The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter. 
January 10, 2018
Accepting Nominations NOW -- Deadline extended until 
Friday, January 19th!

Categories include Business Development, Cultural Achievement , Sales & Marketing, and more! 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) are proud to announce the ninth annual Chrysalis Awards - a Celebration of Business & Tourism presented by: 

Thursday, April 19, 2018 
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
5951 Silver King Blvd, Cape Coral, Fl. 33914
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Don't miss our first Beer Dinner! This circus-themed event will feature a variety of beers from Sarasota's Big Top Brewing, a fun welcome reception, a hearty dinner, and lots more!

Thanks to Suncoast Beverage Sales, Big Top Brewing and
the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops

Wednesday, Jan. 31st
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops

$75 for Chamber Members, $95 for Future Chamber Members

Nominations NOW being accepted
The 13th Annual Apex Awards 

The 2018  Women In Business Apex Awards will be held on 
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. Please join us as we celebrate our 13th year as we honor outstanding women in our community.

The APEX Awards recognize outstanding individuals in our community who are members of the chamber and excel in the areas of professionalism, philanthropy, and leadership. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  
For more information on how you can participate in this exciting event, please contact Stephanie Davis
239-332-2930, ect. 213 or

The 2018 Apex Awards will be hosted by Rachel Pierce of NBC-2

November New Members

Shout out to the 2017 News-Press People of the Year Finalists!
We're so thrilled to see so many community leaders associated with the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce recognized by the News-Press as People of the Year finalists! They include, for Person of the Year, Apex Award recipient Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, and Bob Cacioppo of Florida Repertory Theatre; Trailblazer nominee Marc Collins, Saluscare Board Member; Hero of the Year, Angela Melvin of Valerie's House, and Young Professional of the Year, Chamber Board Member and Leadership NEXT Chair, Melissa Vogt of the Broadway Palm! 
Thank You For Renewing!
Bock Healing Center
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
Brodeur Carvell Fine Apparel
Cancer Alliance of Naples
Casa Ybel Resort
CONRIC PR and Marketing
Creel Tractor Company
HBKS Wealth Advisors
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers
Independent Physicians Association of Lee County
Keiser University
Larue Pest Management, Inc.
Personal Touch Landscaping
Port Sanibel Marina
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sunshine Workforce
Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings
December Leadership NEXT at Society 

The December holiday social at Society was a huge success with lots of new faces, plus in the spirit of holiday giving, a truck load of toys was collected and donated to  Golisano Children's Hospital! 
Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Follow Leadership NEXT on Facebook to learn more about upcoming programs and events!

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Join us for our first General Membership Luncheon of the year at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. We'll feature a panel of Young Professionals and focus questions on how to attract and retain them in the workplace. 

Thursday, January 18
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center 
9931 Interstate Commerce Dr.

$25 for Chamber Members, $35 for Future Chamber Members

January Business Before Breakfast is Tomorrow!

Join us for our first Business Before Breakfast of 2018 at our offices in beautiful downtown Fort Myers! Enjoy light refreshments while networking and be sure to bring plenty of business cards. This event is free for all Chamber Members and Future Chamber Members. The "Member of the Month" will be randomly drawn from Chamber members business cards submitted at this event.

Thursday, Jan. 11th
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
2310 Edwards Dr., Fort Myers

Conversations & Cocktails at Blue Moon Pizza!

Join us for a fun and tasty networking event at Blue Moon Pizza! Come ready to connect in conversations and bring plenty of business cards. Light appetizers and a beverage will also be provided! Just $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for Future Chamber Member

Thursday, Jan. 25th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
7381 College Pkwy., Fort Myers

Twins & Pinz

Sunday, February 18 from 4 - 7 P.M
Head Pinz Entertainment Center

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. supports and assists the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to enhance education at a variety of levels in our community. The Foundation, founded in 2004, has supported the chamber's education guiding directive in a variety of ways such as providing scholarships for college students, grants to educators and educational institutions, supporting educational programs, supporting seminars and workshops of interest for the benefit of the business community and providing recognition for outstanding educators and students
Throughout the history of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber's Foundation, we have raised for the benefit of educational institutions and programs, our community and local students over $600,000.

