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STEM skills boost wages, remain in high demand

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs take more than twice as long to fill as other openings, according to a new Brookings Institution study that provides the most detailed evidence yet of a skills gap that's slowing payroll growth. More from USA Today, the Baltimore Business Journal, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

» Read the full study here.


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Driving profits: The competitive landscape in today's car business

A look at the competitive landscape of today’s car business, including franchise laws that regulate the relationship between car manufacturers and dealers, and a by-the-numbers look at the cost to finance and run a new car dealership. Access full story.

AutoNation
AutoNation is the largest automotive group in Florida.

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» Shrinking margins at car dealerships in Florida

» Dealership snapshots


'Zombie foreclosures' lurk in U.S., Florida

Florida leads the nation in "zombie foreclosures." Settle down, fans of "The Walking Dead," a "zombie" foreclosure is not exactly as exciting as it sounds. There are no walkers lurking in these homes. In fact, it's the opposite. A "zombie" foreclosure is one that has become vacant during the foreclosure process. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Column: Why business incubators don't work

The incubator idea is truly to create a paradise of entrepreneurs that churn out successful companies. Good ideas and good intentions, but here is the deal: folks, they don’t work. [Source: Forbes]


In Florida, Hobby Lobby ruling could have implications beyond birth control

Companies cannot be forced to provide their employees health insurance that covers contraception, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday. Florida constitutional law experts believe the ruling could have far-reaching implications beyond both birth control and federal law. [Source: WFSU]

See also:
» ACLU of Florida Responds to Supreme Court Decision
» Business Owners react to Supreme Court Contraception ruling


350 Bigges Florida Companies

It's here! Our annual list of Florida's 350 Biggest Companies. Preview the state's top 125 private and 225 public companies ranked by revenue or purchase the full lists — featuring hundreds of additional contacts, phone, fax, website, full company address, and other information not previously published.

 

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Port Canaveral cruising despite projected $3M drop
Port Canaveral's revenue for its current budget year is likely to be about $3.4 million lower than previously expected, resulting in a $3 million drop in projected net income for the year.

› Health care businesses consolidating
The health care industry in South Florida has a serious case of acquisition fever. At least three major deals have been sealed in the past month for medical companies in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Combined, their combined price tag tops $2.5 billion.

› Hotels seeking South Florida locals — just for the day
Summer is known as staycation time for locals who want a quick weekend getaway at bargain prices. These days, South Florida hotels are offering an even quicker option: daylong packages for those who don’t want to spend a night away from home.

› More Brazilians are visiting Central Florida
Orlando now gets more overseas visitors from Brazil than from any other country. An annual report from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries says Orlando had 768,488 Brazilian visitors last year, up from about 639,000 in 2012.


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› Florida Angel Nexus to fund Orlando-based Shoflo
Orlando startup company Shoflo has obtained an agreement to be funded by Central Florida’s biggest group of angel investors to market its software for event production.

› Gulf Power launches online industrial site locator
Gulf Power Company launched an interactive website last week to help lure businesses to Northwest Florida by highlighting and marketing key industrial sites in the area.

› Restaurant, food truck inspections cut back
State inspectors will visit well-maintained restaurants, hot dog stands, caterers and food trucks less frequently under a new schedule that begins Tuesday.

› Florida Lottery issues scam alert
The Florida Lottery is warning people about a lottery scam in which scammers are sending emails to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.