Lead Photo: The Greater Dunbar Initiative – Rendering of proposed transformation for Edison Avenue. Details below.
COVID-19 VACCINATION WORK REQUIREMENT SURVEY
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SBA DISASTER LOAN REPAYMENT DEFERRAL
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deferment period for all its disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, according to Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. All disaster loans issued in 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have the first payment due date extended from 12 months to 24 months from the date of the note. Any of the same types of loans made in 2021 will have the first payment due date extended from 12 months to 18 months from the date of the note.
HOUSING AUTHORITY A FINALIST FOR $30 MILLION HUD GRANT
The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) is proposing a transformation plan for the greater Dunbar community and has been named one of five finalists for a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Land Development’s (HUD). HACFM has partnered with community leaders, residents and local stakeholders to create The Greater Dunbar Initiative, a comprehensive transformation plan for the large-scale revitalization of the 37-acre, 199-unit Southward Village into a mixed-income community, which replaces existing affordable housing units for residents while expanding choices, creating market-rate amenities, and adding new mixed-income housing to create a resilient and healthy neighborhood moving forward. To help fund the $362 million initiative, HACFM and the City of Fort Myers are in the running to receive a $30 million grant from HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant program. The Greater Dunbar Initiative was selected out of 20 project applicants to be among the top five finalists. HUD will conduct a virtual site visit with finalists in the coming weeks and the grant will be awarded soon after. To learn more about The Greater Dunbar Initiative, click here.
ONE SOURCE BUSINESS CAPITAL CLOSES $4.1 MILLION SBA LOAN
One Source Business Capital (OSBC) recently closed a $4.1 million SBA 7A loan for a client to purchase a medical practice in Austin, Texas. In order to purchase the medical practice, the client needed a 100% goodwill loan and was told by multiple banking and lending institutions that 100% financing for goodwill would be challenging, OSBC states. The client was referred to OSBC, who successfully secured the necessary 100% goodwill financing for the client to purchase the medical practice. One Source Business Capital has office locations in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; and can assist in lending to businesses nationwide. With more than 26 years of experience in bringing borrowers and direct capital together, One Source Business Capital has funded more than $460 million for small businesses.
BSU ANNOUNCES CAPITAL CREDIT RETIREMENT OF $1 MILLION
The Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. board of directors has authorized a $1,009,531 capital credit payout to 33, 820 members. This payout retires credits earned by members in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Including the latest retirements, BSU has returned more than $11 million in capital credit payments to members. Current members eligible for a capital credit payment will see it reflected on their next utility bill and former eligible members will be mailed a check. As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, BSU members are eligible to earn capital credits. Capital credits are allocated to members each year based on the revenue that remains after expenses, debt service, system renewal and replacement, and other capital improvement funding, as well as accounting for depreciation and reserves. A member’s capital credit is calculated based on their service payments for the year in proportion to all member service payments for the year.
COPPER-SILVER MONITOR NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH ENRICH PRODUCTS IONIZATION
HF scientific, a Watts brand, has partnered with Enrich Products Ionization (EPI) to release the Copper-Silver Monitor, (CSM) designed to measure, monitor, and report daily on the concentration of copper and silver in potable water ionization systems. CSM ensures ionization system adjustments are based on real-time data interpretation. This technology is exclusively available through EPI. “Through a collaborative effort with Enrich, we have been able to produce a tailor-made instrument which will aid the fight against Legionella in hotels, hospitals and other care facilities,” said Charlie Pasquariello, product manager at HF scientific. This new continuous monitoring model allows for timely data, immediate adjustment, and improved control and efficacy of the ionization system as a whole, the company states.
SWFL INC. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS TAKES PLACE APRIL 7
SWFL Inc.’s next Business After Hours will take place from 4-6 p.m. on April 7 at Goldfish Swim School in Bonita Springs. Each $15 ticket comes with food and two drink tickets. No chamber membership is required to attend. To register, click here. SWFL Inc. members with the Nonprofit or Relationship Package can RSVP online for free.
HR COLLIER TO HOST NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING APRIL 15
HR Collier will host its next membership meeting, “I Wish I’d Said That. How to Communicate Under Pressure,” at 8 a.m. on April 15 outdoors at The Vineyards. The event will be facilitated by Allison Blankenship, president and CEO of Precision Speaking. During this program, attendees will receive tools to create conversations to get the results they want, when they want them while alleviating much of the stress for all parties involved, HR Collier says. The program will provide a step-by-step conversation model to learn and use. For more information, click here.
