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Business - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

Mike Vogel | 1/1/2011

• LOLA GONZALEZ
Owner, Accurate Background Check - Ocala

Lola Gonzalez
[Photo: Jeffrey Camp]
Taking the fall for her employees

"Don't let your employee go and then give yourself a bonus," says Lola Gonzalez, owner of Accurate Background Check, an employee screening firm. In 2010, amid declining revenue, Gonzalez stopped taking a salary rather than fire one of her eight employees. Gonzalez, of course, retained ownership of the business and manages it while juggling two jobs to make ends meet: Community facilitator and "mitigation specialist" — researching the background of clients facing the death penalty to find circumstances that might cause a judge to be lenient. Her death penalty work is featured in a Yale University Press book. Her business, meanwhile, she says is "doing well."


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Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
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John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
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