This week I am not sharing an article, but rather a list from The Balance Careers website on The 9 Best Leadership Books of 2020.

I did some homework and all of these books are available through the Lee County Library System.

The Lee Board of County Commissioners recently approved additional assistance programs to help Lee County residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Utilities Assistance Program will pay up to $1,000 in water/sewage and electric bills for eligible households during each round. Eligible households must have lost jobs, been furloughed or experienced a reduction of income after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will consist of three rounds of applications: 

Round 1: October 19 - 30, 2020 
Round 2: November 2 - 27, 2020 
Round 3: November 30 - December 11, 2020 
Visit to review eligibility requirements and apply today.  
The Lee County Horizon Council Industry Appreciation Awards have been postponed from 2020 to 2nd quarter 2021. I will share more information as it comes in.  

The University of South Florida School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is offering a free certificate program to help hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the post-pandemic environment.

The program, consisting of seven classes and called the Post-Crisis Hospitality Management Certificate program, will be held online and comes with a certificate upon completion. The classes are set to run Nov. 2 through Dec. 18. Visit the M3 Center to register and learn more.

The program will explore such topics as marketing, human resources management, technology management, hospitality law and contracts, financial management and hospitality operations in an effort to answer such questions as:

  • How can I restore demand and drive revenue?
  • How can I develop new “off-the-beaten-path” opportunities?
  • Technology in hospitality: Can it become a savior?
  • Legal challenges: What to look for?
  • How to deal with remote workers, low employee morale and digital exhaustion?
  • How to optimize operations to be prepared for similar crises in the future?

The sessions are intended for anyone working in the hospitality industry, including hospitality professionals who lost their jobs and are looking to add new skills, mid- and senior-level professionals who want to prepare for a successful “reopening” of the economy, team leaders who want to become more effective, junior employees who want to position themselves as leaders, and entrepreneurs and small business owners who want a fresh perspective toward managing their businesses.

To register for the class visit the registration page.
Many of you joined us for our “Business as UnUsual 5K” earlier this year and Lee Health has taken their annual 5k virtual as well. The Lee Health Fifth Annual Inspiring Health 5K will raise funds for COVID relief while maintaining their commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. Here is how it works:

Step 1. Register to run/walk the virtual 5k, and invite your friends to join! 

Step 2. Pick up your race packet and t-shirt at multiple locations throughout Lee County. If you would prefer your t-shirt and packet can be shipped to you for a fixed $7.50 fee. 

Step 3. Run/walk the distance on your own between the race dates of Wednesday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 10 on a course of your choosing and then submit your time at Post a picture of your run to Facebook or Instagram using #LeeHealthStrong and #InspiringHealth 

All those who post their race results to and post a race photo to Facebook or Instagram tagged with #LeeHealthStrong and #InspiringHealth will be entered into a raffle for race prizes! 

Click here to register! Registration includes t-shirt and medal. Call 239-468-0050 for more information. 
This week Linda and I have been participating in the Florida Chamber Foundation's virtual "2020 Future of Florida Forum.” The topics were endless, but a quick share is from the Florida SBDC, the results from a survey on The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Florida’s Small Businesses can be found here.

Have a great weekend.