U.S. employers add 113K jobs
Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for a second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year. More at the AP.
Florida small business gets Olympic-sized boost
One making-it-in-the-USA small business owner has already scored an Olympics victory. Small business owner Kurt Walchle is the mom-and-pop behind the Survival Straps bracelets on the wrists of Team U.S.A. athletes in Sochi. More at FOX Business.
For the gun industry, women are the next big thing
Nearly 80% of gun retailers reported an increase in female customers in 2012, the most recent figures. In Florida, 22% of the concealed carry permits are held by women. In Texas, women hold 28% of concealed carry permits, up sevenfold in the last 10 years. More at the CNNMoney.
UF launches veterans entrepreneurship program
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a business or who have an existing business. The program consists of three phases that provides practical training in venture creation and growth, and is accompanied by a support structure for participants as they pursue their ventures. More at the Gainesville Business Report.
Pay growth for South Florida workers slows
The growth in wages and other compensation for South Florida employees slowed down in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total compensation grew 1.9 percent in South Florida last year, down from 2 percent in 2012. More at the South Florida Business Journal.