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May 3, 2016
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May 03, 2016
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Tourism: Sharing our Slice of Paradise
Tourism in Lee County does more for our community than most people realize. As tourism season winds down, and license plates from around the country drive away, it’s a good time to reflect on the impact.

Just look at last year’s numbers. Lee County hosted almost 5 million visitors in 2015 and they spent close to $3 billion. It’s a record-breaking amount and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is well on track to help generate...

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Friday, May 20, 2016
10:30 2:00 p.m.
Harborside Event Center
       Tradeshow & Luncheon        

The event, co-produced by the VCB and the chamber and held to commemorate National Travel and Tourism month, celebrates the value of tourism and the community teamwork involved in maintaining and enhancing tourism as a major economic engine for the county. The awards, designed to foster a stronger alliance between the tourism industry and the county’s business community, will honor recipients in the categories: Business Development, Eco-Innovation, Cultural Achievement, Education, Sports, and, Sales & Marketing.

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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

Randy Mitchelson
Vice President Sales & Marketing
iPartnerMedia, Inc.

MCS Committee Spotlight
Bonita Springs-based iPartnerMedia, Inc. (IPM) is an Internet and print marketing solutions firm serving a diverse range of businesses across the United States and Canada including schools, medical, real estate, retailers, financial services, construction, home services and more. The talented team has extensive experience in digital marketing including landing page and web design, lead generation, public relations campaigns, social media, blogging and search engine marketing. In addition, IPM is expert at print marketing design and fulfillment solutions including direct mail, wide format signage, business cards, promotional products and more. Supporting the community is a core value of IPM who supports non-profits such as the Bonita Springs Film Festival, Regional Technology Partnership, Everglades Wonder Gardens and others. Visit for more information.

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

Thank you for Renewing!

Aetna Medicare        
AMIkids Southwest Florida, Inc.        
Barry University        
Baymont Inn & Suites        
Bell Tower Shops        
Beltram South, Inc.        
Boston Red Sox (JetBlue Park at Fenway South)
Boyle, Gentile & Leonard, PA        
BSSW Architects, Inc        
The Chang Group        
CopyLady, Inc.        
Culver's of Fort Myers - S. Cleveland        
Davidson Irrigation Inc.        
Dekoron Unitherm, LLC    
Dunkin's Diamonds        
Edward Jones/Cheryl Admire        
Florida Skin Center        
Fort Myers Technical College        
Four Points by Sheraton        
Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral        
Grace Tax Advisory Group, LLC        
Green Smart Lawn Care        
Hall Electric, Inc.        
Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services        
HeadPinz Entertainment Center        
Healthy Start of S.W. Florida        
Lexington Palms at the Forum        
Marine MAX       
Pavese Law Firm        
Pivot Charter School        
Prawnbroker Restaurant & Fish Market        
Ronald McDonald House Charities S/W Florida     
Snead Eye Group        
Square 1 Burgers & Bar        
Stewart Title        
Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C.       
University Grill        
VIP Realty Group, Inc.
May 2016
Member of the Month

Ian W. Ackerman
Financial Representative Intern

Good News Corner
Member News

Christin Collins, health and wellness strategic business partner for Lee Memorial Health System, has been selected to represent Southwest Florida on the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation Board of Directors ( She will serve a two-year term on the board. Collins accepted the role on behalf of Healthy Lee, a movement created to empower and inspire the people of Lee County regarding healthy lifestyle choices through education and action. She co-chairs the strategic initiative to engage the community in healthy lifestyles. In this role she advocates for additional bike paths, safe pedestrian walkways, and trails to encourage active lifestyles. 

Bruno Air Conditioning ( received the SOAR Award from Trane on March 18 at the South Region Dealer Council Meeting held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This award is given annually to a recipient in recognition for being the leader for positive growth in sales and installations. Bruno Air was also named in Trane’s “Top 10” on March 5, 2016 for exceptional growth in new dealer development.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's industry-first All Suites portfolio, recently recognized Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Bell Tower Shops as a Highest Welcome of Hilton HHonors winner for its outstanding achievements during the past year. The award was presented at the brand’s leadership conference that was held in Dallas.

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will hold the third annual Business Building Symposium presented by HBKS Wealth Advisors and HBK CPAs & Consultants from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers. The event, “Harnessing the Secrets of Disney for Your Business,” includes a selection of presentations and panel sessions, and features a keynote luncheon with speaker Bill Capodagli, author of The Disney Way. Confirmed speakers include Michael Wynn (SunShine Ace Hardware), Christin Collins (Lee Memorial Health System), Kellie Nolan (Brilliant Lens LLC) and Phil Stalnaker (B2 Solutions). Tickets are available for $149 at A group discount is available for three or more attendees from the same company.

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RE/MAX Destination Realty
Member In The News

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village ( will expand its meetings and events capabilities with the addition of a $15 million, 35,000-square-foot conference center. The new space will feature a 13,000-square-foot grand ballroom and will add to the resort’s existing 15,000-square-feet of function space. The conference center is slated to begin accommodating groups of up to 1,250 guests in late 2017.
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Shima Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
We want your feedback! In order for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber Board and Staff to effectively plan for future direction, activities and events that address Chamber member business needs and concerns, we are conducting a survey of all Chamber members. 

Click Here to take the survey.
Member In The News

CONRIC PR & Marketing wins two Image Awards
CONRIC PR & Marketing was honored to receive two Awards of Distinction at the 2016 Image Awards Ceremony on April 20 at Six Bends Harley-Davidson. The Image Awards competition is conducted annually by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs...

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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 Van Lines
1025 Collier Center Way, Naples 34110
Chamber Blog
An Arts Driven Economy

The arts have delivered a spectrum of entertainment, inspirational and trans-formative value throughout human history. They can help us connect to something bigger than ourselves, or simply unwind for a while after a long day at work. But they also have the power to truly change lives. Every day I have the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the magic of the arts and their trans-formative power in tackling important social and community issues. Outreach programs bring music and arts instruction to young people, art healing programs...
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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 
Sponsored by: Panther Printing
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Click Here to register.

Leadership NEXT
Date: 5/10/2016 
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
HealthPark Medical Center
9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Suite 500
Fort Myers, FL 33908 

Pre-Registration Required
Click Here to register.

Business Before Breakfast
Date: 5/12/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM 
Marbela Medical Wellness
13774 Plantation Road, Suite 105
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Click Here to register.

7th Annual Chrysalis Awards Luncheon & Tradeshow
Date: 5/20/2016 

Time: 10:30 AM TO 2:00 PM 
Tradeshow begins at 10:30 AM
Harborside Event Center 
 1375 Monroe Street, 33901

Click Here to register.

Chamber Business Academy
Date: 5/24/2016 
Time: 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Topic: Emerging Markets in the Workplace
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers Colonial Blvd.
4350 Executive Circle
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Click Here to register.

Business After Five
Date: 5/26/2016 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
7:05 - 10:00PM Miracle Game
Fort Myers Miracle Baseball Club
14400 Six Miles Cypress Pkwy.
 Fort Myers, FL 33912

Click Here to register.
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