Karen Rundlet http://blog.wlrn.org en How Video Game Designers Make A Living In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-video-game-designers-make-living-miami <p>Miami is a magnet for entrepreneurs in fashion, film, and visual arts. So it makes sense then that a creative technology sector could and would grow from the intersection of those disciplines. In the last couple of years, a small video-game industry has developed in South Florida.</p><p>Some of the players include Dark Side Studios in Sunrise, Magic Leap in Hollywood, Shiver Entertainment, whose bosses just leased space in South Miami’s Sunset Place, and Skyjoy Interactive on Brickell Avenue.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:26:35 +0000 Karen Rundlet 31889 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Video Game Designers Make A Living In Miami The Growth Of Coaching Businesses In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/growth-coaching-businesses-south-florida <p><em>This story originally aired on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.</em></p><p>Last year, U.S. consumers spent more than 11 billion dollars on CDs, books, seminars, and&nbsp;coaching&nbsp;all aimed at making some part of their lives better.</p><p>The particular field of one-on-one&nbsp;coaching&nbsp;has grown exponentially since the beginning of the recession in 2007.</p><p>Miami's Dan Silverman grew his&nbsp;coaching&nbsp;business out of something he was doing free at bars all over South Florida.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:31:08 +0000 Karen Rundlet 30520 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Growth Of Coaching Businesses In South Florida How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-non-brewers-are-using-beer-branding-tool <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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 </span>‘90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 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.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:36:25 +0000 Karen Rundlet 29841 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool 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 Friday Business Report Revisits Innovation Jobs Program In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/friday-business-report-revisits-innovation-jobs-program-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last fall, an innovation training program called </span>StartupQuest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> launched in South Florida. Full time employees were not welcome. It was specifically for folks who were out of work or underemployed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goal of the program was to help people get new technology skills --&nbsp;and jobs.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:45:12 +0000 Karen Rundlet 27939 at http://blog.wlrn.org Friday Business Report Revisits Innovation Jobs Program In South Florida Girls Who Code Aims To Bring More Women Into STEM http://blog.wlrn.org/post/girls-who-code-aims-bring-more-women-stem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s an enormous push in South Florida right now to grab more of the innovation economy, but we’re not the only region making a play for this sector. The competition nationally is fierce. Cities like St. Louis, Charlotte, and Phoenix have made bigger strides when it comes to </span><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/jobs/2013/03/20/best-cities-tech-jobs.fortune/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>growing as tech hubs</strong>.&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:59:21 +0000 Karen Rundlet 27623 at http://blog.wlrn.org Girls Who Code Aims To Bring More Women Into STEM Civic-Branding Agency Hopes To Redefine Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/civic-branding-agency-hopes-redefine-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Binsen Gonzalez almost left Miami, but he received funding for his idea just in time.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:09:56 +0000 Karen Rundlet 25066 at http://blog.wlrn.org Civic-Branding Agency Hopes To Redefine Miami The 'Mandela Snub' How I Remember It http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mandela-snub-how-i-remember-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the summer of 1990. I was home, living with my parents, working part-time at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a Miami television station as a production assistant.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I made an aspiring journalist’s&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wage, $6 an hour.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:10:43 +0000 Karen Rundlet 24755 at http://blog.wlrn.org The 'Mandela Snub' How I Remember It I'm a lawyer. Now what? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/im-lawyer-now-what <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The legal profession is going through a bit of an existential crisis and certainly an economic one. Large law firms that 10 years ago would have been expected to survive any financial crisis are reacting to a new, constricting marketplace with staff reductions and requests for capital contributions from partners. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:55:43 +0000 Karen Rundlet 24109 at http://blog.wlrn.org I'm a lawyer. Now what? What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-if-south-beach-becomes-next-venice <p>Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.</p><p>Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:08:29 +0000 Karen Rundlet 23767 at http://blog.wlrn.org What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice? How South Florida Supermarkets Move Customers Through Their Stores http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-supermarkets-move-customers-through-their-stores <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The store you probably spend the most time in isn’t a boutique or a department store.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’ll bet, over the course of a year, it’s the supermarket.&nbsp;</span></p><p>On average, supermarket customers shop for groceries twice a week and spend about $100.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In South Florida, Publix is the </span>marketshare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> leader – dominating with close to 250 stores.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Winn Dixie is second. And then, we have Walmart and </span>Sedano’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While each chain is distinct in terms of pricing and store environment, there are commonalities in how many of them are designed, said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paco Underhill,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a consultant and author who studies the science of how people shop all over the world.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Karen Rundlet 22756 at http://blog.wlrn.org How South Florida Supermarkets Move Customers Through Their Stores Why South Florida Workers Are Learning Portuguese http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-south-florida-workers-are-learning-portuguese <p>Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. All three counties beat the national average when it comes to the number of homes that have foreign language speakers.</p><p>We already know that local polling places offer ballots in English, Spanish, Creole. And that business is conducted in those three languages.</p><p>But in recent years, it’s Portuguese that has established itself as a new language of commerce.</p><p>Carolina Pinho is Brazilian. She moved to South Florida more than 20 years ago.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:39:33 +0000 Karen Rundlet 20516 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why South Florida Workers Are Learning Portuguese Carnival Will Close Out With Parade In Sun Life Stadium On Sunday http://blog.wlrn.org/post/carnival-will-close-out-parade-sun-life-stadium-sunday <p></p><p>The walk up of parties for the Miami Broward Carnival weekend has officially begun.</p><p>Still, the big parade at Sun Life Stadium with all the bands isn&rsquo;t until Sunday and that means plenty of people are still hustling on the last minute preps, such as finishing the bright shiny costumes.&nbsp;</p><p>Inside one garage in Miramar the sewing crew hums to soca beats as they glue yet another rhinestone onto another skirt of a Carnival costume. Music plays from the computer.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:21:12 +0000 Karen Rundlet 22002 at http://blog.wlrn.org Carnival Will Close Out With Parade In Sun Life Stadium On Sunday How Reverse Mentoring Promotes International Business Solutions http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-reverse-mentoring-promotes-international-business-solutions <p><span style="background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Many respected leaders will point to mentors who helped them with their rise to success, and most of the time, that mentor was a more experienced individual. But a new local partnership is counting on younger mentors to school their elders.</span></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:34:23 +0000 Karen Rundlet 22015 at http://blog.wlrn.org How To Get A Startup Job In Broward http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-get-startup-job-broward <p>According to last month&rsquo;s employment statistics, Broward County added more than 23,000 jobs.&nbsp;Miami-Dade didn&rsquo;t do as well, with about 3,000 new jobs being added there.</p><p>But it&rsquo;s not as though unemployment or underemployment have gone away.&nbsp;And a new program in Broward is trying to tackle those problems.</p><p>It&rsquo;s called Startup Quest.&nbsp;The program puts patented ideas from universities into the hands of people who are underemployed or straight up out of work.&nbsp;Mentors and mentees serve as bosses and workers, respectively.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 23:33:11 +0000 Karen Rundlet 21635 at http://blog.wlrn.org How To Get A Startup Job In Broward