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Monday's Afternoon Update

Florida's unemployment falls to 7.8 percent

Florida started the new year with 7.8 percent unemployment, the lowest since November 2008, the state reported on Monday. January's lower rate also puts Florida's unemployment below the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent for the first time in five years. The state's rate was last below the national in January of 2008.

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More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Tampa Bay Times.

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» South Florida job growth roars back

Hadid condo could reshape downtown Miami skyline

The world’s only female superstar architect, Zaha Hadid, unveiled an undulating, spider-like design for a new luxury condo tower on Biscayne Boulevard — her first residential project in the United States — that boldly looks to raise the design ante for Miami’s skyline. More at the Miami Herald.

How to find the best work environment for your team

Business Profile

Small vacation company thrives

fran peters
Fran Peters opened Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva Inc. with one condo rental, a few working phones and unassembled desk furniture.

So on that first day in 1998, Peters sat on the floor. She was surrounded by office walls she’d built with friends and by many boxes of furniture.

Her business has come a long way since.

» Full story from the Fort Myers News-Press

Knowing what you need, when you need it is both a skill and an art. As an entrepreneur, that holds true when trying to decide where you will conduct the master planning, strategy, ditch digging, sleeplessness, power naps, wiping of tears, and jumping for joy during your journey. More at the Miami Herald.

For business people, exercises in creativity

Creativity and innovation aren't just for artists anymore. To drive home that notion, Sarasota's Ringling College of Art & Design is hosting a workshop series that has brought together various local industry leaders to share ideas and alter perspectives in Southwest Florida. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Small Business Advice
Telecommuting has definite advantages for staff, employers

n limited doses, telecommuting works well and is also a great motivator for many workers. I think good management is the key to getting the most out of this working arrangement. Staff want to add value to the company and fulfill their boss’ expectations. Full column from Jerry Osteryoung.

Space Business
8 Countries Angling to Dominate the Launch Business

space businessThe scramble for space is about more than national prestige. The nearly $200 billion satellite launch business creates jobs, encourages innovation, and fosters the technical skills needed for national security.

» Read full story from Popular Mechanics

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» Taxpayers sour on space during the budget crisis