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Graduation spending expected to reach $5.4B in 2017

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Graduation season means big business for Florida businesses. The National Retail Federation estimates total spending is expected to reach $5.6 billion this graduation season, a nearly 4 percent increase over last year when consumers spent $5.4 billion buying gifts for graduates. The 2017 estimate is expected to be the highest amount spent in the 11 years the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insight & Analytics have surveyed consumers about their spending habits for graduates. “Graduation is a significant achievement in…

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AIF, Florida Chamber, other business groups join forces to oppose Senate tax proposal

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A bevy of business groups have joined forces in opposition to a Senate proposal to lower the tax commercial rents by eliminating a tax credit benefiting another industry. Eight of the state’s leading business organizations — including Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Florida United Business Association — sent a letter to Sen. Anitere Flores on Wednesday urging here to “support lowering the sales tax currently charged on all…

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Florida Retail Federation installs Scott Shalley as president and CEO

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The Florida Retail Federation has hired Scott Shalley as its next president and chief executive officer. He replaces Randy Miller who is retiring, the federation said, and also will direct the Georgia Retail Association. Shalley will be the sixth person to lead the federation during its 80-year history. Word of the impending development first appeared in Sunburn Friday morning. “We’ve been truly fortunate to have incredible leaders and visionaries to guide FRF in recent years, and we feel strongly that Scott has the experience in business development, association management…

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Scott Shalley begins as executive director of Florida Association of Counties

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On Thursday, Scott Shalley began as the new executive director of the Florida Association of Counties, replacing former Director Christopher Holley, who is retiring. Shalley has been with the Association since 2012, most recently as enterprise director; he was chosen for the leadership position in the fall by the FAC Board of Directors. “For more than 85 years FAC has fought for Florida’s 67 counties and the principle of home rule,” Shalley said in a statement. “It is an honor…

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