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Gulfshore Business magazine’s Best of Business readers’ poll is now in its seventh year. And once again, enthusiastic participation turned out more than 6,000 unique votes cast for hundreds of businesses. Online polling was conducted at, where respondents were required to provide a name and an email address so that people could cast only one vote. The winners in each category are listed as well as the immediate runners-up (in alphabetical order).

— Compiled by Phil Borchmann and Justin Paprocki




Best Accounting Firm

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.

With offices in Fort Myers and Naples, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., offers a range of services including individual and business tax planning and preparation, litigation support, forensic accounting and human resources consulting.


Stroemer and Co.

Wiltshire Whitley


Javed Kapadia—State Farm Insurance [PHOTO: Brian Tietz]

Best Insurance Brokerage Company

Javed Kapadia—State Farm Insurance

The Javed Kapadia Agency in Naples has received numerous company awards, including the Silver Club, Bronze Tablet, Honor Club and the Ambassador Club. In 2007, the office was ranked as among the top new agencies in the country. Kapadia’s career at State Farm started in 1997 as a summer intern in Bloomington, Illinois. Finalists Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, LLC Private Client Insurance


Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, LLC

Private Client Insurance


Best Regional Bank


IBERIABANK’s Southwest Florida locations are among 191 branch offices in several states. The banking operation is a subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corp. based in Louisiana.


BB&T Bank

Fifth Third Bank


Best Community Bank

First Florida Integrity Bank

First Florida Integrity Bank has seven full-service offices, with $1.5 billion in assets as of Dec. 31. Headquartered in Naples, it was founded in 2009 by banking veterans Gary Tice and Garrett Richter.


Edison National Bank

FineMark National Bank & Trust


Best Financial Advisory Firm

Investors Security Trust

The independent wealth management company based in Fort Myers includes legal, investment, financial planning, and trust and estate planning professionals.


Advanced Wealth Advisors

Touchstone Wealth Partners



Best Caterer

Crave Culinaire

Crave Culinaire specializes in creating an exclusive culinary experience through in-home dining, private and public events, cooking classes, customized catering, food and wine pairings. The Naples-based business is also paired with the customizable space of Venue Naples.


Artichoke & Co.

Black Salt Culinary


Best Independently Owned Restaurant

Artisan Eatery

The Fort Myers restaurant features a made-from-scratch menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think flatbreads, paninis, salads and the like.


El Gaucho Inca

Matanzas on the Bay


Best Power Lunch

El Gaucho Inca

This Fort Myers restaurant specializes in traditional Argentinian and Peruvian delicacies—and some Italian favorites.


Artisan Eatery



Scott Saxon, general manager—Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall [PHOTO: Brian Tietz]


Best Entertainment Venue

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

The 1,874-seat theater on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State University features year-round performances, including nationally touring Broadway musicals.



Dave & Buster’s


Kyle Cebull, founder—Millennial Brewing Co. [PHOTO: Brian Tietz]


Best After-Work Gathering Spot

Millennial Brewing

Millennial Brewing is a microbrewery located in Downtown Fort Myers and established in 2016 by two millennials hoping to escape the regular 9-5. Millennial Brewing seeks to provide a comfortable environment where both the novice and beer enthusiast can have a great time, while learning more about craft beer.


Bell Tower Shops




Best Jeweler

Bigham Jewelers

The Naples-based jeweler is one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the country. Fun fact: The Bigham Galleria is shaped like a diamond.


Diamond District

Mark Loren Designs


Best Florist

Fort Myers Florist

The family-owned shop can provide for everything from wedding and corporate events to simple Valentine’s Day gifts.


Forget Me Not Flower Market

Naples Picasso Flowers



Best Large Law Firm

Pavese Law Firm

Pavese Law Firm, established in 1949, is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations.


Becker & Poliakoff

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt


Best Small Law Firm

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz

Since 1962, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz attorneys have provided representation to a wide variety of both commercial and private clients. Offices are located in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.


