Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Jeff Harrington

Jeff Harrington

Jeff Harrington, Business Editor of the Tampa Bay Times and, has been an editor and reporter at the Times since 1998. A native Ohioan, Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a dual major in American Studies and French. He worked at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Toledo Blade and Cincinnati Enquirer before winding his way down Interstate 75 to the Tampa Bay area. He has received numerous awards for business and metro writing, including recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Associated Press, among others. He was a past finalist and a winner of a Gerald Loeb award honoring the best business writing in the country and his work has been included in the Best Business Stories of the Year series.

Filing your income tax return early is one way to combat would-be identity thieves.
[Courtesy of Dreamstime via Los Angeles Times, file]

Here’s why you may want to file your taxes ASAP

Planning to kick back and enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend? You might want to set aside time to crank out your tax return, too.This year’s April 17 deadline seems so far away, but there’s good reason to tackle that annual civic duty/fiscal...
Updated one month ago
A quarter of the state started the fourth day after Hurricane Irma without lights or air conditioning -- an indication of how the September storm exposed problems with the state's power grif.
[CHRIS URSO  |   Times file photo]

17 for ‘17: Top Tampa Bay business stories of the year

Top 10 lists are so passé.Certainly after an action-packed year marked by driverless cars, Uber taxis of the sky, and apps to let Amazon inside your house to drop off your groceries when you’re gone. Not to mention a newfound awareness of...
Updated: 2 months ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), accompanied by other Republican legislators, held up an example of what a

Five ways the proposed tax plan impacts Florida

The proposed federal tax overhaul — outlined in depth in the 429-page "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" — will affect every taxpayer differently. But in multiple ways, most Floridians will be less adversely impacted than others since Florida has no...
Updated: 4 months ago
Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, is now the richest person in the world (on paper) thanks to a huge jump in Amazon's stock. [New York Times]

What could Jeff Bezos do with his $7 billion, overnight windfall?

Jeff Bezos is once more the richest man in the world, adding some $7 billion to his net wealth overnight thanks to a surge in Amazon stock.
Updated: 4 months ago
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Penny Hoarder and Gregory, Sharer & Stuart were among those at an event in Tampa last May honoring winners of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces awards. Nominations are now open for this year.  
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Tampa Bay's Top 100 Workplaces deadline extended to Nov. 17

Think you work at one of the best places in Tampa Bay? You’ve got a little more time to make a pitch.
Updated: 4 months ago
Mike Williams, 58, fills up gas cans for his generator at Thornton's on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard Sunday morning. (Charlie Frago  |  Times)

That gasoline you were able to find? It was up 50 cents over past month

If you were able to find gas last week post Hurricane Harvey and in the run-up to Hurricane Irma you paid mightily for it. Average gas prices hit $2.70 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's survey of 1,260 gas outlets in Tampa Bay released Monday...
Updated: 4 months ago
Ean Mendelssohn, his wife Jaclyn Mendelssohn, and her brother Jordan Levy, celebrated their company being named a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace. Nominations are open for the 2018 honorees. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times file photo]

Love your job? Nominate your employer as a Tampa Bay Times top workplace

One company gives employees a chance to let loose — and show off their moves — with daily, three-minute dance parties. At another, a group of hard workers is rewarded with a Mexican cruise. Staffers at a third place get to dig into a...
Updated: 4 months ago