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February 3, 2016
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February 3, 2016
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Fort Myers natives leave
NFL legacies
The dream began under a shady banyan tree in the late 1940s. The City of Fort Myers, then as now a refuge from the bustling cities of Tampa to the north and Fort Lauderdale and Miami to the east, had yet to be discovered by few outside of Thomas Edison. A trio of high school football players at the all-black, Dunbar High School, sat under that banyan tree, discussing their hopes and dreams for the future. That future would...

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David Dorsey    
How Fort Myers athletes continue a long line of NFL success stories
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

$500 for a team of Five
$125 for a Individual 

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!

Chamber Business Academy

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

$25 per session for Chamber Members
$35 per session for Future Chamber Members

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

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March 22, 2016 
Topic: Networking 102: How to Build Business by Networking
Speaker: Kena Yoke, Kena Yoke Consulting, Inc.
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April 26, 2016 
Topic:  How to Build a Marketing Plan
Speaker: Bryon McCartney, Brilliant Lens/Be Brilliant
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May 24, 2016 
Topic: Emerging Market: Diversity in the Workplace
Speaker: Kathy George, Spherion Staffing
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June 28, 2016 
Topic: Search Engine Optimization 
Speaker: Christopher Spiro, Spiro and Associates & Zach Katkin, Atilus

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For more information please contact Terry Simon at or 239-332-2930 ext. 215.
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Leadership NEXT Talks Sports at the Feb. 9 Program- Register Today! 

Leadership NEXT invites a advancing business professionals to our Feb. 9 sports-focused program the CenturyLink Sports Complex located at 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers. The program will begin at 4 p.m. at Twins Player Academy Champions Hall with a panel discussion followed by a tour of the newly renovated Hammond Stadium and networking in a private suite to conclude at 6 p.m. 


Featured panelists include Mark Weber of the Minnesota Twins, Jeff Mielke of Lee County Sports Development, and Jason Gunter of The Law Office of Jason L. Gunter, P.A. Guests will learn the intricacies of operating the ballpark, receive an overview of the economic impact of Spring Training and amateur sports throughout Lee County and enjoy an inspirational testimony from an area professional and athlete. Light refreshments will be provided at the end of the program. Attendance is free, yet guests are encouraged to register in advance at

Good News Corner
Member News

Presstige Printing recently received two awards at the 28th annual Florida Print Awards, the printing industry’s statewide graphic arts competition. The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) presented the awards to Florida-based printing, graphic arts companies and schools. Presstige received the “Best of Show” award for its catalogue for a fashion boutique, and “Best of Category” for its invitation for an environmental organization.

Norman Love of Norman Love Confections will be the first chef chocolatier inducted into Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame when he receives the honor Jan. 27 during an award ceremony in New York City. Dessert Professional Magazine ( will be recognizing the 2015 Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America. Norman Love Confections has been creating and distributing handcrafted chocolates from its Fort Myers headquarters since 2001.

Kayla Collier, social media manager and account leader at Be Brilliant! Marketing, received her certification as a Social & Community Manager from Digital Marketer. The certification ensures that the recipient has achieved a level of competence appropriate for professional practice.

Lee Bellamy has been named the recipient of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southwest Florida Inc.’s Annual President’s Award. Bellamy is the general manager of Homewood Suites Fort Myers-Bell Tower Shops and serves as chair of house operations for the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers. The Distinguished Service Award went to Garey Butler in recognition and appreciation of continuing guidance and contributions in advancing the charity’s mission. The long-time board member and past president of the board of directors is an attorney with Fort Myers’ Buchannan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

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Member News
Thank you for Renewing!
Apple Transportation        
Armstrong Pest Control, Inc.        
AXA Advisors' South Florida Branch        
Babcock Wilderness Adventures, Inc        
Captiva Cruises        
Cement Industries, Inc.        
Connors Steak & Seafood                      
Florida Weekly               
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers Colonial Blvd.
Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center       
Key West Express        
Kuhn Law Firm, P.A.        
Lee County Sheriff's Office        
Marc Joseph Realty, Inc        
Naples/Ft. Myers Greyhound Track        
OMG Branding Solutions        
PDQ Restaurant        
PKE Marketing and PR Solutions, LLC                  
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa        
Scanlon Auto Group        
Senior Friendship Centers of Lee County        
Siesta Publications, Inc. / Must Do Magazine        
Six Lakes Country Club            
Spectrum Recovery Solutions, LLC        
State Farm Insurance - Gary L. Green        
Steve's Painting Inc        
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa        
TeamLogic IT        
Twisted Vine Bistro             
Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings        
Zoomers Amusement Park    
Ribbon Cutting for
Stevens & Stevens Insurance Agency
Ribbon Cuttings

