The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter. August 3, 2016
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Chamber Blog
Mayor Randy Henderson 

Readers Beware: News reports have inflated Fort Myers’ crime rate
In response to some media stories about the recent, tragic shooting outside Club Blu that reported an inflated Fort Myers crime rate, I’d like to set the record straight and provide details of the city’s ongoing efforts to fight crime and poverty.

Although one national newspaper reported that Fort Myers’ rates of homicide and overall violent crime “are about triple the national average

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Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce  
2016 Business Building Symposium
presented by 
HBKS Wealth Advisors & HBK CPAs & Consultants   

Tickets for the 2016 Business Building Symposium are available for $149 per person.
A group discount is available for three or more attendees from the same company.

Click Here to register online.

Thank you to our sponsors: 

LeeSar Inc ~ Enterprise Rent-A-Car ~ IBERIABANK Minaya Learning Global Solutions LLC
FSBDC at FGCU ~ Be Brilliant! Brilliant Lens
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Gulfshore Business ~ Thrive at Beachwalk
Ribbon Cutting for
Valerie's House
SalusCare Comedy Night Raises $55,000
Laughter rocked the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Saturday (July 25) as nine local celebrities took to the stage before a sold-out crowd in hopes of being named “Lee County’s Best Comic.”

By the end of the night, the duo of Sandy Stilwell, CEO of Stilwell Enterprises, and Elaine Hawkins, president/CEO of Private Client Insurance Group, claimed the title after earning the greatest number of votes from attendees, who voted with their money.  The duo of Stilwell and Hawkins raised more than...
I have been asked on behalf of the FutureMakers Coalition to share this participation opportunity with you to help us improve our regional workforce.

A robust and well-trained workforce is vital for business success. Business success if vital for the growth and improvement of our region. That is why the FutureMakers Coalition has placed focus on developing this highly trained workforce and fostering the connections between educators and businesses.

But we need your help! In order to better understand the kinds of employees you are looking for, we ask that you take
this survey. It should less than 15 minutes. By providing the FutureMakers Coalition with this information (which will remain secure and confidential), you will help us build a regional picture of employer desires that can be fed back to educators that will help prepare you future workers! This small investment of your time will help the entire region better align education and workforce so we can all grow and improve together.

Please complete this survey no later than August 12th, 2016.

Good News Corner
Member News

Stevens Construction Inc. wins best in 12 states at the Aurora awards
For the ninth year, Stevens Construction has won an Aurora Award at the Southeast Builder’s Conference. The Aurora Awards honor the best in construction in a 12-state region. The company was also presented with a Grand Aurora Award, which recognizes the best project...

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Pokémon Go Lure Party at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison was an avid fisherman, but these days, the lures being dropped at Edison & Ford Winter Estates aren’t for catching fish. To help players find the most Pokémon, Edison Ford Pokémon trainers are dropping lures...

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Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark Aug. 6
Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present Bark on the Ark from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Guests will have the opportunity to bring their dogs aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a sightseeing river cruise to Picnic Island, an island located between Sanibel and Pine Island that exhibits...

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Thank you for Renewing!
Aeronautical Charters Inc
Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center
BB&T - Oswald Trippe and Company
Ben Few & Company, Inc.
BMW of Fort Myers - A Sonic Automotive Dealership
Breeze Newspapers
Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc.
Citrola's Italian Grill and Pizzeria
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. (CROW)
CONRIC PR and Marketing
Coral Veterinary Clinic
Courtyard By Marriott
Creel Tractor Company
Crown Concierge
Downtown Jewelry & Watch Company
D.R. Horton
Edison Festival of Light, Inc.
Edison National Bank
Evolve Global
First Bank
First Watch Restaurant
Five County Insurance Agency, Inc.
Florida Repertory Theatre
Fort Myers Christian School
Fred's Award World
George T. Mann General Contractor, Inc.
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A.
Gulf Coast Humane Society, Inc.
Hagen Palen & Company, C.P.A.'s
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Hope HealthCare Services
Hughes, Snell & Company, P.A.
Iron Ridge Insurance Services, LLC
J M Todd, Inc.
Lehr's Economy Tackle, Inc.
Lott & Gaylor
Magnificent Air, LLC
Malt Realty & Development Co.
The News Press
North Fort Myers LaundroMart
One Blood
Opportunity Services Florida
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
Pelican Preserve Golf Club
Preferred Community Bank
Pure Florida
The Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon
Renaissance School
Salty Sam's Waterfront Adventures
The Salvation Army   
Sam Galloway Ford, Inc.
Seminole Gulf Railway home of Florida's Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Southwest Florida Distributing Publishing and Mailing
Special Equestrians, Inc.
Stevens Construction
Suncoast Beverage Sales
Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida
TECO Peoples Gas
Tropic Sun Realty Group
Universal Vacations
Utilities Structures, Inc.
The Veranda
Victory Layne Chevrolet
Vidussi, Goldsmith, Hull & Company, LLC
Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson, English, CPA's P.A.
Employment Law Attorney Suzanne Boy of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. will present “Wage and Hour Compliance: What the New Rule Really Means for Florida Employers” at a breakfast meeting at Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers on Wednesday, August 24th. Registration and a breakfast buffet begin at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $25 for Chamber members and $35 non-chamber members.

