850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida - 850 Business Magazine Spring 2009

Workforce Renovation

Through the lens of a struggling economy, it becomes clear that a trained (or re-trained) work force is key to our region’s prosperity.     Workforce RenovationThrough the lens of a struggling economy, it becomes clear that a trained (or…

The Dealmakers

While some see them as a necessary evil, lobbyists remain in demand — bucking the recession, boosting Tallahassee’s economy and helping shape the laws of our state.   The DealmakersWhile some see them as a necessary evil, lobbyists remain in…

Ask the Governor

850 readers pose questions to Florida Governor Charlie Crist on College, the Economy and Being Green. Q: You have always been very pro-tourism and pro-beaches, especially when it comes to beach renourishment. Yet the funding for those programs seems to…

Marriages of Convenience

These days, when budgets are tight and credit is often harder to attain, you may only be able to start a business if you can find someone with whom to share the costs and risk.   Marriages of ConvenienceIn tough…

Sealing the International Deal

With the expansion of the Panama Canal set for completion in 2014, the leaders at Florida’s Great Northwest figure they have about five years to establish business ties in Panama.   Sealing the International DealCultural due diligence can help ease…

Hiring Older Workers Can Give You a Competitive Edge

Northwest Florida businesspeople have plenty to worry about in today’s economic downturn. But here is a factor that few area business leaders may be focused on: Betty Isabelle.   The ‘Rehirement’ PhenomenonHiring older workers can give you a competitive edgeBy…

Staying Healthy in a Corporate World

Catch a plane, travel to the hotel, arrive at a meeting, eat late, go to bed exhausted, wake up early, spend the entire day in meetings, eat late, repeat. Sound familiar?     Not Just Business: It’s PersonalStaying healthy in…

Tim Krueger: Easy Rider

Clearly, Krueger is no average stockbroker — and no average motorcyclist, for that matter. Tim Krueger: Easy RiderSenior Vice President of Investments, Merrill Lynch When he isn’t analyzing markets, meeting with clients over his impeccably clean desk, spending time with his…

Executive Luxuries and Must-Haves

How to get your hands on: steak brander, champion beer, a time twister, signature cigars, notable notes, single-component speaker and bee-utiful jewelry. By Tisha Crews Keller GRILL MARKS Their steaks are a works of art — so why shouldn’t they…

Streamlining the Executive Lifestyle

RFID-secure wallets, travel with a purpose, golfer's paradise and office-seating tips.  Stylish ... And Secure It seems as though every advance in technology that makes life easier comes with a crook looking for an angle to exploit it. This time…