Series on Free Enterprise: Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber “Stewards of the Space Coast”

For more than 80 years, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce has served as the voice of business and has worked to enhance the quality of life in their community. On the latest Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise we are joined by Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jennifer Sugarman, to discuss how they continue to be “stewards of the space coast.”

“Our community was largely built on the space program, so we are a little bit different than back when the Apollo era was going on because we are more diversified now than ever,” said Sugarman. “So, a lot of people felt like when the shuttle program retired the space coast was kind of dead in the water but that is far from true.”

Sign the Petition to Secure Florida’s Tourism Industry

This past year, Florida welcomed a record-breaking 126 million visitors to the Sunshine State. Tourism in Florida not only helps create jobs, but keeps taxes low for Florida residents. Sign the petition today to secure Florida’s tourism industry.

Series on Free Enterprise: WGI Is Helping Florida Grow

Florida is expected to grow by five million more residents by the year 2030 and with a growing population comes a growing need for supportive infrastructure. That’s where Wantman Group Incorporated, also known as WGI, comes in. WGI, a national design firm in the public and private infrastructure markets, is helping construct the future infrastructure network needed not only in Florida, but throughout the nation.

In the latest Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise podcast we sat down with Greg Sauter, President of WGI to discuss the work WGI is doing and why it is so important to Florida’s future.

“Our work is important because our infrastructure is critical to the health and welfare of residents of the state [Florida] and the ability for us to grow and support those five million new residents,” said Sauter.

Join the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition

The Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition is dedicated to creating long-term investments in Florida’s energy, water, transportation, telecommunications, and rural infrastructure. Click here to join the Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition and learn how we are doubling down on efforts to maximize Florida’s economic growth opportunities through infrastructure investments.

Series on Free Enterprise: Miami Super Bowl Host Committee

 

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A Touchdown for Florida Tourism

When the Super Bowl comes to Miami in 2020, it will be the first time in 10 years it has been hosted in South Florida.  In the latest Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise Podcast, Rodney Barreto, Chairman of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, shares the positive impacts hosting the Super Bowl in Miami will have on Florida’s tourism industry and on the growth of small and local businesses.

“We are a tourism state, especially down in South Florida, it is what we thrive on,” said Barreto.

When asked why the NFL keeps coming back to Florida for the Super Bowl, Barreto said the weather paired with a strong business climate and strong infrastructure are what keep Florida a main attraction.

Click below to listen to the full interview.

 

Florida Breaks Tourism Record for Eighth Year

During the Florida Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In, Dana Young, President and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA announced that Florida had once again broken a tourism record, with more than 126 million visitors coming to Florida in 2018. Help us continue breaking records and creating economic opportunity for Florida by signing our tourism petition today.

 

Series on Free Enterprise: Nadine O. Vogel

 

Study of Employment of Floridians With a Disability

 

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‘You will actually reap the rewards of hiring someone with a disability
– Nadine Vogel, Springboard Consulting, LLC

According to research from the Florida Chamber Foundation, there are nearly 700,000 Floridians with disabilities that are not employed and may want to be part of Florida’s workforce. The report also shows the employment rate of persons with disabilities is increasing.

In a recent Series on Free Enterprise interview, Nadine O. Vogel, CEO of Springboard Consulting LLC talks about the benefits of hiring persons with a disability and a scholarship program available through Springboard Consulting to help students with disabilities continue their education.

Springboard Consulting helps business understand what they need to do from an organizational readiness standpoint to ensure hiring persons with a disability is a success and business reaps the reward with employees that are very productive.

 

Click below to listen to the full interview with Nadine Vogel.

 

On the Concerns Businesses Express About Hiring a Person with Disabilities:

There is a lot of fear that if they bring someone with a disability on and they do this wrong – ‘If  I don’t accommodate them appropriately, we don’t engage with them appropriately — then I’m going to get in trouble,’ and sometimes avoidance is easier.

If we have a business that is consumer facing, there is the concern that the consumers will not be comfortable. They will not want to shop in their stores or purchase their products. In fact, there have been a number of studies over the year that shows just the opposite. That people feel good about it and want to shop more.

Advice to Businesses About Recruiting New Talent:

To recruit the new talent when and how it is appropriate. It starts with organizational readiness.  It doesn’t mean everything has to be perfect before you start recruiting; it does mean that you should consider all these issues.

You will actually reap the rewards of hiring someone with a disability and finding out the amazing skill sets, the commitment, everything they bring to the table.

Springboard Foundation provides two scholarship programs — a general scholarship and a named scholarship where the scholarship is awarded in that company’s name and introductions are made between the scholarship recipient and the company providing the scholarship.