Kagan Law Firm

Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick



Best Medical Center

NCH Baker Hospital Downtown

The downtown NCH location offers advanced heart, cancer, obstetric, orthopedic and other services. The facility is part of a two-hospital healthcare system provides care for more than 40,500 patients annually.


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

HealthPark Medical Center


Best Veterinarian

Angel Animal Hospital and Boarding

Started by Dr. Pegah and Gavin Gillette about a decade ago, the North Naples facility offers veterinary care, grooming and boarding.


Gulf Coast Humane Society

VCA Miracle Mile Animal Hospital


Best Retirement Community

Vi at Bentley Village

The senior living community on 156 acres in Naples features two clubhouses, an 18-hole golf course, a care center and walking trails.


Gulf Coast Village

Shell Point Retirement Community


Dawn Montecalvo, president—Guadalupe Center [PHOTO: Brian Tietz]

Best Charitable Organization

Guadalupe Center

The nonprofit strives to break “the cycle of poverty through education” by providing academic and support programs to children in Immokalee. About 1,300 students take part in its core programs.


Blessings in a Backpack

Captains for Clean Water



Best Commercial Builder

DeAngelis Diamond Construction

The company, which was founded in 1996, is headquartered in Naples and works with a variety of public and private building types, from health care and educational centers to corporate and public spaces. The company also specializes in green building.


Creighton Construction & Development

Stevens Construction


Best Residential Builder

D.R. Horton

Founded in 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 84 markets in 29 states in the East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and West regions of the United States—including Southwest Florida.


Metro Home Builders Inc.

PBS Contractors Pulte Homes

(a tie for finalists) 


Best Remodeling Company

GCG Construction Inc.

Since 2000, Fort Myers-based GCG Construction Inc. has been delivering comprehensive design-build, general contracting and construction management services for the health care, commercial, hospitality retail and marine industries.


PBS Contractors

Sunrise Remodeling


Best Architecture Firm

BSSW Architects Inc.

With offices in Fort Myers and Naples, BSSW Architects Inc. has completed more than 120 projects in the last 30 years, including the design and management of educational systems, government facilities, public libraries, major hotels and resorts and private communities.


MHK Architecture

Planning Studio+


Best Engineering Firm

GFA International Inc.

This Fort Myers engineering and geological consulting firm offers a host of services, including construction materials testing, code compliance, health and safety training, and geotechnical engineering.


Johnson Engineering

Velocity Inc.


Best Landscape Company

Greenscapes Florida

Greenscapes Florida is a Naples-based, family-owned company that has been landscaping residential and commercial properties for more than 50 years in Southwest Florida.


Green Leaf Lawn Services

Juniper Landscaping


Best Interior Design Firm

Interiors by Design West

The full-service, Naples firm specializes in services for private residences, clubhouses, architectural detailing, model home merchandising, comprehensive custom home renovations and more.


Dwayne Bergmann Interiors



Best Commercial Real Estate Agency

CRE Consultants

CRE Consultants is a commercial real estate services firm— with offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Stuart—that has served Florida since 1998. CRE provides strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; property management; valuation, research and consulting.


LandQwest Commercial

Premiere Plus Realty Co.


Best Residential Real Estate Agency

Premiere Plus Realty Co.

Premiere Plus Realty Co. is the largest independent real estate company in Southwest Florida with more than 1,100 agents. The company has offices in Naples, Old Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Cape Coral.


Caine Premiere Properties

John R. Wood Properties


Best Engineering Firm

GFA International Inc.

GFA International Inc. is an engineering and geological consulting organization in Fort Myers that focuses on environmental, geotechnical, construction materials testing, inspections and code compliance services for a broad spectrum of industries.


Johnson Engineering

Velocity Inc.



Best Large Company

B&I Contractors Inc. Fort Myers-based B&I was established in 1960 by Gordon Harbuck. In 1963, the original articles of incorporation were created, and B&I still operates under them. An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) was established in 1986, and ESOP now owns 100% of the corporate stock.


First Florida Integrity Bank

Target Roofing & Sheet Metal


Best Small Company

Premier Plus Realty Co.

Premier Plus Realty Co. is a privately owned, debt-free real estate company headquartered in Southwest Florida.


