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August 18, 2018

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Florida launches nation's first online flood insurance store

What is billed as the nation’s first online flood insurance store is up and running. St. Petersburg-based Neptune Flood has launched its new digital store,, enabling consumers in Florida and 20 other states to get quotes and buy online in three minutes or less. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida’s Broad and Cassel law firm combining forces with much larger firm

Florida law firm Broad and Cassel is combining with Columbia, S.C.-based Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, the two firms announced Monday. The new firm will be known in Florida as Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel. Both firms’ partnerships voted overwhelmingly to approve the combination, which will become effective August 1, 2018. "Expanding in Florida is an important element to have the depth and breadth of a super-regional firm along the East coast, and Broad and Cassel is an ideal partner given their strong presence in Florida," said Jim Lehman, Managing Partner of Nelson Mullins. More in the news release.

Sarasota County will hold youth national rowing championships next 3 years

Sarasota County will host the biggest competition in high school rowing, the USRowing Youth National Championships, for the next three years, the sport’s national organization said Sunday. Nathan Benderson Park, which hosted the World Rowing Championships in September, will be the venue for the event in 2019, 2020 and 2021. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Lake Okeechobee releases harming local businesses

Lake Okeechobee water releases are effecting local businesses on Fort Myers Beach, owners say. Water experts say even though the water looks okay right now, its still can be harmful to your health. More from WFTX.

Small Business Advice
Five tips to ensure a positive sales outcome

The successful sales presentation is much more than delivering a lot of information that you believe will be of benefit to the client. The following five tips should help ensure a more positive outcome. Read the full column from Gray Poehler.

Small Business Success Story
Disaster Recovery: Finding help after Irma

 The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides short-term, interest-free working capital loans to help businesses “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and insurance claims or federal assistance can kick in.

» More from Florida Small Business.


Business Profile
After 125 years, Manatee company delivering fresh flowers differently

floridaThe Preston family founded Manatee Lemon Co. in 1892, a few years before the freezes of the early 20th century would wipe out all their lemon trees. The Preston family changed the name to Manatee Fruit Co. in 1911 and began producing oranges and grapefruit. Now, after more than 125 years in business, the Preston family is again transforming their business — one of the largest floral wholesale distributors in the state and a leader in sustainable farming — and renaming it Manatee Farms.

» Read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise
USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise

Montgomery Botanical Center in Miami has the country’s biggest collection of palms and cycads. After Hurricane Irma, the garden’s director wondered what it would look like with a century of sea level rise.

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