The Sunshine Economy http://blog.wlrn.org en The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-common-challenges-changing-classrooms <p></p><p>T<span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(26, 26, 26); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">he school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards. </span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Tom Hudson 33616 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms Sunshine Economy: Going Through The Miami Tunnel http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-going-through-miami-tunnel <p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kIa9Yiq9n4M" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'd been asked a lot of things in advance of an interview with a source, but the text from Chris Hodgkins was my first wardrobe question: "What size shoes do you wear?"</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 32164 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sunshine Economy: Going Through The Miami Tunnel Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner http://blog.wlrn.org/post/burgers-beer-5-questions-funky-buddha-brewery-co-owner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KC </span>Sentz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:08:38 +0000 Maria Murriel & Elaine Chen 31916 at http://blog.wlrn.org Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner Head To Your Local Brewery For... A Yoga Class? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/head-your-local-brewery-yoga-class <p><em>Click through the photos above.</em></p><p><em>This story originally ran on April 14, 2014.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shelah Davis is a professional yoga teacher who spends her 9-to-5 at a fitness studio in Florida City. But since the fall of 2013, she's been hauling her mats to </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from Homestead to Oakland Park.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:45:44 +0000 Maria Murriel 30802 at http://blog.wlrn.org Head To Your Local Brewery For... A Yoga Class? Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charter-schools-ceo-started-janitor <p></p><p>Jon Hage heads the for-profit charter school management company, <a href="http://www.charterschoolsusa.com/" target="_blank">Charter Schools USA (CSUSA)</a>, based in Fort Lauderdale. The company operates 58 schools in seven states across the country, including Florida.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Elaine Chen 29920 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker http://blog.wlrn.org/post/farm-brewery-5-questions-craft-beer-ceo-mike-halker <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before making beer in Palm Beach, Mike </span>Halker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> served on a bomb squad with the U.S. Army.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That cool under pressure has served him well as the founder and head of </span><a href="http://www.duesouthbrewing.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Due South Brewery</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a craft-beer company based in Boynton Beach.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:13:03 +0000 Elaine Chen 29457 at http://blog.wlrn.org From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker Redland's Schnebly: From Wine To Beer To Spirited Expansion http://blog.wlrn.org/post/redlands-schnebly-wine-beer-spirited-expansion <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:03:05 +0000 Karen Rundlet 29377 at http://blog.wlrn.org Redland's Schnebly: From Wine To Beer To Spirited Expansion Bottoms Up: The Liquor & Wine Business In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bottoms-liquor-wine-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida may not have the valleys and vineyards of Napa Valley nor the hollows and oak barrels of Kentucky but the wine and liquor industry is here in its own unique way. &nbsp;Think mango wine not chardonnay, rum not bourbon and you've got the idea. &nbsp;</span></p><p>South Floridians can talk about rum the way oenophiles go on about wine. There are the aromas of the rum, the notes and the finish. There may be hints of chocolate, berries or citrus. &nbsp;For many outside of South Florida rum means one company:&nbsp;Bacardi. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:31:03 +0000 Tom Hudson 29313 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bottoms Up: The Liquor & Wine Business In South Florida Interviewing By Eating: 5 Questions for CEO Felecia Hatcher http://blog.wlrn.org/post/interviewing-eating-5-questions-ceo-felecia-hatcher <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Felecia Hatcher is co-founder and “chief popsicle” of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.feverpopshop.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Feverish Pops</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a gourmet popsicle company based in Miami. Hatcher says she is “obsessed with desserts” and, as proof of that passion, she points out that she was married at a donut shop in Portland, Oregon.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hatcher began the popsicle company after getting fired from her marketing job with Nintendo.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:35:10 +0000 Elaine Chen 29119 at http://blog.wlrn.org Interviewing By Eating: 5 Questions for CEO Felecia Hatcher Got Water? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/got-water <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The good news from last summer's rains is that South Florida's water supply is running above average. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:47:50 +0000 Tom Hudson 28960 at http://blog.wlrn.org Got Water? Commerce is Brewing: Coffee Biz in South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/commerce-brewing-coffee-biz-south-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">How do you like your coffee? Cafe&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">cubano</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">? Latte? Black?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:42:41 +0000 Tom Hudson 28633 at http://blog.wlrn.org Commerce is Brewing: Coffee Biz in South Florida Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bittersweet-sugar-industry-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Tom Hudson 28333 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida From College Dropout To Multimillionaire: 5 Questions For CEO Don Peebles http://blog.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://blog.wlrn.org From College Dropout To Multimillionaire: 5 Questions For CEO Don Peebles 5 Questions For Invizio's Kevin Michael: South Florida 'Fiercely Competitive' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/5-questions-invizios-kevin-michael-south-florida-fiercely-competitive <div class="im" style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="im" style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;"><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">In our 5 Questions series, we ask local entrepreneurs and CEOs how they got where they are a Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:47:41 +0000 Elaine Chen 27772 at http://blog.wlrn.org 5 Questions For Invizio's Kevin Michael: South Florida 'Fiercely Competitive' It's a Currency. It's a Dessert Topping. It's Bitcoin! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-currency-its-dessert-topping-its-bitcoin <p><span style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">Arrests in New York and Florida in late January indicate the global virtual currency&nbsp;Bitcoin&nbsp;has the attention of federal prosecutors:&nbsp;A top executive with a&nbsp;Bitcoin&nbsp;trade organization was one of those charged.&nbsp;The second man arrested was Robert&nbsp;Faiella,&nbsp;at his home in Cape Coral.</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:28:03 +0000 Tom Hudson 27268 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's a Currency. It's a Dessert Topping. It's Bitcoin!