Twins & Pins Tournament Opportunities 

Presenting Sponsor-$2,500
Presenting Sponsor includes15 playing spots (3 teams), 15 admission tickets, Priority selection of Twins teammates, Bowling pin signed by Twins participant, Company logo displayed on digital screen at event and on all PR materials, $10 HeadPinz Game Card (1 each)

Alley Sponsor-$1,500
Alley Sponsor includes 10 playing spots, 10 admission tickets, Company logo displayed on digital screen at event and on all PR materials, Bowling pin signed by Twins participant,  $10 HeadPinz Game Card (1 each)

Corporate Team Entry-$700
Corporate Team Entry includes 5 playing spots, 5 admission tickets, Company Logo displayed on lane, Bowling  pin signed by Twins participant, $10 HeadPinz Game Card (1 each)

Regular Team Entry - $500
Regular Team Entry includes 5 playing spots, 5 admission tickets,  $10 HeadPinz Game Card (1 each)

Individual Player Entry-$125
Individual Entry includes 1 playing spot, $10 HeadPinz Game Card

P.S. Get creative and have FUN!

For more information, please contact Stephanie Davis, Director of Events & Marketing  at 239-332-2930  Ext. 213 or

Celebrity pairings are made based upon level of sponsorship and at the discretion of tournament organizers. Every effort will be made to ensure each team includes a celebrity but no guarantee of celebrity participation is made or implied.

The Good News Corner - Member News
"Crimes of the Heart" Now Playing at Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents "Crimes of the Heart," by Beth Henley from January 5th - January 21st. The tragicomedy tells the story of the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The sisters were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments. Each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with Babe's latest incident. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed. The play won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. "Crimes of the Heart" runs from January 5th to January 21st at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Remaining performance dates are as follows: January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm January 14, 21 at 2 pm. 


This Saturday, Jan. 13th, craft beer, live music, and more comes to downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, January 13th for the Third Annual Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Festival! Sample over 80 craft beers while enjoying music from Problem Kids, Of Good Nature, and Jukebox the Ghost. Plus, purchase a variety of eats from local food trucks! The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is hosting this event which will be held at Centennial Park, downtown Fort Myers.

Christopher L. Pope Joins Pavese Law Firm 

Attorney Christopher L. Pope has been named a partner at Pavese Law Firm. Pope concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, condominium and homeowners' association law and construction law. Prior to practicing law, Pope worked as an area construction manager for a national home builder, where he oversaw the new construction of hundreds of homes. He has also managed condominium rehabilitations, underground utility installations and site work. 

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November Ribbon-Cuttings
Planet Fitness

Congratulations to Planet Fitness at  3853 Cleveland Ave.on their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting! With state-of-the-art equipment and an expert staff, Planet Fitness is a great way to kick off 2018...

New York Life

Welcome to New York Life! They hosted a fun ribbon-cutting last month at the Crowne Plaza while their offices are in development -- congratulations!

Please Join Us For These Upcoming Ribbon-Cuttings

Thursday, January 11th

4:30 PM
Bell Tower Shops

Wednesday, January 17

11:00 AM
Patinella's Chicken Grill Gulf Coast, LLC
3398 Forum Blvd., Unit 101

Wednesday, January 24th 

8:00 AM
Healthy Life Center at the Wellness Center -- Cape Coral 
Wellness Center, Cape Coral Hospital

Upcoming Chamber Events

Business Before Breakfast
Date: 1/11/18
Time: 7:30 A.M. - 8:30 AM.. 
Location: Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
2310 Edwards Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Register Now

General Membership Luncheon & Young Professionals Panel
Date: 1/18/18
Time: 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Location: Holiday Inn Airport at Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Register Now

Conversations & Cocktails 
Date: 1/25/18
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Blue Moon Pizza
7381 College Pkwy.
Fort Myers, FL. 33907

Brews Under The Big Top
Date: 1/31/18
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops
13051 Bell Tower Dr.
Fort Myers, FL. 33907

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