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While States Spend on Big Businesses, Small Businesses Get Chump Change

In an era of declining entrepreneurship nationally, you'd think state governments would want to do everything they can to encourage small businesses to thrive. After all, the nation's estimated 28 million small businesses account for 99.7 percent...

Column: We are in urgent need of science

Expertise matters. It is particularly relevant when the need is immediate and personal. We don't look to the mechanic to do brain surgery, nor do we look to the brain surgeon...

Sanford Burnham falling short on job promises

The Orlando area's biggest government-backed project – the SanfordBurnham institute – is likely to fall short on its job promises before it attempts to exit Florida later this month, records show. On June...

Future of Mantee-Sarasota biotech industry looks quite bright

Manatee County stands poised for major growth in a key economic sector that garners fierce competition nationally. The region's life-sciences industry, one of the focal points of the Bradenton Area Economic...

Local companies may see boost in biz with Florida’s growing commercial space industry

David Nesbitt recalls a time when his composites manufacturing company had 80 employees and was booming with business from NASA and defense contracts in the early 2000s. “We were highly involved in NASA’s space shuttle...

Here’s where Florida leads and lags in the tech-driven economy

Florida ranks No. 24 among the 50 states in a newly released report that measures the capacities needed to thrive in an economy driven by technological innovation. Florida improved its overall standing...

Scripps president discusses research mission, new philanthropic fund

Visiting the island Thursday as president of Scripps Research Institute, Steve Kay brought along top scientists in fields such as molecular therapeutics, neuroscience, and metabolism and aging. At Scripps Florida, a...

‘Aero-Space Coast’ should think big for 2025

Steven Covey’s book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People says “Begin with the End in Mind.” Now is an appropriate time for we the people of Brevard to instruct our political and civic...

Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center’s new CEO reveals first-year goal

Getting a former top executive for one of the largest defense companies in the U.S. to lead a 100,000-square-foot high-tech facility in Osceola was a pretty smart move. And already, that decision is...

The missing piece that could help Google Fiber turn Tampa into Florida’s ‘Gig City’

In his 1962 book “The Diffusion of Innovations,” the late Everett Rogers introduced us to the theory of how innovations are adopted and diffused throughout a society. Rogers not only explained how such innovations...
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