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Governor's race heats up

Florida’s high-profile governor’s race is taking center stage in state politics after the close of the 60-day legislative session, and the first big tit-for-tat is over a familiar subject: taxes. The back-and-forth will continue until Election Day in what is considered one of the nation’s marquee campaign contests of 2014. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and NBC-2.

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Military vets get crash course on business

UF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is hosting 32 disabled veterans from across the U.S. this week in an entrepreneurship boot camp with a full schedule of lectures from UF and guest professors and entrepreneurs covering such topics as contracts, legal issues, business plans, accounting, negotiations, financing, logistics, human resources and marketing. [Source: Gainesville Sun]

South Florida pay rises 2.3%, higher than U.S. average

South Florida pay raises outpaced the national average for the year that ended in March, a federal agency reported Tuesday. Wages in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties grew 2.3 percent in a year as of March 31, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Florida squarely in cross-hairs of climate change

In a report being called "the loudest and clearest alarm bell to date" regarding climate change, the Tampa Bay area is labeled as one of three areas in Florida particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels, with the others being Miami and Apalachicola. More from the Fort Myers News-Press, the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the AP.

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Down to Business: The power of time management

One of the most valuable resources managers, executives or anyone else has is time. No matter how much capital, inventory, tooling, real estate or other resources you may have, you can not purchase or create more time, but you can utilize time management skills to use the time you do have more effectively. [Source: Naples Daily News]


› Emerge Americas Techweek draws 220 companies, 115 startups
Booting up with 6,000 attendees - 1,000 more than initially expected - the eMerge Americas Techweek concluded Tuesday with organizers and attendees lauding the convention that drew tech innovators and investors from throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America.

› The Importance Of A Name In South Florida Politics
Going into your family's profession, you probably have an easier time than the average newbie: you know the ins and outs, have connections in the industry, and maybe even got some on-the-job experience. Elected office is no exception.

› Universal raises pay as it adds jobs for Potter
Universal Orlando said Tuesday that it will raise starting pay from $8 an hour to $9 an hour beginning June 1, as the resort tries to fill hundreds of new openings ahead of the impending opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley.

› Industrial real estate filling up in Manatee-Sarasota
Industrial real estate vacancies are down and lease rates are up in Manatee and Sarasota counties. During the first quarter of 2014, vacancy levels were about as low as they've been over the past five years in both counties, according to statistics compiled by Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT.

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› Entrepreneurs, tech moguls gather at Miami’s inaugural eMerge technology conference
From the Miami Beach Convention Center expo hall to well-attended “summit” panels, a food truck lunch tent and an evening celebration at the New World Center featuring the Spam Allstars, eMerge Americas Techweek, Miami’s first homegrown mega-tech expo, opened its main conference Monday with one clear message: South Florida’s got tech.

› Sikorsky introduces new 'King Stallion' helicopter
Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled its most powerful, technologically advanced and biggest-load helicopter on Monday in Palm Beach County. The CH-53K was crowned "King Stallion" by the Marine Corps at an event at Sikorky's Development Flight Center in northwestern Palm Beach County.

› 2015 Starbucks conference coming to Orange County Convention Center
Starbucks has chosen Orlando as the site of its 2015 "Leadership Experience," a company conference that will bring more than 10,000 of its managers and executives to the Orange County Convention Center.

› Florida had seven ‘undercapitalized’ banks in Q1
While most Florida banks are getting stronger and churning out more loans, the state still had seven banks in “undercapitalized” or worse condition as of March 31.