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Taking the family business on the road

Richard DeVito, Jr., 40, of Lake Worth, decided to take his family's decades-old traditional tool sharpening business down a new path – on the road. Having a movable business creates a flexible mind set in more ways than one, says DeVito. It also provides a fast-track start for people who want to go into business without the commitment of a lease and overhead expenses of office space. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Health Care Trends

proton

Proton therapy centers are proliferating in Florida, highlighting both the medical industry's push to create new technologies -- and their role in driving health care costs.

» Medical Arms Race

Space shuttle Endeavour rolls toward final Florida exit

Kennedy Space Center crews this morning rolled Endeavour from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the shuttle runway, where it will be lifted and set atop a 747 carrier aircraft today. The move, which began around 5 a.m., was the last step before Endeavour's planned takeoff Monday morning atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to start the shuttle program's final ferry flight. [Source: Florida Today]


Jacksonville-Based ParkerVision to sell more than 4 million shares of stock

Jacksonville-based technology firm ParkerVision announced Friday that the company has signed a securities purchase agreement to sell 4.38 million shares of its commons stock. According to a news release issued Friday by ParkerVision, the common stock for the company will sell for $2.30 for investors. [Source: Florida Times-Union]


» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:

  • The big real estate picture: Florida markets are emerging from the doldrums, but don't expect much construction until growth picks up.
  • Businesslike higher ed: The University of West Florida has devised a strategy for coping with declining state funding, which has fallen by nearly 47% in the past five years.
  • Florida dining: Beer gardens at the head of the class.

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.


Literary Sunshine
Homegrown in Florida

Florida can seem like a child's dream of paradise: endless sunny days, trips to the beach to swim and build sandcastles, bike riding without a jacket in the middle of January, and magical themeparks only a short drive away. But what was life really like for those who grew up here? Read all about it in a new book featuring contributions from Carl Hiaasen, Tom Petty, Zora Neale Hurston, Michael Connelly, and many more.

» See more, including pictures and excerpts

» Pre-order the book, due out next week

» University Press of Florida