Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Governor-elect DeSantis plans big changes to medical marijuana policy
The advent of a new administration with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis at the helm could bring a sharp turnaround in how Florida officials approach the state’s highly regulated medical marijuana industry. And one of the first reversals might come on the legal front. More from the Pensacola News Journal, the Daily Business Review, and WOFL.
Sales and Marketing Advice
Sustainable growth among the biggest, most persistent challenges for businesses
Sustainable growth is among the biggest challenges businesses face and it isn’t a new problem. Statistics vary, however there’s one persistent reality -- if you haven’t created a scalable and repeatable business model, you’ll struggle to grow. Read Ron Stein's full column.
Harris Corporation plans $125 million R&D investment in Florida
Harris Corporation plans to invest more than $125 million in internal research and development (R&D) in Florida this fiscal year – bolstering high-paying jobs and the company’s innovation leadership in the state. Florida-based R&D activities primarily will take place at the company’s Central Florida locations and focus on areas such as electronic warfare, robotics, avionics and smallsats. See the announcement from Harris and read more at Florida Today.
Filing deadlines extended for disaster unemployment aid, small business emergency loans
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has extended the application deadlines for both Disaster Unemployment Assistance and the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Florida residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Michael can apply for DUA. More from WTXL.
Decline of Florida gas prices begins to stall as oil prices increase
The plunge of gas prices is slowing down. AAA - The Auto Club Group is reporting that prices have dropped just about 2 cents a day for the past seven weeks. However, oil prices are beginning to increase after a production cut agreement. This should slow down the trend of declining prices. More from WOFL and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Out of the Box
Ordering at BurgerFi can be as easy as showing your face
A new BurgerFi restaurant in Kissimmee is using facial recognition technology to help customers place orders. The self-order kiosks have an optional feature to store facial geometry data and use it to store past orders. The kiosks will scan a face, and then pull up order history. The kiosks also store past orders using phone numbers or credit cards.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
‘What is it made of?' And other questions about Art Basel Miami
There is not a lot to know for certain about what a fairgoer will find at Art Basel Miami -- except for this: The event cannot be over-hyped or over-billed. The experience is without limit -- which echoes the art itself, also without limit. Common questions heard all weekend were: "What is it made of?" "What do you suppose the artist intended here?" "What does this piece cost?"
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