Dear Fellow Floridian:
Since our founding, America has been a beacon of exceptionalism stemming from a strong work ethic, pride in country and desire to succeed for the betterment of our fellow citizens. The athletes representing our nation on Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics are a shining example of these principles.
Thomas Edison once said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” As Americans we are known to be hard working, and Team USA is no exception. I am proud and excited to see 51 talented athletes from the great state of Florida joining the ranks of Team USA to represent our nation at the Olympics. I look forward to cheering loudly for our fellow Floridians and for every athlete who put in the time and effort it takes to compete at the highest level against the best athletes in the world.
Go Team USA!
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
Sign up for the Small Business Forum
Partnering with The Jim Moran Institute to host the 2012 Small
Business Leadership Forum in Tampa on Sept. 6-7, 2012, it is CFO
Atwater's goal to connect business owners
the right tools and information to help them succeed. It is vital that
small businesses continue to grow and prosper in Florida. 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.
One featured panelist is Sean Snaith, Ph.D., the director of the
University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness
and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and
economic forecasting. Known for his engaging presentations, Snaith
earned praise from one business editor for making economics not only
understandable but interesting.
Another featured panelist is Francisco A. Marrero, district director
of the South Florida District Office of the U.S. Small Business
Administration. As district director, Marrero oversees the delivery of
three of the agency’s core programs: financial assistance through the
SBA’s loan guaranty programs, entrepreneurial management training and
counseling delivered by SBA’s resource partners and business development
through the SBA’s government-contracting assistance programs.
To find out more information about the forum, including the list of
panelists and how to register, visit
Discover Florida's Bottom Line
The new quarterly edition of Florida's Bottom Line will be launched
next Friday, with the latest information on Florida's economy.
Meanwhile, visit our website to find a collection of key statistics
that illustrate important changes in Florida’s economy over the past
month. Read our current and past issues at
Be Storm Ready with Webinar Help
The Department of Financial Services has teamed up with the Federal
Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) to provide the free webinar,
Protect Your Homebase, to guide residents through the steps to
prepare for a storm and what to do should a storm strike.
During each webinar participants are eligible to win a gift pack that
includes a $25 Home Depot gift card, Midland NOAA weather radio and a
FLASH T-shirt. A grand prize drawing at the end of the series will offer
participants a chance to win four tickets to Walt Disney World, four $25
Disney gift cards and a VIP tour of Storm Struck, an
interactive exhibit at Epcot. Prizes are being provided through FLASH.
There will be one more webinar offered in July on Tuesday, July 24,
at 5:30 p.m. Find out more and register at