NOVEMBER 2018
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO
By Colleen DePasquale
I am happy to share that Linda Onorevole has joined the staff at Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce as Director of Operations. Previously, she was Managing Director of the Gulf Coast Symphony. Before relocating to Southwest Florida in 2014, she was Director of Development and Interim Executive Director at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in New Jersey.

Linda's experience also includes serving as Executive Director of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and Director of Marketing and Communications for the Jersey City Museum. She served on the boards of the South Orange Village Alliance (NJ), the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras (National), and the New Jersey Association of Museums. Linda is a multi-year grant panelist for the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and previously held the same role for the Essex County Local Arts Grants (NJ), and Westchester Arts Council (NY).

A professional musician, Linda is a lyric soprano who studied with countertenor Jeffrey Gall at Montclair State University, where she earned a B.A. in Music Education. She was a judge for the Young Artists Awards’ Classical Voice, Contemporary Voice, and Instrumental Music categories from 2011-2017, and adjudicator for the Alliance for the Arts’ “Angels of the Arts” Awards in 2011. She currently has a private studio in Cape Coral teaching voice, piano and music theory.
INTRODUCING THE BIZ IQ ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM
Biz IQ is based on the nationally recognized NxLeveL Guide To Growing Your Business Course, which is taught around the country and considered a college level course. It is a 10-week program for existing entrepreneurs. This highly successful model ensures that all students get the individualized help they need while also completing a professional business plan within a short but realistic time-frame. The course also helps students take advantage of new and emerging business opportunities.  A $500 grant will be awarded to the student who develops the best business plan during the course!

  • Curriculum includes NXLeveL Guide to Growing Your Business
  • Tuesday nights 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Weeks 2 through 10 have an added optional 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM optional study session with Instructor
  • Meet at Chamber, 2310 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • Start date: JANUARY 29, 2019
  • Application deadline: JANUARY 23, 2019
  • Bonus: 4-hours with experienced business mentor
  • Tuition - $250 including materials

Requirements
  1. Minimum years in business: 2-years*
  2. Read “E-Myth Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber before the first class

To register, or for more information, please contact Colleen DePasquale at 239.332-2930 ext 210, colleen@fortmyers.org.


*Those who have less than 2-years in business who are interested please contact Guido Minaya for other programs that may fit your needs.

IS YOUR BUSINESS ELIGIBLE FOR HURRICANE TAX CREDITS?
Our chamber partner, Synergi , will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, November 28 th at 11:00 AM and Wednesday, December 19 th at 11:00 AM on how your business can receive hurricane tax credits. If your business was disrupted in any way by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria, you may be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit. This credit is up to $2,400 for every employee retained after the hurricane!
Are you wondering if you might qualify for hurricane credits?  This will be addressed in the webinar, but in the meantime, here are a few questions to consider:

  • Was your business disrupted by a hurricane? 
  • Did your business lose power?
  • Could your employees get to work?
  • Were deliveries delayed?
  • Were your sales down?
  • Did you incur additional expenses?
  • Did your location close? 
 
You may be eligible to earn up to $2,400 for each employee!  President Trump signed $36.5 billion in federal disaster relief (H.R. 3823 Section 503) which allows eligible disrupted businesses to receive up to $2,400 for each employee retained after the hurricane made landfall. 
 
Synergi Partners is available to assist you with a free evaluation of available Federal Hurricane Relief Tax Credits. Fees only apply if Synergi Partners identifies credits for your business. Join Synergi Partners as they highlight the benefits your business can receive from the hurricane retention tax credits.

Please register for either webinar via the link below. After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to registrants.

SAVE THE DATE!
Mark your 2019 calendars for these popular Chamber events!

  • Twins & Pins: February 17, 2019
  • Chrysalis Awards: May 10, 2019
  • APEX Awards: August 17, 2019
  • Golf Tournament: October 18, 2019

For information about becoming an Event Sponsor, contact Katie Hanson, Event Coordinator at 239.332.2930 ext 211, katie@fortmyers.org.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Create and Capture focuses on creating the best photo booth experience in South West Florida – Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples and surrounding areas

Create and Capture is a perfect addition to any party or event! Stacie and Tina strive to turn each interaction into a long-lasting impression. Their state-of-the-art photo booth has everything you need to make your party or event one to remember. They can use an open-air style booth or a private fully enclosed booth, both of which allow group shots. There's plenty of space for people to let loose. You choose a gorgeous backdrop. 

The photo booth is a people magnet! It’s been called an entertainment centerpiece for a party that pays fun forward by allowing your guests to print, email, and share photos instantly. Create and Capture’s props and one-of-a-kind, and personalized templates will create a fun, memorable time. The only thing required is to press start for unlimited pictures at your event! Every single picture is saved online and every template is printed out on-the-spot.

Besides having the highest quality studio equipment, Create and Capture provides a whole entertainment experience. Stacie and Tina are always willing to suggest a hilarious pose idea, last minute prop exchange, and to keep everyone laughing.  
JOIN US FOR UPCOMING RIBBON-CUTTINGS!

Tuesday, November 6, 4:30PM: Lifeline Family Center (Cape Coral)

Tuesday, November 13, 4:30PM: Unique Pavers Design (Fort Myers)

Wednesday, November 14, 4:30PM: PeopleReady (Fort Myers)

Thursday, November 15, 4:30PM: Eva's Closet (Fort Myers)

Friday, November 16, 4:00PM: City2Shore Southern Palm Real Estate (Fort Myers)

Tuesday, November 27, 4:30PM: Hope Healthcare - Hope Chest (Fort Myers)
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 - 6:00 PM
$10 for Chamber Members
$20 for Future Members
Bell Tower Shops
(Bistro 41 patio)
13499 U.S. 41
Fort Myers
Wednesday, November 7
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$85 Per Person
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at the Bell Tower Shops
10041 University Plaza Drive
Fort Myers
Thursday, November 8
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
FREE Event
Sweet Berry Bowls
10041 University Plaza Drive
Fort Myers
Tuesday, November 13
5:15 - 7:00 PM
FREE for Chamber Members
$10 for Future Members
Gartner
12651 Gateway Blvd
Fort Myers
Leadership Graduation
Thursday, November 15
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
$25 Chamber Members
$35 Future Members
Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers

Tuesday, December 4
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$55 Chamber Members
$75 Future Members
Campo Felice
2500 Edwards Dr
Fort Myers
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
STEPHANIE WEGMAN

Stephanie Wegman is an outside Event and Sales Associate at HeadPinz in Fort Myers. She has worked for the company for almost 3 years. She has been a Personal Banker, and an Account Executive in the group health employee benefits field. She moved to paradise from Madison, Wisconsin 5 years ago. Her parents have owned in Fort Myers since 1989 and she spent many vacations in the Fort Myers area. She has 2 amazing daughters, Danielle, 26 and Lexi, 24 and both live in Madison. 

Stephanie is an avid Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay packer fan. She loves to golf, go to the beach, and read. She is a huge Song Writers Fest fan and considers the festival the best 10 days of the year in SWFL!! She is also the Membership Director for the SWFL Attractions Association and is passionate about promoting tourism and the amazing attractions in our area. Go #SWFLChallenge! 

Growing up, her parents owned bowling alleys and she bowled for the UW Wisconsin Madison bowling team. Now she sells fun! Let Stephanie know how she can help you plan an exciting team building, holiday event or social outing. You all work hard and need to play! She’ll do all the work so you and your team can have all of the fun!  
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