John Medina, Tallahassee regional board chair for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, stated recently that Florida’s No. 2 rating in best business climate nationwide is “no surprise” given its residents’ high standards and quality of living.
Chief Executive Magazine ranked the Sunshine State second best in the nation — following only Texas — in its recently released 2016 Best & Worst States for Business report. Medina stated that Florida is not only a superior domestic market, but that it stands to gain by flexing its muscles in the international arena.
“Florida … needs to be competitive in a much larger marketplace,” Medina said. “It’s because of organizations like the Florida Chamber … that we are able to create jobs and help provide opportunities for businesses to be successful in this state. Florida is very well positioned to be a highly competitive state, both nationally and globally.”
With two out of every three Florida jobs generated by small companies, the state is justifiably regarded as business-friendly.
“[W]e have a plethora of educational resources located right here in our back yard,” he said, expressing enthusiasm for trade markets as well as white-collar positions.
Medina also stressed that free enterprise must be handled consistently for Florida’s economy to truly thrive, with workforce development and resource sharing remaining front and center.
“I think our small businesses are looking for a dynamic marketplace that is competitive … that has a modicum of predictability,” Medina said. “[It’s]… difficult for a small business owner to compete in this kind of marketplace without knowing what the rules of the game are and without having some level of predictability that those rules are going to remain in place or improve.”
Medina works as VP of business, insurance and investment services at First Commerce Credit Union in the Tallahassee area.
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