February 2015 Contents

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FEATURES

Universal Studios Florida

Theme park wizards

Long overshadowed by Mickey Mouse, Universal Studios Florida is growing explosively, powered by the magic of a popular boy wizard and the money of an initially skeptical new owner.

Florida tourism: Briefs & stats

Briefs include: Cruises to Cuba, an update on BP oil spill settlements, and shakeups at SeaWorld Entertainment.

Fertile ground: The export market is hot for eco-friendly fertilizer

Entrepreneur Amir Varshovi has built a company that manufactures eco-friendly fertilizer. He’s expanding — and looking to the export market.

Small business exporting: Beyond hit or miss

Entrepreneur John Daly turned to exporting to help his company better ride out ups and downs in the domestic economy.

Telecomunications: High fiber diet

AT&T is moving West Delray residents off old phone technology of copper wires and networks of switches, which dates back to Alexander Graham Bell, and onto a modern, internet-based fiber network.

Trendlines

Up Front
Universal fun in Florida

Florida Trend’s feature on Universal Studios highlights the importance of tourism in Florida.

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‘Alligator’ Ron Bergeron

“Yes, I wrassle alligators. It’s a Florida cultural thing, sort of like running with the bulls in Spain or fighting bulls in Mexico...”

Florida Originals
The town that killed an outlaw

Take a trip into the past and learn how a notorious killer died at the Smallwood Store in Collier County.  

Dining
All-day dining at restaurants across Florida

There's a growing list of restaurants staying open at the traditional closing hours of 2 to 5 p.m.

OF COUNSEL
Giant slayer: Florida attorney takes on Goliaths

Attorney Andrew C. Hall has gained a reputation for taking on complex commercial cases against, at times, whole countries.

Tallahassee Trend
Loophole: Holding companies use law to avoid paying taxes

Gov. Reubin Askew, who had led a campaign calling for a corporate-income tax, offered a warning: Don’t create loopholes. Guess what happened.

Editor's Page
Playing catch-up

Children who don’t learn early and well hit school age playing catch-up, and the effects tend to cascade through their lives as they age.

Entrepreneur U

A surge in entrepreneurial thinking

All manner of college disciplines — from engineering to the arts — have incorporated entrepreneurship into their teaching.

Florida Atlantic University
A spot at the incubator


University of Central Florida
LaunchPad for student ventures


Florida State University
A noteworthy endeavor


University of Florida
Dorm for budding entrepreneurs


University of Tampa
Focusing on health care and tech


Florida International University
Building partnerships


Around the State

Statewide
Of tourists and toll roads

Many tourists are surprised to find fees on their bills to account for their use of automated toll roads in Florida.

Miami
Dollar signs: Small business are feeling upbeat

Across the board, local economic indicators are strong.

Southeast
Battle brews over half-gallon ‘growlers’

The Crafted Keg is suing the state, saying its ban on one specific size of growler has no “rational basis.”

Southwest
Growing Presence: A women-friendly market

The number of women-owned businesses increased 50% between 2002 and 2014.

Central
Orlando aviation company is flying into the sunset

Fixed-base operator Showalter Flying Service can’t keep up with the big boys.

Northeast
Fired up

Datil Dew Pepper Products sells liquid fire.

Northwest
Eyeing a fix to prevent blindness

A Pensacola company targets the leading cause of preventable blindness.

International
Keiser University is going global

Keiser University extends its reach to China, Nicaragua and beyond.

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