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U.S. job growth stumbles, raising doubts on economy
U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months and wages fell in September, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the end of this year. More at Reuters and the AP.
USDA awards Florida $4 million in ag-research grants
As part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) specialty crop grants, the state of Florida is set to receive about $4 million to be split between 40 projects taking place at universities and other community organizations. More at Farms.com.
UF/IFAS termite pioneer to be inducted into inventors hall of fame
Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida scientist who invented the Sentricon® system for termite colony elimination, is scheduled to be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Oct. 2 in Tampa. More at the IFAS News.
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How affluent Florida parents pay for their children’s college costs
A survey by BMO Private Bank found that affluent parents in Florida — those with at least $1 million in investible assets — expect the parents’ personal savings would cover 67 percent of their children’s college costs, including tuition, books, supplies and living expenses. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Kissimmee tourism board targets 2016 mission
Experience Kissimmee will make a big push in 2016 to bring convention and special-event business to Osceola County, branching out from a traditional tourist-based marketing approach. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Proforma A&G Marketing Group
Pablo Prahl and Jenny Hererra moved to Central Florida from Guatemala in 2009. Within 18 months, Prahl franchised with Proforma in 2011. He and Hererra grew it from a home-based operation to a storefront, four-employee firm on-track to nearly quadruple its first-year earnings.
» More from the Orlando Business Journal
A famous juggler's concrete plans
By the time Anthony Commarota was 8, he had become one of the best jugglers in the world, appearing on the ABC variety show “That’s Incredible.” Although he made a good living juggling, he hid a big secret: He didn’t like juggling for a living.
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