largest produce exporter in the nation, according to a new economic report from Florida TaxWatch. Analysis finds that farming and processing of Florida produce contributes more than $7.5 billion to the state economy.
» Full report is here

Why people don't buy from you

In this week's column, business coach Ron Stein writes:

You don’t have to be a great sales person or marketer to get a deal to close. You just have to avoid certain mistakes. When you do that, you’ll stand apart from the crowd and win the trust you deserve, acquiring wonderful new customers along the way.
Stein's column is here.

U.S. top court rules for companies on birth control mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of The Affordable Care Act that requires closely-held private companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control. Justices said such companies can seek an exemption from the birth control mandate. The decision means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources. More from Reuters.

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Florida Supreme Court swears in 56th Chief Justice

The Florida Supreme Court is set to swear in its first Cuban-American chief justice. Jorge Labarga was elected as the 56th Chief Justice in January and begins his two-year term today. A swearing in ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Tallahassee. More from the AP.

Small Business Advice

Reputation risk

A business’ reputation affects its success in so many ways. Employees want to work for a company that has a great reputation just as people want to buy from one. The best companies understand their reputations are among their most valuable assets. » Jerry Osteryoung's column is here.

Gas Prices
AAA sees gasoline prices easing for Fourth

blueberriesGasoline prices are beginning to decline as the Fourth of July approaches, AAA said. “Market concerns about a supply disruption in Iraq are calming,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. “The price of oil slipped last week, so motorists should begin to see some relief at the pump. However, the discount may only be a nickel, keeping the average price on Independence Day at its highest level since 2008." More at the Naples Daily News.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches with TESS planet-hunting satellite
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches with TESS planet-hunting satellite

A NASA spacecraft launched Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is expected to discover thousands more families of so-called exoplanets circling bright, nearby stars, some of which might have the ingredients needed to support life.

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