September 22, 2023

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Gas prices rise, historic streak ends

Florida's 120-day streak of falling gasoline prices has ended. The average price for gas statewide rose Sunday for the first time in four months, travel club AAA said. That's in line with last week's bump in the U.S. average price, snapping the longest streak of declines on record. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Orlando Business Journal and AAA.

Sales and Marketing Advice for Florida Business
How to know exactly what your customers want

Asking the right questions is without a doubt much more difficult than many would like to admit. And, that's as it should be. When great questions are asked, your company will get on track and prosper faster. More from Ron Stein.

Hotel rates reach new record; more guest fees to come

Small Business
A surge in entrepreneurial thinking

A decade ago, Andrea Angus and Hector Little probably would have had to undertake their venture, starting 1Apple Market, on their own. But they got significant help through a source that’s playing an increasing role in fostering and supporting entrepreneurs — the university they attended. This article chronicles Little and Angus' journey as small business owners.

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If hotel rates seemed a bit more expensive last year, it wasn’t your imagination. The average U.S. hotel rate in 2014 was the highest ever — up 4.6% to $115 per night — and industry experts are predicting a 5.2% increase by the end of this year. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Venture capitalists predict strong a year ahead

In Florida, venture capital dollars doubled over 2013, thanks in large part to a $542 million mega-deal in Dania Beach-based Magic Leap, a secretive company developing augmented reality technology. Coming off such a phenomenal year, is the market overheated? More at the Miami Herald.

Small Business Advice
Solution to your business problems are right in front of you

Not only was Charles Kettering a great inventor, but he also had a wonderful approach to problem solving. He believed the answer to most problems rested within the problem itself, and finding a solution was just a matter of changing your perception of it. More from Jerry Osteryoung

Business Profile
Propane Ninja

propane ninja These are busy times for Propane Ninja. The two partners in the Bradenton-based company -- Mike Dodd and Peter Samuelson -- are covering their growing territory on Florida's West Coast, delivering, servicing and refueling the heaters that restaurants, resort, bars and other businesses use to warm their outdoor spaces.

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Gator with missing jaw finds home in Florida park
Gator with missing jaw finds home in Florida park

A Florida reptile park has taken in an alligator that lost its nose and upper jaw to a fight or boat propeller. Gatorland Orlando said over the weekend that the injured alligator came from a lake in nearby Sanford, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Orlando. “She had basically no chance of surviving in the wild with such a severe injury,” the park said in a social media post.

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