Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
The sixth annual survey and recognition program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Florida’s best employers in small, medium and large categories. Find out who made the list - see the top 100 companies that made the cut:
»Best Large Companies
(250 or more employees)
» Best Midsized Companies
(50 to 249 employees)
» Best Small Companies
(15 to 49 employees)
See also: » How the winners were chosen
Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. [Source: AP]
It’s a common question for small-business owners: “How can I take my company to the next level and become a middle-market business?” Before answering this question, it’s important to understand the definition of the middle market, which varies according to whom you ask. [Source: Miami Herald]
For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an "R" affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line, thanks mostly to stronger housing and stock markets. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Carnival Cruise Line is tapping into Florida's craft brewery scene. Many are seeing the partnership as the first between a major cruise line and a craft brewery. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal and the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Florida governor’s race gets vicious
In Florida’s bareknuckle governor’s race, it’s as if the 2010 campaign season never ended. From secret Rick Scott deposition to Charlie Crist’s tie to Ponzi schemer, Florida governor’s race has more "mudslinging."
› Marion schools face a technology crisis
A decade ago, the Marion County School District was considered a state leader in the push to add new technology, from interactive smart boards to computerized overhead projectors. Now the district is struggling to keep up with the times.
› Jacksonville lands International Pageants through 2016
Visit Jacksonville announced Thursday that the tourism bureau for Duval County has landed a deal with International Pageants that returns events to the city through 2016.
› Miami’s port tunnel to open in August
More than two months and $7 million in contractor fines after it was supposed to open, Port Miami’s billion-dollar tunnel is finally about ready to handle traffic, officials said Thursday.
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