Why Entrepreneurs Are Flocking to South Florida Start Companies

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A good chunk of the companies on this year's list of fastest-growing businesses come from this corner of Florida. Local entrepreneurs explain why it's so hot for startups

Gonzeaux #8 — Florida

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I spent most of the past week in the great state of Florida. Also very pleased to meet and do a bit of work with Nathan Schwagler - - who’s doing some amazing things at the University of South Florida in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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SpaceX Rocket Carrying Facebook Satellite Crashes in Florida

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The company was testing its Falcon 9 rocket on a launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral

How Marcus Lemonis Uncovered a Florida Ponzi Scheme

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On Tuesday's episode of CNBC's The Profit , Lemonis met entrepreneur Erik Leander, founder of a Florida health-food delivery service. Things get hairy when the star of CNBC's 'The Profit' tries to fix a small business tainted by its association with a suspected fraudster.

Marijuana Group Sues Florida County Over Missing Amendment on Ballots

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Amendment 2 would legalize medical marijuana and polls say it will get 70 percent of the vote

The 10 Fastest Growing Companies in This Florida City

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See why the theme park capital of the world is attracting more than just tourists

It's Official: F-Word Legal In Business Context

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At least in Florida Just because you curse during a business conversation, it doesn't mean it's obscene.

Visiting Epcot in Orlando, Florida

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

One of the places we visited on our trip to Orlando, Florida was Disney’s Epcot theme park. Epcot is kind of split into two areas: a smaller section with a futuristic, hand-on theme, and then a much larger area that showcases a couple dozen countries split up into their own mini-areas.

Billionaire Casino Owner Bets Millions Against Legal Marijuana

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Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate, has donated money to oppose legalization in Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada and Florida

I’m Headed to Orlando, Florida

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

By this time tomorrow, I should arrive in Orlando, Florida. It is currently 11:40 P.M. as I’m writing this. I have to “get up” in 5 hours to catch the 2-hour ferry to the mainland, then take a 45-min taxi ride to the airport.

Florida man pleads guilty in $4.8M gold truck heist in North Carolina

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

MIAMI — One of three South Florida-based men accused of stealing $4.8 million in gold from a truck along a North Carolina interstate has pleaded guilty

Florida BioDatabase

Florida Venture Blog

A friend of mine, Mike Schmitt, has been collaborating with the University of Florida for some time on a database for Florida's biotech sector. Some early results from that work are now available via the Florida BioDatabase , hosted by the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.

Women in Tech

Florida Venture Blog

A list of the Best Cities for Women in Tech just came out, and the showing for Florida cities was embarrassing. Out of 54 total cities making the list, only one Florida city, Jacksonville, made the list at #53.

Strategy Roundtable: Spotlight On Jacksonville, Florida

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An additional 50 were on the wait-list, an evidence of the energy and enthusiasm that is bubbling in Florida right now. Today's roundtable was co-hosted with the Jacksonville Startup Weekend. For the uninitiated, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where entrepreneurs come together to pitch ideas, form teams, and learn best practices. This past weekend, the Jacksonville entrepreneurship community hosted their own version of this exciting program.

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Rain postpones Florida-Wake Forest game until Monday

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — The Florida-Wake Forest game has been postponed until Monday because of rain GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)

NC Episcopal priest charged in Florida road rage

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

The rector of an Episcopal church in North Carolina is facing criminal charges in Florida after police say he pointed a gun at another vehicle in an apparent road rage incident STUART, Fla. —

In the Ultimate Coup, Uber Takes Over City's Mass Transit

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A Florida town turns to Uber for its mass transit needs - and could be the canary in the coal mine for government services

High Point man wanted in Florida leads Greensboro police on high-speed chase

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

GREENSBORO — A High Point man wanted on charges out of Florida led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle Thursday morning and caused a vehicle wreck with a bystander

Florida State, Lamar Jackson earn ACC preseason honors

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AP) — Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP)

Trayvon, George, Fear and Creativity

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

And it’s bigger than that Florida community, they are simply the unlucky ones to have had this incident occur in their front yard. It’s all about Fear. I’m of the belief that fear is the opposite of creativity. Fear leans towards the darkness in our souls.

