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  • FRF / Jan 21, 2015 Job expansion expected over the next three years

    The Great Recession is not quite forgotten in Central Florida, but 2015 is all about growth, and the Orlando area is a star in the state forecast for jobs.

    The signs are everywhere: cranes along Orange Avenue, continued expansion of Medical City in Lake Nona, and the upcoming overhaul of Interstate 4.

    International Drive is booming with projects like the I-Drive 360 retail and entertainment complex, Universal Orlando is adding a new hotel, and downtown Orlando is getting a new soccer stadium. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has added a new attraction to downtown, and companies like Deloitte and Verizon in Seminole County and Voxx International in Orange are adding higher-paying jobs to the area with new facilities.

    If unemployment continues to drop at recent rates, local economists predict a rate of about 5 percent by the end of the year, which some economists consider normal. By many indications, Orlando is a leader in Florida's economic expansion, in terms of percentage of total jobs being added.

    "The pace of growth in Central Florida will be faster than what we see statewide," said Sean Snaith, economist at University of Central Florida. "The Orlando metro area is, by our forecast, the fastest-growing metro area in the state for jobs. That is fueled by the I-4 projects, Wekiva Expressway, SunRail, robust population growth, new companies here and, yes, the expansion of tourism again." read more

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  • FRF / Jan 14, 2015 Zyscovich Architects tapped to revamp Miami’s Bayside Marketplace
    General Growth Properties hired Zyscovich Architects to "reimagine" Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami.
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  • FRF / Nov 19, 2014 2014 Women of Vision: Joanne Powers and Heather Bagby

    Joanne Powers
    President – CEO, Shear Art Salon, North/South; CEO, The Salon Professional Academy
    Heather Bagby
    Vice president, Shear Art Salons
    Senior director of development, Summit Salon Business Center

    Mother and daughter Joanne Powers and Heather Bagby make a dynamic duo in the salon industry. Together they run Shear Art Salons in Tampa, Florida, and Bagby also is a partner of and the senior director of development of the Summit Salon Business Center, the world’s largest seminar, consulting and training company for the salons and spas. Their journey began when Powers began her cosmetology career in 1976, opening her first salon ten years later. In 2003, she became a graduate of the Summit Salon Business Center, and in 2005 she opened The Salon Professional Academy and currently serves as its chief executive officer. Bagby literally grew up in the salon, but initially followed other interests. A graduate of Auburn University, she also holds a certificate in association management from DePaul. Prior to joining SSBC, she was an association executive with SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest association management firm. Today, her enthusiasm and passion for organizational development is instrumental in leading salons to consistently deliver management solutions that drive growth and achieve organizational effectiveness.

    Joanne, how are you passionate?
    Powers: Today the word “passionate” is utilized often. However, it clearly describes our industry’s personality. On a daily basis, I am allowed to be heartfelt, emotional, intense, impassioned, heated, excited, spirited, energetic—and it’s acceptable! As an entrepreneur, the heartfelt feelings for our staff are truly genuine, because we really care about them. Be passionate about the people in your life, as relationships develop your success. We believe, if we treat our staff and guests with an authentic heart, our company will grow and the monetary value will follow.

    Heather, how are you tenacious?
    Bagby: I have always believed that you have to have tenacity to get things done. You must believe in what you are doing and consistently demonstrate it as such. As a leader, I am tenacious about growing employees who use intelligent verbiage and make an impression on every guest as the smartest group of salon professionals on the planet!

    Since you started your own business, how have your motivations changed?
    Powers: When I started our business, the focus was on the guest, now my focus is our staff. We provide them with all the tools they need to succeed and they know they are fully supported by our management team. By treating them with respect and providing them with the highest level of education, we know our guests will receive exceptional care.

    Bagby: I grow people for a living. We do hair, skin, nails and massage for fun. Our company is in the business of growing people. It’s the single most important aspect of our company.

    What do you do on a daily basis to help you grow as an entrepreneur?
    Powers: To grow as an entrepreneur and as a person, the balance of work, family, exercise and spirituality must be in order. We can all read inspirational quotes and business magazines, but if the balance gets out of order, that is usually when we fail.

    Read the entire article at Salon Today

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  • FRF / Nov 19, 2014 Retail Commandos: FLORIDA TODAY wants your shopping expertise
    Pop quiz: When is the best time to buy headphones? Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

    Answer: Thanksgiving Day, at least according to dealnews.com. Same goes for smart phones, tablets and cameras.

    Who knew?

    You get the impression that each year, holiday shopping becomes a little more complicated. It's equal parts emotion, thrift and strategy. It's no longer, "That's a cool watch. I bet my Uncle Roy would like that."

