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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 However, in many occupations, that information outdated by […]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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DYK Florida is the 3rd Largest Exporter of High-Tech Goods in the U.S.?

May 09, 2016 |

When people think of Florida-based exports, they tend to think of agricultural products like fruits, sugar, vegetables and other commodities. However, 92 percent of Florida-origin exports are manufactured goods, which create high-skill, high-paying jobs for Floridians and contribute $53.8 billion to Florida’s economy. High-tech products, in particular, accounted for nearly 1 in 4 of Florida’s […]

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DYK 14 Percent of Florida Jobs Are Connected to the Agriculture Industry?

May 02, 2016 |

Agriculture plays a vital role in Florida’s economy, with more than 1.5 million jobs connected to agriculture, natural resources and food industries and 15.4 percent of our gross state product tied to the industry. Agriculture production has improved with advanced technology, relying on the latest innovations like drones and automation to streamline the process of producing food supplies […]

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DYK the Biggest Threat to Florida’s Economy 100 Years Ago Was A Parasite?

April 25, 2016 |

In 1916, the biggest challenge to Florida’s business community was the cattle tick, which threatened Florida’s largest economic driver – agriculture. That year, the Florida Chamber of Commerce was established as the Florida Cattle Tick Eradication Committee to unite business leaders and fight for the elimination of the cattle tick. The Florida Chamber has been bringing […]

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