Friday, December 28, 2012

Will Governor Scott meet his goal of creating 700k jobs?

Here's an interesting article from the Sun Sentinel discussing whether Florida's Governor Scott has been successful in his quest to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years.,0,2093703.story

What are your thoughts?  Do you think the Governor is on target to meet this goal?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Florida Praised for its Handling of State Economic Incentives

In this article written for the Orlando Sentinel, The State of Florida received high marks for its controls over economic incentives, compared to other states. 

A report done by the Pew Center in DC reviewed incentives passed in 16 states since 2007 to determine if these states administered adequate controls over these programs.  Florida scored high marks because as other States steadily increased their incentive dollars, the state decided to cap its total incentives funding over a number of years.
To read the full article, click on the link

Based on the amount of scrutiny economic incentive programs have faced within the last five years, it is in the best interest of each state to ensure adequate controls are in place to prevent mis-use of incentive funding.  However, states should also be cautioned to not make the incentive process so bureaucratic that they miss out on opportunities to bring in businesses that would truly benefit their communities.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grants Available for FL companies to Participate in Trade Exhibitions

If you have a business that produces a product you'd like to export to other countries, it may be a good idea to  participate in one of Enterprise Florida's trade events.  These trade events give you access to businesses in other countries who may need your product.

Attending these events may take some investment on your part.  However, there are grants available to assist you in this endeavor.  You can apply for a grant to help you defray some of the associated costs.  Here is a link to a flyer for more detailed information and a copy of the grant application.

Good luck on taking your export company to the next level!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

You Can Boost Your Business Through Training - Here's How

In this article, a Florida small businesss touts the benefits in providing training for his employees.  He also highlighted how he was able to recoup some of the total cost of training by participating in Florida's workforce training grants.  To read the full article, click on the following link: