Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Latvala 'temporarily' removed as Senate appropriations chairman
Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater was removed Monday as Chair of the Committee on Appropriations as the Senate launches an independent investigation of allegations that he sexually harassed six women. Senate President Joe Negron sent a memo to all Senate staff announcing that Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, will take Latvala’s place as budget chairman. Earlier, Latvala released a letter he had sent to Negron Monday, asking to take a "leave of absence" from his chairmanship "until this matter is resolved." More from the Tampa Bay Times.
'Small Business Saturday' tax holiday proposed for Florida businesses
Under the proposal, small businesses would be able to sell items costing less than $1,000 without charging sales taxes the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2018. Lawmakers have considered similar proposals in the past but have not approved them. More from WUSF.
Jacksonville’s Fanatics inks exclusive merchandise deal with Major League Soccer
Jacksonville-based Fanatics Inc. announced a deal with Major League Soccer Monday that extends an ecommerce agreement between the company and the league and gives Fanatics exclusive rights to merchandise. More from the Florida Times-Union.
TECO announces Gordon Gillette’s retirement, names new CEO
Gordon Gillette, CEO of Tampa Electric Co., will retire Nov. 30, the utility’s parent company Emera Inc. announced Monday. He will be replaced by longtime Emera executive Nancy Tower. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Port Everglades reports cruise traffic up for FY2017
Port Everglades has reported increased cruise passengers for its fiscal year 2017, ended Sept. 30, 2017. The port also posted a new record for containerized cargo volumes with 1,076,893 TEUs (the industry standard container measurement of 20-foot equivalent units) moving through the port. More from Cruise Industry News.
Trademarks or service marks
A trademark or service mark is important to a business that is trying to protect a name, design, slogan or any combination thereof. It is used to identify and distinguish a party’s goods or services from any other’s providing or rendering the same goods or services in the marketplace.
» More from Florida Small Business.
Innovation in Florida
Founded in 2013 out of Orlando’s Starter Studio accelerator program, Edu(k)ate provides a “financial wellness platform” that companies can make available to their workers as an employee benefit. The platform provides retirement financial advice and resources.
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