850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida - 850 Business Magazine February-March 2010

Letters to the Editor - Feb/Mar 2010

Originally published in the Feb/Mar 2010 issue of 850 Business Magazine   Wow!!! What a GREAT magazine. I read a lot of magazines across a broad spectrum of interests. 850 is one of the best. I do have one quibble,…

A Friend Indeed

Originally published in the Feb/Mar 2010 issue of 850 Business Magazine   Regional News - Feb/Mar 2010 A Friend Indeed Florida is one of the nation’s Top 10 entrepreneur-friendly states, according to a new ranking released by the Small Business…

The Not-So-Ugly Word: Outsourcing 2.0

It’s one of the most emotionally loaded words in business and politics today — outsourcing. But if you’re a small-business owner with a growing clientele, a small profit margin and few employees, outsourcing functions not essential to your core mission…

The Epidemic of Presenteeism: Rethinking Sick Leave

Human resource departments across North Florida and the country are becoming acquainted with a term called “presenteeism.” It’s absenteeism’s cousin, and it’s proving to be even more costly — and contagious. The Epidemic of Presenteeism Encouraging employees — whether by…

Legislative Preview: Battling for Business

Battling for Business Florida’s major business lobbies prepare for the Legislative Session By Gary Fineout   In 2009, Florida’s unemployment rate zoomed past 11 percent and Florida’s businesses were hit hard by the recession. So when lawmakers kick off the…

A Conversation with Don Shula

Don Shula, now 80, quit coaching after the 1995 season, but during his 32 years on the NFL sidelines he learned many lessons that helped him successfully transition into a business career. A Conversation with Don Shula   He holds…