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Florida farmers cash in on farm-to-table movement

A growing number of farmers making a living in South Florida are capitalizing on the farm-to-table trend. Some are taking their fruits and veggies to markets, others are opening the doors of their fields for people to pick their own. More from the Miami Herald.

Guy Harvey and the Art of the Deal


Guy Harvey's fish paintings have made his T-shirts and name synonymous with fishing and Florida's casual lifestyle. Can he push the brand nationally?

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Orlando throws hat in ring to get WrestleMania back

In a battle of main-event proportions, the WWE has begun the process of accepting proposals from cities to host WrestleMania in 2015 or '16. And Orlando is ready to step into the ring to host wrestling's biggest — and most highly profitable — spectacle. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Office Depot named to top companies for women businesses

On Friday, Office Depot was named to the 14th annual list of top companies for women-owned businesses by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. Office Depot is one of 32 corporations that have developed best practices that result in "productive business partnerships with women entrepreneurs," the organization says. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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

  • Mixed hand: Poker rooms have been a boon for the pari-mutuel industry statewide since the Legislature approved them in 1996.
  • Florida Icon: Shaquille O'Neal: The former NBA star tells us: "I’ve always wanted to own a law firm, so I’m thinking about going to law school."
  • A Surge in Interest: For the first time since 1992, a Florida municipal utility may go into private hands.

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

Publisher's Column
Planting an Oak

 andy cortyAt a recent luncheon in Orlando, University of Central Florida President John Hitt noted: “The best time to plant an oak tree is 20 years ago.” Hitt’s thoughtful remark made me think of Gene Patterson, the media leader who passed away in January at age 89. Gene endorsed the vision: “Florida is the fourth-biggest state in the country, (yet) it’s totally fragmented from an information point of view. . . . Florida Trend is a medium that can cover Florida as a whole.”

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