Gulfshore Business Daily: February 12

Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.'s Q4 income report, Florida DEO to provide workforce training grants, Hodges recognized for military friendliness and more.



BEASLEY PROFITS DROP IN Q4, YEAR

Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. (BBGI) has released operating results for the three-month and 12-month periods ended Dec. 31. The company reported a fourth-quarter net income of $2.1 million, down from a net income of $69.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Net income from the 12-month period was $6.5 million, down from $87.1 million the year prior. The decline in 2018 fourth-quarter net income primarily reflects the lower operating income during the period and a $62.2 million year-over-year net increase in income tax expense, a press release states. The company recorded a $59.7 million deferred income tax benefit in the 2017 fourth quarter due to a reduction in the federal tax rate following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and a revaluation of deferred tax assets and liabilities using the new rate. 

FLORIDA DEO TO PROVIDE $1.5 MILLION IN WORKFORCE TRAINING

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will award $1.5 million in workforce training grants to eligible Floridians through the Everglades Training Program. Created and funded by the Florida Legislature and administered by DEO, the Everglades Training Program is designed to meet the changing workforce needs of the Everglades region.

This program allows eligible schools and businesses to deliver nonagricultural occupational training to Floridians in Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties. The deadline to apply for tuition and employer-based grants is Feb. 18. To apply, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/EvergladesTrainingProgram.

HODGES NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL

Hodges University has once again been named a Military Friendly school. The university earned the highest rank—gold—for this distinction. Of the more than 8,800 schools considered nationwide, 766 earned this designation. Hodges University is one of only two schools that earned the gold rank in the state of Florida.

Hodges University has the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center on both its Naples and Fort Myers campuses. It’s a place where veteran students can get answers to education questions and referrals to community resources. The university also offers Veterans Administration work-study positions, ongoing events, and priority parking on both campuses. To earn the Military Friendly designation, a school must meet or exceed a set of criteria in the areas of student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence, and loan default rates for all students, especially student veterans. 

 BOULAY, ANSPACH MERGE

Boulay, a regional CPA firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Naples, has merged with Anspach & Associates PLLC, effective Nov. 30. The merged entity will be known as Boulay and will continue to operate at 9105 Strada Place, Suite 3201, in Naples. The combined firms will have 33 partners and more than 150 employees serving high net worth clients and businesses in manufacturing, distribution, retail, professional services, construction, and real estate industries.

The merger is part of Boulay’s revenue growth strategy to become a Top 100 Accounting Firm offering exceptional client service and helping enhance employee opportunities for growth at all levels, a press release states.


Courtney Jolly Goff, Scott Frazier, Cindi Withorn, Catherine Bergerson, Sara Dewberry, Kaydee Tuff, Pam Fultz, Madeline Young, Russell Tuff, Julie Pedretti, Mayor Bill. Not shown: Niccole Howard, Margie Hapke, Karen Platt, Donna Heiser

GULF COAST PRSA APPOINTS 2019 BOARD

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) installed its 2019 board members at a ceremony officiated by Naples Mayor Bill Barnett. They are: president Julie Pedretti, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation; president-elect Catherine Bergerson; Conservancy of Southwest Florida; immediate past president: Niccole Howard, Collier County Childcare Resources, secretary Sara Dewberry, Kudzu Kreative; treasurer Scott Frazier, Collier County Public Schools; APR chair Karen Platt, PR consultant; communications chair Kaydee Tuff; Shelter for Abused Women & Children; communications vice chair/social media Madeline Young, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce; diversity and inclusion chair Pam Fultz, Vi at Bentley Village; ethics chair Donna Heiser, Ave Maria Law School; membership chair Courtney Jolly Goff, Naples Zoo; PR chair Margie Hapke, Collier County Government; PRSA national delegate Russell Tuff, Social-Impact; and program chair Cindi Withorn, Community Foundation of Collier County.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF COLLIER COUNTY ADDS BOARD MEMBERS

Literacy Volunteers of Collier County has appointed three new members to its board of directors. They are: Allyson Rae, chief meteorologist for NBC2; Christian Spitz, retired corporate CFO; and Linda Tesauro, retired not-for-profit executive.

Together, they help guide the 501(C) organization in fulfilling and expanding its mission. Literacy Volunteers of Collier County provides tutoring in English literacy skills to individuals and families throughout the county. For further information, contact Christopher Nind at cnind@collierliteracy.org.

HOME OFFICE ORGANIZATION LECTURE SET

Naples’ PREMIER Professional Organizer and Naples Daily News “Get Organized” columnist Marla Ottenstein will present a class on how to organize your home office from 5-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Naples campus of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy. The class is designed to help small-business owners who work out of their homes and non-working individuals create an efficient and effective at-home office.

The lecture also includes a question-and-answer discussion and may explore other topics such as credit card consolidation, creating a system for organizing passwords and more. To register for the event, visit http://registerra.asapconnected.com/ or call (239) 434-4737. The cost to attend is $20 for Renaissance Academy members and $25 for nonmembers.

CHARITABLE NOTES

The Dazzling World of Travel to benefit The Immokalee Foundation scholarship fund

All proceeds from The Dazzling World of Travel event, presented Preferred Travel of Naples and 50 of their luxury travel partners, will benefit The Immokalee Foundation’s new Travel Scholarship Fund.

While most Immokalee Foundation students receive scholarships to colleges in Florida, many receive full scholarships to out-of-state schools far away from their hometown. The new travel scholarship fund is a source to help these students with expenses related to enrolling in a faraway school, such as travel home for Christmas or warm winter clothing for the cold northern winters they experience for the first time.

The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Club Pelican Bay and is by invitation only. For more details, call (239) 261-1177 or visit www.preferrednaples.com.

NAMIWalks kickoff upcoming

NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties is hosting a community rally to announce the NAMIWalks Southwest Florida season and promote awareness of mental illness treatment and recovery. The first-ever NAMIWalks Rally will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 at Whole Foods Market in Fort Myers. The event will feature refreshments, activities and information about NAMI and the upcoming NAMIWalks Southwest Florida. Participants will need to register and RSVP for the rally. The 2019 NAMIWalks in Lee County takes place on Sept. 28 in downtown Fort Myers For more information on the NAMIWalks kickoff event, visit https://namilee.org/namiwalks-rally/.

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