Florida gained 80,000 black-owned firms over the five-year period from 2002 to 2007, according to preliminary estimates in the Survey of Business Owners. By 2007, the number had grown to 181,469 from 102,053 five years earlier, a rise of 77.8 percent.
Receipts almost doubled from $5.7 billion in 2002 to $10.7 billion in 2007, a gain of 86.3 percent.
The Sunshine State has excelled at providing access to capital, executive leadership and real-time monitoring of procurement in order to have a spiraling growth in black businesses during the ten years from 1997 to 2007.  It continues a high ranking among the states in Year of Jubilee: State of Black Business, tenth edition. 
I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the Northeast Florida Economic Opportunity Summit hosted by the First Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce in September 2009. Dr. Carlton B. Robinson is the dynamic leader of the chamber and a scholar on business diversity. Our newest study, Silicon Ceiling 13, reports:

Less than two percent of Florida’s black labor force worked in computer, engineering and science

fields, with one percent in computer occupations.

Florida had 1,291 black graduate students in science and 307 black graduate students in

engineering. The total number of black college and graduate students in Florida in 2006 was


 Some of the black owned or managed hotels in Florida, according to NABHOOD, are:

Comfort Inn and Conference Center 820 East Busch Boulevard Tampa, Florida 33612

Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale 440 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale SW 14500 Hotel Rd Miramar, Florida 33027
Courtyard Tampa Brandon 10152 Palm River Road Tampa, Florida 33619
Doral Golf Resort and Spa 4400 NW 87th Avenue Miami, Florida 33178
Fairfield Inn and Suites 2400 North Roosevelt Blvd Key West, Florida 33040
Fairfield Inn and Suites 10150 Palm River Road Tampa, Florida 33619
Hampton Inn and Suites 4050 Ulmerton Road Clearwater, Florida 33762
Hampton Inn and Suites 1112 Santa Rosa Boulevard Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Hilton Daytona Beach 100 North Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
Homewood Suites 10240 Palm River Road Tampa, Florida 33619
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North Palm Harbor, Florida 34684
JW Marriott Orlando 4040 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, Florida 32837
Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale Plantation Hotel 1230 South Pine Island Rd Plantation, Florida 33324
Residence Inn 14700 Hotel Rd Miramar, Florida 33027
Sheraton Suites Plantation 311 N. University Drive Plantation Florida 33324
Spring Hill Suites 4155 SW 40th Blvd. Gainesville, Florida 32608
Super 8 of Naples Marco Garden 3880 Tollgate Blvd. Naples, Florida 34114
Ritz Carlton Orlando 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837

The state’s black legislators are:

Rep. Oscar Braynon
Rep. Ronald Brise
Rep. Dwight Bullard
Rep. James Bush
Rep. Jennifer Carroll
Rep. Charles Chestnut IV
Rep. Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed
Rep. Joseph A. Gibbons
Rep. Audrey Gibson
Rep. Mia Jones
Rep. Betty Reed
Rep. Yolly Roberson
Rep. Hazelle P. Rogers
Rep. Darrell Rouson
Rep. Dwayne Taylor
Rep. Priscilla Taylor
Rep. Geraldine Thompson
Rep. Perry Thurston
Rep. Alan B. Williams
Sen. Larcenia Bullard
Sen.Christopher Smith
Sen. Tony Hill
Rep. Arthenia Joyner
Sen. Alfred Lawson Minority Leader
Sen. Gary Siplin http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/index.cfm?Members=View+Page&District_Num_Link=019&Submenu=1&Tab=legislators&chamber=Senate&CFID=81461055&CFTOKEN=68107553
Sen. Frederica Wilson Minority Whip http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/index.cfm?Members=View+Page&District_Num_Link=033&Submenu=1&Tab=legislators&chamber=Senate&CFID=81461055&CFTOKEN=68107553