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April 5, 2016
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April 5, 2016
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Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough energy to get through the day? Do you struggle with achieving your wellness and weight loss goals? Do you know you need to make some changes but don’t know exactly what to do? With our careers, family, and commitments we have to take care of every day, sometimes taking care of ourselves gets forgotten...

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The Leadership Program is a comprehensive program that encompasses all of Lee County. Our mission is to assure leadership development in the Chamber’s business members by encouraging their community involvement, broadening their knowledge and heightening their leadership skills. This eleven week structured program is interactive and emphasizes local economic, education, government and volunteerism issues. 

Applications are due by Friday, June 10, 2016 for sessions beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Sponsorships now available starting at $250!

For more information about this program or to sponsor a leadership day please contact Erika Hilliard at or (239) 332-2930 ext. 217

CLICK HERE for an application

MCS Committee Spotlight
Robert Parks is the director of operations for Priority Business Solutions. PBS is a full service payroll, human resource, merchant service and cash funding company based in Cape coral. As a local service provider PBS is committed to a mutual beneficial partnership with their clients. A major function in this relationship is continuing education and open, honest communication. Priority Business Solutions is deeply involved with the community and is a proud partner of the United Way, the chamber of commerce and many other civic and charitable organizations. Priority Business Solutions is locate at 4814 Vincennes st. in cape coral and can be reached at 214-2040.
Thank you for Renewing!

Ada's Natural Foods Market        
AIM  Engineering & Surveying, Inc.        
American Legion Post #38        
AXI International/ AXI Clean Fuel Tank        
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall        
Best Western Airport Inn        
Bock Healing Center        
Boost Creative        
Bubba's Roadhouse        
Camping World RV Sales - Fort Myers        
Carlton - Naumann Construction        
Carter-Pritchett Advertising        
Central Bank Southwest Florida        
CFS Roofing Services        
Chico's FAS, Inc.        
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.        
Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL, Inc.        
Children's Home Society of Florida Southwest Division        
Chris Tel Construction        
Collins Vision        
CONRIC PR and Marketing        
Culligan Water Conditioning        
DeLa Salle Academy of Fort Myers        
Dynamic Air of SWFL        
Edison Mall        
Encore Bank        
Endeavor Innovative Workspaces        
Everglades Day Safari        
Exclusive Affair Party Rentals        
Florida Gulf Coast University        
Fort Myers Marine        
From Dreams to Reality, LLC        
Geraghty, Dougherty & Edwards PA        
Guardian Ad Litem Foundation - Voices for Kids of SWFL        
Harris Dermatology        
HBK CPAs & Consultants        
Heritage Tax & Consulting Services LLC        
Independent Physicians Association of Lee County        
Internet Services Group of Fl, LLC - Web Design & Web Marketing        
Capt. J.P./J.C. Cruises        
Jersey Mike's Subs - Cleveland Ave        
Klocke Of America, Inc.        
Lee County Library System        
Lee County Sports Organizing Committee        
Manheim Fort Myers        
Marina Bay by GL Homes        
Matthew T. Muller, CPA        
MLS Title LLC        
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill        
Partners for Breast Cancer Care        
Priority Marketing        
Progressive Builders        
Purple Ringer        
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers, Florida        
Regions Bank- College Parkway        
Rooms To Go        
Safeguard Destruction Services, Inc.        
Sam's Club        
Shoot Straight Gun Range and Store        
South Beach Tanning Company        
Southwest Florida Community Foundation        
Spiro & Associates        
State Farm Insurance - Gary L. Green        
Stewart & Sons Insurance Inc.        
Stillwater Grille        
Stokes Marine, Inc.        
Sweet Melissa's Cafe        
SWFL Marketing Group        
Terry Wynter Auto Service Center, Inc.        
The Thompson Agency, Inc.        
Top Florida Properties        
Val Ward Cadillac, Inc        
Visiting Angels of SW Florida        
Wal-Mart #5034        

April 2016
Member of the Month

Kendra Sutton
Senior Marketing Consultant

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Member News

FSW to Host Career Fairs April 6 and April 7
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is hosting a series of upcoming Career Fairs April 6 and 7 on three campuses.