Javed Kapadia—State Farm Insurance

Priority Marketing


Best Family-Owned Business

Premiere Plus Realty Co.

The real estate business moved into the Naples area in 2003. Now, it covers all of Lee and Collier counties.


Larson Educational Services

Sunshine Ace Hardware



Best Conference or Meeting Center (hotel)

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs has more than 82,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, including high-tech meeting rooms, ballrooms, courtyards and terraces.


Hilton Naples

Ritz-Carlton, Naples


Best Conference or Meeting Center (non-hotel)

Hertz Arena

In addition to hosting Florida Everblades hockey, the Estero venue offers a wide variety of entertainment. Since opening in 1998, it has hosted Arena football, NHL, NBA and USBL games, and more than 300 different events, including Stars on Ice, pro wrestling and headline concerts. Naples Conference Center The center features 4,350 square feet of high-tech conference and training space, where groups can host business meetings, seminars, training sessions and special events. An onsite team will accommodate event requirements.



Venue Naples

(a tie for first place)


Best Business Hotel

Hyatt Place Coconut Point

The 108-room hotel sits within the Coconut Point mall in Estero and features an inhouse restaurant and bar, pool and 24-hour gym, as well as business services, free internet access and parking.


Hilton Naples

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa


Best Private School

Fort Myers Christian School

Fort Myers Christian School was established in 1979 by First Assembly of God in Fort Myers. Since 1987, FMCS has been a fully accredited PreK3-8th-grade school through the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Florida Kindergarten Council.


Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Canterbury School



Best Moving Company

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

The nationwide hauler offers its services in Naples and Fort Myers. FYI, “Hunks” is actually an acronym for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Service.


William C. Huff Moving

Storage McCann’s Moving & Delivery


Best Staffing Firm


With offices in Fort Myers and Naples, the nationwide company provides recruiting and staffing services, specializing in temporary and direct hire placement of clerical, administrative, customer service, light industrial and professional job candidates.


CareerSource Southwest Florida

Express Employment Professionals


Best Dry Cleaners

Tide Dry Cleaners

Tide Dry Cleaners, which has locations in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples, offers drive-thru valet and 24- hour services. Tide provides inspection of garments for stains, damage, missing or broken buttons, and caters to special instructions from its customers.


Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaning

Alterations Platinum Dry Cleaners


Best HVAC Company

B&I Contractors Inc.

Fort Myers-based B&I provides installation, service and maintenance of HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and plumbing systems for commercial, industrial and institutional clients in Florida.


Conditioned Air

Florida Comfort Systems


Best Information Technology Company


Entech, headquartered in Fort Myers and in business for 20 years, is a full-service technology solution provider specializing in managed IT services for businesses ranging from 20 users to enterprise organizations with hundreds of users.



TeamLogic IT Naples


Best Travel Agency

Preferred Travel of Naples

Founded by President and CEO Wilma Boyd in 1984, Preferred Travel of Naples Inc. presents a team of domestic and international travel specialists and provides worldwide leisure and corporate travel services to individual clients and groups.


AAA Gero Travel



Best Country Club

Naples Lakes Country Club

Located within a 490-acre gated community, the club features an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, along with tennis, a fitness facility, dining, spa and more.


Bonita Bay Club

Cypress Lake County Club


Best Yoga Studio

Yoga Bird

Whether you’re looking for power yoga or something more relaxed, the Fort Myers studio hosts classes for all ages and skill levels.


Gateway Yoga

Pilates, Fitness & Therapeutics



Best Advertising Agency

Quenzel & Associates

The Fort Myers firm works with a host of clients—from hotels to airlines to real estate companies—to provide marketing, advertising, branding and digital services.


B3 Marketing

Pushing the Envelope


Best PR Firm

B3 Marketing

The Naples firm—which also has locations in Jupiter and London—represents several of Southwest Florida’s most popular restaurants.


Dragon Horse Agency

Pushing the Envelope


Best Web Design

Quenzel & Associates

The firm’s web services include design, search engine optimization, ROI tracking and more.


B3 Marketing

Dragon Horse Agency


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