Gulfshore Business Daily: August 27

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The Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. board of directors have declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend is payable on Oct. 5 to shareholders of record on Sept. 28. While the company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board of directors at its discretion.


The deadline for Collier County businesses to apply for a Family Friendly Business Award is Sept. 14. Any business that offers benefits that assist employees with families, such as flex time, health insurance or employee-sponsored child care, may be eligible for the designation. The public can also nominate a business online before Sept. 4 by visiting All applicants with family-friendly business practices will be recognized at a breakfast held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Hilton Naples. Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets, call (239) 643-3908 or visit For more information about the Family Friendly Business Awards and sponsorships, call Collier Child Care Resources at (239) 643-3908 or email JoAnn Lawrence at


The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) and School District of Lee County (LCSD) will host Build My Future Lee County from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Lee Civic Center. The career day trade show will help address the skilled workforce shortage within the building industry, and all proceeds will aid in funding construction curriculum in Lee County Schools. This career day trade show will feature companies from all aspects of the construction industry, from foundation to roof. More than 700 district students will get a hands-on introduction to various building trades. The Lee BIA is seeking construction companies and trade contractors to exhibit in and sponsor this event. For more information, visit or contact the Lee BIA at or call (239) 936-5525.


Florida Skin Center has opened six specially designed suites in the Mohs surgical center of its brand-new Punta Gorda location at 329 East Olympia Ave. The second-floor suites are dedicated exclusively to Mohs micrographically controlled surgery, used to treat skin cancer through the removal and microscopic examination of tissue margins. After the Mohs surgeon removes cancerous tissue, a histotechnician prepares the tissue for evaluation by the surgeon under the microscope. If cancer is still present, the surgeon will know exactly where it is and can target it precisely. Cancer is eliminated with the least possible damage to nearby healthy tissue and minimal scarring, while yielding a 97 to 99 percent cure rate. The majority of wounds are repaired immediately following surgery, all under local anesthesia. Patients are then free to leave the office on their own. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot Punta Gorda office opened in May and is Florida Skin Center’s fourth location. Dr. Chetan Vedvyas is the director of Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology and collaborated with Florida Skin Center on the design and layout of the suites. For more information, call Florida Skin Center’s Punta Gorda office at (239) 316-4773.


Suffolk has promoted three executives to lead its southeast region and expand the company’s presence throughout the state. Pete Tuffo has been tapped as president and general manager of the southeast region, while Josh Christensen and Joe Fernandez have both been promoted to chief operating officer. The leadership promotions coincide with the region’s continued geographic expansion and growth. This past year, the region’s revenue exceeded $800 million, and it will see another steady increase moving into 2019, according to a press release. Tuffo will oversee Suffolk’s southeast region, which includes offices in Tampa, Estero, West Palm Beach and Miami. Christensen will be responsible for Gulf coast operations, while Fernandez will be responsible for Florida’s east coast operations. Suffolk has added more than 200 employees in the last three years, including 60 professionals along Florida’s Gulf coast.


Olga Placeres, CFO and agency manager at Preferred Travel of Naples, is celebrating her 30-year anniversary with the agency. Placeres joined Preferred Travel in 1988 in the accounting department. Now as manager and CFO, she assists the staff and is involved in all aspects of the clients’ travel planning processes. Preferred Travel has a team of more than 50 award-winning travel experts and is Southwest Florida’s largest full-service travel agency, according to a press release.


Taste of Immokalee, a social enterprise created and operated by high school students, has a new line of salsas and sauces inspired by the agriculture of Immokalee. In addition to the newly unveiled Pineapple Mango Salsa and Mandarin Tangerine BBQ sauce, the existing product line has also been enhanced with farm-fresh ingredients, including locally sourced tomatoes by Lipman Produce, North America’s biggest field tomato grower. Taste of Immokalee allocates its profits toward student education and community relief programs. 


Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. (SDV) relocated its Southwest office to 851 Fifth Ave. N., Suite 301, Naples, on Aug. 13. The new office allows for continued growth while remaining in the same Naples community, according to a press release. SDV represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. For more information, visit


BCB Homes is celebrating its 25-year anniversary of luxury home building in Southwest Florida. The Naples-based company was founded by a group of second-generation home builders. Beginning solely as a new construction services provider, the company has expanded to offer remodeling and estate management services, as well as other construction and remediation services. With a staff of more than 120 employees, BCB Homes has built and remodeled more than 350 homes throughout Southwest Florida.


The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools named a top-rated nonprofit

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has received the 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools was one of the first nonprofits to be honored with the award, a press release states. Being on the Top-Rated list shows on-the-ground results of the foundation’s programs and initiatives. The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews by volunteers, donors and community partners.

Lipman Family Farms hosts seventh annual backpack giveaway 

Lipman Family Farms gave away more than 1,500 backpacks, 200 bikes, gift cards and back-to-school haircuts to elementary and middle school students in Immokalee during its seventh annual Backpack Giveaway and Back to School Event. The event drew more than 2,000 attendees on Aug. 4 at the Immokalee High School Football field. Students also received free school supplies, including notebook paper, folders, crayons, glue, pencils and pens. Attendees enjoyed music, food, face painting and games. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office was on-site with a rock climbing wall, and Ciclovia Immokalee! provided physical activities. The free event helps students and families in need while celebrating the start of the 2018-19 school year. Lipman Family Farms raised the money necessary to provide backpacks to every child in attendance through a successful 5K walk and run in April.

Registration open for Chip in for DLC Golf Tournament 

The fifth annual Chip in for DLC Golf Tournament, presented by Cigna and Brown & Brown Insurance, will be held on Oct. 26, 2018, at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Naples. The lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m., with tee-off set for 1 p.m. The event supports the David Lawrence Center and will be played in an 18-hole scramble with four-person teams. Participants who enter as individuals will be placed on a team. Immediately following the tournament will be a casual awards cocktail reception, where spouses, guests and other non-golfers are welcome to join in on the festivities. Individual players are $250 per person and teams are $1,000 per foursome. Individual player fees include green fees and a cart, lunch and the awards cocktail reception. Awards cocktail reception-only tickets are $50 per person. In addition, golfers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of raffles, skills challenges and a putting contest.

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