The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter. 
August 3, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 APEX Award Recipients !
Samantha Scott
Pushing the Envelope
Barbara Dell
Dress for Success SWFL
 Join us on Saturday, September 30th at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa for the 12th Annual APEX Awards!

presented by:

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July Pinz & Pints @ HeadPinz

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July New Members

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(239) 471-2885
Thank You For Renewing!
Aeronautical Charters Inc 
Alliant Property Management, LLC
Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center
AXI International/ AXI Clean Fuel Tank
Barbee & Son, Inc., Realtors
BB&T - Oswald Trippe and Company
Ben Few & Company, Inc.
Birch Properties Florida
Bluebird Taxi & Yellow Cab
Breeze Newspapers
Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc.
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Connect Hearing
Coral Veterinary Clinic
Corbin Henderson Company Investment Real Estate
Crown Concierge
Dixie Buick GMC Truck, Inc.
D.R. Horton
Ecological Laboratories, Inc.
Edison Festival of Light, Inc.
Edison National Bank
Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Extraordinary Eventz
Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida
First Bank
Five County Insurance Agency, Inc.
Florida Repertory Theatre
Fort Myers Brewing Company
Fort Myers Christian School
Frantz EyeCare
Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A.
Green Mountain Enterprises of Florida LLC
Gulf Coast Humane Society, Inc.
Hagen Palen & Company, C.P.A.'s
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Hope HealthCare Services
Il Primo Pizza and Wings
J M Todd, Inc.
Knott Ebelini Hart
Lee County Medical Society, Inc.
Lee Health
Legacy Harbour Marina
Lehr's Economy Tackle, Inc.
Lott & Gaylor
Malt Realty & Development Co.
Miller, Helms & Folk, PA
Mothers Against Drunk Driving SWFL (MADD)
The News Press
One Blood
Opportunity Services Florida
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
Palm RV
Parker Mudgett Smith Architects
Preferred Community Bank
R & R Sprinkler and Landscape
The Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon
Renaissance School
Sam Galloway Ford, Inc.
Seminole Gulf Railway home of Florida's Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Six Bends Harley-Davidson
Sky Zone Ft Myers
Snead Eye Group
Southwest Florida Distributing, Publishing, Web Advertising
Special Equestrians, Inc.
Strayhorn and Persons PL
Suncoast Beverage Sales
Teuber Law PLLC
TowBoatUS Cape Coral
United Mechanical Inc.
Utilities Structures, Inc.
The Veranda
Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson, English, CPA's P.A.
Member Concierge Services
Committee Spotlight

Jeff Brown
Synovus Mortgage

Jeff has been a member of the chamber since 2011 and a Lee County resident since 1972.  Currently he serves on the board, chairs the MCS Committee and is a member of the Fishing Tournament and Education Committees.  Jeff is a Residential Mortgage Loan Originator with Synovus Mortgage.  With nearly 20 years of local mortgage lending experience, he has assisted many families achieve their goal of home ownership.  Synovus offers mortgages suited for the first time homeowner as well as assisting clients with needs up to $3,000,000.  Product offerings include Portfolio, Agency, FHA, and VA mortgages.  Up to 100% financing is available.   Whether your needs are for a purchase or a refinance, contact Jeff for a professional and efficient mortgage experience. 

Friday, October 20th
Annual Golf Classic
Presented by:
Pool Pros, Inc. and Larue Pest Management, Inc.

Please join us to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Fort Myers Country Club! Our Annual Chamber Golf Classic this year will have a double shot gun start! Foursomes are going fast! Sign up today!

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Christin Collins appointed Chair for Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida's Annual Mental Health Luncheon

Executive Director for Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida James Wineinger is pleased to announce that Christin Collins of Lee Health has signed on as the event chair for the organization's Annual Mental Health Luncheon. Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida will roll out its new "Faces of Hope" campaign at the luncheon, as well as feature a surprise...

July Leadership NEXT  

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The FutureMakers Coalition is a regional education initiative in Southwest Florida with a goal to transform the workforce by increasing the number of post-secondary degrees, certificates, and other high-quality credentials in Southwest Florida by 2025. 
They've created a survey to collect data about businesses in our region and their workforce, including what skills and education businesses need from employees, what types of business-education partnerships exist, and ways that businesses are looking to replenish their workforce from the numbers of skilled workers retiring.
Please consider completing the survey if you are a business owner, manager, or professional, or distribute the survey to your business organization contacts.  The survey is short - it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to complete, but should be completed no later than August 10th if possible.
This small investment of your time will help the entire region better align education and workforce so we can all grow and improve together.

July Women in Business

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Member Concierge Services
Committee Spotlight

Deb Govaker
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at The Bell Tower Shops

Deb has decades of experience in the hospitality industry. She just won't tell us how many. Past positions she's held include; Director of Sales for several different hotels in three different states and regional director, Chicago office, for both the Denver & Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

An import to Fort Myers, like so many others, she's currently a Sales Manager for Cooper Hotels which owns and operates the Crowne Plaza and Homewood Suites at Bell Tower Shops and the Hilton Garden Inn Airport & Homewood Suites Airport. She's responsible for booking group corporate, association and government business for all four properties.

She's passionate about people, Fort Myers and the Chamber which is why she enjoys serving on the Concierge Committee.

Congratulations on 10 Years of Business! 
Minaya Learning Global Solutions 
(239) 673-8281
The Good News Corner - Member News
Construction of Creative World School begins in Gateway 

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) has broken ground on a Creative World School in Gateway, located at 11961 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers.

Owners Amy and Chris O'Malley are excited to be opening their third Creative World School franchise in Gateway. The 13,000-square-foot school will be opening in...

MIROMAR OUTLETS voted best shopping mall in Southwest Florida

Miromar Outlets in Estero has been awarded the "Certificate of Excellence" for Best Factory Outlet Mall, Best Shopping Experience and Best Place to Buy Shoes in Southwest Florida by readers of The News-Press, at The News-Press 27th Annual Best...

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa Ranks No. 6 on Florida TREND'S Annual List of 100 Best Companies to Work for in Florida

Overall employee satisfaction as well as benefits including complimentary and discounted hotel rooms worldwide top the list of many reasons why the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa ranked No. 6 this year on Florida Trend...

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Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings 

Tuesday, August 15th at 4:30pm
American House Fort Myers
14001 Metro Parkway, 33912

Thursday, August 17th at 4:30pm
Vein Specialists
1510 Royal Palm Sq. Blvd. #101, 33919

Thursday, August 24th at 4:30pm
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank - Downtown
1533 Hendry Street, Suite 100, 33901
Upcoming Chamber Events

Women in Business
Date: 8/2/2017 
Time: 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM 
WIB Scholarship Sponsor: Create & Capture
WIB Non-Profit Spotlight: Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
Hosted by: Keiser University
9100 Forum Corporate Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33905

Leadership NEXT
Date: 8/8/2017 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Location:  Lee County Jail
2501 Ortiz Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33905
* Please bring a photo ID and guests are strongly encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeve and high-neck shirts, and closed toe shoes.

Business Before Breakfast
Date: 8/10/2017 
Time: 7:30AM TO 8:30AM
Location: Upper Cervical Health Centers
12651 McGregor Blvd., Ste #102
Fort Myers, FL 33919
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Small Business Breakfast
Date: 8/17/2017 
Time: 8:00 AM TO 9:30 AM
Location: Artichoke & Company
11920 Saradrienne Lane
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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Conversations & Cocktails - Chamber Sing Off
Date: 8/31/2017 
Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Hosted by: The Laboratory Theater of Florida
1634 Woodford Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901 

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