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Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:18:28 +0000

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New Oviedo apartments in the works

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:26:12 +0000

(image) Progress is being made toward a new estimated $48.84 million apartment complex in Oviedo. Construction plans have been submitted for phases 1A and 1B of the apartment piece of a 25-acre mixed-use project near the new $109-million Oviedo Medical Center that just opened, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal. Philadelphia-based The Klein Co. has applied for a permit to begin early work on a 296-unit apartment complex northeast of Oviedo Mall Boulevard and State Road 417. Maitland-based…

See where Florida ranks among the best and worst states to raise a family

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:01:43 +0000

(image) Looking to relocate your family or business, or both? You might want to pause and consider what the folks at WalletHub have to say on the matter. The Washington, D.C.-based research firm has taken a crack at ranking the U.S. states for alignment with the economic and social metrics that families consider when identifying where to put down roots. The resulting report, titled "2017's Best and Worst States to Raise a Family," offers analysis that ranges from the quantitative (the percentage of households…

Lowe's to cut 2,400 jobs in efficiency push

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:58:03 +0000

(image) Lowe’s Cos. Inc. (NYSE: LOW) told employees Tuesday that it’s cutting 2,400 employees from its 285,000-employee workforce. Last week, CNBC reported that Lowe’s would cut almost 1% of its staff. The timing of the layoffs at the Mooresville, N.C.-based company wasn’t clear on Tuesday. In an emailed note to employees, CEO Robert Niblock says: “The changes will better align store staffing with customer demand, shift resources from back-of-the-store activities to customer-facing ones, and…

​Urban Hibachi among 5 C. Fla. eateries closed last week due to roaches or other health violations

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:58:34 +0000

(image) Last week, five Central Florida restaurants were closed temporarily to clean up roach and/or rodent activity or other health violations. They include: Mi Querida Colombia Bakery & Restaurant at 10438 E. Colonial Dr. in Orlando closed on Jan. 9 with 2 high-priority violations (13 live roaches in the kitchen; roach excrement inside cabinets in the front line area, on the wall and more) and two basic violations (26 dead roaches in the kitchen and other areas; outer openings not protected with self-closing…

Ace Cafe Orlando to hold job fair for 175 jobs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:43:26 +0000

(image) Ace Cafe Orlando, a motorcycle- and muscle-car themed diner-style eatery, finally is nearing its long-awaited opening date. Now under construction in three historic buildings on a three-acre parcel at the corner of West Livingston Street and Garland Avenue, Ace Cafe Orlando is on track to open this spring. The cafe in 2013 first announced its intentions to open here in late 2014, but parking and construction issues slowed down progress. See the slideshow for a look at the progress. Ace Cafe Orlando,…

Here's what’s in P​ort Canaveral's $36M pipeline this year

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:37:33 +0000

(image) Terminals, roads, piers and docks are on the agenda for Port Canaveral’s five-year capital improvement plan. So said Bill Crowe, Port Canaveral’s senior director of engineering construction and facilities, as he presented the renovation projects the port has invested in during the past few years, as well its future budgets during the Associated Builders & Contractors of Central Florida Builders’ Breakfast meeting on Jan. 17. Here's what is included in the five-year plan: $8 million for the…

7 things to know today and 20 high-potential flexible jobs for 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:06:38 +0000

(image) Good morning, Orlando! Since 2017 is projected to be the best job market in years, to help guide job seekers interested in learning which careers will be more likely to offer both flexibility and more openings in the coming year, FlexJobs has highlighted 20 jobs with high-growth potential and flexible work options. To come up with its list, FlexJobs compared the jobs listed in Cheat Sheet’s 10 Jobs that Will Be Hiring Like Crazy in 2017 Jobs that Will Be Hiring Like Crazy in 2017 and Fast Company’s…

Publix opens its first in-store Starbucks, dozens more in pipeline (Photos) (Video)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:20 +0000

(image) Publix Super Markets Inc. opened its first in-store Starbucks in the Tampa Bay region on Tuesday, and there are dozens more in the works. The Starbucks inside the store on West Gandy Boulevard — flanked by a Target Corp. store and fronted by a standalone Starbucks with a drive-thru — is the second to open within the Publix chain, spokesman Brian West said. The first in-store Starbucks opened in the Publix in Winter Park Village at 440 N. Orlando Ave. — which last November also debuted the…

Neapolitan-style gourmet pizza chain fires up C. Fla. plans

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:54:19 +0000

(image) A new fast-casual gourmet pizza concept that made its Sunshine State debut last month has its sights set on some of Central Florida’s hottest submarkets. Encino, Calif.-based MidiCi-The Neapolitan Pizza Co. on Dec. 30 opened a 4,384-square-foot, 149-seat restaurant at 720 Centerview Blvd. in Kissimmee’s The Crosslands shopping center, hiring 60 workers. It's the first Florida eatery for the "fast-fine" chain, which specializes in wood-fired pizzas created by certified pizzaiolos — or pizza…

9 keys to developing an effective risk-management strategy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000

(image) In a competitive business environment, all organizations must implement processes to manage risk effectively to achieve business and strategic objectives. Unfortunately, many organizations do not fully understand the risks they have assumed and whether they are monitored, managed and aligned with their risk tolerance. While regulatory requirements and management priority historically drove risk management investments, you now must consider additional pressures such as protection of market value,…