Florida’s Scott Launches Program To Boost Small Businesses

Date: May 28, 2014

Effort Includes Reduced Filing Fees, Increase In Export Marketing Funding

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a series of measures designed to boost small businesses in his state. Among his proposals are a reduction in corporate filing fees and an increase in funding for export marketing programs. In addition, Scott announced a $10 million “Risk Taker Reward,” designed to reward entrepreneurs and small businesses for developing solutions to problems with private capital. Finally, Scott has proposed establishing a series of annual business competitions run by the state’s college and universities that will present winners with awards of up to $100,000.

Scott said in a statement, “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. As someone who has owned a small business, I know the risk and sacrifice Florida families make every day to create opportunities throughout our state. We’ve worked hard to build new jobs and opportunities and we’ve seen the results – over 600,000 new private-sector jobs. I want Florida to be a land of opportunity where small businesses can create jobs and our families can succeed. Let’s continue to encourage our job creators to take the risks and make the investments that put Floridians to work.”

Further Reading:

The Miami Herald, the Sunshine State (FL) News, WESH-TV, WOAI-TV, and WFOR-TV all report on the announcement. Scott’s Small Business Policy Paper is also posted online.

This news article is intended to keep small business owners apprised of current events that may affect them. It does not necessarily reflect NFIB’s policy position on such issues.

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