Florida’s holiday shopping projected to rise 4.5 percent
Buoyed by a boom in visitors, the uptick in holiday shopping in the Sunshine State is predicted to outpace that of the nation this year, the Florida Retail Federation said Friday. Retailers in Florida are expected to reap a 4.5 percent jump statewide during the November-December season, compared to national forecasts that point to a 3 percent to 4 percent increase. More at the Miami Herald.
Five ways to grow your email marketing list and acquire new leads
Are you driving yourself crazy trying to figure how to acquire new leads? The possibilities are too many to count, but improving search optimization, pumping up social presence, and more promotional activities are typically what many businesses turn to. Read Ron Stein's full column.
Funding short for buying new conservation lands
Much of the land that the state considered surplus conservation land that could be sold to raise money for the purchase other environmentally sensitive lands turned out to be worth conserving - leaving Florida with less money to spend on other land needed to protect natural resources. More at the AP.
Small price changes make a big difference
Raising prices is not always the ideal strategy for improving the bottom lie, but it is one way to get there — so long as it is fair and competitive. The trick is ensuring customers do not perceive the increase as excessive. Read Jerry Osteryoung's full column.
Social entrepreneurs aim to solve society’s big challenges
Social entrepreneurs work to solve society’s most pressing social problems through innovative solutions — and interest in the movement is surging. There are social entrepreneurship accelerators and incubators to nurture startups More at the Miami Herald.
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