Tampa Bay Business Journal: August 9, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner explains what the "Booze Index", discusses how diversity is benefiting a local law firm, and the real estate non-profit organization that is turning five.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal says one of the easiest ways to determine who the economy is doing is by asking a liquor store owner what people are purchasing.

Mike Kwasin, who runs Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse in South Tampa, says sales of premium prices products fell during the economic downturn. People still bought liquor and wine, but they bought cheaper items.

Kwasin now says the prices of items are ticking back up indicating a slowly improving economy.

Tampa-based law firm Carlton Fields believes in diversity. Career intelligence company Vault.com recently ranked the firm at the top of their diversity rankings.

Carlton Fields has found making the extra effort to have female, minority and disabled employees on their staff, it has helped them attract a wide diverse of clients.

The non-profit Real Estate Lives (REL) organization makes its fifth anniversary on August 15.

REL has helped 2,000 people find jobs in the real estate industry. That is a remarkable number considering the organization started at the bottom of the housing crash.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR3REnLW7GM or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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