April 24, 2024

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What is measles and why is it back in South Florida? Here's what to know

The number of confirmed measles cases at Manatee Bay Elementary has jumped to four, since the first recent case was reported on Friday, officials said. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County issued a statement Sunday and stated that it is carrying out an epidemiological investigation surrounding multiple cases of measles that have occurred at the school. More from NBC Miami.

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AI in action

Artificial intelligence is transforming the business landscape. From insurance to boating, companies are leveraging AI to automate processes, glean insights from data and better serve customers. To get an idea of how the technology is shaping Florida’s business landscape, we spoke with a variety of executives from around the state. Here’s what they told us. More from Florida Trend.

Miami-Dade County's ‘Mom and Pop' grant applications for small business owners underway

Small business owners, who comprise the majority of Key Biscayne's commerce, may apply for Miami-Dade County's "Mom and Pop" grants now through March 15, according to Commissioner Raquel Regalado. Only for-profit businesses within District 7 that have been open for over two years can apply. Eligible businesses may receive up to $3,000. More from Islander News.

Business Florida 2024: Florida resources shine on startups

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida accounted for nearly 12% of all new business starts nationwide during 2021, with the state’s total almost reaching 700,000. And, even more recently, Florida was ranked as the most entrepreneurial state by researchers at The Digital Project Manager, which analyzed eight indicators for entrepreneurship. More from Florida Trend.

Venture Miami’s Built in Miami Startup Program kicks off with over 200 local entrepreneurs

The largest startup incubator in Florida kicks off Monday in Wynwood with over 200 South Florida entrepreneurs looking to turn their startup idea into a reality. The free program is provided by Venture Miami, a City of Miami economic development office focused on fostering innovation in Miami. The first Built in Miami Startup Program was held in 2023 with 117 entrepreneurs, many of which have gone on to raise capital, gain traction, and recruit local team members. More from Refresh Miami.

For the owner of this historic Black cemetery in Miami, preservation is personal

Jessie Wooden found his mother’s grave in the neglected Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Brownsville. He purchased the cemetery, which is the final resting place of upwards of 30,000 Black Americans including lynching victims, veterans and even a few millionaires, in the hope of honoring her and the many others buried alongside her.

» More from the Miami Herald.


Florida Icon: Lee Brian Schrager

"South Beach is the granddaddy of them," says Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and New York Wine & Food Festival. "New York and South Beach are the two most respected festivals. When people didn’t know us, it was very hard. It’s a lot easier today. But talent’s gotten a lot busier today, and there are more festivals."

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Florida shoe cobbler mends more than soles
Florida shoe cobbler mends more than soles

Jim McFarland, a fourth-generation shoe cobbler in Lakeland, Florida, never anticipated his trade mending shoes would lead to millions of views on social media. People are captivated by his careful craftsmanship: removing, then stitching and gluing soles on leather footwear.

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