Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
The revolution in what it means to be a small business
The term "small business" used to conjure up a certain idyllic scene. It's the mom and pop store, perhaps owned by a family for generations, where the proprietors know their neighborhood customers by name. These are the businesses that are the backbone of their communities. But, the reality of Main Street — and our perception of it — is changing. More at The Week.
Gov. Scott wants tighter controls on college costs
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing even tighter controls to keep down the cost of college. Scott wants the Florida Legislature to enact a sweeping bill that would limit future tuition hikes in graduate programs including law school and medical school. More at the AP.
Florida among states with largest increase in tech employment
Florida gained 12,500 tech industry jobs in 2014, ranking it the third-best among the 50 states, trailing only California (+32,900) and Texas (+20,100). The Cyberstate report shows that 38 states had an overall net increase of tech industry employment in 2014. More at the Orlando Business Journal.
Cruise lines expect 1 million more passengers
Almost a million more people will take cruises this year compared with 2014, a trade group forecasts. Some 23 million consumers around the world will cruise in 2015 — with the majority sailing from North American ports. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Banking issues must be ironed out as U.S., Cuba repair relations
For almost a year, the two Cuban diplomatic missions in the United States have had no banker. That has meant no checking accounts, using cash to pay bills, and Cuba travel providers sometimes hauling in briefcases full of cash to pay for visas. More at the Miami Herald.
AT&T is moving West Delray residents off old phone technology of copper wires and networks of switches, which dates back to Alexander Graham Bell, and onto a modern, internet-based fiber network. The experiment marks the first time the FCC is allowing a phone company to shut down a copper-wire network across an entire community.
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