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August 14, 2018

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Florida suspends payment to SunPass contractor until system is fixed

Today, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) suspended all payments to SunPass contractor Conduent until the electronic tolling system is fixed. In a letter to Conduent, FDOT secretary Mike Dew acknowledged the vendor made some improvements on processing transactions, but also said these improvements aren’t enough to satisfy the original performance-based contract signed in 2015. An FDOT statement informs the public that, "Late fees and penalties will not be imposed until the system is fully operational and is providing the benefits and ease of access that SunPass customers deserve and expect." There is currently a backlog of more than 100 million unprocessed charges. See the news release from the FDOT and read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

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» See the letter that FDOT Secretary Mike Dew sent to Conduent

Sales and Marketing Advice
The only app small and medium enterprises need

Be proactive and search out the one essential tool that’ll serve your target audience customers better and improve sales; a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This may not be as exciting as your social networking apps such as Instagram or LinkedIn, yet just like these, CRM is built around people and relationships. More from columnist Ron Stein.

Preparing your business and home for this year’s storm season

Tropical weather in Florida is a way of life. Properly preparing for hurricane season now can save you and your employees unwanted stress when a storm is imminent. The key is having a plan in place when that time comes. More from Miami's Community Newspapers.

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» Download "Preparing for a Storm, A Guide for Your Business," from FPL
» Five ways to gear up for hurricane season
» Download the Florida Emergency Preparedness Guide, from the Florida Department of Health

State issues new medical pot license, gets ready for four more

Florida Department of Health officials took two major actions in the medical-marijuana sphere Friday, issuing a highly sought-after license to a Miami nursery that successfully challenged the state and laying out the process for four more licenses as the cannabis industry continues to blossom. More from the Palm Beach Post.

Community banks offer relationship banking, personal service

Florida's community banks provide customers in their cities and counties with a full range of financial services, personal attention and rapid loan decisions that small business owners and individual clients often cannot obtain from giant national and international banks based outside the state. More from the Miami Herald.

Florida SBDC Network announces Disaster Recovery Awards

 The awards, which were presented June 13 in Fort Lauderdale as part of the network's annual conference, recognized outstanding employees and partners for their efforts to help small businesses rebuild and recover following Hurricane Irma.

» Full news release here.


Levy County woman named Florida Farmer of the Year

floridaLynetta Usher Griner was named the 2018 Florida Farmer of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau Federation for her work as a community and state leader. A team of judges at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo will choose a Southeast regional winner among Griner and nine farmers from 10 states in October.

» Read more from the Daily Commercial.

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Lee County trying to reverse algae tourism impact
Lee County trying to reverse algae tourism impact

As images of blue green algae and fish kills from local beaches continue to garner national attention, Lee County Commission is going on offense, investing one million dollars in an effort to convince visitors it’s still a good idea to travel to Southwest Florida.

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