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Economic uncertainty top small business concern, Florida Chamber survey finds

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Sunshine State small businesses say economic uncertainty is their top concern for the second quarter in a row according to a survey released Tuesday by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “There is still optimism in Florida’s small business community, but the overall outlook is less positive than it was in the last quarterly survey,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Certainly there are concerns in the international economy that may affect…

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Bob Sparks: Entertainment industry adds to Florida’s economic menu

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For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees. Television, film and entertainment production will not drive an economy, but it pedals…

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Will the BP oil spill sink Charlie Crist?

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This week, oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to hit the shores of Florida’s northwest Panhandle, greasing the Sunshine State’s pristine white-sand beaches in time for the summer tourist season. Already, hotels and restaurants are losing bookings for the coming weeks, though the extent of the BP disaster on Florida’s economy—not to mention its coastlines and the water off its shores—is still unclear. Leading the charge to assure Floridians and potential tourists that the state is open for…

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