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Florida's Tax Day discounts and freebies

If you’re a procrastinator and haven’t filed your taxes yet, today doesn't have to be all bad. Businesses across the state are offering tax day treats and promotions. The Orlando Sentinel has a collection of offerings from Central Florida and around the state. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has a list for South Florida and the Florida Times-Union has offers from North Florida. See deals for Palm Beach County.

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» Taxes not done? You have lots of company.

Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida business
5 ways to improve your company's visibility

Do you feel as if your company is invisible? Your competitors seem to get all the buzz. You’re wondering why your company is such a well-kept secret. Even though you have an incredible offering, your target audience isn’t listening -- or buying. Read Ron Stein's full column.

Companies abandon search for oil in Cuba's deep waters

Business Profile

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections

By the time A Buyer’s Choice celebrated its second anniversary, it had become the largest home inspection franchisor in Canada. Then, the real estate downturn hit, and CEO Bill Redfern decided the time was right to enter the U.S. market — particularly Florida, where mounting foreclosures translated into a need for inspections. He moved A Buyer’s Choice’s corporate office to Pompano Beach in October 2011 and created a training center for franchisees.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

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After spending nearly $700 million during a decade, energy companies from around the world have all but abandoned their search for oil in deep waters off the north coast of Cuba near Florida, a blow to the Castro regime but a relief to environmentalists worried about a major oil spill. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

When vacationing, watch out for unexpected fees, BBB warns

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises vacation-bound consumers to ask questions about extra fees that could turn a bargain trip into a budget buster. "Consumers should be aware of ‘resort fees’ for hotel services that may be charged weather you use these services or not," said Karen Nalven, President of BBB Serving West Florida. "These fees can range from those bottles of water on your dresser, internet access, use of gym facilities, newspapers to a safe in your room." Read more.

Small Business Advice
Understanding the millennial generation is key

As the economy improves, business owners may begin seeing some turnover in their staff. Whether these employees are in search of higher salaries or simply choosing to make their move now that the job market is better, many young workers (those in the millennial generation) will want to migrate to new jobs. More from Dr. Jerry Osteryoung.

Nature Business
Natural attractions

silver springsBefore Disney World, Silver Springs in Central Florida was for decades one of the state's most popular tourist destinations. Later this year, Florida's park service will take over Silver Springs and begin working to restore it to a more natural state. That is a huge task, however, and over the past two decades, Silver Springs — and most springs in Florida — have fallen on hard times.

» Full story from NPR