Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida is the best place to start an e-commerce business, study finds
Florida is the best place to launch an e-commerce business, according to a new study. E-commerce, the act of electronically buying or selling products on online services, is expected to reach a record $1 trillion mark this year. Nexcess, a cloud platform built to optimize and power online sites and stores, evaluated the best places to start an e-commerce business based on factors such as economic outlook, local taxes, infrastructure and financial resources and scored each state on a scale from one to 10. More from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald win Pulitzer Prizes
For exposing dangers at a local lead smelter, Tampa Bay Times reporters earn journalism’s top prize — the newsroom’s third for investigative reporting and its 14th overall. The Miami Herald won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for the Surfside condo collapse coverage. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald.
Hungry for stone crabs? Season just ended — but can you still find them in Florida?
The annual stone crab season has come to a close. Fishermen are on to other catch of the days, and so are many restaurants. How did the season go for suppliers and eaters? Prices were up and supply down for stone crabs, restaurant owners and commercial anglers said in assessing the eight-month stone crab season. More from the Miami Herald.
Orlando is ‘Unbelievably Real,’ according to $28.5 million marketing campaign
Orlando’s wealth of things to do and see make it an “Unbelievably Real” destination for tourists and businesses, according to a $28.5 million marketing campaign launched Monday by Visit Orlando and the Orlando Economic Partnership. The new slogan emerged after about a year of collaboration among the tourist association and economic growth groups to sell Orlando to wider audiences. Marketing agency Razorfish led its development. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Brevard County votes to use COVID relief money to fund employee raises
The vacancy on the Brevard County Board left by former Commissioner Bryan Lober has provided the Commission with leftover COVID-19 relief funds that one commissioner has found a use for — to use for raises for county employees. Board members approved a proposal from Commissioner John Tobia for a cost-of-living adjustment for county employees of $1 per hour or 5.38%, whichever is greater. More from Florida Today.
Parental choice and education: The backbone of Florida's business success
When entrepreneurs, CEOs and site selection consultants come to Florida scouting relocation destinations for corporate headquarters or regional offices, the common component they often seek is a diverse and educated workforce. That starts with the K-12 student. Florida ranks high in educating tomorrow’s workforce today by giving parents the confidence that their children will receive a world-class education. [Sponsored report]
‘A gesture of appreciation.’ New World Symphony gifted $30M as artistic director steps down
When famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas performed his last concerts as the New World Symphony artistic director this weekend in Miami, he received a gift much bigger than a bouquet of flowers or bottle of champagne. He welcomed a gift for the symphony he co-founded 35 years ago: $30 million.
» More from the Miami Herald.
Out of the Box
Tropicana wants you to pour orange juice on cereal
Some people prefer orange juice on their cereal instead of milk – but will a promotion by Tropicana to draw attention to the pairing be a splash in the bowl or a new go-to breakfast dish? That may depend on the palate.
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