August 20, 2022

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| 2/18/2015

For many, gas savings are staying in pockets

In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money — and drive the economy. And yet — to the surprise of analysts — consumers have held their wallets closely. More at the AP.

Poor communication can foil good business operations

Business Profile
Halfacre Construction

When the mid-2000s economy spiraled into recession, Jack Cox (left in photo) and Andy Stultz of Halfacre Construction knew they needed to find a way to break from their usual mold.

The firm began bidding on more government work to help it withstand the prolonged slump that forced many of its competitors to close down.

» More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Workers who choose Information Technology as their career are almost without exception bright, logical, and great problem solvers. Great communicators? Not so much. Mark Vickers is on a mission to change that. More at the Florida Times Union.

Gables firm, Egypt partner for grain security

Coral Gables-headquartered Blumberg Grain is partnering with Egypt to develop one of the world’s largest food security systems for grain storage. The company, which signed a contract with the Egyptian government late last year, is currently developing 93 wheat storage facilities across Egypt. More at Miami Today.

Hialeah health-tech firm attracts investor attention

Working out of a Starbucks in 2012, Obdulio Piloto saw an article about the Peter Thiel Foundation’s Breakout Labs’ funding effort for revolutionary technology projects. He and Ian Cheong, a friend from his student days at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, thought they had one. More at the Miami Herald.

Amid arctic blasts up north, Florida goes all out in pitch for tourists

Talk about striking while the winter is frigid. The volume, variety and sheer creativity of current advertising by various regions of Florida to woo visitors here is at max volume amid wretched weather conditions up North. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Innovation & Engineering Weekend

frost museum The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is hosting its Innovation & Engineering Weekend, a celebration themed around “Building the City of the Future,” featuring a series of events Thursday through Sunday. Read more from the Miami Herald and the Frost Museum of Science.

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