July 2018

Locavores Rejoice: Cape Coral's Farmers Markets Earn Delicious Recognition

Cape Coral's farmers markets recently landed the city in the Top 9 on a list of markets that are not to be missed, compiled by FloridaRentals.com. The Cape Coral Farmers Market, Surfside Sunshine Market and Cape Harbour Farmers Market feature fresh, local produce, fruits and take-home foods, baked goods, made-on-site guacamole, salsas, homemade jams and jellies, pickles and olive mixes, cheeses, and much more.

The farmers markets are coordinated by the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. To find out how to become a vendor or to learn more about each location and their seasonal hours of operation: Cape Coral Farmers Markets
Florida Enjoys Highest Credit Ratings

The "big three" rating agencies - Standard & Poor's (S&P), Moody's Investor Services and Fitch Group - have given Florida's General Obligation bond a AAA rating.

4th Wednesday BizChat

July 25
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral
360 Santa Barbara Blvd .

In partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center, informative BizChats are held each month from January through October and include a free light lunch with networking opportunities. This popular event has moved to the Kiwanis Hall of Cape Coral beginning this month because attendance outgrew the former location. In May, the event drew a record-breaking crowd of 106. Come early to get a seat at this popular event!

FSBDC Offers Free Guru Marketing Workshop

When: Monday, July 23
Where: Downtown Fort Myers Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers
Cost: Free

Learn new approaches to tackling the daunting task of several aspects of the marketing mix: how to write instant clarity headlines, create compelling offers and value statements, identify and mitigate competitive risks, establish marketing budgets, and how to put the pieces of the marketing puzzle together. " Guru Marketing - Tactical Tips to Make Your Business the Talk of the Town" will be held at the library's South Building.

The workshop is free, but please register for your space: Workshop Registration

Website Helps Florida Businesses Prepare for Natural Disasters

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the launch of a new website,  FloridaDisaster.biz , to help Florida businesses prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters. By providing critical information before, during and after a disaster, the website will help businesses recover and get Floridians back to work following emergencies.

Features of the new website include:
  • A disaster planning toolkit to help businesses prepare for hurricanes and other disasters;
  • Critical disaster updates from the State Emergency Operations Center to keep businesses informed during emergencies; and
  • A Business Damage Assessment Survey to help businesses get back up and running after an emergency
FloridaDisaster.biz  is a partnership between DEO and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Other partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce, Florida State University's Center for Disaster Risk Policy, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation, VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and others. DEO is the lead agency for the support of business, industry and economic stabilization during a statewide disaster.
Specht Honored With FSBDC Disaster Recovery Award
Suzanne Specht, assistant director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FSBDC at FGCU), received a Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Valor Award in June. The Valor Awards were presented to 10 Florida SBDC employees in recognition of their efforts to help small business following the storm. In addition to a medal and a monetary award courtesy of Florida First Capital Finance Corp. (FFCFC) and the FSBDC Foundation, Valor Award winners were presented a personalized letter of recognition from Gov. Rick Scott. Following the storm, Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan and Citrus Emergency Loan programs, which provided short-term, interest-free loans to eligible small businesses and citrus growers. The Florida SBDC network helped small businesses with applications and securing long-term recovery resources. In total, there were 828 Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans and 58 Citrus Emergency Loans totaling $34.8 million. 

New Cape Coral Businesses
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148  new businesses registered for Cape Coral Business Tax Receipts
in June 2018.
Click here to view new Cape Coral business reports. 
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