Gulfshore Business Daily: Aug. 20

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Melissa & Sean Stevenson, Kaleidoscope Home owners

COLLIER COUNTY AREAS NAMED AMONG MOST TAX-FRIENDLY FOR RETIREES

Naples ranked No. 2 in the Most Tax-Friendly Places for Retirees in Florida list by SmartAsset. Naples was listed as having $4,100 in income tax paid, an 0.55% property tax rate, $964 in sales tax paid, $209 in fuel tax paid, not taxed Social Security, and a Retirement Tax Friendliness Index of 80.35. Immokalee also made the list No. 7 and Marco Island came in at No. 9. For the full report, click here.
 

KWPMC RANKED AMONG FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES

KW Property Management & Consulting (KWPMC) was featured on Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The company is No. 3,827 on the 2019 list. The 2019 Inc. 5000 rankings are based on percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. KWPMC earned its spot with a three-year revenue growth of more than 70 percent. Over the past three years, the company has expanded from 700 to more than 1,700 employees and from 65,000 units under management to more than 80,000, according to a press release. Former Certified Public Accountants Paul Kaplan and Robert White launched the residential property management company in May 2004.

 

DEANGELIS DIAMOND RANKED IN INC. 5000

DeAngelis Diamond is No. 3,881 on Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list. The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of Dec. 31, 2018. For more information on DeAngelis Diamond, visit deangelisdiamond.com.

 

FREE SERVICE ALERTS PROPERTY OWNERS FROM POTENTIAL PROPERTY FRAUD

Lee County property owners can now sign up for a new free service to alert themselves of potential property fraud, clerk Linda Doggett announced. Property Fraud Alert emails notifications to subscribers within 48-hours whenever a lien, deed, mortgage or other land records with their registered name on it has been recorded into the Clerk’s Official Records. This notification does not apply to documents filed in court proceedings. According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest-growing white-collar crimes. All property owners in Lee County are encouraged to sign up and begin protecting their property. To subscribe or learn more, visit https://www.leeclerk.org. After registering and confirming your email address, any time a document is recorded in Lee County that matches the name that you registered, you will be alerted by email.

 

Melissa & Sean Stevenson, Kaleidoscope Home owners

KALEIDOSCOPE FLORAL EXPANDS WITH NEW STUDIO

Kaleidoscope Floral special events design company has expanded with a new studio, Kaleidoscope Home. Sean and Melissa Stevenson, a husband-and-wife-team, founded the company. In the new 1,000-square-foot studio along Main Street in Naples, Kaleidoscope Home will supply custom arrangements, bouquets, and centerpieces to residences, events and weddings, plus a new home delivery service and a do-it-yourself flower bar with flowers brought in from all over the world daily. The studio will also offer a selection of flowers available as bouquets or in prearranged jars.

 

BMP LOGIC WELCOMES BUSINESS DEVELOPER 

BMP Logic has added business developer Kevin Rathburn to its growing team. Rathburn, who has been a Naples resident since 1997, studied business administration and economics at Brock University in Canada. He brings more than 20 years of experience in sales to BMP Logic, where he will be developing a national and international sales and business development strategy. BMP Logic is focusing on smart farming with custom software that helps soil moisture probes deliver data to farmers in the cloud in near real-time, according to a press release. In addition to saving water and fertilizer, the technology helps save time and fuel driving around each field to gather readings. With blockchain, the irrigation information is correct and secure.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon slated for September

The annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon will be held Sept. 7-8 at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. The family-friendly fitness weekend will include more than than 850 adults and 225 child competitors. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event will go towards supporting Community Cooperative’s Growing Healthy Kids Programs, providing emergency food for more than 6,000 local children and their families each school year with Mobile Food Pantries. Triathlon registration and information is available online at www.captivatri.org, or on Facebook and Instagram under Captiva Tri.

 

Collier Heart Walk coming in November 

The American Heart Association is hosting the 2019 Collier Heart Walk on Nov. 2 at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The festivities and program start at 8 a.m., and the non-competitive, family-friendly 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. All ages and abilities are welcome, as are leashed, well-behaved pets; a one-mile option is available for those who prefer a shorter route. There is no registration and no fee to participate, although donations are welcomed. The event’s emcee is ABC-7 anchor Krista Fogelsong. James Krall is the 2019 Heart Walk chair and the director of construction at Moorings Park. For more information or to register for the Collier Heart Walk, visit collierheartwalk.org or contact Collier Heart Walk Director Liz Kellar at (239) 495-4912 or liz.kellar@heart.org

 

Alzheimer’s Association to host Lee Corporate Kickoff Thursday

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a Lee Corporate Kickoff event to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s disease prior to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held on Oct. 26 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers. The Lee Corporate Kickoff event will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday at Joe’s Crab Shack in Fort Myers. The event is being organized by Jill Waruszewski, committee chair for the Alzheimer’s Association and marketing director for Signature Healthcare at College Park in Fort Myers. The goal is to educate local businesses and other community organizations on the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, programs and research initiatives, all while encouraging people to register a team for Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fort Myers and support the cause. For more information, visit www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.

 

Tickets available for Law and Order Ball

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South will honor Lee County law enforcement heroes for the Law and Order Ball on Sept.14 at Hertz Arena. The black-tie optional gala features cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, formal dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. Tickets are still available for the 2019 Law & Order Ball and may be purchased at www.LawandOrderBall.org or by calling (239) 277-6295. Individual tickets are $175 and a table for 10 is $1,750. Those unable to attend can still participate by sponsoring an officer to attend the event, donating items for the silent and live action or Packing a Paddy Wagon. For more information about the event, to become a sponsor, or to make a contribution, visit www.lawandorderball.org or contact Allie Andrews at allie@gsma.pro.

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