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September 23, 2018

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Florida leads U.S. in growth of women-owned firms

Women in busines report

Florida leads the nation in the growth of women-owned businesses, a study based on census data says. According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, Florida ranks #1 for states with the fastest growth rate in terms of the number of women-owned firms between 2007 and 2018. Nationally, the share of women-owned businesses leapt from 29% in 2007 to 40% in 2018, while the proportion of total employment and revenues for all businesses grew by only a few percentage points. Also, the number of firms owned by minority women has grown 163% since 2007. More data in the full report, here. Also read more at the Palm Beach Post.

Small businesses affected by toxic algae to get federal aid

The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer low-interest loans to small businesses affected by blue-green algae blooms. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by toxic algal blooms. Small businesses affected by blue-green algae in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie may apply for assistance through September 7, 2018. Small businesses affected by the red tide in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties may apply for assistance through October 12, 2018. Get more information from the Florida SBDC Network here. Also read more at TCPalm and WFLA.

Florida greyhound racing: a historical perspective

The fate of an amendment banning Greyhound racing in Florida is in the hands of the state's seven Supreme Court Justices. The industry was as controversial a hundred years ago as it is today. The State Archive’s oldest pictures of dog racing are from 1922, but the sport started a decade before. [Source: WJHG]

Mayo Clinic to expand Florida campus with $144 million project

Mayo Clinic will expand its Florida campus with two building projects worth $144 million in an effort to increase its patient surgery, treatment and parking accommodations, officials said Wednesday. More from the Star Tribune and WJCT.

Major Hurricane Florence among 3 tropical systems Floridians need to monitor

Hurricane Florence strengthened on Wednesday to become the first major hurricane of the 2018 season. It is among three systems in the Atlantic that Florida residents should monitor as we near the peak of hurricane season in just five days. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Unwanted hair and tattoos driving growth at Boca company
Unwanted hair and tattoos are driving the growth of Boca Raton-based laser treatment company Body Details. The company, which uses special laser equipment to permanently remove hair and tattoos, already has eight South Florida locations and plans to expand throughout the state.

› FEMA awards Puerto Rico utility $55 Million to reimburse Florida Power & Light
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $55 million in Public Assistance grants to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) to cover expenses incurred by Florida Power & Light Co. for repairing electricity systems damaged or destroyed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

› WebstaurantStore creating 300 jobs in Florida
Ecommerce restaurant supply company WebstaurantStore, Inc. will expand its operations in Tampa. The Lancaster, PA-based company’s new office will create more than 300 new jobs and include $1 million in capital investment.

› Judge orders Rick Scott to release travel records, future campaign schedule
A judge on Wednesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott to release about three months' worth of meeting schedules and travel plans — including upcoming campaign events — and rejected his argument that the information should remain secret for security reasons.

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