Retailers Assembly Set for June

Plus: an upcoming women's business summit, a national show will feature the Paradise Coast, a jobs growth report on Floridians with disabilities and more.



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Friday, Feb. 22

REALTOR ASSEMBLY SET FOR JUNE

Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, & Rudnick, LLP (WWMR) will host its third annual Realtor Assembly on June 13 at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples. This full-day educational opportunity for realtors will feature attorney speakers Michael Michetti, Josh Rudnick and Jay Caudill, offering several educational topics for realtors. Registration for the event will open on March 1 on Eventbrite.com. The event provides attendees with six continuing education units to use towards their real estate agent requirements. Visit www.lawfirmnaples.com for updates and more information.

Thursday, Feb. 21

WOMEN’S BUSINESS SUMMIT COMING SOON

The 2019 Southwest Florida Women’s Business Summit, organized by the Lee County Economic Development Office, will begin with registration and networking at 8 a.m. on March 1 at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. A presentation delivered by keynote speaker Mary Van Praag, brand president of Soma Intimates, will take place at 9:15 a.m. The event is intended to educate and elevate women in their careers through hands-on and motivational workshop sessions. To register and view the full schedule of events, visit www.LeeCoEDO.eventbrite.com. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate in this meeting, contact Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or jlaguardia@leegov.com.  Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

NATIONAL SHOW TO FEATURE PARADISE COAST

Florida’s Paradise Coast will be featured in an episode of the PBS series Samantha Brown’s Places to Love. The show airs nationally on PBS stations and will air locally at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday on WGCU. The show is the result of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau working with the travel expert and her production team during their visit to the destination in 2018.

WGCU is hosting a special sneak preview event featuring Samantha Brown (pictured left) in person at 6 p.m. on Thursday, at the Hyatt House in Naples. General admission is $90, and $130 includes a meet-and-greet with Brown following the screening. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

REPORT: FLORIDIANS WITH DISABILITIES EXPERIENCE TOP JOB GAINS

Floridians with disabilities experienced the biggest jobs gains of any state in 2018, with 23,953 people with disabilities entering the workforce, according to The Disability Statistics Compendium, released by Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire and analyzed by RespectAbility. The employment rate for people ages 18 to 64 with disabilities has risen to 37 percent in the U.S., the report also shows, compared with 77.2 percent for people without disabilities. For the full 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, click here.

Monday, Feb. 18

CHARLOTTE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS UP IN DECEMBER

Charlotte County Tourist Development Tax revenues collected during December 2018 totaled $323, 076. This reflects a 2.12 percent increase over December 2017 collections of $316, 367. Occupancy—a percentage based on the total number of rooms occupied—was down 10 percent for the same timeframe. However, Charlotte County welcomed new accommodations in 2018, which resulted in a 14 percent increase in the hotel rooms surveyed. For more information, visit PureFlorida.com.

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