Governor Scott looks to replenish "job growth" fund
Gov. Rick Scott has yet to dip into the $85 million lawmakers set aside this year to attract new businesses to Florida, but he’s already seeking to replenish the pool of money. The new “Florida Job Growth Grant Fund” has attracted 209 applications from governments and other groups across the state since opening in July. More from the Panama City News-Herald.
Sales and Marketing Advice
Scalability: From startup to small business to industry giant
Scalability is not a vague concept, but a real world problem for most companies. At its core, a business that can scale has the ability to adapt rapidly to increasing demand without compromising performance or losing revenue. Read Ron Stein's full column here.
IAAPA shows off modern, artistic design for new Orlando headquarters
The global association for amusement parks, IAAPA, is showing what its new Orlando Headquarters will look like, in a sketch filed with Orange County on Monday. The sketch shows a modern, design with artistic elements, by architect HHCP Inc. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Tampa Bay has a healthy banking landscape
Tampa Bay banks are looking about as solid as they’ve ever been. In Bauer Financial’s latest quarterly ranking of the health of commercial banks, not a single area bank rated as a zero-star (which indicates severe financial problems), one-star (troubled) or two-star (problematic). More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Small Business Advice
Retirement plans for small businesses
Basically, there are four types of retirement plans that small business owners might consider: Choosing the right plan takes careful consideration. This piece focuses on the SEP IRA. Read Gray Poehler's full column here.
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations serves as the State of Florida’s official business entity index. The Division maintains over 8 million records and annually performs approximately 5 million activities.
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After 19 years as a professional photographer, Missy Duncan has put a cap on her lens and shifted her art skills toward permanent makeup. She has converted her Brandon studio into Missy's Ink, providing certified permanent makeup to brows, eyes, lips and more.
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