Black Friday is a distant memory. Small Business Saturday is long gone. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed a spike in online sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving when people returned to their work computers, is the next in a line of days that stores are counting on to jumpstart the holiday shopping season. Read more from the AP and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
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Read the last interview with Sam Gibbons, former U.S. congressman and Florida legislator. Go to Florida Trend's "Icon" interview.
On Oct. 5, five days before he died, former U.S. congressman and Florida legislator Sam Gibbons was interviewed by Florida Trend’s Art Levy. Gibbons, dealing with balance problems, sat in a wheelchair, but was otherwise strong and energetic during the nearly two-hour session. He spoke about growing up in Tampa, his role in the 1944 D-Day invasion, his friendship with John Kennedy and his career in public service, which included 34 years in the U.S. Congress and 10 years in the Florida Legislature. Full story...
Raymond Gonzalez, a Florida International University senior, is developing an iPhone application called Pet Finder that will allow users to browse the dogs and cats at the local animal shelter or request an animal for adoption. Whether he starts his own company or works for someone else, Gonzalez is preparing to be a player in a high-paying, sizzling new industry, one that might provide the United States with a big opportunity to increase its exports in coming years. [Source: Miami Herald]
Now that the presidential election is over, small-business operators are focusing on what they can expect from a second term with Democratic President Barack Obama. Some are cautiously optimistic the economy will improve and their revenues will follow. Others fear that escalating taxes, regulations and lack of loan capital will create an economic molasses that will make it tougher for them to compete. [Source: Florida Today]
They come from big cities and small towns across this sprawling state, and from vastly different backgrounds. Some are new and some are seasoned. Some Democrats. Even more Republicans. But members of the Florida Legislature heard largely the same message from voters on Election Day, and they agree on how that will influence their work in the upcoming legislative session. [Source: Times/Herald]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Counties laud web auctions [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Nearly three years after Broward and Palm Beach counties moved foreclosure auctions to the Internet, officials say the change has eliminated backlogs and saved staff time and money.
› From neighbors to businesses, Brevard is smitten with its snowbirds [Florida Today]
Every fall, thousands make that trek from “our other place” to “our Florida place.” And while they may be part-time residents, they offer full-time passion for the Space Coast community — fiscally, physically and emotionally.
› The poetry of cupping is alive and well [Gainesville Sun]
To "cup" coffee is not merely to taste it. It's to understand the whole process of what goes into a good cup of coffee, from the time the bean started as a seed on a tropical tree to when it hits your palate.
› For Miami, new cruise ships a cause for celebration [Miami Herald]
Miami’s ship has come in. And it looks more like a fleet. After a three-year dry stretch that saw no shiny new vessels mooring in Miami’s waters — and years of efforts to draw new operators coupled with millions spent on upgrades — the port is touting its biggest expansion ever.
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› Column: Want a save a lot of money? Don't have children [New York Times]
Here's a sure-fire way to save a lot of money. Don't have children. I decided to come up with an estimate, rough as it is, for what it would cost my spouse and me to have one child. The bottom line: close to $2 million.
› Breaking ground on the future [Florida Today]
This week will be a busy one for the ceremonial turning of dirt that traditionally marks the beginning of a new project. Two major groundbreakings — one by Harris Corp. in Palm Bay and the other by Embraer jets at Melbourne International Airport — have long-term ramifications for Brevard County’s quest to become world leader in cutting-edge research.
› Is the electric car dying again? [Miami Herald]
Efforts to successfully market electric cars have been stop and go. A former exec with an electric vehicle services company tells what’s needed for the cars to succeed down the road.
› Shoppers celebrate local offerings during Small Business Saturday [Tampa Bay Times]
Created three years ago by American Express, Small Business Saturday is held the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Customers who register with American Express and use their card at participating stores are eligible for a $25 credit on their statement. Many stores also offer sales of their own. That's what brought Chuck and Martha Altman, of South Tampa, to Cheese Please on Saturday.