Florida Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Florida's unemployment rate in December held steady at 4.9 percent, unchanged from November, according to figures released last Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

01/23/2017 By Staff


Real Estate Executives Ranked Among Most Influential

Kate Rossi of NRT LLC and Clark Toole of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Florida were recently named to a ranking of the 200 most influential people in residential real estate.

01/17/2017 By Staff


Retail Imports Up More Than Expected

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the holiday season.

01/16/2017 By Staff


Financial Management Firms Merge

Sherrill Wealth Management and Wood Investment Management are merging and will begin operations this month as Shoreline Financial Partners.

01/11/2017 By Staff

New hires

Economic Development Corporation Hires Enterprise Florida Veteran

The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation recently appointed Max Stewart to a new position: director of business development.

01/11/2017 By Staff


Business Peer Group Program Expands

The Exceptional Discipline Generates Excellence (EDGE) Peer Group program, founded by Sarasota's David Kauffman, is expanding this year into other cities around Florida.

01/10/2017 By Staff


Wages Up in 2016

The American economy added 156,000 new jobs in the month of December, continuing a record streak of 75 consecutive months of job growth.

01/06/2017 By Staff


Florida Consumer Sentiment Increases

Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased between November and December, according to the latest survey results published by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

01/05/2017 By Staff


Financial Help Nonprofit Folded Into Family Assistance Organization

The Manatee Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that provides services to thousands of families in five counties, recently announced that Suncoast Community Capital, a financial and tax assistance nonprofit, has joined the organization.

01/04/2017 By Staff

Incentivize It

How to Use State and Local Business Dollars to Grow Your Company

Reminder: Florida is one of the friendliest business tax states in the nation.

01/03/2017 By Kevin Allen


Local Experts' Top Tax Tips

Tax strategies for the end of 2016 and the start of 2017.

12/29/2016 By Sylvia Whitman Illustrations by Victor Juhasz


Business Groups Sue to Block South Florida Minimum Wage Hike

The Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Florida Chamber of Commerce filed suit last week to block the City of Miami Beach from raising its minimum wage.

12/20/2016 By Staff

Florida Jobs

State Releases Unemployment Stats for November

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up 0.1 percent from October.

12/16/2016 By Staff


Gas Prices Rise

The average price of a gallon of gas in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice area has risen by 20.6 cents—9.9 percent—in the past month, according to numbers posted by AAA.

12/15/2016 By Staff


Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System voted unanimously on Wednesday to raise interest rates slightly.

12/14/2016 By Staff


Retail Imports Expected to Rise

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season.

12/13/2016 By Staff

New hires

Executive Search Firm Places Client with Water Heater Maker

The Sarasota-based executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc., recently placed Mark Frederico as the sourcing and materials manager with Eemax, Inc., a Connecticut-based water heater manufacturer.

12/13/2016 By Staff


Workforce Development Program Receives $100,000 Donation

United Way Suncoast recently provided $100,000 in funding to the workforce development organization CareerEdge Funders Collaborative.

12/09/2016 By Staff


Retail Trade Group Announces 2017 Legislative Priorites

The Florida Retail Federation supports state law that bans local regulations of plastic shopping bags and opposes any increase in the state's minimum wage.

12/06/2016 By Staff


Unemployment Rate Drops

The American economy added 178,000 new jobs and the country's unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent during the month of November, according to new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released Friday.

12/02/2016 By Staff