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Cyber Monday: The online transition from Black Friday is today

Cyber Monday, the online counterpart to Black Friday, has evolved into a shopping phenomenon, drawing millions of shoppers seeking the best bargains from the comfort of their screens.
Shoppers are looking for value this holiday season.
Americans are tiptoeing out of economic turmoil this holiday shopping season
With two big shopping days on the horizon – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – U.S. retailers are preparing for the most important time of the year.
The Highland Manor and Hilton Garden Inn in Apopka are up for sale, according to a commercial real estate website and a Taurus Apopka City Center, LLC representative.
Developing Story: Taurus selling Highland Manor, Hilton Garden Inn properties
The Apopka Voice has learned that the Highland Manor and the Hilton Garden Inn, two key properties associated with the Apopka City Center, are up for sale. 
Sonny’s BBQ recognizing Apopka police officers with Random Acts of BBQ meal
On Tuesday, November 14th, Sonny’s BBQ will recognize Officer Adsudalah Brooks and Recruit Officer Laura Crespo of the Apopka Police Department for their role in delivering a baby!
More than 20 companies hiring at 11th Annual Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair dedicated to Veterans
Veterans from Lake, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Sumter counties are invited to this event, whether searching for their next job or transitioning to civilian life.
Plate Above Catering offers holiday meals to help "feed hope"
A social enterprise, Plate Above Catering is the exclusive caterer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and provides financial support for the food bank’s Culinary Training Program.
Tyson Foods recalls 30,000 pounds of chicken nuggets due to metal pieces
The recalled product is the dinosaur-shaped “Fun Nuggets” with a “use by” date of September 4th, 2024. If you have purchased this product, Tyson urges you to discard it immediately.

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Paychecks for Patriots: More than 20 companies hiring at Job Fair dedicated to Veterans
Veterans from Lake, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Sumter counties are invited to this event, whether searching for their next job or transitioning to civilian life.
Minimum wage workers.
Proposed rollback of child labor law in Florida gets pushback; critics say kids would be exploited
Florida is the 13th state this year to introduce legislation that would roll back labor laws intended to protect minors, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Orange County Division of Building Safety streamlines electronic permitting process
Since early 2023, the Division of Building Safety staff has been working with the Business Process Technology team to facilitate this change.
A construction worker sands a door opening at a new apartment complex, on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in Miami.
A historic housing construction boom may finally moderate rent hikes
An unprecedented surge in the nationwide construction of new housing — mostly apartments — may finally be making a dent in fast-rising rents that have made life harder for tenants.
Inaugural Orange County Contracting Academy helps businesses navigate bid process
Orange County bids out millions of dollars worth of contracts yearly for everything from professional services work to multimillion-dollar construction projects.
New housing in Orlando.
Advocates hailed a new law to help stabilize Florida's housing crisis, but implementation has been rocky
Florida lawmakers have already been hearing from elected local officials in the past few weeks, saying they need to readdress what’s called the “Live Local Act".
Glenn Knight with his record-breaking 622-pound pumpkin.
The art and science of growing giant fruits and vegetables
Anyone can strive to grow giants with a little knowledge, patience, and time. For anyone interested in embarking on such a journey, contact a UF/IFAS Extension office to get expert gardening tips.
Brewers, craft beer enthusiasts reap flavor of UF hops research
Last week, scientists at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center hosted about 50 brewers from across the state for the Fall Hops Field Day.
Florida oranges, the state’s signature crop, have recently battled citrus greening.
U.S Department of Agriculture report projects rebound after record-low orange production in Florida
After last year’s historically low yield, a Thursday report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected that production during the 2023-2024 season will rebound. 
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis: The Land of 10,000 ideas
It was clear the area had structures in place for building collaboration, securing state and federal dollars, and growing their local economy. We would do well to emulate many of these best practices.