Jim Greer pleads guilty to grand theft, avoids trial
Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges of money laundering and theft, avoiding trial in a case that could have potentially embarrassed former Gov. Charlie Crist and much of the state's Republican elite. As part of the deal, Greer faces a maximum of 42.6 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled March 27. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.
How to turn prospects into customers
Selling is just a word we use to describe a process of creating and maintaining customer relationships. Really, it’s not evil. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. It’s what you need to do to grow you business -- and what your prospects need to do to their business too. Read Ron Stein's full column.
Economy tough on Marion Saddle Club
For 50 years, Waller Construction Inc. has transformed commercial and residential buildings.
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The last few years were tough on one of the oldest horse clubs in Marion County, but the organization vows to continue its nearly 55-year mission of providing a place where beginning riders can compete. The Marion Saddle Club started in 1958 and helped nurture a burgeoning horse culture in the area. More at the Ocala Star-Banner.
Green cards for sale at a South Beach hotel
If David Hart gets his way, South Beach’s 42-room Astor Hotel will be on a hiring spree this year as it adds concierge service, a roof-top pool, an all-night diner, spa and private-car service available 24 hours a day. New hires will be crucial to Hart’s business plan, since foreign investors have agreed to pay about $50,000 for each job created by the Art Deco boutique. More at the Miami Herald.
Mexican strawberries squeeze Florida farmers
The fields are thick this year with a bumper crop of Plant City’s most famous fruit. That’s good news for consumers but not necessarily for farmers. The warm winter has led to a glut of plump, flavorful strawberries, and the fruit is now so plentiful prices are down. More at the Tampa Tribune.