October 17, 2019

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Ron DeSantis unveils plan to raise starting pay for Florida teachers

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that he would be pushing the Florida Legislature to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers to $47,500. While each school district sets their own starting salaries now, Florida currently ranks near the bottom in the nation for average teacher pay, and salary raises have been something that teachers have long sought from the state government. See the announcement from Gov. DeSantis and read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Marijuana in Florida: The cannabis crowd

The first five companies that received medical marijuana licenses got a considerable head start. Combined, as of Sept. 1, the five accounted for 116 of the state’s 157 medical marijuana stores, 84% of the smokable marijuana sold and the same percentage of the psycho-active marijuana sold in other forms. More from Florida Trend.

Florida grapefruit growers take risks on new plants in bid to save industry

Florida grapefruit growers are trying to help preserve the industry with new plantings, taking a risky step in the face of disease and storms that continue to decimate their groves. Two large grapefruit growers on the state's Atlantic coast have committed to planting 1,500 acres of new trees -- the biggest grapefruit planting the state has seen in years. More from UPI.

One constant for young Florida restaurateur: outwork competitors

It’s mid-morning on a hot September day and Jian Zhang is “working with the guys on the roof” of the Jade Fox, the lounge he owns in Lakeland’s Highland Plaza. “As a business owner, you’re the hardest worker,” he says. “You have to know everything that’s going on, no matter what type of business you own.” Zhang, 31, a 2006 Lakeland High School graduate, has been learning to be a business owner since he arrived in Manhattan’s Chinatown with his parents from Fuzhou, China, when he was seven-years-old. More from the Business Observer.

Florida gas prices slip after jumping 7 cents

Florida gas prices are moving lower again after unexpectedly jumping 7 cents last week, AAA officials said. The state average has since declined 3 cents after reaching $2.51 a gallon on Thursday. More from the Osceola News-Gazette and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Small Business Event
Florida’s 37th Annual MEDWeek Conference & Gala

 Hundreds of entrepreneurs and business people in the Greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area – one the nation’s top regions for start-up and expansion of small, minority, and women-owned businesses – are registering to attend Florida’s 37th Annual Minority Enterprise Development “MEDWeek” Conference & Awards Gala, Oct. 11-12. Hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency-MBDA Export Center, South Florida’s minority business-growth event of the year takes place at the Hilton Downtown Miami Hotel.

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Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders
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