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Monday's Afternoon Update

Irma, bound for Georgia, weakens to a tropical storm

After battering its way up Florida’s Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning. It was expected to cross into Georgia in the afternoon, leaving potentially dangerous storm surges in its wake. More from the Miami Herald, the AP, and NBC News.

Major airports around state closed due to the storm:
» CLOSED today 9/11/2017: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Jacksonville International, Miami International, Orlando International, Palm Beach International, Southwest Florida International and Tampa International airports. Tallahassee International Airport will resume operations later today. Pensacola International is open. See full story here.

More storm updates:
» Floridians assess damages as weakening Hurricane Irma heads north
» Why rebuilding may be more difficult in Florida than Texas
» Irma may force Florida insurers to turn to deeper pockets

When will power and cellphone services be restored? Patience urged

On the day after Hurricane Irma, the question everyone wants answered is: When will my power and cellphone service be restored? The short answer: Your cellphone should be working again relatively soon, but you might have to wait several days or even longer for the power to come back on. More from the Miami Herald.

Four Southwest Florida companies will feed 1,500 athletes for the World Rowing Championships

Southwest Florida is preparing to welcome 1,500 world-class rowing professionals from 71 countries this month. They’re expected to eat a total of more than 48,000 eggs while they’re here. And that’s only a fraction of the overall meal plan. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Frontier Airlines adds to Orlando's training center trend

Frontier Airlines is the latest national company to choose Orlando as the location of a new training center. The company said it is moving flight-attendant training from Denver to lower costs, because hundreds of attendants are based in Orlando. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Small Business Advice
Marketing to the generations

There is no “one size fits all” solution to the problem of marketing across the generational divide. Each generation has its own unique characteristics, influenced by their life’s experiences. Read Gray Poehler's full column here.

Florida Small Business
Limited Liability Companies

florida A limited liability company (LLC) is similar to, but different from a corporation. Like a corporation, it offers limited personal liability. However, an LLC is not required to hold regular stockholder or management meetings, and there are no requirements to comply with other corporate formalities.

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Crop Shift in Miami-Dade

florida originalsAlong with Miami-Dade County’s metropolitan distinctions is another, less urban: The county ranks first in Florida in the production of ornamental plants and No. 2 for plant and tree nurseries nationwide.

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