On April 6, Career Fairs will be held on the Thomas Edison (Fort Myers Campus) from Noon-2 p.m. in Building U, Room 102. Also on April 6, a Career Fair will be on the Charlotte County Campus (Punta Gorda) at the Bell Tower from 2:00p.m.-3:00 p.m. On April 7, a Career Fair will be on the Collier... 

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Sundial Beach Resort to Host Summer Tennis Camp June 13 – Aug. 4
Get your aspiring young tennis player off to a great start this summer with our annual Tennis Camp offered weekly June 13 – August 4 here at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island.

Tennis Camp is 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday each week, offering tennis instruction and games for area students ages 6 to 14. Students of all skill levels are invited to...
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Hodges University’s Center for Lifelong Learning to Offer Free Lectures in April on Naples Campus
The Hodges University Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is hosting 11 lectures at its Naples campus throughout the month of April. Free and open to the public, the lectures cover current events, health and wellness, the arts, literature, technology, creative writing and more...

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Leadership NEXT hosts April 12 tourism focused program at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Register today for Leadership NEXT, our professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida! The April 12 tourism-focused begin at the Lecture Hall in the South Florida Water Management Building located at 2301 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers with a panel discussion followed by a tour of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. 

Featured panelists include Chris Pendleton of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Eric Graff of Southwest Florida Attractions Association/Southwest Florida Distributing, and Pamela Johnson of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Guests will learn more about the impact tourism has on Lee County, hear how Southwest Florida is being promoted to visitors, and learn about area attractions and the steps they are taking to help drive tourism to our area. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion before guests move to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates for a tour. 

At 5:30 p.m., the program will move to Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford for more networking. 

The April 12 program is FREE to attend, yet guests are encouraged to register in advance at
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VIP Realty–Commercial announced that Mark L. Morris was named one of Southwest Florida’s Top Industrial Leasing Brokers, by the CoStar Group. In addition, both Lisa Sands and Mark L. Morris were awarded Presidents Club Membership for their overall high sales volume for 2015. This is Sands’ second President’s Club Award in two years. 
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Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, has been elected chair of the Community Foundations of Florida (CFF) for 2016. A member group of Florida Philanthropic Network, CFF represents 29 community foundations working together to promote philanthropy Florida. Owen took the helm of Southwest Florida Community Foundation in October 201and has since grown the assets of the organization by more than $30 million. She previously worked in investor relations, public relations and corporate communications. For more information, visit visit
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April 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:30pm
RE/MAX Destination Realty
3414 Forum Blvd., Suite #3, 33905

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:30pm
Shima Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

1451 Middle Gulf Dr., 33957

May 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 4:30pm
Bradley’s Jewelers
14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite #3, 33912

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 4:30pm
Colonial Commons Apartment Homes
4590 Winkler Rd. – Clubhouse, 33966

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 9:00am
Best Moving and Storage/Allied
1025 Collier Center Way, Naples, 34110
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Upcoming Chamber Events

Women in Business
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM 
Florida Gulf Coast University - Sugden Hall
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Click Here to register.

Leadership NEXT
Date: 4/12/2016 
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901 

Click Here to register.

Business Before Breakfast
Date: 4/14/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM 
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers
12600 University Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Click Here to register.

Chamber Luncheon
Date: 4/21/2016 

Time: 10:30 AM TO 1:30 PM 
Health Fair Tradeshow begins at 10:30 AM
Keynote Speaker:
Scott Kashman,
Chief Administrative Officer, Cape Coral Hospital 

Harborside Event Center 
 1375 Monroe Street, 33901

Click Here to register.

Business After Five
Date: 4/28/2016 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM 
SS Hookers
17501 Harbour Pointe Dr. 
 Fort Myers, FL 33908

Click Here to register.
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