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PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BIG BOOST FOR COLLIER COUNTY
The annual U.S. Open Pickleball Championships brings thousands of people and dollars to Collier County. The fifth annual tournament, which starts Saturday and culminates April 24 at East Naples Community Park, will bring a much-needed boost for local businesses. Organizer Terri Graham said this year’s event will be bigger than ever with 2,200 players from 48 states. “Just in 2020, pickleball in the country grew 20.3%,” she says. “All eyes are on this tournament for sure. This is the biggest pickleball party in the world right here.” It will also bring in the bucks. Tourism officials said players spread out across a couple of dozen hotels and provide a needed boost to restaurants and retailers, WINK News reports.
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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HOLDS JOB FAIR TO FILL 250 POSITIONS
Southwest Florida International Airport held a job fair Wednesday to fill 250 positions. Some prospective employees were hired on the spot this week and others have interviews scheduled. Most of the jobs are available because the airport expects travel to take off. EULEN America, which provides ground crews and passenger support services, hired six people. The hiring manager from Swissport, an aviation services company that provides ground and cargo handling, said the company doesn’t really hire this time of year, but with increased traffic at the airport, there’s a need, WINK News reports.
TGR FINANCIAL INC. ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2021 FINANCIAL RESULTS
TGR Financial Inc., the holding company for First Florida Integrity Bank, announced first-quarter earnings of $5.1 million. Earnings were $0.27 per diluted share for the quarter. Common shares of TGRF closed on April 14 at $13.40. The company reported a net income of $5.1 million for the first quarter of 2021 an 11% improvement over the same quarter of 2020. These results yielded a return on average equity of 12.32% and a return on average assets of 0.97%, according to Gary L. Tice, chairman and chief executive officer of TGR Financial Inc.
FASTEST-GROWING SWFL COMPANIES HONORED BY INC. MAGAZINE
Thirteen companies in the Cape Coral and Naples metro areas have been named to Inc. magazine’s Florida list for top 250 fastest-growing private companies. The companies included Elite Auctions, Chomps, Earth View, FieldEdge, Renovate and Restore, Vectra Digital, My Shower Door (Orlando), Capital Wealth Advisors, Scotlynn USA Division, Quality Enterprises USA, and My Shower Door. According to Inc. magazine, the Inc. 5000 Regionals mark the expansion of the publication’s hallmark Inc. 5000 awards franchise celebrating the fastest-growing private companies in America. For the full list of Florida winners, click here.
SMALLCAKES BAKERY LAUNCHES TODAY IN NORTH NAPLES
Smallcakes Cupcakes and Cookies celebrates its grand opening today in North Naples. Naples residents Jessica and Michael Christiansen launched their new local bakery next to Moura Bistro in Meridian Marketplace on the northeast corner of Pine Ridge and Livingston roads. Gourmet cookies, cupcakes and full-size cakes will be baked fresh daily on site. The business offers a dozen signature cake flavors, such as birthday cake, chocoholic, lemon drop, pink vanilla and red velvet, with at least two other options it rotates weekly from a list of 200 choices. It also always features warm chocolate chip and sugar cookies with two other specialty flavors weekly. Gluten-free cupcakes are available on Fridays. Patrons also may order dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan specialty cakes online with a three-day notice for pickup. Local delivery and catering also are available. Smallcakes, 3369 Pine Ridge Road, is open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday. To place orders, call 941-479-1711.
DR. KIRAN GILL LAUNCHES MEDICAL SKINCARE LINE
Dr. Kiran Gill, founder of Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery by Kiran Gill, MD, the only female-owned boutique plastic surgery practice in Southwest Florida, according to the company, has launched a new medical skincare line. Created with cutting-edge cosmetic science and powerful medical-grade active ingredients, the line of five restorative and anti-aging products will be available to Gill’s current and new patients and will be recommended based on their skincare needs.
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WASTE PRO RELEASES PLAN TO SOLVE TRASH PICKUP WOES IN CAPE CORAL
Waste Pro released its plan of action this week in response to lingering garbage on neighborhood streets in parts of Cape Coral. It includes four major changes: employee recruitment and development, employee retention, service routes and phone services. Waste Pro is actively working to hire 25 new employees and advertising upcoming job fairs to make that happen. It’s also increasing pay and benefits to keep the employees it already has. Waste Pro brought on two subcontractors with five trucks to pick up the slack and also is working to improve customer service for people who call in. Many in Cape Coral already say they’ve noticed a difference recently, WINK News reports.
STOCK CUSTOM HOMES FINISHES FIRST QUARTER WITH $62 MILLION IN SALES
Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning custom home building division of Stock Development, had a record-breaking first quarter as it generated $62 million in sales throughout the state of Florida, including in Naples, Wellington, and Sarasota. Stock Custom Homes has built and sold multi-million-dollar estates in Florida communities including two in Pine Ridge Estates; two in Bonita Bay, where the company is now sold out; two in WildBlue; one in Wellington; one in the Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club; and more.
