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Lawmakers seek to revive vetoed bills
Lawmakers faced a Friday deadline to file applications to tap into a new $80 million pot of money, called Local Support Grants, included in the state budget that came into effect. effective July 1. Gov. Ron DeSantis last month vetoed dozens of budget projects and programs. But the pot of money has been hidden separately in the budget, setting up a new process for lawmakers to seek taxpayers’ money. The 747 proposals filed before the deadline seek $634.5 million and, in many cases, attempt to revive spending that DeSantis vetoed. More from the Florida News Service.
Anyone starting a business should expect, at the very least, to pay federal income tax on their earnings. But depending on the type, size, and personnel of your business, you may also be subject to various state levies, including re-employment tax, sales and use tax, and tangible personal property tax.
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Fort Myers startup incubator appoints senior executive
Phyllis LeFlore-Calloway has worked for the City of Fort Myers since 2018. LeFlore-Calloway has served as Deputy Director of ARC since October 2021, dividing her time between her duties there and running the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center. She will now be solely responsible for overseeing SWFEC, according to a statement. The center’s programs, workshops and seminars help educate business owners on a wide range of topics, the statement adds, in addition to providing “businesses with a physical location from which to operate with additional technical assistance to owners for help build a strong and sustainable business – sustainable business Learn more about Business Observer.
Startup with $1.4 billion valuation cuts 15% of staff in ‘response to deteriorating economy’
A Miami “unicorn” is the latest tech company to cut jobs. “Given the current environment and our long-term goals, I have made the difficult decision to trim our team,” CEO Andrew Parker said. Senior director of corporate communications at Papa, Jill Bongiorni Meadows, said the staff cuts will not affect Papa Pals who provide companionship services to members. Papa recently opened a new corporate headquarters in downtown Miami for approximately 80 corporate team members. More information from the South Florida Business Journal.
Digital learning startup moves headquarters to St. Petersburg
A startup that creates e-learning courses for businesses will open in downtown St. Petersburg. “We are excited to relocate our business to St. Petersburg, Florida, as the area will provide a base for new growth initiatives in the future. The Tampa Bay area is one of the top business growth areas for women-owned businesses, offering an educated, diverse talent pool and a growing tech scene ideal for the future of Enovate Learning,” Rema Merrick, owner of Enovate Learning, said in a statement. More from St. Pete Catalyst.
A food market and restaurant planned for Viera near The Avenue is set to open in March
The new Pearl of Viera apartments overlook the expanse of grass interspersed with patches of sand. The hum of traffic near Lake Andrew Drive can be heard over the hum of a weeder. All of that goes away as Ercan Ekinci, former executive chef and co-owner of Green Turtle Market, describes what’s to come in the coming months: Urban Prime – a 300-seat gourmet market and restaurant. “I’ve been talking to the Viera company for a little over two years,” said Ekinci, who sold his share of Green Turtle and his Grapevine Cafe in January 2020.
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Influential Municipal Preservation Law Expert Roy Hunt Honored by City of Gainesville
Historic Preservation Officer Kathleen Kauffman was already familiar with longtime community advocates for historic preservation when she moved to Gainesville for her position in the city in 2021. She attended the University of Florida where she graduated a master’s degree in historic preservation and learned from the UF law professor. Roy Hunt. So when it came time for her and the Gainesville Historic Preservation Board to start planning an annual awards event based on championing historic resource protection over the years, the EL Roy Hunt Award was a easy choice.
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