As the nation readies for the November election, Leadership NEXT will provide insight into the world of politics at tonight's (October 13) virtual program. Attendees will hear from a panel of young professionals in the community about their experiences in running for political offices and working on political campaigns. Speakers include Bryan Blackwell, Jenna Persons and Elaine Sarlo. The program will be moderated by Chris Lopez, regional manager of external affairs for TECO Peoples Gas.

Blackwell is a managing partner of Molloy Financial Group, a financial planning practice of Raymond James. Most recently, Blackwell ran for the Florida House of Representatives for District 77. Persons is the Republican nominee for the Florida House of Representatives for District 78 and partner of Strayhorn & Persons law firm. Sarlo is the director of public affairs for TM Strategic Consulting, a Fort Myers-based political consulting firm running campaigns across Southwest Florida.

This event is free for Chamber members and $5 for future members and begins at 5:00PM. Registration is required for access to this online event.

FGCU Alumni Association is the annual sponsor of Leadership NEXT.
October is National Breast Health Awareness month, which means there’s a lot of talk about the importance of getting regular mammograms. And for good reason! An annual mammogram is widely known as the best way to detect breast cancer early, when women have the most treatment options and better chances of a favorable prognosis.
But not all mammograms are the same. There are two different primary types - screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms - and some important differences between the two. Read on to learn how both exams are vital to saving lives.
Screening mammogram
Diana McEnerney, director of the Lee Health Breast Centers, says that a screening mammogram looks for signs in women who don’t have any problems, and a diagnostic mammogram checks the breast if there have been changes or problems detected.

“A screening mammogram is the most effective screening tool to find breast cancer in most women because the exam can detect masses and calcifications before you or your doctor can feel them,” McEnerney says. “The exam is done yearly in women who have no breast symptoms or changes in their breast exam. All our outpatient breast imaging locations offer the latest screening technology, including 3D mammography screens.”

Experts recommend annual screening mammograms for women who are 40 years or older or for younger women with specific risk factors. Women don’t have to have any signs or symptoms of a breast abnormality in order to receive a screening.

McEnerney says that a 3D screening mammogram is a woman’s best tool for detecting any changes in breast tissue.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, published a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act. 

Join the South Florida District Office on the webinars below as they explore the next steps in the PPP process. Eventbrite access is required to register for the events.
Tuesday, October 13, 1pm – 2pm; Register for Tuesday
Wednesday, October 14, 1pm – 2pm; Register for Wednesday
Thursday, October 15, 1pm – 2pm; Register for Thursday


Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

We have seen an amazing amount of renewals between September 1 through October 12. We are very grateful to our Members for their continued commitment to the Chamber!
For several years, the Horizon Council and Florida Gulf Coast University have combined resources to conduct quarterly surveys gauging Lee County’s business environment and outlook. The resulting Executive Business Climate Survey (EBCS) highlights the concerns and opinions of Lee County business owners and executives regarding the local economy and expectations about the future.

Taking the survey typically takes less than five minutes and your responses will be kept confidential, with only aggregate summaries being reported. Besides the standard recurring questions that we track over time, this particular survey includes questions regarding diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Research has shown that the survey results provide valuable insights into our region’s economy and the thoughts and concerns of those who drive it. To thank you for your participation, an electronic version of the final 4th quarter 2020 report will be sent to all of those who complete the survey. The survey closes October 27th.