(Orlando Sentinel) Lose your bank branch? Blame mobile, online growth

Dan McGaw rarely sets foot in a bank branch, but he may be more in sync with his accounts than his grandparents ever were. Armed with remote deposit and online bill paying, the 29-year-old Orlando entrepreneur sees little need for the teller line.

“I only go to the bank when I need to take out cash, which is almost never,” he said. “I don’t have a checkbook; I use mobile apps or websites for more than 90 percent of my banking.”

As the popularity of mobile and online banking grows, more bank branches in Central Florida and elsewhere are starting to vanish.

Since 2009, Central Florida’s branch total has fallen 6 percent, for a net loss of nearly 60 branches, as closings have far offset openings, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which regulates banks.

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-vanishing-bank-branches-20131125,0,3645947.story

Starter Studio in The Orlando Business Journal

Five Orlando technology entrepreneurs have launched a program aimed at helping grow other startup companies in Orlando.

Starter Studio will be based in the 8,500-square-foot offices of Envy Labs LLC and Code School LLC when the two companies move into the GAI Building at 618 E. South St. in June.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2013/05/23/starter-studio-aims-to-give-start-ups.html