October 25, 2014

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Gubernatorial race shines light on solar energy in Sunshine State

The Sunshine State gets less than one percent of its energy from the sun. Most of its energy comes from natural gas, which it gets from out of state. The candidates for governor differ on their approaches to increasing solar energy in Florida. More at WGCU.

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Florida No. 28 for workers’ comp premium rates

The Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary from Oregon's Department of Consumer & Business Services reveals that Florida businesses spend $1.82 for every $100 of payroll issue on workers' comp expenses. More at the Orlando Business Journal.

Manatee County growing companies

Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival

Preparations are well underway for the production of the 5th Annual Celebration of the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, A Culinary Affair!. This year’s festival will take place on November 14, 15 and 16 and moves to a brand new location on the Florida Atlantic University Campus in Boca Raton.

» More from the Boca Raton Tribune

Manatee County is on an economic development hot streak that should pay dividends for decades to come. That was the message Thursday evening from Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Shipping company to create 65 jobs in Miramar

A worldwide shipping company from Denmark will locate its headquarters in Miramar and create 65 jobs, and a Broward manufacturer is expanding, adding 50 jobs. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

South Florida ‘foodpreneurs’ seeing heaping helpings of investment interest

The restaurant industry is a notoriously tough business. Margins are typically low in grocery sales, as food costs continue to rise. But there are some food entrepreneurs who are defying the odds: those focused on fresher, healthier eating. More at the Miami Herald.

Halloween Business
Tax or Treat

tax or treat As Halloween approaches, Florida TaxWatch is reminding Florida consumers which goodies they'll pay taxes on. A new brief from the independent research institute details which Halloween treats are taxed and which are exempt under the state's sometimes confusing grocery tax exemptions. It also compares Florida's taxation of candy to the other 49 states.

» Taxes are tricky for Halloween treats

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