August 4, 2015

Monday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/3/2015

Workplace mentoring boosts careers, skills and retention

In today’s time-pressed workplace, mentoring matters more than ever, but the relationship has changed. Today, successful mentoring is decidedly a two-way relationship in which senior leaders — and the businesses they work for — gain as well. More at the Miami Herald.

Sales and Marketing Advice
The second rule of marketing and sales is to make your business stand out

It’s as if you’re living in a vast, deep ocean of completive noise. So big, that either potential customers don’t know your company exists, or in the few seconds that your business zooms by them there’s nothing that grabs their attention. More from Ron Stein.

Flooding prompts evacuations, business closures in Tampa Bay

Yet another round of torrential rain soaked waterlogged western Florida on Monday. Roads were flooded throughout the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro area. Evacuations have been ordered for parts of Pasco County and shelters opened in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Business closures include Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo [Source: WFLA]. Tampa International Airport has had numerous delays and 19 diversions. More at the Weather Channel and the AP. Check Twitter to see more closures and shelter information.

See also:
» Historic rainfall overtaxes Tampa’s wastewater system
» Photos of the Deluge in Western Florida

Soccer stadium kick-starts new restaurants, shops

A handful of ambitious restaurateurs and entrepreneurs are planting stakes along West Church Street in the Parramore neighborhood ahead of Orlando City Soccer Club's planned new stadium opening in 2016. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Small Business Advice
On vacation? You really need to unplug yourself

Vacation should be a joy and a wonderful time to spend with your friends and family. Too many managers and entrepreneurs just do not take vacation like this. They stay plugged in to their offices with their phones or tablets. More from Jerry Osteryoung.

Online Business Trends
Online Yard Sales

buy sell trade facebook Online shopping isn't a new phenomenon, but users say older sites like Craigslist make them wary of being ripped off or worse, robbed. Ebay is sometimes seen as too niche. Facebook, though, is already folded seamlessly into users' daily routine.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times

Out of the Box

underwater science It's a tech geek's dream fulfilled in the underwater lab hosting four "aquanauts" for 14 days this month, where they get to practice space exploration with a cutting-edge Microsoft virtual-reality headset.

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Blind Tampa woman is first to receive bionic eye device in Florida
Blind Tampa woman is first to receive bionic eye device in Florida

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