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Florida ranks high in education reform

Florida is a national leader in education reform policy, according to a report released today by Students First, an education reform organization. Louisiana led the rankings, followed by Florida in second; the two states were the only ones to earned the top score. More from Florida Today and the Orlando Sentinel.

» Read the report

Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida business
Turn your big idea strategy into marketing initiatives that work

Most businesses make it a point to review their business and marketing plans at the beginning of every year. But why wait? Growing your company requires continuous attention to what’s happening in and around your business. Read Ron Stein's full column.

Orlando expects to remain No. 1 in travel destination

Sports Business

BCS Boost

Devoted college football fans, from those with disposable income to the budget-conscious, are doing all they can to get as close as possible to the action of tonight's BCS Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

See also:
» How the SEC became the richest conference in college sports

Orlando's primary tourism rival in the U.S. — New York City — said last week it attracted a record 52 million visitors in 2012, falling short of Orlando's expected tally for last year. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

South Florida: 28 job postings per 1,000 unemployed

South Florida's economy may be improving. but there continue to be many more people unemployed than available jobs. The region had 28 online job postings per 1,000 people during the final quarter of 2012, according to Indeed.com, an aggregator of online job boards. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Small Business Advice
Paying attention to details will pay off with improved business

It is vital to examine every part of your business with fresh eyes every day. When you become accustomed to your company’s environment, it is easy to overlook the small but important details. More from Dr. Jerry Osteryoung.

Tech Trends
The app economy

appIt isn't yet a big job creator, and many of its businesses are small, but app technology and marketing are fast becoming important segments of Southwest Florida's economy.

» Full story from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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