By Eve Kosciuszko, attorney for Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz
Preparing for a hurricane should begin well before you are in a storm’s path. While hurricane season is from June to November, peak storm time runs from August to late October.

Hurricanes pose serious threat of damage to property. Dealing with issues after an event pose many financial, logistical and psychological challenges such as fighting with your insurance company over fair compensation for your damaged property. A well-prepared owner can help reduce stress and speed claims processing.

Well in advance of a predicted storm, it’s important to review and make sure your property insurance policy is robust enough to fully repair or rebuild in the event of a claim. It’s important to understand what your insurance covers and what it doesn’t. Be sure to review the policy thoroughly and ask questions of your insurance agent, so you can make changes prior to a storm. Keep your policy in a secure place before and after the storm.

After the storm, it’s critical to thoroughly document your damage. At the very first opportunity, start photographing or videotaping every square inch of your property inside and out. Don’t forget the roof! Photograph damage large and seemingly insignificant to your property as well as in and around your property. Missing roof tiles or branches may later be found to have damaged your building.
After you have documented the post-storm damage, it’s your duty to do what you can to prevent additional damage to your property.

A & J Painting Fort Myers & Renovations is a small family business with 20 years of experience in the painting industry. They serve cities throughout Southwest Florida, offer free estimates and free quoting.

A & J Painting is Andrea Jeria and Jose Pennisi. Jose has over 20 years of experience as a professional painter, is detail oriented, meticulous, very fast, and reliable. He has a passion for his profession, and welcomes new projects with the opportunity to contribute new ideas for the client. Andrea always loved the transformation that can be done in a home. When she painted her home for the first time, she realized that she wanted to do that for other people, and became a contractor.
A & J Painting & Renovations offers the following services:

  • Interior and exterior residential and commercial painting
  • Resurfacing boat decks, garage floors and driveways
  • Wallpaper removal
  • Pressure washing
  • Drywall repair
  • Popcorn ceiling removal
  • Kitchen cabinet resurfacing

Their team is highly trained in the use of heavy equipment and securing the work site with extreme caution for the safety of people and pets. After the job is finished customers can feel confident to call them at any time for any upgrade or any touch-ups that are needed. They are fully insured and licensed.

(239) 810-0825
Join us on Wednesday, September 2 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM for a fun mix of networking and playing virtual Bingo to raise funds for Women in Business scholarships! Scholarships are awarded annually to non-traditional students from FGCU, FSW and Hodges University.
Here's how it works - we'll play one round of Bingo then move to Zoom breakout rooms to spend some time networking. You'll have the chance to catch up with old friends and make some new! Then we'll reconvene to start Game 2 and follow that with another breakout with different people. Lastly, we'll play Game 3. These three games will be played during the approximately two-hour event. The third game will have multiple chances to win. BINGO cards are limited so guests are encouraged to register early. 
Registration is $15 for and includes one card to play in each of three games. Additional cards are $5 per game.
Prizes include:

Thank you to the companies and individuals who have donated prizes for this fundraising event to benefit Women in Business scholarships!
Sponsorships are available for $150 each and will provide two 10-minute sessions to lead break-out networking rooms! Interested in sponsoring? Call 239-332-2930 or email
Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will present Rose Fuller, Director of FGCU's Career Development Services and Janeth Castrejon, Communications Manager for CareerSource SWFL, who offer tips and resources available for reinventing your career path to stay marketable. The virtual program, which takes place on Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00PM, is free for Chamber members and $5 for future members. Registration is required for access to this online event. 
Attendees of Leadership NEXT represent a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida. Sessions take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and offer opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers. Leadership NEXT’s annual sponsor is the FGCU Alumni Association.