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Coworking has reshaped the office landscape in South Florida

South Florida cities are among the nation's leaders in coworking space and predictions are for significant growth nationally in the next decade. A popular alternative to traditional offices, coworking allows individuals and companies to purchase office space without long-term leases but rather in flexible increments of hours or months. The space can be as small as a dedicated desk for one person or as large as a suite for many workers. More from the Daily Business Review.

Walton County seat hopeful for economic boom

A wave of development might be headed for a historic district in Walton County. In the wake of efforts by Main Street DeFuniak Springs to breathe some life back into the downtown area, the manager of a local shop said she’s fired up to be among the first businesses renovating alongside the group. More from the Northwest Florida Daily News.

International standards conference will take place in Melbourne, its smallest host city yet

An international congress to develop business standards will be held in Melbourne. It's the first time the congress has been held on U.S. soil. That's a testament to the Space Coast's growing prominence as a hub of the space and defense industry, said Lynda Weatherman, president of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. More from Florida Today.

Small yet mighty: Two Southwest Florida community banks outperforming many of their peers

Two of the most consistent performing community banks in the region, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank and First Citrus Bank, have outperformed many peers since before the recession. The pair of banks hovering around $400 million in assets have one key: stick-to-itiveness to the founding strategy. More from the Business Observer.

Crowded tropics expected to add Lorenzo today, Karen’s path uncertain

A crowded tropical Atlantic is expected to add another named storm today after a wave just off Africa developed into a depression overnight. If the forecast holds true, Lorenzo will join tropical storms Karen and Jerry in the busy basin on this first day of fall. None are a threat to the continental U.S. at this point, but Karen is forecast to move over Puerto Rico as a tropical storm on Tuesday and start to make a left turn toward the east coast on Saturday. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Business Profile
The turning of the tap: Friends sell water business after four decades

 United Distributors Inc. owners Mark Blackwell and Craig Boesdorfer didn’t intend to stay in the water business for 40 years. The childhood friends moved to Florida from Illinois to escape the cold and answered a blind newspaper ad for water purification and conditioning equipment sales.

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