Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
The $50 million Florida company that started in a family station wagon
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice occupies more than 100,000 square feet in the coastal city of Fort Pierce, Florida, midway between Orlando and Miami. The family run juice company has grown into a thriving business through good timing and a refusal to compromise on its products. More from Inc.
Google’s YouTube TV adds Jacksonville market to expanding television service
YouTube’s TV streaming service has expanded to 14 new television markets, including Jacksonville, and the service plans to expand to another 17 markets across the nation. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera won't run for Congress
Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has decided not to run for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat in Congress, though he may seek another office in 2020. More from the Times/Herald.
Small Business Advice
Does the IRS view your sub-contractors as independent contractors or employees?
Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. You do not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors. Read Gray Poehler's full column.
Florida judge denies request to delay trial because of the solar eclipse
A federal judge in Florida has denied a bid by the Justice Department to postpone a trial this week so an agent could go see the eclipse. Judge Steven Merryday of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida shot down a bid by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent to postpone a trial because the agent had prepaid for an eclipse trip. In his opinion, Merryday wrote:
In any particular month, about four-hundred actions pend before each active district judge in the Middle District of Florida; each action typically involves several lawyers, at least two parties, and an array of witnesses. A trial prompts the clerk to summon scores of potential jurors. The present motion proposes to subordinate the time and resources of the court, of the opposing counsel, of the witnesses, and of the jurors to one person’s aspiration to view a “total” solar eclipse for no more than two minutes and forty-two seconds. To state the issue distinctly is to resolve the issue decisively.
When an indispensable participant, knowing that a trial is imminent, pre-pays for some personal indulgence, that participant, in effect, lays in a bet. This time, unlike Carly Simon’s former suitor, whose “horse, naturally, won,” this bettor’s horse has — naturally — lost. The motion is DENIED.
More from the Washington Post.
» Stuck in the office? Check out the live stream from NASA of solar eclipse, here.
Expand your footprint
No one starts a business with the intention of closing its doors five years later. Sadly, however, 50% of small businesses do exactly that. To avoid becoming one of them, here’s a thought: Begin to expand your firm’s footprint right now. Plan for expansion by exploring the many opportunities for growth that are available to your Florida-based business through the public sector and international markets.
» More from Florida Trend's Florida Small Business.
HBO's 'Hard Knocks' series boosts Tampa Bay area businesses
Men can enjoy yoga, including the most athletic ones. That is the message that the co-founder of Camp Tampa, a fitness studio located in South Tampa, wants to push after a few Tampa Bay Buccaneers players were shown practicing on HBO's television series Hard Knocks.
» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
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