business http://wlrn.org en Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales http://wlrn.org/post/independent-record-stores-gear-big-day-sales <p> South Florida's vinyl record stores will open early Saturday morning, on the seventh annual dawning of Record Store Day.</p><p>The international event promotes independent record stores and aims to boost their business. The day is highlighted by special releases only available to independent retailers, and re-issues of classic records.</p><p>Evan Chern, owner of Yesterday &amp; Today's Records in Miami, says his store experiences a spike in sales that day.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:15 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30975 at http://wlrn.org Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-third-15-metro-areas-entrepreneurial-activity <p>A study calculating the rate of people to companies in the U.S.' 15 largest metro areas ranked South Florida third for entrepreneurial activity.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.kauffman.org/" target="_blank">Kauffman Foundation</a>&nbsp;analyzed Census data and figured out South Florida's rate at .43 percent, 15 percent higher than the national average. San Francisco and Los Angeles received the top two spots.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:34:58 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30662 at http://wlrn.org South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity Miami's Hospitality Industry Luring Start-Ups, Just Not The Tech Kind http://wlrn.org/post/miamis-hospitality-industry-luring-start-ups-just-not-tech-kind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local and national leaders at Miami tech conferences have described the city as the next Silicon Beach recently. Sure, silicone breasts and beaches abound in the 305, but silicon computer chips? Not so much.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:09:22 +0000 Andrea Richard 30577 at http://wlrn.org Miami's Hospitality Industry Luring Start-Ups, Just Not The Tech Kind Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments http://wlrn.org/post/senate-film-industry-incentives-include-charges-local-governments <p>Dramatic increases in state incentives to lure film and entertainment production to Florida may be on the way. But this time, local governments would have to pay to play. A bill approved in the Senate Commerce and Tourism&nbsp;Committee would charge counties where&nbsp;the productions take place 10 percent of the face amount of the producers' tax incentives.</p><p>Click below to hear the full story.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:07:38 +0000 Rick Stone 30445 at http://wlrn.org Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments A Case For The Paper Business Card In A Digital World http://wlrn.org/post/case-paper-business-card-digital-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If there is one rule at the Miami Shakers and Stirrers Business Networking Mixer it is this: DO NOT forget your business cards.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:30:07 +0000 Kenny Malone 30191 at http://wlrn.org A Case For The Paper Business Card In A Digital World Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region http://wlrn.org/post/lack-reforms-during-latin-americas-economic-boom-will-hurt-region <p>For more than a decade, much of Latin America has enjoyed an economic boom. But at its annual meeting in Brazil over the weekend, the Inter-American Development Bank indicated the party is ending. And the situation may be worse because the region didn’t make productive reforms when times were good.</p><p>Hear the full story below.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:07:35 +0000 Tim Padgett 30072 at http://wlrn.org Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool http://wlrn.org/post/how-non-brewers-are-using-beer-branding-tool <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida could triple by the end of 2015. More brewers are well on their way to setting up shop locally, and from a business perspective, it’s about time: Craft beer has been popular in the U.S. since the mid </span>‘90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brewers know South Floridians have a taste for it and they’re excited to bring their flavorful suds to underserved local customers. But it’s not just brewers who recognize these specialty brews as good business.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:36:25 +0000 Karen Rundlet 29841 at http://wlrn.org How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/brew-askew-beer-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Up until 2012, there was only one </span>microbrewery<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida. But after </span>Tequesta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:10:17 +0000 Maria Murriel 29591 at http://wlrn.org Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida BritWeek Is Actually A Thing In Miami, And Here's Why We Have It http://wlrn.org/post/britweek-actually-thing-miami-and-heres-why-we-have-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18.001798629760742px;">British roots date back to the 1700s in Florida, when Spain traded the state to Britain for control of Havana. Now there are English business associations here, car clubs and David Beckham. The second annual BritWeek kicks off with a series of events highlighting British business and cultural ties in Florida.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>WLRN's Bernard Hacker explains what goes on during Brit Week:</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:59:59 +0000 Bernard Hacker 29062 at http://wlrn.org BritWeek Is Actually A Thing In Miami, And Here's Why We Have It Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation http://wlrn.org/post/miami-beach-tech-hub-responds-mayor-invitation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.</span></p><p>"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:47:32 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28467 at http://wlrn.org Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation From College Dropout To Multimillionaire: 5 Questions For CEO Don Peebles http://wlrn.org/post/college-dropout-multimillionaire-5-questions-ceo-don-peebles <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1400000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:48:20 +0000 Elaine Chen 28114 at http://wlrn.org From College Dropout To Multimillionaire: 5 Questions For CEO Don Peebles Learning At The Cash Register: 5 Questions For CEO Suzan McDowell http://wlrn.org/post/learning-cash-register-5-questions-ceo-suzan-mcdowell <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a regular digital feature of the Sunshine Economy, we'll be asking local CEOs how they got where they are and what they think of the business community in South Florida.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Suzan McDowell is the President and CEO of Circle of One Marketing, a public-relations and community-outreach firm. A Jamaican-American, Suzan was named one of South Florida’s top 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013 by Legacy Magazine and the Miami Herald.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:41:01 +0000 Elaine Chen 27487 at http://wlrn.org Learning At The Cash Register: 5 Questions For CEO Suzan McDowell New Report Says Entrepreneurs Are Attracted To Miami http://wlrn.org/post/new-report-says-entrepreneurs-are-attracted-miami <p></p><p>Days after Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was quoted in the Washington Post saying his city would never become a tech hub, a small-business group released a report that says entrepreneurs are attracted to the Miami area.</p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/tech-ceo-phillip-levine-miami-and-miami-beach-are-one" target="_blank"><strong>RELATED: Tech CEOs Respond To Philip Levine</strong></a></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:45:38 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 27130 at http://wlrn.org New Report Says Entrepreneurs Are Attracted To Miami World Ambassadors Explore Trade Opportunities In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/world-ambassadors-explore-trade-opportunities-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ambassadors to the U.S. from all over the world left D.C. to touch down in Miami for a program called "Experience America," sponsored by the Department of State.</span></p><p>"This is a remarkable city," says&nbsp;Hunaina&nbsp;Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Oman's ambassador. This is the 13th Experience America trip, and Al Mughairy says she attends as many as she can. "This gives us as ambassadors the opportunity not only to see the U.S. but also to meet the different communities within the states."&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:52:44 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 26534 at http://wlrn.org World Ambassadors Explore Trade Opportunities In Miami Offering Higher Wages, Aldi Brings New Meaning To 'Discount' http://wlrn.org/post/offering-higher-wages-aldi-brings-new-meaning-discount <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The discount grocery store </span>Aldi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is opening up four new locations in South Florida: Palm Springs, Deerfield Beach, Hialeah and Miami Gardens. In order to staff those locations, the discount grocer is holding hiring fairs throughout the area on Jan. 15 and 16.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:43:24 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26433 at http://wlrn.org Offering Higher Wages, Aldi Brings New Meaning To 'Discount'