The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter. September 6, 2016
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It’s All About You
According to the Florida Department of Health, more than a quarter of the population is obese and chronic diseases accounted for six of the ten leading causes of death in 2011. Unfortunately bad habits continue to make many Lee County residents unhealthy, mainly suffering from heart failure, COPD, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. These diseases can be attributed to...

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MCS Committee Spotlight
Andrea Schiebe

I have a colorful experiential history, including work in the nonprofit sector and serving as a full-time volunteer with AmeriCorps.  Currently I am a Digital Marketing Manager with Media Relations Agency. 

Our company has a nearly 30-year history. It is based out of Minnesota, my home state. With my passion for travel and experiencing new places, when the opportunity came to open a branch in Florida, I couldn’t pass it up. The reason I’m here in Florida is to help businesses tell their stories. Our hybrid agency offers a unique combination of publicity and internet marketing. 

I spend much of my time ensuring clients’ digital marketing strategies are performing with maximum efficiency. I like connecting the dots, helping businesses tell their stories, get discovered and reach the people they want to reach. With a psychology background, I naturally recognize the social science behind marketing. 

I have a passion for helping people and enjoy giving my time and energy to help those around me live a better life. In addition to my work in marketing, I am also a certified yoga teacher and singer/songwriter. 

This month marks our one-year anniversary as a member of the Greater Fort Myers Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has opened its doors and been so welcoming to me as a new member of the community. I am happy to have the opportunity to provide that service to others through my involvement as a Membership Concierge Services Ambassador. 

I’d be happy to talk with you about sharing your business’ story. I can be reached at 952-697-5200 or
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Southwest Florida Distributing, Publishing, & Mailing

Saturday, September 24
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner & Ceremony

Congratulations to our 2016 APEX Recipients:
Cyndi Doragh                        Tessa LeSage

The APEX Awards are an annual black tie event hosted by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business recognizing individuals for their professional excellence, service to their community, and for their leadership and mentoring of others.  

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  Thank You to Our Sponsors:
Pool Pros Inc. ~ IBERIABANK ~ Keiser University ~
Bell Tower Shops ~ Enterprise Holdings ~ Comcast

Good News Corner
Member News

The Shell Factory & Nature Park Presents The Great American Chili Cook Off
The Shell Factory & Nature Park presents The Great American Chili Cook Off on Sunday September 18th from 12-6 pm. Admission is Free, the public is asked to bring canned or dry goods for donation. The Cook Off itself will be sponsored by the SW Florida Chef’s Association with proceeds going to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Up to 15 area Chefs will be...

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Rappellers to Go “Over The Edge” to Support The Heights Foundation
Eighty people can check rappelling down 19 stories off their bucket lists this fall.  The fundraiser, benefiting The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13 at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.  Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,500 to support The Heights Center’s School
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Yappy Hour Summer Picnic And Peanut Butter Contest
Join the Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) at the area’s largest pet friendly social hour Friday, September 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Bell Tower Shops.
GCHS will have adoptable dogs available to meet potential new families, while they have a themed summer picnic. Bring out your furry friend to enter the peanut butter eating contest for chance to win a gift basket.
A variety of vendors, including...

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Thank you for Renewing!

Biotest Pharmaceuticals
Community Cooperative
Conte Wealth Advisors, LLC
Florida Academy
Florida SouthWestern State College
Foundation For Lee County Public Schools, Inc.
Green Mountain Enterprises of Florida LLC 
Gulf Shore Home Watch
Hoistlift of Florida
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers
Human Trafficking Awareness
Hyatt Place Fort Myers/at The Forum
Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation
Lisa Kinney
Literacy Council Gulf Coast
Magnificent Air, LLC
Megan DiPiero Photography
Miller, Helms & Folk, PA
Miromar Outlets
Molly Maid of Fort Myers
Myco Business Systems LLC
Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA
Paychex, Inc.
Pushing the Envelope, Inc.
R & R  Sprinkler and Landscape
Residence Inn Fort Myers
SalusCare, Inc.
Sanibel Outlets
Snyderman Shoes/New Balance Fort Myers
Springhill Suites by Marriott Fort Myers Airport
Sun Harvest Citrus
Suncoast Credit Union
Survival Armor Inc.   
Uncommon Friends Foundation
Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network Durand & Gallentine Investment Management Group

Scan Design
(239) 425-0706

Pushing the Envelope, Inc. (PTE), a local marketing communication firm was recently honored with four awards from the Florida Public Relations Association for public relations excellence. PTE won two Awards of Distinction and Judges’ Awards.

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Advance Auto Parts
(239) 789-2909
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving SWFL (MADD)
(239) 791-7560
5 Things You Need to Know About Zika in Southwest Florida

Have you heard about the most recent case of the Collier County teenager who tested positive for Zika? Are you worried about living in, or visiting a place, where Zika is a concern?

Since 2015, cases of Zika virus have been growing at an alarming rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, leaving many Florida residents to wonder…
Artichoke & Company
(239) 263-6979
Ribbon Cuttings

September 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 4:30PM
Midwest Food Bank 
5601 Division Dr., 33905

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 1:00PM
Restaurant Depot
17751 South Tamiami Trail, 33967

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 4:30PM
Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
15661 San Carlos Boulevard Unit #1, 33908
Florida Cancer Specialist & Research Institute
(239) 437-5755
14801 Palm Beach Blvd., #100
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Informed Choice, LLC.
(239) 208-7090
The Greater Network E-News

Colleen DePasquale

Erika Hilliard

2310 Edwards Dr.,
(239) 332-2930

Upcoming Chamber Events

Women in Business
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM 

WIB Scholarship Sponsor: Stoke's Marine
Hosted and Sponsored by: Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Road/Miromar Outlets Blvd,
Estero, FL 33928

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Business Before Breakfast
Date: 9/8/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM 

Sponsored by: T3 Communications
Hosted by: Valerie's House 

1618 Avalon Place 
Fort Myers, FL 33901

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Date: 9/15/2016 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Sponsored by: CopyLady
Hosted by: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center 

9931 Interstate Commerce Drive 
Fort Myers, FL 33913

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Chamber Luncheon
Date: 9/22/2016 
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM
Topic: Lee County Economic Development
Keynote Speaker: John Boland, Director of the Lee County Economic Development Office
Hosted by: Pelican Preserve Golf Club 
10561 Veneto Drive 
Fort Myers, FL 33913

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