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Hillsborough County approves $225,000 handout for Amazon.com listen

06/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved Amazon.com as a Qualified Target Industry Business Wednesday, making it eligible for up to $225,000 in local financial support. Another nearly $6 million in tax breaks will be taken up at a meeting in July. Two Hillsborough County residents took issue, including Seffner resident Elizabeth Belcher who called the incentive corporate welfare.

“Several years ago, I was involved in community plans. One issue that was discussed was provid...

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Seminole Heights Walmart? Residents say no!

03/15/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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The City of Tampa has approved waivers for Walmart to build driveways at a property on Hillsborough Avenue West of 22nd St in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Some local businesses aren't worried about the impacts to their bottom line, but residents say they'll shun the big box store.

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Walmart in Seminole Heights? Doesn't matter much to some local businesses listen

03/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Documents have surfaced that suggest Walmart might open a store in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood. But some locally owned businesses in the area aren’t sweating it. The big-box giant is feared in some communities for its propensity to put the little guys out of business. But Kendra Bailey, owner of Health Mutt on Central Avenue, said they can survive because they offer things Walmart doesn’t.

“What we do is we have a niche product. I know that Cleanse also has a Niche pr...

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WorkNet Pinellas holds 5th Annual Business & Education Summit listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One reason it may be hard for people to find work is because many job skills are not taught in school curricula. Today was the 5th annu8al business and education summit, which sought to give local school curricula guidance from the Pinellas business community.

Many businesses believe that they can help provide students with skills that will get students in the jobs they want by summits like today. WorkNet Pinellas held the summit along with several other corporate sponsors. Tony Leisner i...

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Hillsborough businesses hear the latest from Republican U.S. Representatives listen

08/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As Hillsborough County businesses are looking for a way out of the economic hardships facing the country, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce invited local businesses to their membership luncheon today, where some local legislators updated the chamber on the latest from congress.

While the nation struggles to reach compromise in the tenuous political climate, local business owners with the Brandon were mainly interested in a Republican perspective for economic so...

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Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy wants federal legislation listen

02/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Members of the business community in Florida recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to push for climate legislation, including a cap on carbon pollution and a market to trade emissions. They have joined with other businesses across the state to form the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy.

Susan Glickman with Natural Resources Defense Council says their goal is to lobby Florida’s U.S. Senators to support climate and energy legislation....

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Nanotechnology the topic of global technology roundtable listen

01/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater, executives from five weapons and technology companies, some with connections to the Tampa Bay area, discussed the future of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology involves engineering on a very small scale. Most nanotech products are on the order of about 100 nanometers.

But just because a technology is small doesn’t make it nanotech. The properties or functions of the system must change at those small scales.

James Burns, senior vice...

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