Gulfshore Business Daily: April 9

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Christy’s Cause has been chosen to champion the Human Trafficking Data Project (HTDP) under the leadership of the 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office (SAO). Developed by The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force, the mission of the HTDP is to provide insight into the patterns and trends of human trafficking in Southwest Florida’s five county area. The database includes information about gender, age range, type of trafficking and risk factors. This information is centralized, analyzed and reported by the state attorney’s office. Task Force members will be able to share non-identifying information on the victims served by their respective agencies without violating privacy laws or risking the safety of their clients. The project is currently in pilot phase. For more information about the data project or Christy’s Cause visit or email


Bell Tower welcomed Burntwood Tavern to its list of culinary destinations. Burntwood Tavern is a casual American restaurant with dinner features such as crab cakes, lobster ravioli, tavern steak and frites, asiago-crusted chicken, cedar salmon and more. The restaurant’s weekend brunch also includes a lunchtime menu. Established in 2010 by the Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, Burntwood Tavern has 10 locations. The nearest Burntwood Tavern, which offers “Kids Eat Free” Mondays and live music, is at Mercato in Naples. Burntwood Tavern is located in the heart of Bell Tower and features both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a wraparound bar. The Burntwood Tavern concept originated in Ohio, but three of its four upcoming restaurant openings are in Florida. A grand opening date has not been set.


Aerie Lane has launched a do-it-yourself (DIY) craft studio at 26251 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 15, in Bonita Springs. Owner Cherie Rodriguez recently held a ribbon cutting with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. Aerie Lane offers DIY workshops, private parties, fundraising events and more that help participants create home décor projects and crafts. It is currently offering two special promotions: book a workshop online and receive a 15 percent discount with the code Chamber15, or book a private event with eight guests to receive a workshop for free. Learn more at or call (239) 676-1022.


An entrepreneur who created an app for entrepreneurs and two Southwest Florida health and wellness startups will get six minutes to tell an audience of entrepreneurs, advisors, investors and others their challenges Wednesday at 1 Million Cups Naples. Developed in 2012, 1 Million Cups has 183 chapters nationwide to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs over a cup of free coffee. The Naples chapter of 1MC, which is open to the public, meets from 9-10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at The Naples Accelerator. Presenting startups are Be Well in Paradise, Eat Local Lee/ICARE and Startup Space. Following their pitches, the audience has up to 20 minutes to ask questions and provide advice. Organic coffee will be provided by Angelic Desserts bakery & café and paid for by TLHA Enterprises, the April sponsors. For more information, visit or call (239) 252-8591.


Haus of Trikes & Bikes has been named an authorized reseller for Kymco products. This means that the dealership is now able to add ATVs, UTVs and Scooters from Kymco to its portfolio. The Fort Myers-based motorcycle and trike dealership will celebrate with a Product Release Party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10 at 4607 Fowler St. in Fort Myers. The celebrations will include a side-by-side ATV/UTV showcase competition with the opportunity to win a cash prize. Everyone who registers will receive a $50 gift card for UTV, ATV and Scooter services. The event will also include live music by Delta Crossing, a motorcycle bikini wash, and complimentary beer and food.


Sagewood Institute has hired Dr. Brian Smith (pictured left) as its medical director. Smith is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in general surgery including robotic-assisted procedures. He is also a consultant for Intuitive Surgical, Arthrex Inc., and the Florida Everblades. Sagewood Institute’s team of board-certified physicians, international medical doctors and licensed practitioners will provide comprehensive assessments and preventive health and wellness services combined with aesthetic procedures. The team will offer wellness, anti-aging, and beauty regimens, catered to everyone, helping to provide the full concierge-like experience, according to a press release. For more information, visit or call (239) 434-9710.


Waldrop Engineering has added James Abney, L.I. as senior irrigation specialist. Abney has more than 30 years of professional experience in landscape irrigation consulting, including design, construction observation, systems auditing and applications management for projects throughout the state of Florida and other regions of the southern U.S. Abney has also been a licensed irrigator and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor in the state of Texas for more than 20 years.


Lights for Layla fundraiser held tomorrow

Sky Zone Fort Myers will host a fundraiser for Lights for Layla from 3-8 p.m. tomorrow. Lights for Layla is a nonprofit organization that was created after 8-year-old Layla Aiken was fatally struck by a vehicle while waiting for her school bus. Sky Zone Fort Myer’s goal is to raise as much as possible to aid the Lee County Sheriff’s Office mission to put flashing LED lights on every student’s backpack in Lee County. The sheriff’s office will be establishing a nonprofit called “Compassionate Cops” to manage the donations and help purchase the lights. Partnering alongside the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is the Lee County School District, Big Mama and the Wild Bunch at FM radio station B103.9 to raise $100,000. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office anticipates that the lights would be purchased and distributed before the start of the upcoming school year in August 2019.

Youth Haven receives donation from Caring Cetera

Youth Haven recently received a $124,412 donation from Caring Cetera, the philanthropic initiative within Cetera Financial Group. Caring Cetera raised funds through a series of conferences throughout the country, including Collier County.

Grande Dames Tea raises $54,000 for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County raised $54,000 at its 11th annual Grande Dames Tea. With a theme of “The Wisdom of Time – Honoring the Female Spirit,” the Grande Dames Tea was held March 26 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers and honored three Southwest Florida women for their roles in business, community and philanthropy: Linda Brown, Doris Colgate and Mary Fischer. The event included 400 attendees and 41 sponsors. Also at the Grande Dames Tea, 24 individuals became members of the Believing in Girls Society (BIGS), which allows supporters to participate in an annual giving program. Through ticket sales and sponsorships, the Grande Dames Tea provides funds that support the organization’s strength-based, gender-specific programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential. For more information, visit or call (239) 425-2366.

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