March 2017 News & Notes

Everyone needs a purpose outside of work, and whether that purpose is helping walk dogs at a humane society or playing soccer with friends, we want to help area employees connect with things they are passionate about!

That’s why the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council is working together with our region’s largest employers to host The Great Big Community Involvement Fair. The Fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 26 at the SWFL Performing Arts Center, and it is free to attend. It will act as a humongous showcase of the area’s sports organizations, volunteer opportunities, cultural clubs and more. The goal of this great big event? To help employees make Southwest Florida a home, not just a workplace. READ MORE

Tiffany Esposito, MBA, IOM, APR
Executive Director
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Department of Economic Opportunity reports January job numbers
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Department of Economic Opportunity
Did you know that Florida creates jobs at twice the rate of the United States? How about that Florida added 51,000 private-sector jobs in January? Check out the latest numbers from the Department of Economic Opportunity here.
Bonita Springs High School celebrates groundbreaking
Lee County School Board members, elected officials, and a crowd of more than 60 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Bonita Springs High School. Plans for the 76-acre campus will feature a "wetland classroom," greenhouse and solar farm. Academically, the BSHS Bull Sharks will have the opportunity to get involved with the Air Force Junior ROTC, a collegiate academy with Florida Gulf Coast University and one of six career and technical education programs. Read more here.
Florida's economy ranked No. 7 in the nation
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Florida's economy to be lucky No. 7 in the United States.

The ranking was decided based on a variety of economic factors, including:

  • GDP Growth (2.7 percent, annually) 
  • Job growth (3 percent) 
  • Entrepreneurship, or the "business birth rate" (3.8 percent) 

Read more here.

Where can you receive small business advice?

If you’ve started a small business in Southwest Florida, you may be at the point at which you need a little guidance to keep operations running smoothly. However, there are several consulting companies that will charge you for their advice. Instead of shelling out big dollars to improve your business, why not seek out the help of local small business groups located right in Southwest Florida who will help you for free? Read on to learn where you can find these places (they do exist!).


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