PHYSICIANS’ PRIMARY CARE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MEDICAL CARE
Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida (PPC) is celebrating its 25th year as a physician-owned and managed multi-specialty primary care group in Lee County. The medical practice was founded in 1996 when several independent physician groups decided to join forces. After weighing all the factors, five independent practices merged to become one large group. The merger enabled the physicians to not only remain independent but to provide enhanced quality patient care. Today, Physicians’ Primary Care continues to be the largest physician-owned multi-specialty primary care group with more than 270 employees and providers with 10 offices conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. The practice includes three specialties: family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.
SHEELEY APPOINTED TO ESTERO VILLAGE COUNCIL
Michael K. Sheeley of MK Architecture of Fort Myers and Naples, has been appointed by the Estero Village Council to the newly formed Village of Estero Planning, Zoning and Design Board. The new board replaces the previous planning and zoning board and design review board for Estero, combining them into one body. Sheeley was vice chairman of the design review board, where he has served for the past three years.
CEO OF SEAGATE JOINS NFL-INSPIRED COUNCIL
Matt Price, CEO and partner at Seagate Development Group, is the newest member of the Gridiron Greats Naples Champions Council. As the exclusive real estate development executive, he joins NFL legends Mike Ditka and Matt Birk as well as other business professionals in support of the nonprofit. Price and 25 fellow Southwest Florida leaders will rally behind financial grants and no-cost medical assistance for financially destitute, retired football players and their families. This includes coordinating social services to these forgotten-era athletes and providing protective sports equipment to financially at-risk boys and girls youth sports teams throughout the region.
BUSINESS PUBLISHING VETERAN TO ADVISE MEDIABRAINS
Business-media veteran John French has joined MediaBrains as senior adviser to assist the company in expanding its products and services. French brings two decades of leadership experience in the field of business-to-business publishing, including as CEO of Cygnus Business Media and Penton Media. He currently is the CEO of French LLC, a media consulting firm he founded six years ago with his wife and business partner, Nancy French. MediaBrains helps buyers discover, evaluate and buy products and services using a platform of more than 100 industry websites to keep their businesses growing.
CRAVE CULINAIRE PROMOTES COOK
Crave Culinaire has promoted Chef Joshua Cook into a hybrid role of corporate sales and development manager. In his new role, Cook will focus on culinary development and on forming partnerships with event planners, event venues, luxury rental properties, hotels, private aviation services, yacht charters and more. Cook began his career nearly 24 years ago in catering. Cook has since moved on to leadership roles most recently including sous chef, executive chef and director of food and beverage at Amavida Living in Fort Myers and Physicians Regional in Naples. Cook also comes to Crave with the knowledge of managing the construction, sales and opening of multiple restaurants, as well as multi-unit operations. Cook joined the Crave Culinaire team in 2014 as a senior sous chef.
LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER ADDS TWO MEMBERS TO BOARD
Lighthouse of Collier has added two new members to the board of directors. Joining the board is Eloy Ricardo, fire chief, North Collier, directs North Collier Fire’s all-hazards response efforts. Dr. Allister G. Gibbons of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has also joined the board. Gibbons also serves as associate medical director of Ambulatory Surgery Center Naples and assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology. The mission of Lighthouse of Collier is to foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.
FLOORING SUPPLIERS NAME BROWN AS SHAREHOLDER
Steve’s Supreme Flooring Inc. and Unique Wood Flooring Co. announce Travis Brown as a shareholder of both Naples-based companies through a private offering. In addition to his new role as shareholder, Brown will also take on the title of vice president of operations. He will collaborate with Steve Karterouliotis, president and founder, to carry out all operations of both companies. For the majority of the past two years, Brown has played an instrumental role as the operations manager.
Foundations launch Collier CARES application for families in need
The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Collier County and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, announced the public launch of a specially designed application to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations. Collier CARES (Community Application for Resources and Emergency Services) is a free and bilingual mobile and web application designed for the purpose of connecting people in need with the essential resources and services available in Collier County. The goal of Collier CARES is to connect families immediately with relevant resources and services to meet their needs on mobile and web platforms. Users can connect with providers via email, phone and mapping capabilities. The public can now access the application online or by downloading the mobile app. Mobile downloads are available for iOS and Android devices.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County to hold ‘Pinwheels at the Pier’ on April 9
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County (CAC) on April 9 will plant its fifth annual pinwheel garden in the sand beside the Naples Pier, recognizing April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels at the Pier is the largest such garden in the U.S. and is believed to be the only one in the world planted on a tropical beach, according to CAC. Each year, the public art display takes on a different shape for the enjoyment of beachgoers. A team of Florida Gulf Coast University students has designed the 2021 pinwheel garden to form the shape of a hand, with a heart at its center. Individuals and companies may buy pinwheels online to be planted by the CAC staff, FGCU team and volunteers, or anyone may bring their own to plant in the garden.
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