As our community moves towards re-opening businesses, we will all need to make changes to protect our employees and patrons. Any phased re-opening must be in accordance with sound public health decisions, and with proper safety protocols outlined by local and state health departments. We are working with Lee Health on what protocols you will need to open in a safe way – once received, we will share with you.
There are some things we already know will be needed and we look to you for input. Please let us know if you have access to the following, or know of a company that has the capability to create or do what is needed.
  • Plexi-glass/acrylic partitions (like we see at Publix check-out counters)

  • Floor tape and signage (for marking 6-foot increments and directing traffic)

  • Cleaning and disinfecting companies that can prepare and maintain businesses to recommended levels

  • Masks/face-coverings

  • Disposable gloves

Please call us at 239.332.2930 or send an email to Colleen@fortmyers.org or Linda@fortmyers.org .
It will be important to aggressively communicate your "safe to work" practices to your customers and the community. You will need to demonstrate that it is safe to work, safe to shop, and otherwise safe to do business once again - this will be key in the coming weeks and months.

Many of our member marketing firms are offering free consulting and special packages. Please visit the Business Resources section of our site - scroll down to Marketing - for details. Marketing companies: if your offerings have changed from what is on the Resources site, please use this form .
We will be sharing these resources with fellow Chambers and other community partners. Also our Resource.FortMyers.org website will be evolving to serve as a source for re-opening resources. Please continue to send updates about your business via this form .
The Chamber is hosting a virtual 5K on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 through May 25. There are a number of ways to participate, based on your choice of the definition of "virtual." 

VIRTUAL: adjective

1) temporarily simulated or extended by computer software
2) being such in power, force, or effect, though not actually or expressly such

Option 1: You sign-up and then walk, run, skip, gallop, or saunter for the equivalent of 5 kilometers/3.10686 miles while respecting social distancing guidelines. Then, share your journey with us through email and/or social media post. We're using the honor system!

Something to ponder: a mile is approximately 2,000 steps. If your refrigerator is 20 steps from your favorite chair, you'll need 175 trips to meet your 5K goal!

Option 2: No movement necessary. You sign-up and basically, do nothing - except feel good about helping us help our local businesses.

Whatever your definition is of "virtual" we hope you will sign-up for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Virtual 5K, sponsored by Pool Pros and Aqua Illusions. 

$20 to participate (free for kids 12 and under)
Registration includes a free t-shirt.
A follow-up survey of the FGCU Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI) Coronavirus Economic Impact Report is now available. Last month’s survey lead to this report in which FGCU established a benchmark of economic conditions in Southwest Florida for the last week of March. They plan on updating this benchmark for the last week of April, and then again in May and June. 

Please take a moment to complete the survey before May 4. Besides allowing them to assess the effects of the virus on our region over time, the survey will be an important part of applications from our area for state and federal relief efforts following this episode. Providing assessments such as the survey results will help us to be better prepared when these efforts get under way.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 at noon , Christin Collins will lead a discussion about what the current situation has taught us about ourselves and well-being. She will also share lessons of self-care to help guide us as we move forward.

Christin is the System Director of Health and Wellness for Lee Health. She is also the 2012 recipient of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business APEX Award.

There is no cost to participate, however we ask that you register to receive the link to participate.
On Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00PM, Women in Business will host a webinar with Jake Spanberger, President of Entech and Stephen Tracy, the company's Director of Managed Services. Jake and Stephen will discuss how to remain engaged while working remotely and will share tips on enhancing your cyber security at home.

After the presentation, Women in Business and Chamber leadership will share updates on the Committee and Chamber activities taking place in the next few months.

Entech is the leading IT Service Provider in Southwest Florida. Serving small to medium-sized businesses, the family-owned company began in 1998 when Jake’s partner and stepfather Martin Haas founded a computer education and repair business from a spare bedroom in his mother’s home. Jake accepted the offer to partner with him right after graduating college in 2000. Today, Entech employs over 35 people with offices in Bradenton and Fort Myers. 

This virtual event is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for future members.