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Mosaic to Buy Florida Phosphate Business of CF Industries

The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the phosphate business of CF Industries, Inc. (NYSE: CF) for $1.2 billion in cash plus $200 million to fund CF Industries’ asset retirement obligation escrow. Read the full story here and more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida business
Inbound vs. Outbound - Capitalizing on your Content Marketing Strategy

The ultimate result of a well-executed content marketing effort is more customers. Done correctly, an information marketing strategy will result in your ideal audience finding you, seeing you as an expert, and trusting you. Read Ron Stein's full column.

Business group wants all online retailers to pay Florida sales tax

Business Profile

Grom Social

Zach Marks, a 13-year-old Melbourne Beach teen, started working on the concept of Grom Social after being kicked off of Facebook by his parents. Zach’s vision was to create a safe, educational, fun and highly interactive digital social networking platform “by kids for kids” between the ages of 5 and 16.

» Full story from Florida Today

Sometime in the next two years, Floridians will have to start paying sales tax when they buy from the online retail giant Amazon.com. But some business groups say they'll keep pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers, including eBay and Overstock.com, to avoid the tax. More at WGCU.

Florida food banks bracing for cuts

Food banks across Florida and those who use food stamps are bracing for cuts that kick in Friday. On Friday, cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP but better known as food stamps, will begin. More at WFLX.

Scammers “Hijack” Business Names For Use in Cons

Businesses are reporting that scammers are “hijacking” their names, using them for everything from fraudulent credit card purchases to scam websites. Don’t let your company become a victim of this growing trend. Learn more from the Better Business Bureau.

Out of the Box
Megayachts hitch rides aboard bigger ships to get to boat show on time

condoIt's become an annual pilgrimage of sorts for many yachts bound for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for their owners to book passage aboard mammoth transport ships to get them here faster and more safely than sailing on their own.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel