business

Economy

Studer Group acquired by Huron for $325 million

Modern Healthcare reports that Huron Consulting Group has acquired Pensacola-based healthcare consulting firm Studer Group for $325 million. Read full story

Business Briefcase

BRIEFCASE: Kirk Waters joins Landrum

Kirk Waters has joined Landrum Human Resources as a business consultant for the HR and Employer Services division. Read full story

The Pensacola Network

Pensacola Network launches 2015 speaker series Friday

The Pensacola Network launches its 2015 speaker series friday with speakers focused on a healthy mindset for a new year. Read full story

Shannon's Window

Shannon’s Window: Building the future on the Blocks

As the UWF Innovation Institute looks to build Pensacola's future, it stands — literally — in the footprints of those who helped build the past. Read full story

Economy

Four Pensacola destinations earn tourism accolades

Find out which four Pensacola destinations earn tourism accolades for the experience they provided in 2014. Read full story

Economy

BRIEFCASE: Gulf Winds Credit Union earns 5-star Bauer rating

Gulf Winds Credit Union of Pensacola earns 5-star Bauer rating. Read full story

Economy

$18 million beverage distribution facility in Milton opens soon

Goldring Distribution set to make deliveries starting Tuesday from their new $18 million facility in Milton, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. Read full story

Commentary

Pensacola area’s economic year that was

Carlton Proctor looks back at the Pensacola metro area's economy in 2014, and looks ahead at prospects for 2015. Read full story

Economy

Clay Ingram to head Pensacola Chamber

State Rep. Clay Ingram was named president of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. He starts the job on Jan. 5. Read full story

Port of Pensacola

Pensacola Port has ties to Cuba trade

President Obama’s announcement today the United States is easing trade restrictions on Cuba could mean big business in the near future for the Port of Pensacola. Prior to Fidel Castro’s takeover of the Caribbean island in January 1959, sea-going trade between Pensacola and Cuba had been robust, and stretched back for centuries. Port of Pensacola Director Amy Miller said the news out of the White House today is promising, but it will take time to sort through the new regulations. “Of course everything at this point depends on the actual outcome of how the president’s policies regarding trade with Cuba will be revised,” Miller said. “However, we already have a monthly export liner service out of our port going to various Caribbean ports. “So, it would be very easy if the revised regulations permitted the vessel operator to visit Cuban ports,” Miller said. “I think there’s a good opportunity for our Caribbean liner service to expand its operations to Cuba.” Despite the strict U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, the Port of Pensacola has maintained links to the island in recent years. In early 2000, trade restrictions were eased to allow shipments of food, medicine and building materials to Cuba from U.S. ports. Miller, who accompanied a Pensacola trade delegation to Cuba in 2000, said the port did secure some business exporting mostly building materials under those relaxed regulations. More recently, a local poultry exporter shipped food to Cuba out of the port. But that business shut down a few years ago. In addition to easing trade restrictions, Obama also announced that Americans will now be able to travel to the island for business, educational opportunities or artistic endeavors, and also be permitted to use credit cards while in Cuba. The breakthrough was the result of 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis. “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries,” the president said in a nationally televised statement from the White House. The deal will “begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas and move beyond a “rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before most of us were born.” Read full story

Briefcase

BRIEFCASE: Wiggins Lawn Service sold to Lawn Master

Former Pensacola mayor Mike Wiggins has sold his business, Wiggins Lawn Spray Service, to Lawn Master, owned by Joe Williams. Read full story

Business

Gulf Coast African-American Chamber hosts ribbon cutting Friday

The Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at their new office on Michigan Avenue on Dec. 12. Read full story