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Your Member Guide to Business Regulation in the State of Florida

regulatory-70Each year the Florida Retail Federation publishes its Business Regulation guide, which contains information about each of the state agencies that influence the way our members manage their business. This is your go to reference for understanding what they are and how they operate.

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Your Government Affairs Team Advocates on Your Behalf Year Round

regulatory-70The mission of FRF's Advocacy, Intervention and Political Team is to maintain a favorable economic climate for retailers and their suppliers to grow and prosper. We advocate and intervene on behalf of the retail industry before the state's legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies to promote the interests of businesses large and small.

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Member Benefits and Services that Will Help Lead to Your Success

regulatory-70Membership in FRF can help businesses of all sizes and types cut their costs, grow revenue,and increase their bottom lines. Many retailers have found that the savings derived by using even one of FRF’s value-added programs can more than offset their annual dues investment. Let us find a solution that fits your needs.

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Our courses provide certification for required training in a variety of regulatory areas, including OSHA, Pharmacy and Cosmotology.

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FRF's Advocacy, Intervention and Political Team pursues favorable economic climate for retailers and their suppliers.

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  • 03 Mar
    Opening of 2015 Legislative Session 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

    The 60-day regular session begins March 3, 2015.

  • 30 Mar
    Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show 08:00 PM to 05:00 PM

    Find Out More! The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show is the definitive on-premise beverage show. Held in Las Vegas every March, this show's

  • 07 Apr
    Board of Pharmacy Meeting 09:00 AM

    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
    Board of Pharmacy Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing

  • 16 Apr
    PACE Funds Workshop 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    The Florida Retail Federation’s Sustainability Council in collaboration with ABM Industries, Tremco, and Ygrene will be conducting a workshop on the availability of PACE funds (Property Assessed Clean

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  • FRF / Mar 12, 2015 PetSmart goes private as $8.7B sale closes

    Group of investors completes buyout of pet store retailer.

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    NEW YORK — PetSmart said Wednesday that it has been taken private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed their $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.

    PetSmart President and CEO David Lenhart and Chairman Gregory Josefowicz are stepping down as part of the deal. Michael Massey is being named president and CEO, and Raymond Svider is the new non-executive chairman. Massey is the former CEO of Collective Brands Inc., which owns Payless ShoeSource, and Svider is managing partner at BC Partners.

    Lenhart became CEO of PetSmart in June 2013, the same time Josefowicz became chairman. Lenhart became president of the company in April 2014.

    In early July the activist hedge fund manager Jana Capital disclosed that it had taken a stake in PetSmart and had become the Phoenix-based company’s largest shareholder. Jana Partners said it wanted to talk to PetSmart’s board about a possible sale of the company and other changes that it said would improve company performance. Another major shareholder, Longview Asset Management, also pushed for the sale.

    PetSmart said at the time that it would consider putting itself up for sale and would cut costs. On Dec. 14, the company said it would be taken private in a deal that valued the company at $83 per share. That was a 39 percent premium to its closing price on July 2. PetSmart Inc. shareholders approved the sale on Friday. The company operates about 1,387 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    The company’s shares rose 4 cents to $82.99 in afternoon trading. The stock was scheduled to be delisted after the close of trading Wednesday.

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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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How to Tap it, Wrap it and Scrap it:

Retail Perspectives on Water, Packaging and Product Stewardship

 

Please join us for this event!

 

WHEN:

TIME:

WHERE:

Wednesday, October 13

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel
Orchid Room
One Grand Cypress Blvd
Orlando, FL 32836

Agenda of Featured Speakers:

 

9: 15 - 9:45

Nate Hurst, Director of Sustainability for Walmart
Packaging is at the nexus of every global supply chain and customer relationship because for nearly every product sold in stores, there is both primary and secondary packaging. Together with its suppliers, Walmart is making great strides to improve packaging and reduce its footprint on the environment. Mr. Hurst will share Walmart’s experiences and provide insight on working with manufacturers and vendors to create innovative packaging solutions.

9:45 - 10:15

Besty Dorn, Senior Consultant with RW Beck
With extensive experience advising public and private entities on packaging and product initiatives, Ms. Dorn is well-suited to provide insight to retailers on the future of packaging.

10:15 - 10:30

Break

10:30 -11:00

Laura Bishop, Senior Director Government Relations of Best Buy Co. Inc. Best Buy has been a retail leader in the area of product stewardship and E-watse Ms. Bishop will share with us about Best Buy’s initiatives and provide guidance on best practices.

11:00 - 11:30

Kirby Green, Executive Director of the St. Johns River Water Management District
Mr. Green will share an overview of water issues in northeast and east-central Florida and provide information about the St. Johns River Water Management District’s proposed plans for heightened water conservation, including establishing water conservation goals for specific users.

 

There is no cost to attend!

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we know how many will be joining us for this fantastic event!