February 23, 2024

International

Century-old French flavor company Monin finds its North American home in Clearwater

Olivier Monin was only a few years into his tenure heading his family's syrup and flavoring business when he sought a place to build its North American headquarters. Founded in 1912 in Bourges, France, the company had survived world wars, changing tastes and the challenges of international business, but was on the rocks when Olivier, its third-generation leader, took over. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

On the Front Lines

In 2014, Michael Obod and his business partner, Yurii Lavrenov, were running a laser tag equipment company in Ukraine, when Russia invaded Crimea. Amid the crisis, a teacher at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, where Obod had studied, asked him to reserve some small production units to provide simulated combat/virtual reality training systems for the nation's soldiers. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Ripple Effect

Looking for a way to enhance reliability, both during regular operations to keep small problems from becoming big ones and also during emergencies when quickly finding sources of outages is important, FPL began working with Israeli company Percepto in 2018 on using drones to monitor infrastructure and on a nationwide FAA waiver to allow the utility to fly Percepto drones for surveillance and inspection at FPL sites. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Cellphone CSI

Cellebrite, an Israel-based digital intelligence company, works with law enforcement agencies to uncover data from cellphones and other digital devices — a practice now considered as routine as dusting for fingerprints in a crime scene. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Icelandic Influence

When the owners of the Iceland-based digital marketing agency Sahara were looking to expand into the United States a few years ago, Orlando quickly rose to the top of the list of possible locations. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Pulling Rank

While it's no surprise that Miami tops the list of the best U.S. cities for foreign businesses in the inaugural Investing in America ranking from the Financial Times and Nikkei, it may be surprising to learn that Jacksonville ranked No. 8, three spots higher than Tampa but a few notches below Orlando at No. 2. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Red Carpet for Foreign Companies

“Pursuing foreign direct investment is a very important strategy in our efforts to attract new industries and diversify our economy here in Northwest Florida. If you're just concentrating on U.S. companies, you are competing against every other city and county economic development agency. And while that competition is fine, and we will always continue to do that, when you open it up to a worldview perspective, it really allows us to attract additional foreign capital investment that creates good, high-paying jobs.” Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

A Piece of Uruguay in Florida

There are nearly 4,400 miles and 114 years separating the riverside wine estate that Jerónimo Cantón's family founded in Uruguay at the turn of the 20th century and the restaurant and gourmet food company he now manages in South Florida, but time and distance have a way of collapsing inside the doors of Narbona. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Florida Poly grows international opportunities with Fulbright Spain pact

Florida Polytechnic University has signed an agreement with the U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission to expand educational opportunities for American and Spanish scholars. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2021

New direction for journalism school Poynter Institute

The private, non-profit Poynter Institute is reaching out to potential international customers to boost business. Read more »
Published on 1/27/2016

Carnival's 'voluntourism'

Carnival is hoping to capitalize on a trend of combining travel and volunteerism. In June, the company's new cruise line, Fathom, announced weeklong sailings, starting in April 2016, to the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Lesson plans: Miami entrepreneur finds success with online language school

A Miami entrepreneur finds success online in Latin America. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2015

The Melting Pot dips into foreign markets

Sensing its development opportunities in the U.S. were limited, St. Petersburg-based Melting Pot decided seven years ago to begin looking overseas to expand. Read more »
Published on 8/27/2015

Silver lining: Florida exports to Asia and Middle East were up

Economic weakness in some parts of South America and Europe drove a 4% decline in Florida exports to foreign countries last year. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2015

Source markets: Foreign travelers flock to Florida

Florida has seen eight straight months of international tourism growth, with China, Europe and South America playing a bigger role. Read more »
Published on 5/27/2015

Port push: More distribution centers are needed

Spurred on by the success of an effort in Georgia, the Florida Ports Council is seeking state support for an advertising effort aimed at luring cargo-shipping companies from other U.S. ports. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

The Chinese connection: Miami real estate agents court Chinese buyers

Last December, Miami Realtor association CEO Teresa Kinney joined a trade mission to Hong Kong sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to pitch the city's housing market to a potentially huge source of customers — the Chinese. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

Keiser University is going global

Keiser University extends its reach to China, Nicaragua and beyond. Read more »
Published on 1/28/2015

Tale of two Latin Americas

Difficulties in some of the region's largest economies mean Florida businesses must 'pick and choose.' Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Cruise lines address ‘Been there, done that'

With more than 73 million Americans having taken a cruise, mostly in the Caribbean, straying from the beaten path is essential to continued growth for cruise companies. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2014

Trading with African companies

Changes in Africa present opportunities in Florida. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Tops among foreign real estate buyers

No. 1 Florida ranks as the top market for international residential real estate sales. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

Looking overseas for growth

A Fort Lauderdale company does business everywhere from the Caribbean to Africa. Read more »
Published on 6/27/2014

Sealing the deal: Tupperware empowers women across the globe

Tupperware Brands makes only 14% of its sales in North America. “We are not an American company expanding internationally,” says Rick Goings, the company's CEO and chairman. “We are a global company that just happens to have its headquarters in Florida.” Read more »
Published on 5/28/2014

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Mobile food truck provides fresh, free fruits and vegetables in Progress Village
Mobile food truck provides fresh, free fruits and vegetables in Progress Village

Hillsborough County and Feeding Tampa Bay are partnering with a local organization to provide healthy and fresh food in Progress Village. The Grow My Giving Mobile Fresh Market truck will provide free fruits and vegetables twice a month through at least September.

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