Happenings

Gearing Up

At Gulf Coast State College, the Advanced Technology Center is helping to close the “skills gap” by readying students for highly skilled jobs like those being created by GKN Aerospace at its new plant at the Venture Crossings industrial park near Bay County’s airport.

Coming Home and Giving Back

Two-time Masters golf champion Bubba Watson strayed for a while, to Arizona and Orlando. But now that he has returned to his hometown of Pensacola, Watson, one of golf’s biggest hitters, is leading a drive to bring about a new children’s hospital.

Z is for Zeal

Together, they started their careers at an agency in Atlanta, she on the public relations side of the house, he on the advertising side. But Carrie and Curtis Zimmerman found that the demands of work and metropolitan living left them with little time to spend with their two small children. So it was that, after considering a few alternatives, they moved to Carrie’s hometown of Tallahassee, not intending to start a business, but to enjoy parenthood and be close to family. Almost immediately, however, businesses with whom the Zimmermans had worked in Atlanta sought them out and an agency was born. Today, that agency employs 164 people and has an international clientele and annual billings of $160 million.

Southwest Synergy

Big changes are taking shape as the “Airport Gateway” project morphs and expands to benefit what is being called the “Gateway District” encompassing an area from the main campus of FSU to Capital Circle.

Brief, Execute, Debrief

It’s not your usual leadership training delivered to an audience in banquet chairs. The Blue Angels Foundation issues executives flight suits with squadron patches and informs them that, for 48 hours, they will be living aboard a simulated aircraft carrier at the National Flight Academy.

Business News- Sound Bytes

STATEWIDE STATEWIDE HAPPENINGS » Florida insurance companies are providing a record level of support for the Florida Insurance Industry Scholarship Program, helping low-income families across the state send their children to schools best suited to their needs. To date in 2017, Florida insurance companies have committed…

State of Play

North Florida gaming interests are going to have to hold ’em. The 2017 Florida Legislature played things close to the chest, failing to pass a comprehensive gambling bill. Slot machines favored by the Senate were a major sticking point.

Veteran Entrepreneurs Victorious in Florida

For military veterans desiring to go into business, the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers tuition-free online and on-campus instruction. The program, which extends to seven partner campuses in Florida, feels to some participants like another boot camp.