Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
For younger workers, making friends on the job is key
Research shows employees who have close friends at work are more engaged, more likely to stay, and more likely to say they love their companies. Millennials — generally considered to be in their 20s and early 30s — search for closeness in their office relationships, perhaps more than any other age group does. More at the Miami Herald.
Off-season tourism improves
Even in the off season, South Florida hotels are seeing improved tourism. In September, Broward County hotels were 64.5 percent occupied compared with 59.6 percent in the same month last year. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
House and Senate will likely have new small business leaders next year
Outside of Ohio, Steve Chabot’s name may not mean much to small business owners. However, he may soon be one of their most influential representatives in Washington. More at the Washington Post.
Fort Lauderdale company awarded patent for water-filtering technology
Periodic Products, a Fort Lauderdale company that made a splash with its unique pool-cleaning product, has been awarded a U.S. patent for its filtration technology that collects metals from water. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Poynter agrees to host African journalists amidst Ebola concern
After a decision by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg to cancel a scheduled visit by a group of African journalists due to Ebola fears, another institution has stepped forward to host them. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
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