For information on Springboard Consulting, visit www.ConsultSpringboard.com

 

Series on Free Enterprise: Step Up For Students

 

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A talented workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic strategy. In the most recent Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise, we sat down with Doug Tuthill, President of Step Up For Students to discuss the organization’s scholarship efforts, as well as the need for more flexible education options to ensure all students succeed.

“We’re excited about how things are going,” said Tuthill. “The future of public education is really customization and for too long, 150 plus years, we’ve had a one-size-fits all system.”

Click below to listen to the full podcast.

 

 

 

Help Turn Today’s Learners Into Tomorrow’s Earners

  1. Sign up for the Florida Chamber’s Business Alliance for Early Learning to help secure Florida’s future through quality early education.
  2. Hear from Florida’s new Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran during the Florida Chamber’s annual Legislative Fly-In.
  3. Check out the Florida Chamber Foundations Florida 2030 report which outlines key targets and strategies to help plan for Florida’s future, today.

Series on Free Enterprise: No Pit Stop in Sight for Daytona International Speedway’s Success

 

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Year after year Florida has set annual tourism records that help support over a million jobs in the Sunshine State. In our latest Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise we sat down with Chip Wile, President of Daytona International Speedway to discuss the positive economic impacts the Speedway has on Florida, as well as the busy weeks of racing still ahead.

“We’re a $1.6 billion economic driver annually to the state of Florida, which is an incredible number,” said Wile. “We are really proud to know that we have provided 18,000 permanent jobs to the state of Florida both directly and indirectly from the operation not only at the Speedway but through the International Speedway Corporation.”

Click below to listen to the full podcast.

 

 

Three Ways to Help Secure Florida’s Tourism Industry

  1. Sign the petition to help create economic opportunity for Florida.
  2. Register for the Florida Chamber’s annual Legislative Fly-In, where business leaders can get an overview of the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.
  3. Check out the Florida Chamber Foundations Florida 2030 report which outlines key targets and strategies to help plan for Florida’s future, today.

Series on Free Enterprise: Mayo Clinic Helping Those Seeking “Hope & Healing”

 

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Mayo Clinic Helping Those Seeking “Hope & Healing”

In our latest Series on Free Enterprise podcast we sat down with Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, the outgoing CEO of Mayo Clinic of Florida, who was recently selected as the CEO of Mayo Clinic’s nationwide operations.

Dr. Farrugia discussed the impact healthcare innovations have on Florida’s economy and international competitiveness, future innovations at Mayo Clinic, the cost of healthcare, and most importantly the need to raise the standard of care for every patient.

“Mayo [Clinic] is really proud to be part of a vibrant Jacksonville community, we are very focused on the needs of the patients who need us the most,” said Dr. Farrugia “Most patients come to us who seek hope and healing for really complex medical problems and they often come to us after spending months or even years seeking health care elsewhere.”

To listen to the full podcast with Dr. Gianrico Farrugia click below.

 

Is Florida Ready for Growth?

Learn what industries are growing and how Florida will continue to create jobs in 2019 at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Economic & Jobs Outlook Summit, January 14, 2019. Register today!

Series on Free Enterprise: A Conversation with Chris Coan, Gas South

 

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Gas South: A “Fuel for Good”

According to research from the Florida Chamber Foundation, Florida will need 76 percent more energy to support the 26 million people calling Florida home by 2030. In the latest Series on Free Enterprise podcast, we sat down with Chris Coan, Vice President and General Manager of Business and General Markets at Gas South, to discuss what makes Florida different in term of energy and natural gas choices and the multiple partnerships that help keep Florida moving forward.

“At Gas South we are a purpose driven company, and our purpose is to be a fuel for good, and part of being a fuel for good is for Gas South to elevate and help the industries that we serve.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Chris Coan.

 

 

Are Florida’s Infrastructure Systems Ready for 2030?

Join statewide leaders at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Growth & Infrastructure Summit, December 11, 2018 to discuss Florida’s current and future infrastructure needs and how Florida can prepare for a growing population.

Series on Free Enterprise: Orlando Magic

 

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‘Free Enterprise Helps Make Lives Better’ – Alex Martins, Orlando Magic CEO

In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise, Alex Martins, CEO of the Orlando Magic, discusses new developments in downtown Orlando, the importance of community, and the future of autonomous transportation.

“We have really focused over the years on not just playing basketball games and providing entertainment, but being a catalyst for improvement overall for our community,” said Martins. “The Amway Center itself sits in the Parramore neighborhood of downtown Orlando, an underserved community that we as an organization have invested in significantly.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Alex Martins.

 

Join Us For a Florida 2030 Statewide Rollout

Are you interested in what your region needs to succeed from now until 2030? Join the Florida Chamber Foundation at one of 12 regional meetings across the state. Click here to see when we will be in the Orlando area.