    It's about getting the most bang for your dollar. It's about being in a particular store when there is a "door buster" promotion. It's leveraging coupons, earning shopping points and taking advantage of in-store promotions.

    This year FLORIDA TODAY is compiling a crack team of shoppers, led by business reporter Ilana Kowarski. We're calling them the "Retail Commandos" and they'll be out searching in stores in Brevard County and Central Florida for unique items, too-good-to-pass-up deals and the hottest-selling products.

    And it's not just brick-and-mortar stores.

    They'll be looking at online sites to see what deals are lurking in cyber space. They'll see how restaurants are catering to the shopping masses. They'll be offering tips on how to make the shopping experience less stressful and more efficient.

    Want to hear opinions on the best customer service? Check with Ilana and her commandos. Same with the most favorable return policies. You'll even find out what stores have the cleanest bathrooms and piped-in holiday music.

    Should you use cash, debit cards or credit cards? What are retailers doing to protect your data so we can avoid data breaches which are growing uncomfortably common?

    Ilana will post her findings, as well as those of the Retail Commandos, on floridatoday.com, Facebook and Twitter. So check in each day.

    She'll also be offering tips and trends from experts from places like dealnews.com, "Consumer Reports," the Florida Retail Federation and many others.

    Read the complete article at Florida Today.

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Sears Holdings continued to struggle Friday in a week that the company will long remember for its announcement of plans to close up to 120 underperforming Sears and Kmart stores.

Late Thursday, the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based parent company released a partial list of 79 Sears and Kmart stores that the company has selected to close and its website says other stores will be identified at a unspecified later date. The list as of Friday afternoon contained 80 stores. A Kmart in Indiana had been added.

Sears Holdings (SHLD) has not said how many layoffs would be caused in closing the stores although its website says each store to be closed typically employs between 40 and 80 people. Based on the numbers provided, 4,000 to 9,600 workers could lose their jobs.

Florida shoppers will be the most affected: 11 stores in the state will be shuttered as the parent company tries to bolster its finances by focusing on more profitable stores.

Michigan, Ohio and Georgia will have the second most closures, with six stores in each state closing.

The company announced shutdowns in 21 other states, including California, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia. Of the announced closings to date, 41 are under the Sears brand and 39 are Kmart stores. Those two retail brands have been under the Sears Holdings umbrella since they merged in 2005.

Shares of the company's stock were walloped Tuesday, when the initial announcement was made, closing down 27% for the day. On Friday, the final trading day of 2011, the stock fell another 2% to $32.32, and the shares are nearly 85% below an April 2007 high of $195.18 a share.

Of course, dismal holiday shopping results aren't helping the stock either. And investors likely sold on news that Fitch Ratings downgrading the company's credit rating to "junk" this week, which will make it costlier for the company to borrow.

On Wednesday, Standard & Poors Rating Services said it was putting some of the company's debt on review for a possible downgrade. In mid-November S&P downgraded Sears Holdings to "B" from "B+."

"We believe that one of the primary issues is that the company has underinvested in its stores base, especially when compared with its peers," S&P said in a statement.

Credit Suisse Analyst Gary Balter has criticized Sears Holdings' investments in its stores.

In a report issued Tuesday, Balter said the company "effectively ask(s) customers to pay for a poorer shopping environment than available at competitors and online."

For its part, the company's CEO is pledging to investors and employees that the plan is to make necessary changes to get the company back on track. It operates about 4,000 Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S. and Canada and has a workforce of 312,000. Annual revenues are $43 billion.

"We can do better than this," CEO Lou D'Ambrosio said in an internal memo to employees on Tuesday. "We will do better than this."

In addition to the store closings, Sears Holdings has said it will reduce fixed costs, improve inventory management and launch more targeted pricing and promotions. The company recently launched an apparel and accessory line tied to the Kardashian sisters of reality TV fame, which garnered a fair amount of media attention. And Sears stores continue to offer well known brand names such as Kenmore and Lands' End.

"Change is never easy, but is necessary," D'Ambrosio said in the memo. "Our industry is going through profound changes and we need to evolve our business and execute with speed and excellence."

The retail landscape has been tough for Sears Holdings acquired Kmart while Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Target (TGT) have become stronger competitors. In the last two years alone, Sears Holdings has closed, or announced the pending closure, of up to 181 stores.

In 2010, it shut down 22 stores. It closed four stores in the first quarter of 2011 and announced in the second quarter that another 35 would be shuttered.

Earlier this year, Sears Holdings also converted 14 Sears stores to Kmart stores. read original article

Contributing: Associated Press