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An effort to allow liquor sales in grocery stores cleared its first committee Thursday. Lawmakers are one step closer to tearing down the wall that separates liquor stores from other retailers. For many Florida shops, that’s a literal wall, because of a Prohibition-era law that prevents grocers from selling liquor alongside beer and wine.

There are a couple of local events this week aimed at reaching out to female entrepreneurs—specifically women veterans and low-income women.

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Franklin County small business owners who’ve lost revenue because of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse can now apply for federal loans. Franklin and its three surrounding Panhandle counties were recently given the economic emergency designation.

Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to any business or nonprofit who can show the oyster shortage caused them to lose a big portion of revenue.

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Director Anita Grove says borrowing money can help, but loans aren’t for everyone.

Perspectives: DIY Business

Jul 18, 2013

Entrepreneurship is hot in Tallahassee and there’s an abundance of local help to make it even hotter.  On the panel: Keith Bowers from Florida A&M University’s Small Business Development Center; Larry Lynch with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program for the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County; and Mike Campbell with the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University’s College of Business.

Six months after the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce launched in Tallahassee, the group is announcing the formation of a Hispanic Council serving Hispanic-owned businesses.

Rosie Cabrera owns Los Amigos Mexican restaurant in Tallahassee. She said, over the past 20 years, she’s watched more and more Hispanic people open businesses in the Big Bend area. And when the Minority Chamber launched last year, she and others approached the group about creating a special subgroup to help her community grow its businesses.

The federal  Affordable Care Act  is aimed at getting more Americans insured. To do that, people are required to carry health insurance or pay a fine. Those fines will begin popping up next year, and some tax filing groups are trying to help people examine their options for becoming insured and avoiding the penalty.

About 70 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are  eligible for healthcare tax credits under the federal Affordable Care Act.

That’s according to the healthcare consumer advocacy group, Families USA The group released a report Wednesday showing more than 300,000 thousand small businesses in Florida would qualify for the minimum credit- which is about a third of the cost of providing healthcare to employees.

More than 300 of the Capital City area’s movers and shakers gathered at Florida State’s University Center Club Tuesday.  Tom Flanigan reports they were eager to hear the winners of this year’s Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Awards.

 “This is the 27 th year of our awards ceremony to recognize entrepreneurship, businesses, the commerce of our community and individuals that I hope you’ll agree are the backbone of this community to keep everything moving forward,” said Chamber President Sue Dick.