In our Power of Price series, we’ve been exploring how the secrecy shrouding health care pricing can raise costs — the cost of the care itself and the cost to employees who get their insurance through work.
There’s a movement to make those prices more transparent. More than a dozen other states have started something called an “all-payer claims database.”
These databases track what actually gets paid for care at different hospitals by various insurers. They can be used to analyze the true cost of health care and make it public.
The Urban League of Miami and the local NAACP want the Miami-Dade school district to stop work on a $1.2 billion bond project to renovate schools and upgrade their technology.
The groups believe black-owned businesses aren’t getting a fair chance at school construction projects.
A district review of contracts -- a legal requirement if the district wants to allocate contracts based on race or gender -- re-ignited the long-simmering dispute. The district review found black-owned businesses received a disproportionately larger share of district subcontracts.
To support black-owned businesses, a campaign is creating a shopping curfew for South Floridians on the weekend.
The goal of the #CurfewForChange campaign is to empower black customers to shop at black-owned businesses on Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. -- a curfew to halt shopping at other retailers during these hours.
One of the most expensive property sales in South Florida history is in the works on South Beach. Six properties -- currently held by the Terranova Corporation and Acadia Realty Trust -- along Lincoln Road are expected to sell for $342 million.
The properties' current occupants are Starbucks, Armani Jeans, Fossil and the Khong River House restaurant.
The City of Delray Beach is looking to increase the parking fee some business owners pay to help build parking garages or city lots.
The city dictates how many parking spots a business must have based on what it is and how big it is: an office needs one spot per 300 square feet while a restaurant needs six spots per 1,000 square feet. Each time the use of a building changes the incoming business must meet the new parking requirements.
The company, which provides online financial analysis tools for individuals and small businesses, looked at 18 different metrics to develop their own recovery ranking: changes in home value, the poverty rate and the foreclosure rate, to name a few.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.