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17.1% Workers’ Comp Rate Increase Will Harm Florida’s Economy/Job Growth

May 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Edie Ousley (850) 521-1231 eousley@flchamber.com Florida Chamber of Commerce Urges State Leaders to Put Small Businesses and Injured Workers Ahead of Personal Injury Trial Lawyers IF RATE IS APPROVED, FLORIDA WILL HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES IN THE SOUTHEAST  TALLAHASSEE, FL (May 27, 2016) – With job creators facing a 17.1 percent […]

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Know Your Public Records Rights

May 25, 2016

In March, the Florida Legislature passed a law that changes Florida’s public records policy for businesses that contract with local or state government and helps protect businesses from being sued. Now, a request for public records must be made directly to the public agency. If the public agency does not possess the requested records, the […]

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Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In Centers Discussions on Trade, Jobs, Zika and More

May 25, 2016 |

Florida Chamber of Commerce members recently returned from a recent Washington, D.C.“Fly-In” supporting private-sector job creation, pushing back against bureaucratic red tape and emphasizing the importance of protecting Floridians from the Zika virus. The Florida Chamber’s D.C. Fly-In included meetings with members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, including Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Vern […]

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Florida Ports Partner with Mexican Ports to Expand Global Opportunities

May 24, 2016 |

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today attended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing between Florida Ports and Mexican Ports – an effort that will further strengthen Florida’s competitive edge in the global economy by expanding trade opportunities between Florida and Mexico. The signing included representatives from: PortMiami, Port Everglades, Port Manatee, Port Panama City, Port Pensacola, Port Tampa Bay, […]

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Did You Know Many of Today’s Top Jobs Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago?

May 23, 2016 |

The job market is constantly changing, which means students are preparing for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that have not been invented, to solve problems we don’t know are problems. Nearly 50 percent of subject knowledge is acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree. However, in many occupations, that information outdated by […]

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John Medina Discusses Small Business, a Global Economy and More

May 18, 2016 |

“Free enterprise is not like playing a board game with a six year old, where it seems like the rules change after every turn.”   –  JOHN MEDINA Vice President of Business, Insurance, and Investment Services, First Commerce Credit Union Florida Chamber Tallahassee Regional Board Chair   According to Chief Executive Magazine’s recently released 2016 […]

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Federal Bureaucrats Create New Mandates on Businesses: Department of Labor Finalizes Overtime Rule

May 18, 2016 |

Today, the Department of Labor released their long anticipated overtime rule, marking yet another burdensome federal mandate created by bureaucrats that will significantly impact businesses across the state and nation. The rule, which takes effect December 1, 2016, doubles the salary threshold for which businesses must pay overtime. Employees making less than $47,476 a year […]

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Did You Know 105 Million Visitors Came to Florida Last Year?

May 16, 2016 |

Florida hosted a record-breaking 105 million visitors in 2015, according to recently-released data from VISIT FLORIDA. Domestic tourism increased by 8 percent for a total of 85 percent of the state’s visitor count. Tourism is Florida’s largest economic driver, accounting for nearly 1.2 million jobs in tourism-related employment and $89.1 billion in tourism spending. Sales […]

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Governor and Cabinet Proclaim May as Florida World Trade Month

May 10, 2016 |

Florida Chamber, Trade Partners Champion Trade’s Role in Florida’s Economy Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet today declared May as World Trade Month in Florida, presenting a resolution designating this honor to the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity, and increasingly, is one of Florida’s top […]

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