September 30, 2023


All Together Now

You may know a community manager, a head of community or even a chief community officer. The job titles are popping up with more frequency at organizations of all sizes, from big brands like Peloton, Lululemon and Tesla to local small businesses and non-profits. They engage with customers, solve problems and learn from their feedback. They may recruit brand ambassadors, host events and share on social media, among other duties. Read more »
Published on 9/19/2023

Ready for Takeoff

Air travel and cargo transport are major contributors to carbon emissions. To address the challenge, innovators are starting small. Advanced electric-powered aviation technologies, such as drones, combined with geospatial mapping and artificial intelligence, can be used to modernize the industry. The technologies also can predict and track wildfires, monitor water quality and deliver supplies to remote areas, says Tampa entrepreneur and aerospace engineer Rocio Frej Vitalle. Read more »
Published on 8/8/2023

Upping the Ante

Joey Levy, a South Florida native, dropped out of Columbia University at age 19 to pursue his first startup, Draftpot, a fantasy sports app. While Draftpot ultimately wasn't successful, he became obsessed with innovating the sports-betting experience for the casual fan. That sent him down a rabbit hole that led him to found two more startups. Read more »
Published on 7/11/2023

Betting on Bugs

Trina Chiasson was born and raised in Wellington, Maine, a little town in the woods with a one-room schoolhouse. Always interested in nature, she studied environmental economics at the University of Southern Maine. Her first career stop was at an environmental non-profit in Washington, D.C., where she learned how politics could impede environmental progress. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2023

Code Red

The Entrepreneur Michael Ellison, 38 Founder/CEOCodePath, Miami The Early Years Michael Ellison grew up in a low-income, single-mother household in rural Maine. “I was not exposed to a lot of... Read more »
Published on 5/9/2023

Rising up

After graduating from Bentley University in Massachusetts in 2011 with a business degree, Tom D'Eri joined his father, John, in starting a business designed to employ people on the autism spectrum. Tom's brother, Andrew, who has autism, was aging out of the school system, and Tom knew Andrew's chances of having a career were slim. Read more »
Published on 4/11/2023

Wasting No Time

About 30% of a typical city's food waste comes from restaurants. Aneshai Smith wants to do something about that while helping restaurants thrive. Her Orlando-based startup, Go See The City, offers digital coupons for deep discounts on unsold food before restaurants close for the day. Read more »
Published on 3/7/2023

A Life Raft for Women

Sipra Laddha and Shama Rathi are psychiatrists, but when each of them struggled with mental health issues during or after their pregnancies, even they had trouble finding the professional help they needed. Read more »
Published on 2/12/2023

From Rags to Pitches

Cesar Hernandez is a first-generation American of Mayan immigrants from Guatemala's K'iche Tribe. He grew up poor in Brooklyn. He was arrested at age 13 and put in a program aimed at helping inner-city youth stay out of prison. “I wish I could say my life turned around and it was great, but it was a journey,” he says. By his early 20s, he had been arrested five more times. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2022

Fashion tech startup Fit:Match makes shopping experience more efficient with 3-D body twin avatars

Fit:Match's technology can find a customer's body twin in its digital database, accommodate for shape differences and give recommendations on what will fit and what the customer will like — in about a minute. The Backs Read more »
Published on 12/8/2022

Pet product company and Shark Tank winner SwiftPaws on track to hit $1.5 million this year

Brevard County native Meghan Wolfgram graduated from high school with an associate's degree through a dual enrollment program and was been accepted into the University of Florida's veterinary program. “I was going to go into large-animal equine sciences.” Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Johnny Crowder's startup Cope Notes helps others struggling with mental health issues

Mental health advocate, metal musician and motivational speaker Johnny Crowder's peer-support startup finds a receptive audience around the world. Read more »
Published on 10/10/2022

Miami-based Mind&Melody uses music to lift seniors' spirits

Cristina Rodriguez moved with her family from Caracas, Venezuela, to Miami at age 7 and has been playing the cello since she was 10. In her freshman year of high school, she noticed that many kids in her advanced classes also played an instrument and wondered if there was something to that. She began reading about music and the brain, and one book, Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, helped chart her life course. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2022

Engineer designs first smart cushion with sensors for better wheelchair user experience

Tim Balz initially wasn't a good student in high school. He was told he wouldn't go to college. But he had one teacher who believed in him. That teacher introduced Balz to engineering through robotics, and Balz captained the team in his Plainville, Ind., high school. “Engineers have so much power to change so many lives. I knew then it was the best career I could think of to change the world,” he says. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

Husband and wife team launch Storybook app to help parents connect with kids

A husband and wife team creates an app that combines music, massage and stories to help parents connect with their kids. Read more »
Published on 7/11/2022

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

Florida Business News

  • Florida’s population boom drives bigger hurricane losses, despite tougher building codes

    Florida leads the nation in strict building codes, and the decades of hard work have paid off in the increasing number of homes and buildings that survive each time a hurricane slashes the state. But all those hard-won gains have been undermined by the explosion of growth along the coast.

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    Get top news-to-know with Florida Trend's headline-focused video news brief, hosted by digital content specialist Aimée Alexander.

  • Enterprise Florida exiting

    The doors are ready to close on Enterprise Florida, the business-recruitment agency long targeted by state House leaders.

  • Seeking protection

    Three activist groups served notice to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they intend to sue to force the agency to invoke Endangered Species Act protection for the ghost orchid.

  • State jobless claims decrease

    An estimated 5,155 first-time jobless claims were filed in Florida last week, a decrease from the previous week and below the average for the year.

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Radioactive roads? Florida has yet to submit application to EPA to start testing
Radioactive roads? Florida has yet to submit application to EPA to start testing

It appears no steps have been taken to begin testing whether slightly radioactive waste from fertilizer production can be repurposed for Florida road construction projects.

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