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A free society needs information

A free society needs information

Staff cutbacks by newspapers, radio and TV stations across the state hurt us all.

Soundbytes: Business updates from around the 850

New beginnings, name changes, local honors and appointments by Gov. Scott
A Conversation with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz

A Conversation with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz

The Niceville Republican talks about his career, his hopes for Northwest Florida and what he hopes to accomplish over his two-year term at the Senate's helm.
Pensacola: The Upside of Florida

Pensacola: The Upside of Florida

Public and private leaders join forces to breathe a new economic vitality into Pensacola.
Marianna's Battle for Family Dollar

Marianna's Battle for Family Dollar

Why a Fortune 500 company agreed to build a $50 million distribution center amidst miles of cotton fields.
Crum's Mini-Mall changes with the times

Crum's Mini-Mall changes with the times

Ronald Fred Crum survives by reading the tea leaves and going with the economic flow.
Motorcycle rallies buoy Panama City Beach's shoulder seasons

Motorcycle rallies buoy Panama City Beach's shoulder seasons

Thunder Beach roars into town twice a year, bringing plenty of friendly bikers and lots of cash to local businesses.
Women compound time and dollars to strengthen communities

Women compound time and dollars to strengthen communities

Businesswomen across the Emerald Coast are joining forces — and checkbooks — to make a big IMPACT in their communities.
Who is writing the news?

Who is writing the news?

Recession's impact still being felt in how state government news does (and doesn't) get into your hands.
How to assure customers your business hires only legal workers

How to assure customers your business hires only legal workers

Using E-Verify could boost your business image if your customers know your workers are legal.
Have a plan for collecting on unpaid client bills

Have a plan for collecting on unpaid client bills

Some tips on how to collect on your accounts receivable without calling Tony Soprano.
Learn how to protect your business from false Internet attacks

Learn how to protect your business from false Internet attacks

Your company has been skewered online by a dissatisfied customer — now what do you do?
You're Fired! How to deal with problem clients

You're Fired! How to deal with problem clients

Every small business has a screamer, a late payer, a Mr. or Ms. Picky for a client. Here's the best way to handle them.
Northwest Florida is Poised for Growth

Northwest Florida is Poised for Growth

Gray Swoope, Florida's Secretary of Commerce and the CEO of Enterprise Florida, talks of job creation and state/local partnerships.
Lack of communication is a recipe for disaster

Lack of communication is a recipe for disaster

Ultimately, as publisher, I must take responsibility for this series of mistakes that resulted in a botched cover.