Florida beats Wake Forest 3-0, earns final spot in Omaha

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AP) — JJ Schwarz hit a towering, two-run homer and Tyler Dyson followed with five scoreless innings of relief and Florida beat Wake Forest 3-0 Monday night to earn the final spot in the College World Series GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)

OwnLocal Acquires Print2Web

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Petersburg, Florida, was one of the first companies to digitize print ads for newspapers. Austin-based OwnLocal announced its acquisition of Print2Web, a digital service provider to the newspaper industry, on Monday. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Print2Web, founded in 2001 in St. The company works with more than 450 newspapers and […] The post OwnLocal Acquires Print2Web appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Florida Opportunity Fund

Florida Venture Blog

Despite my time off the grid for the holidays it was hard to miss some of the buzz around the recently announced Florida Opportunity Fund. Local effort + national networks + quality track records = superior investment returns for the Florida Opportunity Fund.

Florida Opportunity Fund

Florida Venture Blog

Despite my time off the grid for the holidays it was hard to miss some of the buzz around the recently announced Florida Opportunity Fund. Local effort + national networks + quality track records = superior investment returns for the Florida Opportunity Fund.

SpaceX Successfully Launches and Lands Rocket 6 Months After Accident

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It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Florida

FSU, Florida, Virginia, Maryland on upset alert in Orlando

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — With Florida State, Florida, Virginia and Maryland playing in the same venue, the Amway Center has the potential to become Upset Central in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)

AP-BKC--South Florida-East Carolina Box

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SOUTH FLORIDA (8-20

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in US

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten's fur — all because it's comprised of 99 percent pure crushed SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP)

North Carolina Episcopal priest charged in Florida road rage

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — The rector of an Episcopal church in North Carolina is facing criminal charges in Florida after police say he pointed a gun at another vehicle in an apparent road rage incident STUART, Fla. (AP)

Elon handles South Florida 74-61

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Brian Dawkins and Steven Santa Ana scored 13 points apiece and Elon defeated South Florida 74-61 on Thursday night TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

Richard Florida on Start-Ups and American Exceptionalism

Campus Entrepreneurship

My good friend Richard Florida has an insightful piece on American Exceptionalism as a start-up nation. via How Startups Have Changed the Way American Business Thinks – Richard Florida – Technology – The Atlantic. America was a start-up political entity and its citizens innovated and built new organizations and models as they crossed the continent.

AP-BKC--North Florida-Elon Box

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NORTH FLORIDA (3-3

AP-BKC--South Florida-NC State Box

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SOUTH FLORIDA (3-1

This Entrepreneur Showed the Power of Integrity in His Shocking Investment Pitch

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Florida entrepreneur Johnny Georges won his Shark Tank investment deal, and also the hearts and minds of Americans

Florida Growth Fund

Florida Venture Blog

Earlier this week I attended a Florida Venture Forum welcome event for the Florida Growth Fund, a $250 million hybrid fund-of-funds managed by Hamilton Lane for the Florida State Board of Administration.

Florida Growth Fund

Florida Venture Blog

Earlier this week I attended a Florida Venture Forum welcome event for the Florida Growth Fund, a $250 million hybrid fund-of-funds managed by Hamilton Lane for the Florida State Board of Administration.

Larson's RBI single in 11th gives Florida 2-1 win

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Ryan Larson's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th gave Florida a 2-1 win over Wake Forest for the Gators' first walk-off victory of the year and a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three super regional GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)

Florida Growth Fund

Florida Venture Blog

Earlier this week I attended a Florida Venture Forum welcome event for the Florida Growth Fund, a $250 million hybrid fund-of-funds managed by Hamilton Lane for the Florida State Board of Administration. A say “hybrid” because the fund has two missions: 1) invest into Florida-focused venture capital funds and 2) invest directly into Florida companies. […]. david helgerson florida growth fund greg baty hamilton lane venture capital

Decision-Making Lessons From Gators QB Will Grier’s PED Problem

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Why Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier's performance enhancing drugs suspension has more to say about his decision-making process than the rules that regulate ingestion of certain substances

This Entrepreneur Also Paid All His Employees a Living Wage and It Worked (Even If He Didn’t Get a $500K Book Deal)

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Trevor Burgess is the CEO of a small Florida bank who also decided to equalize worker pay. Here's his story on why the more you pay, the more you make