Graham Brink - Business Columnist

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

  1. Job applicants seek information about temporary positions available with the 2020 Census, during a job fair in Miami on Wednesday designed for people fifty years or older.
    The state added 22,500 jobs in August.
  2. Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group, speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this year.
    The billionaire also talks trade with China in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.
  3. Target and some other big retailers plan to hire more seasonal workers than last year.
    Tampa Bay businesses could struggle to find enough qualified workers during the busy holiday shopping season.
  4. From left, Celestar CEO Gregory Celestan, Duke Energy Florida president Catherine Stempien and Raymond James Financial chairman and CEO Paul Reilly were three of the Tampa Bay business leaders to make Florida Trend's Florida 500 this year.
    ICYMI: Florida Trend magazine released its list of the state’s 500 most influential business leaders.
  5. Media consultant Mike Blinder, the new owner of Editor & Publisher magazine and founder of the Blinder Group.
    He and his partners recently bought Editor & Publisher magazine.
  6. With the state unemployment rate at 3.3. percent, most Florida residents who want a job either have one or can find one fairly easily.
    How the state stacks up on factors including job creation and wages.
  7. Containers of whole milk line the shelves for $4.05 a gallon Friday.
    The increases should help the state’s embattled dairy farmers.
  8. A rollback of energy efficiency standards for light bulbs is just one of the annoying things that happened this week.
    Political hypocrisy was just one of the reasons.
  9. AT&T and Nexstar ended an eight-week dispute late Thursday.
    The channel was blacked out for eight weeks.
  10. Tech Data's stock price shot up on Thursday, thanks to a better-than-expected earnings report.
    Sales beat expectations from May through July.