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My Florida C F O
Weekly eNewsletter from Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Dear Fellow Floridian:

This week, nearly 200 small business owners and business community leaders gathered in Tampa for the 2012 Small Business CFO Atwater with a panel at the ForumLeadership Forum to hear from a group of experts we brought together to help promote and foster their continued success.

More importantly, our two days in Tampa created the occasion for us to connect directly with the small business owners in attendance. I called on the businesses to consider their time at the forum as a responsibility to the other two million small businesses in our state to have frank and direct conversations with me and others on what we can do to improve the small business ecosystem in our state. 4 out of 5 Floridians are employed by a small business

Through this feedback, I can prioritize immediate action that is needed as well as collect ideas that can shape the legislative agenda for small businesses for the coming year and unite our voices to our congressional delegation on matters of great concern on the federal level.

This first-of-its-kind forum served as a unique opportunity for me to get direct feedback from Florida’s small businesses, and I’m confident that the businesses that attended left with valuable information that will help their businesses grow and succeed.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

September 11 Designated as Patriot Day

On Tuesday, we will recognize Patriot Day, a day that has been designated each year to remember the 2,997 individuals who were killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Never Forget - Sept. 11, 2001No American will ever forget where they were when they witnessed the news of the attacks on that day. We mourn those who were lost, but we also celebrate their legacies. Out of the ashes and destruction we heard stories of bravery and selflessness - stories of ordinary people who rose to great heights in the face of evil. Unexpected heroes leapt into action to defend their fellow man and banded together in the recovery efforts of the following days.

On that day, America showed the world the character of a free nation. Our strength and resilience will be noted in the history books long after we are gone.

Patriot Day reminds us that we never know what each new day may bring. Let us be inspired by the legacies of dedicated first responders and unexpected heroes to live each day to the fullest. In this way, we vow to honor those who lost their lives - not just on Sept. 11 but forever.

News of Interest

Tampa Bay Business Journal: Opportunities for small business as state grows

Tampa Bay Times: Small business owners cite problems finding good help

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Health care, machinist lead improving job market

Orlando Business Journal: Orlando tourism sees 1.3% uptick through Labor Day

Florida Today: Temporary high-tech workers fueling growth at new Melbourne firm

Naples Daily News: Digital business: Naples company gets grant to expand

Florida's Bottom LineFlorida's Bottom Line

This issue of Florida’s Bottom Line focuses on Florida’s small business community and how to provide a stable economic environment so that we can continue to help businesses flourish and expand.

The companion website features business news updates and Florida By the Numbers, a collection of key statistics illustrating important changes in Florida’s economy over the past month. The latest data is shown on topics such as consumer confidence, unemployment rate, new foreclosure activity and Florida's leading, stock and retail index graphs. Updates are made as new statistics become available.