NEW APARTMENT PROJECT SET FOR NORTH CAPE CORAL
MK Architecture announces the upcoming construction of the new Owl’s Nest Apartments on Hancock Bridge Parkway in Cape Coral. The project consists of 96 market-rate apartments in three 32-unit, four-story buildings, with one- and two-bedroom floor plans. The owner/developer is Fazio Construction and Development of Flushing, New York, and the general contractor is Heatherwood Construction of Bonita Springs. The project will also include a two-story amenity center complete with a resort-style pool. The project is anticipated to be complete by early 2022. MK Architecture specializes in commercial architecture with offices in Fort Myers, Naples, and Lexington, Kentucky.
BARRON COLLIER COS. TO UPGRADE, ENHANCE COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES
Barron Collier Cos. is adding a series of upgrades and enhancements to its commercial real estate portfolio in Southwest Florida. Properties that will receive improvements in 2021 include Goodlette Corners and 4099 Tamiami Trail building in Naples and the new Loyola Professional Suites in Ave Maria. The 4099 Building, anchored by MidWest One Bank, is a four-story, 40,000 square-foot office building located in Naples’ Park Shore neighborhood. Barron Collier Cos. recently engaged Heather Grey of G2 Studios to reimagine the third-floor space by converting the 10,000 square feet of open space into smaller, private offices averaging 1,300 square feet to 2,000 square feet. The Loyola Professional Suites in Ave Maria Town Center includes a greeting lobby, two conference rooms, and 13 private offices centered on a community kitchen, office taskbar, and lounge seating. Grey is the designer of the new Loyola Suites. Ave Maria will also see a brand-new commercial flex building in the Park of Commerce along Anthem Parkway close to the main Ave Maria Boulevard. Construction is scheduled to commence in May.
THAT TACO PLACE IN EAST NAPLES RENAMES ITSELF THAT TACO PLACE
That taco place on U.S. 41 in East Naples has a new name. That Taco Place is the new name for La Herradura Doble, which had a social media contest last month to change its name because locals couldn’t pronounce or remember its name, which means double horseshoe in Spanish. The Mexican taqueria and cantina launched last October in the former Courthouse Shadows space of Crooked Shillelagh Celtic Kitchen. The winner of the renaming contest is Mary Funone, who is representative of the reason the restaurant’s owners sought to change the name. “I came up with that name because I always have a hard time remembering the name of a restaurant, in particular, if it is a long name or difficult to pronounce. So, I end up saying ‘That Taco Place’ or ‘That Fish Place,’” says Funone, who won a year of free tacos. The restaurant also is donating $1,000 on her behalf to a local charity of her choice: St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church in East Naples. That Taco Place, 3340 Tamiami Trail E., is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for dining in, takeout and delivery.
MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT HIRES SIMPSON AS VICE PRESIDENT
Moran Wealth Management, an investment management practice based in Naples has hired Aaron Simpson, a Fort Myers native, as vice president. In his new role as vice president, he will advise clients on their overall investment strategies, including short and long-term goal investment planning, estate planning, asset protection and life insurance. Simpson joins Moran Wealth Management after spending more than 15 years as a financial/wealth advisor. He has previously worked with Regions Private Wealth, BB&T Wealth Management and Northwestern Mutual. Simpson holds a finance degree from the University of Central Florida and has his series 6, 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. He is also a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Retirement Income Certified Professional. Simpson serves on the advisory committee for Valerie’s House, a local nonprofit focused on helping children grieve the loss of a loved one.
WILDERNESS COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES APPOINTS NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Wilderness Country Club has appointed Keith Geiman as chief financial officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading all accounting, financial and control functions for the country club and community, including day-to-day finance operations, operating and reserve budgets, and capital improvement projects. A native of Naples, Geiman has been in the private club industry for four years. Most recently, he was controller for Esplanade Golf & Country Club. Before that, he worked at Collier’s Reserve Country Club. Prior to his career in the private club industry, Geiman was an auditor at RSM US LLP, where he worked with clubs in Southwest Florida. Geiman is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. He also is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
DLC receives grant for Veterans Services Program from Naples Woman’s Club
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) received a $15,000 grant to provide incidental funding to assist veterans with emergency housing and food costs as part of DLC’s new Veterans Services Program. The Veterans Services Program assists veterans suffering from behavioral health issues including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and co-occurring substance use. The new program was developed in collaboration with Wounded Warriors of Collier County to develop a system of care that ensures availability of and access to a broad, flexible array of evidence-informed, community-based services and supports for veterans and their families that addresses their physical, emotional, social, and educational needs. Improving access to services for veterans as well as increasing evidence-based practices is outlined in Collier County’s new five-year strategic plan for mental health and addiction services. The Board of County Commissioners approved plan serves as a road map for community partners, donors and government leaders as they mobilize responses to address associated current and future challenges.
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