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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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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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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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  • 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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  • FRF / Nov 17, 2014 Florida fresh production keeps consumers well-stocked into winter
    The Sunshine State has a lot to brag about when it comes to production of fresh produce. “Florida’s unique advantage is that we are the predominant U.S. source for fresh-market vegetables in the fall, winter and early spring months,” said Thomas Perny, marketing specialist with the Division of Marketing & Development, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. “Our favorable winter climate facilitates growing a wide variety of vegetables during a time when most states are experiencing cold conditions. Florida’s fruits and vegetables are known for their high quality and freshness.”

    Perny said most of Florida’s fruits and vegetables are grown south of Interstate 4. “Citrus is grown more in the central and south-central counties, and vegetables grown from the south-central to southeast/southwest counties,” he told The Produce News. “Palm Beach County is Florida’s leading agricultural county, and Polk County is the leading citrus producer.”

    Perny said a host of commodities as being harvested at press time, including avocados, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, white and colored grapefruit, Navel oranges, tangerines, Bell and specialty peppers, squash, sugar cane, fall crop watermelon and various tropical fruits. Tomato production is winding down in north Florida and ramping up in south Florida.

    “Crops that should start to ship in November, in addition to the above, are sweet corn, strawberries, radishes, Iceberg and Romaine lettuce and tangelos,” he said.

    Weather has affected some harvest windows. “Wet August and September conditions caused some delays in getting fall and winter vegetable crops planted in central and southwest/southeast Florida,” Perny stated. “Generally, we have noted about a one-week harvesting delay in the start of select fresh-market vegetables. Affected crops so far appear to be only fall watermelons and squash. Drier weather over the past several weeks has aided in the harvesting of north Florida and panhandle field crops and helped the planting of winter vegetables such as cabbage, strawberries and greens in the Putnam, Flagler and Bradford county areas.”

    A spot check of Florida commodities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s terminal market report does not show adverse quality issues, Perny commented. “Grapefruits are reported to be on the small side, but have good quality,” he added.

    Perny said the general rule of thumb is that approximately 20 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables are consumed within the state, with 80 percent moving to out-of-state and international markets. “Florida’s leading export nation for fresh-market commodity shipments is Canada,” he said.

    Read the complete article at Produce News.

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  • FRF / Oct 23, 2014 POLL: Political Candidates Need To Address EPA Regulations
    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Polling results by Paragon Insights and released by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that voters in Florida and nationwide have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a dollar more for energy in exchange for these new rules.

    Of those surveyed, 53 percent agree the United States cannot afford new costs and potential job losses resulting from the EPA regulations. Forty-six percent oppose the regulations and 27 percent say they strongly oppose the regulations with 19 percent strongly supporting them.

    Nearly half of those polled say they are not willing to pay a single dollar more in their energy bill to accommodate the new EPA regulations. Thirty-six percent of Florida voters are less likely to cast their vote for a candidate that supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan, versus just 25 percent who say they are more likely to vote for candidates that support the rule.

    Middle-class voters and seniors are among the top opponents of the rule.

    Middle-class voters and seniors are among the top opponents of the rule. The poll also finds that public opposition is led by concerns about job loss, possible energy rationing and increased electricity rates, especially for the middle class. The data comes on the heels of an economic analysis released last week by NERA Economic Consulting, which found that compliance with the EPA’s plan to regulate emissions from existing power plants would cost more than $366 billion and would drive electricity rates upward by 18 percent in Florida.

    “We support and encourage smart and innovative changes to our nation’s energy policies. Florida retailers have become energy savvy by devoting resources to ongoing sustainability efforts in order to protect our state’s treasured beaches, waters, and thriving tourism industry,” said Samantha Stratton with the Florida Retail Federation.

    “We must keep in mind a healthy balance between keeping our economy strong and protecting the environment without overregulation on either side. These poll results demonstrate, once again, Florida voters are wary of another federal government-led overreach.”

    “This poll is another clear example that Florida voters want a common sense balance when it comes to protecting our environment and jobs, said Ned Bowman with the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenient Store Association. These results come across loud and clear, Florida does not want to risk endangering our economy and jobs with extreme EPA regulations.”

    Read the complete article at Space Coast Daily.

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  • FRF / Oct 24, 2014 Lower gas prices could result in more Black Friday shopping
    Gasoline prices fell to $2.99-a-gallon in Palm Beach County this month, a drop retailers say could result in more sales this holiday season.

    Samantha Stratton, a spokeswoman with the Florida Retail Federation, said shoppers are more likely to spend when they have cash left in their wallet after filling up at the pump.

    “With gas prices so low, that is a recent relief,” Stratton said. “Folks are gong to feel more confident about spending more.”

    Gas prices are falling nationwide due to decreased demand, a return to cheaper winter blends and a boom in U.S. oil production.

    Last week, the AAA reported the Palm Beach County average was $3.36, down from $3.41 a week ago and $3.45 a month ago. Florida’s average for regular stood at $3.23 Monday, down from $3.30 a week ago and $3.32 a month ago.

    Read the complete article at Palm Beach Post.

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