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Nova Southeastern University receives $200 million commitment from Patel Family Foundation
Today, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million for real estate and facilities.
The money will be used to expand the university's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and also to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship. With $200 million gift, Nova Southeastern University will rename their College of Health Care Sciences: The Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. Also, NSU will rename College of Osteopathic Medicine: The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Full story here.
Stuart Arnold, founder of the Auto Trader publishing empire, dies at 82
Stuart Arnold moved from New York to St. Petersburg in 1973 where he founded and ran Auto-Trader magazine for over 17 years. He later owned and operated CPN television studios in Clearwater, FL along with many other successful business ventures. Read Arnold's obituary here and see Florida' Trend's 1996 profile of Arnold: The Happiest Millionaire.
Tourism industry to visitors: Don’t #prayforMiami. We’re fine.
A perception of a destroyed Miami post-Hurricane Irma is keeping some visitors away from the region as tourism leaders work to spread a message of a back-to-normal Miami. In the Keys, the impact of Irma is expected to seriously impact the region’s key industry — and its small business players. More from the Miami Herald.
Medical marijuana law challenged over black farmer license
A lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of part of a new state law that requires a coveted medical-marijuana license to go to a black farmer. Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City, filed the lawsuit, alleging that the law is so narrowly drawn that only a handful of black farmers could qualify for the license. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Federal grant could help electrify JTA bus service
A $1 million grant may soon let sunshine power Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses, including one to shuttle employees to and from the new Amazon warehouse on the city’s Northside. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Hispanic Unity of Florida’s 2017 Entrepreneur Summit
Returning for its sixth year, Hispanic Unity of Florida’s 2017 Entrepreneur Summit is a day-long learning and networking event showcasing the diverse array of businesses that contribute to South Florida’s economy.
» More from Florida Small Business.
Robyn Spirtas and Deb Gerard help oversee S.W.A.T, a women’s business networking group Spirtas founded in 2009. S.W.A.T. stands for Successful Women Aligning Together, has expanded to seven chapters, with monthly meetings in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Parrish, Venice, Brandon and Bradenton Beach.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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