Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Agencies meet small business contracting goal
For the first time since 2005 agencies met the government-wide goal for percentage of contracts awarded to small businesses. The Small Business Administration said Aug. 1 that agencies provided small businesses with $83 billion in contracts in fiscal 2013 out of $355 billion total. More from Small Business Trends and Fierce Government.
Small firms are embracing mobility
While much of the focus of mobility has been on the enterprise, small businesses are increasingly looking to mobility to improve productivity at a lower cost. In fact, more than three-quarters of small businesses used mobile technology this year, up from two-thirds last year. More at Fierce Mobile IT.
New wave of entrepreneurial spaces washing ashore in South Florida
Power traders in Florida
Moving beyond Miami’s urban core, entrepreneurial spaces are opening up all over South Florida. Some are tackling untapped markets while others are focused on niche industries. More at the Miami Herald.
Survey: Small businesses snub lenders
A recent survey by Sageworks, a financial information company, found that 3 out of 4 owners in businesses less than 10 years old said they have never applied for a loan (personal or business) for their companies. More at Forbes.
Training staff is the key to success
Training is one of those things that managers frequently cut when dollars and resources are scarce. However, I believe regular training is so necessary if employees are to remain current and effective in their job requirements. More from Jerry Osteryoung.
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