Dear Fellow Floridian:
It is my firm belief that a healthy and thriving business
community is vital to Florida’s overall economic health. According
to the Small Business Administration, Florida has more than two
million small businesses, which account for nearly half of all the
private sector jobs in our state. Entrepreneurs are not only making
a living for themselves and their employees, but they are making a
difference to other businesses as well - pumping money back into the
local economy. As Florida rebuilds its economy and looks to create a
diverse workforce, there is a need for sound financial and business
education to arm entrepreneurs with the tools to meet tomorrow’s
This week, my office offered a series of webinars on how to
write a winning business plan for new Florida business owners
and those looking to plan for the New Year. A solid business
plan is the foundation for success and acts as a roadmap and a
measuring stick for gauging results. These webinars are part of
Your Money Matter$ financial education initiative which
encourages personal financial achievement that leads to economic
success for Florida. Through this initiative, we aim to provide
important financial information and programs that will inspire
all Floridians to take charge of their financial futures.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees' Restoration
This week, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees
released the early restoration plan for Florida and other Gulf
States for public comment. This first round of projects aims to
compensate for damage to natural resources from the Deepwater
Horizon Oil Spill. More projects will be announced next year.
These projects will be funded by the $100 million allocated to
Florida through the agreement with BP and the Natural Resource
Damage Assessment Trustees.
www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov to view additional details of the proposed
projects and ways to submit public comment.
Safety for the Holidays
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 420
home fires involving Christmas trees and holiday decorative
lighting occur each year. Follow these fire safety tips to
ensure a safe and happy holiday.
- Don't place your live Christmas tree close to a heat source, including a
fireplace or heat vent.
- Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
- Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.
- Inspect holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation,
broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.
- Use only nonflammable decorations.
Learn what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are
accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a
fire safe holiday season. To find out more about the Division of State Fire
Marshal and fire prevention practices, please visit