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Business Florida: Your 2020 Florida opportunity guide
Florida is an eclectic mix of eight economic development regions, at least one of which is right for you and your business. From Naples up to Jacksonville and from Pensacola down to Miami and the Florida Keys, this state boasts a blend of cutting-edge innovation and kickback style that is second to none. Business Florida 2020 is Florida's Official business opportunity guide. The website BusinessFlorida.com is aimed at businesses looking to relocate to Florida. See more at Business Florida.
South Florida’s first ‘agrihood’ debuts in Arden
Part of a growing trend of communities built around farms instead of golf courses, Arden is one of 90 agrihoods in the United States and is the first in South Florida. The “farm-to-table” lifestyle of an agrihood is centered around fresh, local produce, an active lifestyle and a strong sense of community. More from the Palm Beach Post.
Sarasota media software firm targets massive growth, to $125 million in sales
Joe Esposito has a been-there, done-that approach to overseeing super-fast growth — having once before led a company from $10 million to $125 million in sales in five years. Esposito says another opportunity to scale a $100 million company quickly is in his sights. The company is Sarasota-based Newswire, a media/public relations firm with a software twist. More from the Business Observer.
FIS to build new world headquarters in Jacksonville
FIS, a global leader in financial services technology, received city and state approvals on an economic development package for plans to build a new, expanded world headquarters in Jacksonville. The new headquarters building is expected to be 12 stories with approximately 300,000 square feet of space. FIS expects construction on the new headquarters to begin immediately after the closing and to take about two years to complete. More at Florida Trend.
PortMiami is remaking the city’s skyline for $1.5 billion, one cruise terminal at a time
With a combination of public and private dollars, Miami-Dade County is betting on the cruise industry in a big way by devoting more than $1.5 billion to build five shiny new cruise terminals and two company headquarters in total, the most dramatic remake of the port in recent decades. More from the Miami Herald.
Out of the Box
Florida mother and daughter open new business: cuddling with strangers
A Florida mother and daughter have found an interesting way to make a little money – cuddling with strangers. Jacksonville resident Joni Eitzmann opened a professional, platonic cuddling studio called “Cozy Up,” and business is starting to pick up.
Off the Truck Liquidators
Wednesday was $1 day at Margate’s newest retail store, Off the Truck Liquidators, and bargain hunters were in full force, rummaging through plain brown cardboard bins for closed-out and overstocked goods that once sat prominently on shelves of the nation’s major retailers. Customers were buying items for $1 that were passed over when they cost $6 on Thursday and Friday, $4 on Sunday, $3 on Monday or $2 on Tuesday.
» Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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