Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Scott, mosquito experts lay plans to fight Zika this summer
Earlier today, Gov. Rick Scott gave the opening remarks at the Florida Department of Health’s Zika Preparedness Planning Meeting in Miami. As the summer rains have begun to fall, both Miami-Dade and Broward counties have mounted their spraying campaigns using trucks and planes. Statewide, health officials have confirmed 81 travel-related cases so far this year, with no locally acquired cases. Florida's Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip issued this reminder:
Wear repellent, be aware of where you are traveling, if Zika continues to be seen in those places. When you come back take precautions, continue to use repellent and if you have a partner who is pregnant, or who wants to become pregnant, take sexual precautions.
Sales and Marketing Advice
Do you have the right stuff?
Selling is tough enough with limited time, budgets, and resources. Yet, with the right “stuff” at the ready, it’s much easier to accomplish goals and close deals. The problem is, the stuff you need takes time to create. Read Ron Stein's full column.
After the storm: Small businesses should anticipate insurers’ document requests
The aftermath of a catastrophic hurricane can overwhelm those impacted by the storm, especially in South Florida, which is prone to the effects of a hurricane. For businesses that sustain significant damage, the physical loss to the property is often overshadowed by the loss of income. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida food distributors combine forces
Specialty food and candy distributor McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet has signed an agreement to combine its business with Nassau Candy South. Nassau Candy South is a subsidiary of Nassau Candy Distributors Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of specialty confectionery, gourmet and snack food products. More from the Business Observer.
Opinion: Florida's fiscally responsible state government
Reading the headlines, it would appear that state governments are incapable of responsible budgeting. Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California are among the states that are, to varying degrees, fiscal messes. But some states are more fiscally responsible than others. Read the full column by FSU Economist Randall G. Holcombe, here.
Know (and follow) the law
Taxes, record keeping and employment law are not the most exciting subjects you’ll encounter as a business owner, but they are among some of the most important. Whether you choose to handle these tasks yourself or outsource them to others, you must have at least a passing familiarity with the regulations and requirements you are expected to uphold.
» More from Florida Small Business.
Ichetucknee Springs tubing
For 46 years, Linda Soride has rented inner tubes and floats to people for a lazy trip down the chilly Ichetucknee River. Now she’s afraid her business will be jeopardized because of changes regarding tube rentals and fees at Ichetucknee Springs State Park by the company that runs park concessions. And, Soride said, the higher prices may reduce the number of park visitors.
» Read more from the Gainesville Sun.
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