December 17, 2017

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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.

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» Officials say the government kept its promise to small businesses. Did it really?
» Small Business: A Weaker Job Creator

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

energy traders
From offices at FPL’s corporate campus in south Florida, a group of 35 traders, analysts and managers deals in the business of buying and selling power and procuring fuel.

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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.

Small Business Advice
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.

End Of An Era
Dania Beach Hurricane

hurricane At one time, it was known as the tallest wooden amusement park ride in Florida: the mighty Hurricane roller coaster. Today, the Hurricane is little more than a 100-foot-tall timber statue sitting silently next to Interstate 95 in Dania Beach. Its thrills and chills screeched to a halt when it closed in 2011 in a sour economy. The coaster was supposed to be demolished or disassembled but never was. Now the end may be coming.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Shop with a Cop
Shop with a Cop

Members of the West Melbourne PD, Palm Bay PD and Brevard County Fire Rescue give 140 kids in south Brevard a chance to "Shop with a Cop."

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