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Small business owners in Florida and around nation more optimistic

Small business owners are feeling more optimistic than they have in years, according to several surveys. The reports say revenue is up. Owners are confident in the future of their businesses, and a majority think the U.S. economy will grow this year. NPR spoke with Matthew Eastman, who owns Lickity Splits Ice Cream in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, about the survey. Hear the interview:

Read the full report:
» NSBA & ZipRecruiter report: Small business climate vastly improved

Sales and Marketing Advice
If it's good for your business -- does that mean it's good for your customers?

Companies spend too much time and money in attempting to convince, even demand, that their new-fangled idea is for us. A rude awaking is ahead for these companies. Read Ron Stein's full column.

After three decades, the annual yacht show is leaving Miami Beach for new waters

The Miami Yacht Show is on the move. After 30 years along Indian Creek across from the Fontainebleau hotel, the show will cross the causeway next year and be based in Miami for at least two years. More from the Miami Herald.

Who says nothing lasts? One Florida CEO has worked in the same firm for 44 years

For nearly 44 years, Brian Keeley has worked at Baptist Health. During his 20-plus years as president and CEO, he has overseen mergers with South Miami and Homestead hospitals, the acquisitions of Mariners Hospital in the Florida Keys and Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, and opened West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the Miami Cancer Institute. More from the Miami Herald.

Post-Amazon bid, Orlando tech regroups behind startup successes

Pushing the Orlando tech scene’s incremental successes would create a stream of good news that could build momentum and enhance the region’s profile, tech leaders say. That would also give area officials a chance to better compete for major projects like the failed effort to attract Amazon’s next major headquarters. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Natural Resources
Keys reef wounded by Irma, but lives with challenges

 The superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary says that after efforts to help the coral reef recover from Hurricane Irma, challenges loom for the marine ecosystem. Sanctuary staff and other agencies found localized, significant damage after the hurricane.

» More from the AP.

See also:
» NOAA and partners assess reef, aid recovery following Hurricane Irma


Business Profile

florida originalsOne of the biggest problems for restaurants these days is chargebacks, or getting stuck with the bill when a customer disputes it. But PayMyTab, a tablet developed by South Florida technology innovator Tom Holmes, aims to solve that problem.

» Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.