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Florida lags in cybersecurity preparedness, excels in education

Despite the state Legislature’s hopes, Florida isn’t the "cyber" state just yet. A newly-released survey of industry professionals about the state’s digital security landscape found that while the Sunshine State lags other states in overall cybersecurity preparedness, it’s slowly improving as well as excelling when it comes to educational programs. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Sale of Plantation-based e-Builder creates 10 employee-millionaires

10 employees automatically became millionaires when Plantation-based construction software company e-Builder was sold Feb. 2 to Silicon Valley company Trimble. The newfound wealth came courtesy of the stock option program that e-Builder had set up. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Lennar becomes nation’s largest homebuilder with acquisition of CalAtlantic

Lennar Corp. has reclaimed its spot as the nation’s largest homebuilder after completing the acquisition of CalAtlantic Group. Miami-based Lennar and Virginia-based CalAtlantic both received shareholder approval for the merger on Monday. More from the South Florida Business Journal.

Workshops in Florida aim to help businesses recover months after Hurricane Irma

It’s been nearly five months since Hurricane Irma hit Florida. This week and next, an economic recovery workshop is traveling across the state, seeing what counties and small businesses need to help them bounce back and how to better handle the next disaster. More from WGCU.

City of Sarasota picks legal team for suit against opioid manufacturers

With the opioid crisis taking a toll across the country, Sarasota City Commissioners recently voted to retain a group of attorneys to represent the city in a lawsuit aimed at recovering damages related to the epidemic. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Florida Law
BitConnect lawsuits are piling up In Florida

 Yet another lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed in Florida against BitConnect, constituting the third legal action of its kind to be initiated in the state and the fifth overall in the U.S. The suit claims that BitConnect sold unregistered securities in the state and committed fraud by overstating the possible returns that users who purchased the BitConnect tokens would see.

» More from Coindesk.

 

Social Media Business
Use Instagram effectively for your business

florida originalsBeth Robertson, owner and designer of Sarasota-based children’s clothing line Shades Kids, uses Facebook and Instagram to promote her company. While Facebook has a higher volume of followers — 34,100 to 15,6000 — Instagram gets a better better return on her social media investment.

» Read more from the Business Observer.