Gulfshore Business Daily: August 30

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Chico's FAS Inc. reported a second-quarter net income of $16.8 million, down from $22.7 million during the same period one year ago. Net income for the 26 weeks ended Aug. 4 was at $45.8, down from $56.3 the year prior. Second-quarter net sales were $544.7 million compared with $578.6 million in last year's second quarter. This 5.9 percent decrease reflects a comparable sales decline of 3.2 percent and the impact of 42 net store closures since last year's second quarter. The comparable sales decline was primarily driven by a decline in transaction count partially offset by higher average dollar sales, according to a press release.


The Above Board Chamber will present two workshops. “Naples: How to Get Discovered by the Media” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Hilton Naples. Sue Huff of E. Sue Huff & Associates Inc., will emcee the event. Media panel members include Jeff Butera, ABC7; Mayela Rosales, Media Vista Group UNIVISION; David Elliott, The Dave Elliott Show (WGUF-FM); Kristyn Wellesley USAT Network-Florida Health and Naples Daily News; Rob Wardlaw, Gulfshore Business; Robbie Spencer, Naples Florida Weekly; and Karen P. Moore, SWFL Business Today. Paul Lodato of CTN television will not be able to attend this year’s event but donated a $9,000 media prize. The next event, “Lee County: How to Get Discovered by the Media,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower. Connie Ramos Williams of CONRIC PR & Marketing/Publishing will emcee the event. The media panel includes Kellie Burns, NBC2; Lois Thome, WINK News; Paul Lodato, CTN television; Betty L. Wells, Fort Myers Florida Weekly; Steve McQuilkin, The News-Press; Mayela Rosales, Media Vista Group Univision and UniMas; Nik Thompson,; Karen Moore, Southwest Florida Business Today; Tom Sullivan, Christian Radio Way-FM; and Andrew Warfield, Business Observer. The events include media prizes, information and entertainment. For more information, visit


Samantha Scott, president of Pushing the Envelope, has been secured for the third time as a speaker at the 2018 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo (RVDA) in Las Vegas, held Nov. 5-9 on Paris Las Vegas. The 2018 RV Dealers International Convention and Expo brings together the top RV dealers in the country to learn from the industry’s leading experts and strategists about the latest trends in business development, sales, marketing and more. Scott will give two presentations. ‘Storytime: Reaching Millennials with Content’ will take place on from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Nov. 7, and ‘Click Currency: Guide to Remarketing’ will occur from 9-10 a.m. on Nov. 8.


CareerSource Southwest Florida (CSSWF) will host an informational event for business representatives on how to obtain cost-assisted technology certifications for their workers, in conjunction with a Technology Skills Gap Survey being conducted by the Southwest Florida Regional Technical Partnership (SWFRTP). The workshop will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 18 at The Hatchery in Babcock Ranch. CSSWF will utilize the information from the survey to help businesses identify the certifications they may qualify to receive. CSSWF also has programs available for individuals and the event program will address how they can qualify to participate. CSSWF was awarded a grant to provide funding for technology skills upgrading and certification and exam fees. Early survey results indicate a high need for Cisco, Microsoft, VMWare, Amazon Web Services, PMP and Apple certifications. Grant funds are available for training in more than 100 online technology classes. For more information, visit


Attorney Sara Qureshi has joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A’s business and tax department. She focuses her practice in business organization operations and planning, mergers and acquisitions, federal and state taxation, intellectual property, and health care law. Qureshi is fluent in Urdu and Hindi. While attending law school, Qureshi served as the editor-in-chief of the Child and Family Law Journal and executive board treasurer for the National Conference of Law Reviews. She also volunteered as a certified tax preparer with Barry Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Program and served as a legal intern for the Middle District of Florida and Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange County. Qureshi, a Cape Coral native, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University, magna cum laude, in 2014. She then received her Juris Doctor from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2017, followed by her Master of Laws in taxation at University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, graduating at the top of her class in 2018.


David Lawrence Center will host the annual Recovery Month Awards Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the New Hope Community Center in Naples. Every year, David Lawrence Center joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other voices of recovery from across the nation to observe National Recovery Month. At the awards ceremony, David Lawrence Center will honor the following individuals for advocating, educating, mentoring and helping others in need of mental health and addiction recovery services: Robert Crowe, who will be recognized as the Recovery Community Volunteer; Dr. Allen Weiss, Prevention and Treatment Partner; Captain Beth Jones, Prevention and Intervention Partner; Laurie Lyons, Holistic Treatment Volunteer; and Nancy Scheffer, Lifetime Recognition Award. The event will be emceed by WINK news anchor Therese O’Shea. The evening includes education and awareness community partner tables during the reception, dinner, a raffle and the awards ceremony. Sponsorships and donations help to ensure the event will remain free to attend. Donations are appreciated and will be accepted at the event or in advance online. For donation information and event registration, visit or call (239) 354-1445.


Tickets available for Collier JA Business Hall of Fame

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County event, which will induct Jeff Fridkin, co-founding member of Grant Fridkin Pearson P.A.; and Adria Starkey, Collier County president for FineMark National Bank & Trust; into its Business Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony will begin with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Fridkin and Starkey will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1988. Business sponsorships are available at various levels. Individual seats are also available for $250 each. Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500 respectively. Proceeds from the event will benefit local Junior Achievement programs. For more information, visit

Love That Dress! raises $157,000 for PACE

More than 450 guests attended the 10th annual Love That Dress! fundraising event, raising $157,000 and climbing in support of PACE Center for Girls, Lee County. The shopping spree featured shopping, music, silent auctions and cocktails at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero, with more than 2,000 dresses available for purchase at deeply discounted prices. All proceeds from the event benefit PACE’s programs and services, which assist girls ages 11 to 18 who have multiple risk factors impacting their academic achievement, including family income, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member and physical, emotional or sexual abuse. For more information, visit or call (239) 425-2366.

Tickets available for Foundation of Collier County Medical Society golf tournament

Registration is open for The Foundation of Collier County Medical Society’s fifth anniversary “Docs and Duffers” charity golf tournament and raffle, held on Oct. 6 at Bonita Bay Club Naples. Tee-off is at 8:45 a.m. The event includes a day of golf, awards and a banquet luncheon. The tournament will benefit the foundation’s scholarship programs for students pursuing degrees in healthcare, and funding for local healthcare programs in need. Golf registration rates are $175 per person or $650 per foursome. Goodie bags, hosted beverages and the awards luncheon are included. A limited number of sponsorship and underwriting packages are still available starting at $550. Attendees and non-attendees are also invited to participate in the tournament raffles; entrants need not be present to win. Tickets for a premier raffle are a suggested donation of $50 each. Standard raffle tickets with a variety of prizes are available, with a suggested donation of $25 per ticket or $100 for five tickets. For more information, call (239) 435-7727 or visit

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