Dear Fellow Floridian:
Although it is important to diversify our economy, it is equally
vital that the backbone of our economy—Florida's 2.2 million small
businesses—continue to grow, prosper and remain in Florida. Even though
we are seeing positive trends in business and employment growth, I know
we can do more to assist small businesses already established in our
That is why I partnered with The Jim Moran Institute to host the 2012
Small Business Leadership Forum which will be held in Tampa on Sept.
6-7, 2012. Through the forum, it is my goal to connect business owners
with the right tools and information to help them succeed. Along with
providing resources to businesses, we are also looking at the forum as
an opportunity to hear directly from Florida’s small business community
with the goal of bringing that feedback back to Tallahassee to improve
our state’s business climate.
Over the past few years the growing popularity of social media sites
such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google+ and LinkedIn have changed
the way entrepreneurs do business. Social media has reinvented
word-of-mouth and has opened up the doors for businesses to connect and
engage with their customers in a way that wasn’t as easy or even
possible before. There is no better person to speak to social media's
influence and ROI for businesses more so than
Gary Vaynerchuk, the keynote speaker for the forum! Vaynerchuk's
business success and passion for digital integration set him apart from
other entrepreneurs and will bring a unique perspective to the forum.
In addition to our dynamic keynote speaker, the forum will cover key
topics and panel discussions including short- and long-term forecasts
and trends of Florida's economy; ideas for attracting and creating an
environment for investment, including improving access to capital; and
ways to leverage resources and programs available through our public
universities and Small Business Development Centers.
To find out more information about the forum, including a list of
panelists and how to register, visit
www.flsmallbusinessforum.com. I look forward to seeing you in Tampa!
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
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There will be two webinars offered in July: Wednesday, July 18, at 2
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of key statistics that illustrate important changes in Florida’s economy
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