Gulfshore Business Daily: Feb. 19-23 Weekly Roundup

Acquisitions, profit reports, and event details led this week’s news.

Need to catch up on business news in Southwest Florida? No problem, here are the top stories of the week pulled from our daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily.

Friday, Feb. 23

Public Forum to Address ‘Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society’

Join WGCU Public Media and Gulfshore Life magazine for a discussion of “Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society” at 6:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center on the FGCU Campus. In an effort to encourage Southwest Floridians to continue thinking about the issues raised in a special Gulfshore Life report, the magazine partnered with  WGCU Public Media and the FGCU Philosophy and Journalism Departments to continue this conversation. The public forum will feature author, speaker, and philosopher Christopher Phillips, who will give attendees some useful tools to help navigate controversial and challenging conversations. Phillips is the founder of Socrates Cafe, informal gatherings in which people come together to exchange ideas and experiences in the hopes of broadening their perspectives. Be sure to bring a smartphone for anonymous interactive polling. The event is free but reservations are required. Seating is limited. RSVP here.

Thursday, Feb. 22

NeoGenomics Posts Q4 Profit

Fort Myers-based NeoGenomics reported fourth-quarter earnings of $5 million compared with a net loss of $6.2 million in the prior year's fourth quarter. Included in this year's results was a one-time $3.1 million gain in connection with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law in December. For 2017, the company reported a loss of $846,000, compared with a loss of $5.7 million for 2016. Clinical genetic testing volume increased 18.7 percent in Q4 and 16.7 percent for the year.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

FPRA Calls for Image Award Entries

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is calling for entries in its local Image Awards competition. The chapter’s annual awards program highlights outstanding work completed over the past year by communications, public relations and marketing professionals and is open to both FPRA members and non-members alike, including students. The Image Awards are recognized as the hallmark of excellence in public relations and set the standard for the very best examples of innovation, planning, and design. To qualify for judging, an entry must incorporate sound public relations research and planning. Entries must meet the highest standard of production, execution, and evaluation of results and budget. The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. on March 1. For more information, click here. A ceremony announcing the winners will be held from 6-8 p.m. on April 19 at the iMAG History and Science Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

VenturePitch Deadline Extended

Organizers of VenturePitch SWFL have extended the deadline until March 2 for entrepreneurs to submit a plan to pitch their companies at the Shark Tank-style event, held from 5-8 p.m. on April 12 at Babcock Ranch. SCORE and the Florida Small Business Development Center will serve as the screening committee and select the 10 semi-finalists to pitch from Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, Lee, and Sarasota counties. A final selection committee will interview the 10 semi-finalists to determine the final four who will be invited to pitch at the April 12 event. Up to $25,000 in equity investment will be available for each of the top two winners. To be considered, companies must be in the pre-revenue stage or within the first few months of producing revenues, must be in business less than two years, have a scalable business model, and have not already raised more than $1 million. For more information and to submit a plan, visit the VenturePitch SWFL website

Monday, Feb. 19

CONRIC PR Acquires Fuller Online Solutions

CONRIC PR & Marketing has acquired Fuller Online Solutions as part of its strategic plan to expand its comprehensive digital online marketing and website development services. The founder of Fuller Online Solutions, Javier Fuller, has been appointed CONRIC’s vice president of web development. In his role, Fuller will lead CONRIC’s digital marketing team to oversee strategic planning and implementation of all website design, development and coding, search engine optimization, email marketing, blogging and social media for CONRIC’s growing clientele. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from California State University, Northridge and studied for a Master of Science degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He’s worked for Silicon Valley companies like Apple and Adobe Systems, and he’s a certified speaker and business partner with Constant Contact.

Don’t wait until the end of the week to find out what’s happening in Southwest Florida. Sign up for our free daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily, to stay connected.