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January 5, 2016
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January 5, 2016
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The Workforce Draft
Maybe I have been spending too much time in front of the TV this football season but just imagine each year the best and brightest talent in Southwest Florida meeting in a combine and you the employer having the opportunity to assess a pool of potential recruits and their ability to move your business forward.

Then on Workforce Draft Day you could make your picks. Round after round...

Click Here to read the full article.
Sarah Owen
President and CEO
Southwest Florida Community Foundation


Friday, January 22nd from 6-10PM at Pelican Preserve Golf Club 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce
 the 2nd Annual Casino Royale
 presented by 
HBKS Wealth Advisors & HBK CPAs & Consultants

Click here to register or find out more information on sponsoring this event.

TWINS & PINZ for Education
Sunday, February 28th, 2016

HeadPinz Entertainment Center
14513 Global Pkwy., Fort Myers, 33913

Registration: 4:00 - 4:30PM
Tournament Play: 4:30 - 6:30PM
Event Ends at 7PM

6 person teams - including Twins Player/Representative
Shoes, Pizza (one per team) and Soda included.
Help Support the Chamber’s Education Foundation!

Sponsorship are available.
Call Erika Hilliard at 239-332-3624 or email at for more information.

Register Today!
Member Concierge Services Ambassador Spotlight
Jeff Brown, Synovus Mortgage

Jeff has been a member of the chamber since 2011 and a Lee County resident since 1972.  Currently he serves on the board, chairs the MCS Committee  and is a member of the Fishing Tournament and Education Committees.  Jeff is a Residential Mortgage Loan Officer with Synovus Bank/Mortgage.  With nearly 20 years of mortgage lending experience, he has assisted many families achieve their goal of home ownership.  Synovus offers mortgages suited for the first time homeowner as well as assisting  clients with needs up to $3,000,000.  Jeff can also assist Physicians and Dentists with 100% Financing.   Whether your needs are for a purchase, refinance or construction mortgage, contact Jeff for a professional and efficient mortgage experience.

Chamber Business Academy

Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers Colonial Blvd., 33916
10AM -12PM

$125 for the Series or $25 per session for Chamber Members
$200 for the Series or $35 per session for Future Chamber Members

January 26, 2016  
Topic: Customer Service: How to Deal with a Tough Customer
Speaker: Lorna J. Kibbey, Kibbey Leadership Solutions

February 23, 2016 
Topic: Website Design: How to Make Money with Your Website
Speaker: Randy Mitchelson & Albert Arguelles, iPartnerMedia & Matt Connar, Boost Creative

March 22, 2016 
Topic: Networking 102: How to Build Business by Networking
Speaker: Kena Yoke, Keno Yoke Consulting, Inc.

April 26, 2016 
Topic:  How to Build a Marketing Plan
Speaker: Bryon McCartnery, Brilliant Lens/Be Brilliant

May 24, 2016 
Topic: Emerging Market: Diversity in the Workplace
Speaker: Kathy George, Spherion Staffing

June 28, 2016 
Topic: Search Engine Optimization 
Speaker: Christopher Spiro, Spiro and Associates & Zach Katkin, Atilus

For more information please contact Terry Simon at or 239-332-2930 ext. 215.
Click Here to Register
Leadership NEXT hosts Jan. 12 inaugural program at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Emergent Technologies Institute  

Registration is open for the inaugural program of Leadership NEXT, The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s newest professional organization for advancing business leaders. Join Leadership NEXT on Jan. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI) to be among the first to tour and learn more about the new ETI Innovation Hub located at 12451 Alico Road in Fort Myers.  

Dr. Joseph H. Simmons, Backe Chair for Renewable Energy, and Dr. Richard Behr, Dean of Whitaker College of Engineering, will speak on the cutting edge environmental projects to be conducted at the facility and how research will be applied to real world residential and commercial applications throughout Southwest Florida. In addition, Glen Salyer, assistant Lee County manager and acting Lee County economic development director, will present on the area’s current business environment and the ongoing focus to bring diversified industries to the region. 

The Jan. 12 program is free to attend, and guests are encouraged to register in advance.

Leadership NEXT is a group of advancing professionals representing a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida who are actively pursuing opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues, and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers. Programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. The location will change every month based on the program topic. 

Visit for more information and following Leadership NEXT on Facebook for the latest news. 

Good News Corner
Member News

Keith Grossman honored with Association of Family Law Professionals annual Hugh E. Starnes “Think Outside the Box” Award 
Grossman Law & Conflict Management is pleased to announce its founder and managing partner, Attorney and Mediator Keith Grossman, has been awarded the Association of Family Law Professionals (AFLP) annual Hugh E. Starnes “Think Outside the Box” Award.