 

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Type 2 Diabetes

 

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A Focus on Type 2 Diabetes With Dr. Seth Baum

 In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise, Dr. Seth Baum, Immediate Past President of the American Society for Preventative Cardiology, discusses the nationwide movement, For Your Sweet Heart—developed in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring more awareness to Type 2 diabetes.

“The initiative was started to educate the lay public and clinicians about the very significant connection between cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said Baum. “Through this initiative we’ve reached over five million people, and that connection is not very well recognized.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Dr. Baum.

 

 

Learn More

The health of both employees and employers is vital to the success of businesses. Healthcare is a frequent concern on the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey. Learn more about healthcare another issues impacting businesses here.

 

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Amendment Two

 

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Robert Weissert of Florida TaxWatch: “Amendment 2 is Important for Everyone”

In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise, Robert Weissert, Executive Vice President of Florida TaxWatch, discusses Amendment 2 and its impact on all Floridians.

“It would be a major concern if this goes down because it’s the only protection in the constitution for non-homesteaded property, so we would see significant iniquity in the property tax system but more importantly we would see negative effects on Florida’s economy,” said Weissert.

Click Below to Listen to Robert Weissert.

 

 

 

Vote “YES ON 2” This November

If Amendment 2 passes it will not only help Florida’s families and job creators but aid Florida’s economy.  Learn more about Amendment 2 here or get involved at www.Everybodyisfor2.com.

 

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Featuring Kevin Hyde, Foley & Lardner LLP

 

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In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise, Kevin Hyde, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP and interim president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, discusses workforce issues, including generational changes, the importance of skills development and training, and changes in workplace expectations.

“What we are seeing is an evolution of the types of skills that are needed within a community and how we as a state college and other training providers, provide those skills,” said Hyde. “Truly the way that people work is changing and that’s why the need for skills training is so important.”

Click Below to Listen to Kevin Hyde

 

What Will Talent Supply & Education Look Like in 2030?

Be sure to catch Kevin Hyde, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP and interim president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum, September 26, 2018, as we discuss the future of talent and workforce in Florida.

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Featuring Pat Ouimet, Tropicana Products, Inc.

 

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Tropicana Helps Citrus Growers

For more than 70 years Tropicana has been adding to the American breakfast by getting freshly squeezed Florida orange juice into grocery stores across the U.S. We recently sat down with Pat Ouimet, Chief Greening Officer at Tropicana Products Inc. to discuss their role in Florida’s economy and the challenges Tropicana and other citrus growers are facing nationally and globally.

“Citrus greening is the most important challenge facing citrus, worldwide,” said Pat Ouimet. “Since the disease took over in 2007, 2008, it’s ravaged about 100,000 acres of orange growth and has reduced the growth of the crop on average about 12-13 percent, so this year’s Florida orange crop is only about half of what it was ten years ago.”

Click Below to Listen to Pat Ouimet

 

 

Locally and Globally, the Impacts of Florida’s Agriculture Industry are Undeniable

Florida’s agriculture and natural resources industry is one of Florida’s foundational industries and continues to lead the way in the nation’s production of fresh fruits and vegetables. Together with Florida’s food industry, the agriculture and natural resources industry is helping to create more than one million full and part-time direct jobs in Florida. If you believe Florida’s agriculture and natural resources industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today

 

 

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Featuring Kurt Kamperman, USTA

 

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In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Series on Free Enterprise, Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) discusses the role tourism plays in helping to shape the Lake Nona area, as well as the important innovations USTA is taking to attract even more visitors to Florida.

“We would absolutely pick Florida again,” said Kamperman. “The collaborative business climate here in Orlando, the proximity to the airport, the weather, without a question Florida was the right choice and Orlando was the right choice.”

Click Below to Listen to Kurt Kamperman

 

Tourism is Key to Florida’s Competitiveness

In 2017, 116.5 million visitors came to Florida, an increase of 3.6 percent of visitors in 2016. If you believe Florida’s tourism industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today.

 

 

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Quint Studer

 

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Pensacola Business Leader Quint Studer: Economic Development Is Key

In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Series on Free Enterprise, Quint Studer, Founder of Studer Family of Companies and Pensacola businessman, shares why economic development is vital for growing Florida’s small businesses.

“I think economic development really creates a quality of life that attracts people to your area. We’re living in the first history where the generation of people move for location and then look for a job,” Studer said. “If we can keep growing small businesses, I think that’s really the key. I come back to making sure that we either have the talent available to move into this area, because they want to live in Florida, or until we develop them.”

 

 

 

Click Below to Listen to Quint Studer

                                                      

Help Diversify Florida’s Economy

Growing and diversifying Florida’s economy is essential to creating jobs and opportunities for all Floridians. Sign the petition today to help signal that Florida is open for business and ready for economic development.