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In a First for Flagler Schools, Student-Staffed VyStar Bank Branch Opens at Matanzas, Heralding Era of Business Partnerships

| September 22, 2014

The opening of a nearly full-service VyStar Credit Union branch at Matanzas is part of a class, and part of the school’s–and the district’s–flagship programs, intended to bridge school and careers with hands-on opportunities.

If You Think Businessmen Have Any Business Running Government, Think Again

| July 25, 2014

Government is about essential services; business is about profit.  Essential services must be improved, not cut. Government is designed to protect the common good, and has never and will never be successfully run as a business, argues Marc Yacht.

Domestic Spying: How Marketers’ Tracking of Your Web History Is Getting Creepier–Offline

| June 15, 2014

Online marketers are increasingly seeking to track users offline, as well, by collecting data about people’s offline habits—such as recent purchases, where you live, how many kids you have, and what kind of car you drive.

Florida Lawmakers Reeling Up Billion-Dollar Tax Breaks For Film and TV Industries

| February 25, 2014

Less than a week after a measure was introduced in the House to provide $1 billion in tax credit to film and television production efforts in Florida, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee released a proposal that offers $300 million in tax credits.

When Domestic Violence Hits the Workplace: Businesses Contend With Collateral Damage

| October 18, 2013

Gathered in a community where the city and county have approved workplace policies banning domestic and sexual violence, experts said Thursday that all employers should be aware that workplace violence affects not only victims but business profits.

“Junk Health Insurance,” Favored by Retailers and Restaurants, Will Survive Obamacare

| August 26, 2013

Reform was supposed to do away with bare-bones health plans that could leave consumers who become seriously ill on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. It won’t, as plans with limited benefits may continue to be offered by some large businesses, especially those with low-paid workers such as restaurant chains and retailers.

Palm Coast Data Revenue Drops 20% in 2011; Parent Company Posts $7.6 Million Loss

| July 21, 2011

Revenue at Palm Coast’s largest private-sector employer declined to $73.6 million, from $92 million the previous year. The company’s revenue has dropped 40 percent in four years.

Palm Coast Data Lays Off Dozens and Loses Large NRA Membership Services Account

| June 5, 2011

The NRA account represented 5 million members and a lucrative source of income. The loss compounds other losses in magazine titles that are either closing or migrating to other fulfillment companies.

Lobbying for Corruption: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Attacking Anti-Bribery Law

| April 3, 2011

Even as anger over governmental corruption has exploded into protests across the Middle East, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been working to weaken the law that bans companies from bribing foreign officials.

Cancel This Subscription: Palm Coast Data Revenue Plummets Another 21% in 3Q

| March 16, 2011

Palm Coast Data revenue fell $15.7 million in the last nine months, compared with the same period a year earlier as trouble for the company and its parent, Amrep, continue.

Toxic Bosses: When Supervisors Inflict the 7 Deadly Sins of Business on Their Employees

| December 16, 2010

When it comes to anger, greed, laziness, pride, lust, jealousy and, of course, gluttony, there’s no beating the boss: Florida State University researchers are documenting the toxic effects of lousy supervisors on their workers.

Palm Coast Data Parent’s Headaches: Diving Revenue and $22.5 Million Loan Due

| December 13, 2010

At Palm Coast Data, revenue declined $10.9 million in the six months ending Oct. 31, a 22 percent decline from the same period last year. Palm Coast Data parent AMREP Corp.’s Southwest subsidiary owes a $22.5 million loan to be repaid on Dec. 16.

Palm Coast Data’s Invitation-Only Picnic: Hot Dogs, Flattery and Suspended Disbelief

| October 1, 2010

Half Palm Coast and the county’s elected officials and top administrators were invited to Palm Coast Data’s picnic. The public wasn’t. That’s not the main problem.

Palm Coast Data Parent Revenue Drops 21% in 2010, Accelerating to 24% in Last 3 Months

| July 21, 2010

Palm Coast Data, largest of its parent companies’ operations, lost close to $24 million in revenue this year.

Boners for Business

| May 8, 2010

The Pat Rice era began at the $218-a-year News-Journal in late April. That’ll buy you a whole lot of Twinkies.

How Old Kings Road Was Re-Routed for Wal Mart

| May 3, 2010

An aerial view of the old Old Kings Road and its new route nearer I-95, in preparation for Wal Mart construction.

Great Ocean View, Fun Pier, 5,000 Landlords. $3,329/mo. (Big Chains Need Not Apply)

| April 23, 2010

Flagler Beach’s government is advertising for anyone interested in taking over the 20-year lease of the Pier Restaurant on the city’s landmark waterfront.

Brighthouse, Worst Company in Florida

| December 27, 2009

Brighthouse puts a happy face on its business. For customers of cable and internet service, Brighthouse can be a miserable experience. If it’s customer care you’re looking for, it ain’t there.

Disney’s Monorail System Goes Off Course

| December 24, 2009

An accident, a death, 300 stranded passengers: Disney’s monorail system is in disarray. 911 calls included.

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