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Biotech an emerging industry in Florida

Florida experienced a biotech boom from 2006 through 2011, with the number of companies growing by 42 percent compared to just 5 percent nationwide, the Florida BioPulse report shows. More than 10 percent of the nation's biotech companies call Florida home. More from the Naples Daily News and BioFlorida.

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Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida business
Marketing strategies that won't break your budget

Identifying effective marketing strategies and tactics that will not break your budget can be a challenge. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to bring in new customers. The bad news -- if you’re not careful, you will end up spending too much time doing things that may or may not produce results. Full column from Ron Stein.

Florida is tied for worst record of employing teens

Business Profile


You might think if your business is in the tank, the rest is downhill.

But not if you're Andy Brahms, chief executive of Tamarac-based Armchem International, distributors of restroom, cleaning and safety products, including its best-selling "Mile to a Roll" toilet tissue, to restaurants, hospitals, offices and more.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

» Armchem's official site and Facebook page.

Florida is tied with California for having the worst record of employing teens: Only 18 percent have jobs, according to a new study released Monday. "At this rate, a generation will grow up with little early work experience, missing the chance to build knowledge and job-readiness skills that come from holding part-time and starter jobs," the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported in its new study. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Saying thank you to your boss can pay dividends

Researchers are now saying that we should all be showing plenty of appreciation to our supervisors during the holiday season and beyond. It won’t just advance our relationships but can even improve how bosses view our on-the-job performance. With any luck, better work will bring bigger paychecks. More at the Miami Herald.

Small Business Advice
Business success takes skill, knowledge and passion

Too often I think we do people a tremendous disservice when we say that anyone can be an entrepreneur, especially if they have passion. In my opinion, passion without knowledge can lead to failure so quickly. Full column from Dr. Jerry Osteryoung.

Out of the Box
Church at the Bar

 church at a barNate DeWard heads a monthly church service where you're more likely to see parishioners sipping pints of beer than sacramental wine. DeWard is the lead pastor at Lithia's LifeSpring Church. In April, he teamed with wife and co-pastor Andrea and O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon to launch Church at the Bar, which takes place the fourth Wednesday of every month in an enclosed room within the bar/restaurant.

» Full story from the Tampa Tribune
» LifeSpring Church