business http://blog.wlrn.org en Canna-Ed Day: Cannabis Entrepreneurs Bank On Amendment Two http://blog.wlrn.org/post/canna-ed-day-cannabis-entrepreneurs-bank-amendment-two <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>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.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:08:30 +0000 Sam Luvisi 35495 at http://blog.wlrn.org Canna-Ed Day: Cannabis Entrepreneurs Bank On Amendment Two 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 Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-south-florida-boast-having-some-tech-cred <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.”</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 31802 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred? Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales http://blog.wlrn.org/post/independent-record-stores-gear-big-day-sales <p>South Florida's vinyl record stores will open early Saturday morning, on the seventh annual dawning of Record Store Day.</p><p>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.</p><p>Evan Chern, owner of Yesterday &amp; Today's Records in Miami, says his store experiences a spike in sales that day.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:15 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30975 at http://blog.wlrn.org Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-third-15-metro-areas-entrepreneurial-activity <p>A study calculating the rate of people to companies in the U.S.' 15 largest metro areas ranked South Florida third for entrepreneurial activity.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.kauffman.org/" target="_blank">Kauffman Foundation</a>&nbsp;analyzed Census data and figured out South Florida's rate at .43 percent, 15 percent higher than the national average. San Francisco and Los Angeles received the top two spots.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:34:58 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30662 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity Miami's Hospitality Industry Luring Start-Ups, Just Not The Tech Kind http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miamis-hospitality-industry-luring-start-ups-just-not-tech-kind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:09:22 +0000 Andrea Richard 30577 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami's Hospitality Industry Luring Start-Ups, Just Not The Tech Kind Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments http://blog.wlrn.org/post/senate-film-industry-incentives-include-charges-local-governments <p>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&nbsp;Committee would charge counties where&nbsp;the productions take place 10 percent of the face amount of the producers' tax incentives.</p><p>Click below to hear the full story.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:07:38 +0000 Rick Stone 30445 at http://blog.wlrn.org Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments A Case For The Paper Business Card In A Digital World http://blog.wlrn.org/post/case-paper-business-card-digital-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If there is one rule at the Miami Shakers and Stirrers Business Networking Mixer it is this: DO NOT forget your business cards.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:30:07 +0000 Kenny Malone 30191 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Case For The Paper Business Card In A Digital World Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lack-reforms-during-latin-americas-economic-boom-will-hurt-region <p>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.</p><p>Hear the full story below.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:07:35 +0000 Tim Padgett 30072 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region 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 Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/brew-askew-beer-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Up until 2012, there was only one </span>microbrewery<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida. But after </span>Tequesta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:10:17 +0000 Maria Murriel 29591 at http://blog.wlrn.org Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida BritWeek Is Actually A Thing In Miami, And Here's Why We Have It http://blog.wlrn.org/post/britweek-actually-thing-miami-and-heres-why-we-have-it <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; line-height: 18.001798629760742px;">British roots date back to the 1700s in Florida, when Spain traded the state to Britain for control of Havana. Now there are English business associations here, car clubs and David Beckham. The second annual BritWeek kicks off with a series of events highlighting British business and cultural ties in Florida.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>WLRN's Bernard Hacker explains what goes on during Brit Week:</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:59:59 +0000 Bernard Hacker 29062 at http://blog.wlrn.org BritWeek Is Actually A Thing In Miami, And Here's Why We Have It Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-beach-tech-hub-responds-mayor-invitation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.</span></p><p>"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:47:32 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28467 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation 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 Learning At The Cash Register: 5 Questions For CEO Suzan McDowell http://blog.wlrn.org/post/learning-cash-register-5-questions-ceo-suzan-mcdowell <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a regular digital feature of the Sunshine Economy, we'll be asking local CEOs how they got where they are and what they think of the business community in South Florida.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Suzan McDowell is the President and CEO of Circle of One Marketing, a public-relations and community-outreach firm. A Jamaican-American, Suzan was named one of South Florida’s top 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013 by Legacy Magazine and the Miami Herald.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:41:01 +0000 Elaine Chen 27487 at http://blog.wlrn.org Learning At The Cash Register: 5 Questions For CEO Suzan McDowell