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:30pm
Kelly L. Fayer, P.A.
12601 World Plaza Ln., Suite #2, 33907

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 4:30pm
KB Home – Coves of Estero Bay
6417 Estero Bay Dr., 33908

Tuesday, February 11, 2016 at 4:30pm
Marbela Medical Wellness
13774 Plantation Rd., Suite 105, 33912

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 4:30pm
Edison Ford Shoppe at The Bell Tower Shops
Daniels Pkwy & US 41 / 13499 U.S. 41 SE, Suite 159, 33907

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 4:30pm
Elite Bartending School of Southwest Florida
2213 Main St – Celsius Night Club, 33901

Ribbon Cutting for
ACOPIA Home Loans
Ribbon Cutting for
Planet Fitness

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

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Culver's of Fort Myers - Six Miles Cypress
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Signal 88 Security of Fort Myers
February 2016
Member of the Month

Jay Johnson
Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon
Ribbon Cutting for
Getting to Clarity, LLC
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Publisher: Colleen DePasquale

Editor: Erika Hilliard

2310 Edwards Dr.,
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MCS Committee Spotlight
Michele M. Hoover, CPA brings more than 25 years’ experience in diverse tax, financial and business consulting services to her role as a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner of Alexander & Hoover CPAs PA. Before relocating to Florida in 2009, she was with the Cleveland, Ohio CPA firm of Walthall, Drake & Wallace, LLP for 12 years, where she represented more than 330 clients.  Michele helps her business clients establish practical and sound tax and financial processes for greater success. She is committed to delivering attentive tax and accounting services that meet each client’s unique objectives.  As a QuickBooks® Certified Pro Advisor since 1999, Ms. Hoover teaches QuickBooks® techniques throughout the state of Florida.

Giving back to the community has always been important to Michele. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of Dress for Success of Southwest Florida, volunteers for the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County and is an active member of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of  Commerce.
MCS Committee Spotlight
I was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After graduating from college with an associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising/Marketing, I started my sales career with the Gannett Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1999 my family and I moved to Fort Myers, Florida where I continued my career with the Gannett Corporation. During my 25 years with Gannett I sold many advertising products including print, online, and direct mail and won many sales awards for my efforts. In my last year with Gannett, using my sales experience, I became a sales recruiter identifying quality sales people who would bring value to the Gannett family.

In March of 2012 I joined Spherion Staffing as the Business Development Manager.  As a business development manager, I identify sales leads, and sell Spherion services to new clients and maintain a good working relationship with new and existing contacts. I am the driving force behind generating new sales leads and contacts for the Fort Myers office.

As experienced recruiters and customer service professionals, we have been serving the Fort Myers area for more than 25 years. Our resources, knowledge and experience becomes yours when you implement a Spherion workforce solution. Feel free to visit our website, to learn more about Spherion and what we offer our customers. You can reach me directly at 239-939-9999

Other Upcoming Chamber Events

Women in Business
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM 
Sam Galloway Ford
1800 Boy Scout Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33907

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Business Before Breakfast
Date: 2/11/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM 
HBKS Wealth Advisors
8010 Summerlin Lakes Dr., Suite 200
Fort Myers, FL 33907

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Chamber Luncheon
Date: 2/18/2016 
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM 
Keynote Speaker:
Dave Dombrowski
, General Manager, Boston Red Sox
Terry Ryan, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Minnesota Twins
Boston Red Sox (JetBlue Park at Fenway South) 
11500 Fenway
Fort Myers, FL 33913

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Business After Five
Date: 2/25/2016 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM 
Alico Family Golf
16300 Lee Blvd. 
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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