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Business Of Pot
9:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Canna-Ed Day: Cannabis Entrepreneurs Bank On Amendment Two

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  Armed with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, horticulturist Carlos Hermida headed west to California, where he graduated as valedictorian from a for-profit college that trains individuals for the cannabis industry.

Hermida, a Miami native who now resides in Tampa, is one of the more than 200 interested parties – from doctors to security expects to current or potential patients – who attended Canna-Ed Day in Boca Raton Friday.

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Sunshine Economy
1:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner

Before he went into the beer business, Funky Buddha co-owner KC Sentz (second from the left) was an electrical engineer at Motorola, though his first taste of the working life was at a McDonald's when he was 14.
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KC Sentz and his brother Ryan opened the Funky Buddha Brewery in June of 2013. It was the first production microbrewery in Broward County, and the best known in South Florida. The brewery added a bottling line recently, a milestone for craft breweries, and this May the Sentz brothers announced plans to expand.

Before seeing success as a brewery owner and manager, KC Sentz worked in engineering. But before that, he got his paycheck from Mickey D's.

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Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred?

Hundreds of entrepreneurs, technologists and executives come to South Florida May 5 and 6 for the first eMerge Americas technology summit. The conference aims to highlight Miami's growing tech prowess.

The technology industry remains small in South Florida, but it attracts a lot of attention. The promise of high-paying jobs, a highly educated community and a more diversified economy are powerful pulls to develop the tech industry.

WLRN revisits the effort to grow and attract the technology industry to our region. It's the Sunshine Economy with "The Future Emerging: The Technology Industry in South Florida.”

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Record Store Day
12:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales

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Diego Saldana-Rojas

South Florida's vinyl record stores will open early Saturday morning, on the seventh annual dawning of Record Store Day.

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.

Evan Chern, owner of Yesterday & Today's Records in Miami, says his store experiences a spike in sales that day.

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Business Blossoming
3:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity

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A study calculating the rate of people to companies in the U.S.' 15 largest metro areas ranked South Florida third for entrepreneurial activity.

The Kauffman Foundation 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.

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Business Climate
6:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Miami's Hospitality Industry Luring Start-Ups, Just Not The Tech Kind

Miami's hospitality and service climate makes it easier for non-tech start-ups to thrive.
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 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. 

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Business
5:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments

TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: A movie shoot in Miami Beach. A state Senate committee thinks there should be more incentives available to lure movie producers to Florida.
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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 Committee would charge counties where the productions take place 10 percent of the face amount of the producers' tax incentives.

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Business Cards
11:30 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

A Case For The Paper Business Card In A Digital World

Inspired by a true story: Illustrator Ralph Cabrera's business card shows why hand-to-hand contact exchanges can still work.
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If there is one rule at the Miami Shakers and Stirrers Business Networking Mixer it is this: DO NOT forget your business cards.

On a recent Tuesday evening, organizer Janette Tarafa stood at a corner table of Brickell’s Fadò Irish Pub, cross-checking a list of guests. “Okay, let me get your name tag,” Tarafa said as a young woman walked up. “Do you have a business card?”

“I don’t,” said the young woman, “sorry.”

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Latin America
7:07 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region

Soybean harvest in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The South American giant is now the world's largest soybean producer.
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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.

Hear the full story below.

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Sunshine Economy
5:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool

The Miami Brewing Company, owned by South Florida winemakers Peter and Denisse Schnebly opened the first production brewery in Miami-Dade County. One beer is called Vice IPA.
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The number of microbreweries 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 ‘90s. 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.

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The Sunshine Economy
9:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida

The Funky Buddha Brewery held a large outdoor festival to release its first bottled offering, the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Packaging beers is a milestone for small breweries.
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Up until 2012, there was only one microbrewery in South Florida. But after Tequesta Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.

And the newness of this industry partly contributes to the difficulties brewers face when trying to open their businesses -- local and state laws prohibit even beer tastings at storesmake even beer tastings difficult.

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Business
4:59 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

BritWeek Is Actually A Thing In Miami, And Here's Why We Have It

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  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.  

WLRN's Bernard Hacker explains what goes on during Brit Week:

Read the full story at MiamiHerald.com.

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Tech Startups
5:47 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation

Levine addresses Rokk3r Labs, accompanied by his dog, Earl.
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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.

"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."

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Sunshine Economy
5:48 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

From College Dropout To Multimillionaire: 5 Questions For CEO Don Peebles

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When he was visiting South Florida in the winter of 1996, developer R. Donahue Peebles read an article in the Miami Herald about a rundown hotel on Miami Beach called the Shorecrest. Over the next several years, Peebles would combine that property with one next door and create the Royal Palm, the first convention-class hotel on Miami Beach owned by an African-American.   

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The Sunshine Economy
11:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Learning At The Cash Register: 5 Questions For CEO Suzan McDowell

Suzan McDowell, President and CEO of Circle of One Marketing, tells us about lessons she's learned in her career.
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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.  

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.

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