Homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high
For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May. It was the largest monthly increase since 2002. More at the AP.
Drive sales with customer-centered marketing
Your company has a website, Twitter feed, email newsletter, and a killer YouTube channel. Life as a digital marketer is good. Yet, you don't stop there. You've got slick brochures and a PowerPoint for any situation too. Read more advice from Ron Stein.
Harris announces $92M contract with Middle Eastern nation
Harris Corp. this morning announced it has received a $92 million contract from a Middle Eastern nation for an integrated command, control and communications system. The system will provide this customer with advanced capabilities for use in defense and security missions. More at Florida Today.
Make the most of those business conferences
Attending conferences is important not only for the knowledge you gather, but possibly even more so for the people that you meet. To maximize those benefits, you must plan how to attend any conference. If you should feel that a conference was not worthwhile, chances are you may not have spent enough time planning a strategy to make it a successful event. Read Jerry Osteryoung's full column.
International shoppers big spenders in South Florida malls
You don't need to walk around Sawgrass Mills mall for long to hear at least five different languages spoken by shoppers. And Sawgrass is listening. Sawgrass is one of several South Florida shopping centers currently partnering with MasterCard to attract international visitors and their dollars to their stores. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The SBA is marking the 50th Anniversary of Small Business Week this week with live streaming seminars every day. The schedule of speakers is here. In Florida, networking and consulting events to help small businesses are being held. Below are some of these events.