The award is given to a member of AFLP in recognition of his or her leadership, critical thinking, innovation and dedication to non-adversarial practice.

AFLP is a multi-disciplinary organization made up of attorneys, judges, therapists, accountants, and financial planners. It promotes cooperation in matters of family law, including dissolution of marriage, in order to achieve cost-effective resolutions and to maintain emotional stability and necessary family relationships. The association develops and promotes...Read More

Greater Fort Myers Chamber, Lee County VCB 7th Annual Chrysalis awards program Nominations for honorees in six categories due Jan. 22 
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. are seeking nominations for the seventh annual Chrysalis Awards to honor businesses and individuals who have positively impacted the local community.

Award nominations are due by January 22, and are open to any member of the local business community, regardless of whether or not they are directly a part of the tourism industry. Award recipients will be announced at a jointly hosted Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards... Read More

William Turner Named Vice President, Branch Administration at Encore Bank
Encore Bank is pleased to announce that William Turner has joined the bank as Vice President, Branch Administration. In this role, Turner will work with all six of Encore’s branch teams to assist them with operational functions, as well as the implementation of Encore’s sales and client service initiatives.

Turner comes to Encore Bank with more than 17 years of banking experience as a commercial lender, credit underwriter, branch manager and corporate trainer. He has spent the last 13 years in banking here in Southwest Florida. He is a graduate of the University... Read More

Member News
Thank you for Renewing!

Advanced Roofing & Sheetmetal
American Cancer Society        
American Red Cross - Florida's Southern Gulf Chapter        

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.        

The Barker Lounge        
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida, Inc.        

Blue Rock Partners, LLC
Brodeur Carvell Fine Apparel        
Captiva Island Inn B&B        

Casa Ybel Resort
Clean Keepers                 
Firehouse Subs at The Forum        

Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Myers Beach               

Hilton Garden Inn Airport FGCU        
Jason's Deli        

Jet's Pizza        
Keiser University

Kitson & Partners
Loffreno Real Estate        
Nu-Image Cleaners        
Offshore Sailing School                
PACE Center For Girls Lee County
Plantation Golf and Country Club, The        
Port Sanibel Marina        
Provident Jewelry

Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair Civic Center        
Spirits of Bacchus            

TLC Engineering for Architecture
Wallace International Trucks, Inc.
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Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
Ribbon Cuttings

Stevens & Stevens Insurance Agency / Allstate
1542 Carson St., 33901 on Thursday, January 7 at 4:30PM

Planet Fitness
18011 S. Tamiami Trail, 33908 on Tuesday, January 12 at 4:30PM

Culver’s of Fort Myers – Six Mile Cypress
9340 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., 33966 on Thursday, January 14 at 9:00AM

Getting to Clarity, LLC
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
2310 Edwards Dr., 33901 on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:35AM

ACOPIA Home Loans
13410 Parker Commons Blvd., Suite 105 on Tuesday, January 19 at 4:30PM

Signal 88 Security of Fort Myers
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
2310 Edwards Dr., 33901 on Thursday, January 21 at 4:30PM

Keller Williams Realty Fort Myers and the Islands
1520 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Suite 160, 33919 on Tuesday, January 26 at 4:30PM

Want to make new contacts and build new relationships?

Join a Chamber Committee today! For more information on our Chamber committee's please contact Terry Simon at

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Dean Picirrilo
HBKS Wealth Advisors
Chamber President
With the beginning of 2016, it’s a good time to take a step back and reflect on the past 12 months. It’s also a traditional time of year to set goals for the year ahead. 

In my blog post last month, I covered a number of initiatives that your chamber’s board of directors has laid out for the coming months. We are already making significant progress toward many of these objectives. Our Leadership NEXT group, targeting our community’s younger business leaders, had its kickoff in early December and its first monthly meeting is scheduled for January 12th.  Our marketing and social media effort is well underway, as evidenced by this and other blog posts, along with our updated newsletter and our foundation reimagining effort. 2015 has been a great year for our chamber!

As we look to 2016 as a chamber board of directors, there are many...

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January 2016
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Melissa Seacat

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Editor: Erika Hilliard

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Other Upcoming Chamber Events

Women in Business
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM 
Bell Tower Shops 
13499 U.S. 41 SE 
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Click Here to register.

Business Before Breakfast
Date: 1/14/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM 
Marc Joseph Realty, Inc 
2300 McGregor Blvd. 
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Click Here to register.

Chamber Luncheon
Date: 1/21/2016 
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM 
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Owen, Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center 
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive 
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Click Here to register.

Business After Five
Date: 1/28/2016 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM 
HeadPinz Entertainment Center 
14513 Global Pkwy. 
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Click Here to register.
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