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A look at the business week ahead



Conference on tourism has a green theme

Tourism officials from across the state gather in Orlando today for the 41st annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism. The theme "Turning Green into Gold'' focuses on ways for hotels and attractions to adopt and promote environmentally friendly practices.

Speaker to explore self-esteem issues

Fawn Germer will talk about self-esteem issues that plague everyone from interns to CEOs at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Women's Series Luncheon on Tuesday. If Germer, a best-selling author and journalist, needs a jolt of self-esteem, she has this: The 11:45 a.m. luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant is sold out.

Opinions welcome on power line plan

Power line bugging you? Sound off Wednesday about the Lake Agnes to Gifford transmission line project, a joint project by Tampa Electric and Progress Energy. The line will run 27.5 miles through parts of Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. The utilities will hold a public meeting at the Radisson Resort Worldgate, 3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee, at 6 p.m.

Tech Data to report quarterly earnings

On Thursday, Clearwater's Tech Data Corp. will report quarterly earnings. And the outlook? Well, Zacks ( lowered its estimates, noting Tech Data's profit margins are still thin and the company will have a difficult time producing operating leverage if the demand for IT products slows. Also, the highly competitive nature of the technology distribution business will make it difficult for Tech Data to increase its gross margins in a highly competitive pricing environment. But Zacks forecasts Tech Data will boost its sales by 10.5 percent in fiscal 2009 and by 5 percent in the next year.

Bank exec to speak to finance planners

Francis J. Kelly, managing director and head of government affairs — Americas at Deutsche Bank AG, will speak Thursday at the annual symposium of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Financial Planning Association. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel International Plaza in Tampa. Go to for more details, including costs for the two-day symposium.

A look at the business week ahead 08/17/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:40am]
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