May 23, 2022

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Kiwibot aims to expand its fleet of robots by 1,200

Kiwibot, a robotic delivery service startup founded in Colombia and now headquartered in Miami, closed a $20-million contract with Sodexo, a Fortune 500 food services company... Read more »
Published on 5/19/2022

Port Canaveral's cruise business is charting a record pace

More than two years after the pandemic brought cruising to a standstill, the industry is making a comeback. Roughly 741,000 passengers sailed out of Port Canaveral on multi-day cruises during the last quarter of 2021, and the port is poised to break a 4.6 million passenger record set in 2019 if the post-pandemic trajectory holds, port officials say. Read more »
Published on 5/19/2022

An interest in body language led Joe Navarro to become a global expert in reading people

On an April morning in 1961 when Joe Navarro was just 8, he heard the rumble of war planes above his home in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and ran outside to see them. Instinctively, his father knocked him down and coiled his body around the boy to protect him. Sixty miles away, the Bay of Pigs invasion was underway. Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

Florida Icon: Randy Wells

We're at 51 years now, studying the dolphins of Sarasota Bay. When you're looking at a long-lived animal — and we've measured so far that our dolphins can live up to 67 years — having the ability to maintain continuity and consistency in how the data are collected, and getting people invested in the lives of these animals, is key... Read more »
Published on 5/12/2022

As business screeched to a halt during pandemic, two entrepreneur brothers shifted from car sharing to insurance

As they were growing up, a career in technology was never in the picture for Matthew and Michael Vega-Sanz, 26-year-old twins now running one of Miami's hottest tech startups. Read more »
Published on 5/12/2022

Knowing the Odds: Florida's history offers lessons about timing and intensity of storms

The bottom line: While you should be prepared, you don't always need to be afraid. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2022

When it comes to cars, how fast can Florida really go electric?

Sales of electric vehicles are growing in Florida, but EVs still amount to less than 1% of registered vehicles, cost about a third more than gas cars, and charging stations are far from universal. How fast can Florida really go electric? Read more »
Published on 5/9/2022

Florida's population is growing faster than its physician workforce

Florida's population is growing faster than its physician workforce. Filling the gap will require a range of responses, from better use of technology to more residencies to expanding the care provided by non-physicians. Read more »
Published on 4/30/2022

Climate First Bank CEO forecasts a sunny outlook

CEO Ken LaRoe foresees a good year for banking. Read more »
Published on 4/30/2022

Motion Detector

Retired FBI agent, bestselling author, public speaker and body language expert Joe Navarro is a bit obsessed with how the brain works. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2022

Rover Redo: Kissimmee company turns iconic British vehicles all-electric

For almost a decade, E.C.D. Automotive Design (formerly known as East Coast Defenders) has been rebuilding Land Rover Defenders and Range Rovers with traditional combustion engines. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2022

A Note on Climate Change and Hurricanes

The role of climate change in the development of hurricanes – and whether future storms can be expected to be more frequent and dangerous – is a major focus of... Read more »
Published on 4/26/2022

Amid Florida's doctor shortage, the nursing shortage also grows

In 2019, the state was about 17,100 nurses short, according to a report commissioned by the Florida Hospital Association and Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. By 2035, that shortfall is predicted to hit 59,100. Read more »
Published on 4/22/2022

A one-stop shop for boat buyers

INNOVATION One-stop shop for boat buyers Entrepreneurs Bryan Lenett of Hallandale Beach and Michael Muchnick of Aventura founded TreatMD, a telemedicine company later acquired by GlobalMed. Both boaters, they launched... Read more »
Published on 4/21/2022

April is Tech Month in Miami

INNOVATION Tech Time April is the inaugural Miami Tech Month, with dozens of conferences and events on the calendar. The eMerge Americas tech conference, launched by tech pioneer Manny Medina... Read more »
Published on 4/20/2022

Locality Bank in Fort Lauderdale stands out for being a rare bank startup

Locality Bank founders see an opening in the market. Read more »
Published on 4/20/2022

Fairwinds Credit Union's COO forecasts more growth ahead

Fairwinds exec Phil Tischer looks ahead. Read more »
Published on 4/20/2022

Pure optimism and momentum

When Jorge Gonzalez joined City National Bank in Miami 12 years ago, the community bank had about $3 billion in assets. Assets have since grown to nearly $22 billion, making CNB the second-largest bank based in Florida, with about 1,000 employees statewide. Read more »
Published on 4/20/2022

Building designers create panels that resemble stone, brick or marble with a versatile lightweight concrete

INNOVATION Versatile Concrete In the last few years, Jacksonville-based prefabricated concrete company Gate Precast has experimented with a versatile lightweight architectural concrete layer. Designers can create concrete panels that resemble... Read more »
Published on 4/19/2022

FSU alum Joshua Esnard won a $300K partnership deal with Shark Tank investor

INNOVATION A Cut Above Florida State University alumnus Joshua Esnard, inventor of The Cut Buddy, a hair and beard grooming device, recently reached a $300,000 investment partnership deal from ABC’s... Read more »
Published on 4/13/2022

The state of banking

Stephen A. LeMay is an associate professor at the University of West Florida's College of Business. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in finance, marketing, banking and computer literacy and supply chain logistics. He spoke to FLORIDA TREND about the state's banking and finance industries... Read more »
Published on 4/13/2022

TD Bank exec expects growth to continue despite challenges

Despite the specter of rising rates, growth in Florida is expected to continue. Read more »
Published on 4/13/2022

St. Petersburg has first ever NFT home sale

INNOVATION Crypto Home A 71-year-old Gulfport house has sold at auction in a very 21st-Century way — as a non-fungible token (NFT). The bidding started at $650,000 for the four-bedroom,... Read more »
Published on 4/11/2022

Peter Warhurst is out to reinvent moving and storage again

Peter Warhurst reinvented moving and storage once. Now he's at it again. Read more »
Published on 4/8/2022

A UF research scientist built a think tank into the world's leading center for finding ways to stop retail crime

Read Hayes built a Gainesville think tank into the world's leading center for finding ways to stop retail theft. Read more »
Published on 4/8/2022

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Small business confidence remains high in Florida
Small business confidence remains high in Florida

More insurers seek statewide rate increases; Despite recent challenges, Florida's small business owners are optimistic; Boston Celtics owner donates to help Florida's manatees; Elevated travel expected for Memorial Day weekend; National Hurricane Center begins daily tropical outlooks.

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