For more information please contact Tracy Siekmann at or 239-332-2930 ext. 211.

Click Here to register online.
Jonathan Frantz, M.D., medical director of Frantz EyeCare, has been named by Ocular Surgery News to its OSN Premier Surgeon 300, a list of premium refractive cataract surgeons across the country whom the editors and publisher have identified as leading innovators in the field of refractive cataract surgery. As a Premier Surgeon, Frantz works to educate his colleagues, innovate by developing novel technologies and techniques to advance his premium practice and performs a high volume of premium refractive cataract surgeries. For more information about Frantz EyeCare, call the practice’s main office at (239) 418-0999 or visit
Chamber Blog
Terri Crawford
Chamber President

Chamber Three Year Strategic Plan

It is truly an honor to lead the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce for the 2016-2017 year. Our immediate past-president, Dean Piccirillo of HBKS Wealth Advisors, provided exceptional guidance throughout his term and I thank him for his leadership. As a result of his efforts, the Chamber begins this new year on a positive track, focused on serving its 900+ member businesses. Dean’s passion for...

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Ribbon Cuttings

August 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8:30AM
Advance Auto Parts
4380 Colonial Blvd. , Fort Myers, FL 33966

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 4:30PM
Informed Choice
13620 Metropolis Ave., Suite 100,
Fort Myers, FL 33912

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 8:00AM
Florida Cancer Specialists
8260 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:00PM
Artichoke & Company
11920 Saradrienne Lane, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:30PM
Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD
13130 Westlinks Terrace, Suite 8, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Sugar: Not So Sweet After All

The amount of sugar we consume daily has increased drastically over the last 30 years. Manufacturers add sugar as a cheap way to make foods tasty and desirable; so even if you avoid sweets, you can still easily exceed the recommended daily limits. That’s right! Even your salad dressing, soup and favorite dairy foods have probably been “enhanced” with added sugars.

We consume an estimated 33 tsp. of sugar daily (550 calories). That’s well over the 100-150 calorie recommendation by the American Heart Association (AHA). Eating too much sugar can cause...

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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: Seminole Casino - Women of Seminole Gaming
WIB Scholarship Sponsor: Larue Pest Management, Inc.
Hosted by: Keiser University
9100 Forum Corporate Way 
Fort Myers, FL 33905

Click Here to register.

Leadership NEXT
Date: 8/9/2016 
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

Hosted by: Lee County Emergency Management 
2675 Ortiz Ave 
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Networking Sponsor:
Pool Pros Inc.

Click Here to register.

Business Before Breakfast
Date: 8/11/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM 
Hosted by: IBERIABANK 
9101 College Pointe Court 
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Click Here to register.

Coffee Talk
Date: 8/24/2016 
Time: 7:30 AM TO 9:00 AM
Topic: Wage and Hour Compliance: What the New Rule Really Means for Florida Employers
Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Boy, Henderson, Franklin, Starner & Holt, P.A.
Hosted by: Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers
12600 University Drive 
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Click Here to register.

Business After Five
Date: 8/25/2016 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Artichoke & Company 
11920 Saradrienne Lane 
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Click Here to register.

To view all our events please click here

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