Gulfshore Business Daily: February 12


The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FSBDC at FGCU) will present the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner from 6-9 p.m. on May 5 at Bonita Bay Club. The awards recognize three outstanding Southwest Florida business owners for their success, innovative technology and business advocacy. The event provides an opportunity for the local business community to celebrate their achievements. Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards close on Feb. 15. Click here for the nomination form. To attend the event, click here.


Wolf, Metzger & Maurillo Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors is hosting a complimentary workshop at noon on Feb. 19 in the Magnolia Room at Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers, addressing market conditions and potential tax savings opportunities. The “2020 Market Outlook & Florida Domicile” seminar will feature a pair of local financial professionals sharing their insight with attendees. Matt Stowell, regional vice president for First Trust Portfolios, will offer an overview of financial markets and discussion about how portfolios might be impacted in 2020. Jennifer Hammond, an attorney with Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP, will educate attendees about Florida’s estate and homestead laws, as well as outline how declaring Florida residency can save money on taxes. First Trust Portfolios is sponsoring and financially supporting the workshop. The seminar is educational in nature and no company-specific products will be discussed. Lunch will be served. Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP no later than Feb. 17 by calling Taylor Siefert at (239) 479-7913 or emailing


Hodges University has announced the launch of its own magazine, called Talon. The first edition is now available on both the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. The magazine is an appropriate nod to our new mascot, the Hawk,” said Dr. John Meyer, president of Hodges University. “This 32-page publication includes short articles about the people and the programs that make Hodges University an exceptional place to further one’s education and realize career goals.” A digital version is available at The next edition will be published in May 2020.


Naples Art has launched its Art Business Entrepreneur program. The one-year Art Business Entrepreneur program provides professional-development workshops and lectures, allowing artists of all disciplines to develop and refine business skills that sustain their place in an evolving arts industry, including the added marketing opportunity to expand their reach and showcase their work. Naples Art has partnered with The Clark Hulings Fund (CHF) to develop a proprietary platform to teach artists these business skills. Through a variety of online and in-person lectures, labs, workshops and study groups, CHF teaches artists essential business skills and shows how to apply their talent, experience and expertise to become successful and profitable art business entrepreneurs. The Naples Art’s Art Business Entrepreneurship Program offers rolling admission, so artists can apply and be accepted at any point during the year to accommodate individual schedules. For more information, contact Aimee Schlehr at, or call (239) 262-2517.


The first annual Unstoppable Growth Conference will take place from Feb. 27-29 at the Hyatt House Naples / 5th Avenue. Created to inspire and motivate Southwest Florida business leaders and entrepreneurs, the conference offers tools, insight, and ongoing support from a diverse group of national and local speakers. Admission to the three-day conference includes several post-conference benefits such as an online business audit, a one-hour business consultation, and ongoing, direct access to business growth and leadership resources. To purchase a ticket, visit


The American College of Cardiology has once again recognized Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda for their demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain, a press release states. Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda were awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation, of which Port Charlotte also received Accreditation with Primary PCI. Both were based on rigorous onsite evaluations of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Currently, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda are the only facilities in Charlotte County to receive this accreditation. For more information, visit

Jodi Kaplan


Gulf Coast International Properties (GCIP) has hired several associates: Jodi Kaplan, broker associate; realtor Sarah D. Wayne, director of luxury rentals; and Linda Sonders, realtor and award-winning interior decorator. A Kansas native, Kaplan has been selling real estate for over 24 years in both Kansas and Naples. Wayne is a lifelong Neapolitan, licensed real estate appraiser and sales associate. Sonders is a Mid-Atlantic native and Naples resident of more than 25 years. She has been and a local real estate agent for 22 years. For more information, visit

Linda M. Treise


Hughes, Snell & Co. P.A., Certified Public Accountants and Consultants shareholder Linda M. Treise received a 2020 Power Player Professional Advisor Award from the South Florida CEO Network, an initiative of the Cape Coral Community Foundation. The awards were presented on Jan. 15 at a reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fort Myers. Six distinguished Southwest Florida professional advisors in the areas of banking, estate planning, finance, accounting, real estate and insurance were recognized for performing their duties with integrity and making a substantial impact in Southwest Florida.  



Sunshine Ace Hardware has received the “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” from Ace Hardware Corp. for promoting a superior level of customer service and delivering on the company’s brand promise to serve its neighbors with helpful service and quality products. Sunshine Ace has received the award each year since the designation was created in 2013. Only 35 Ace owners companywide have achieved this honor. The “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” designation was developed as part of Ace Hardware’s long-term retail growth strategy for its more than 5,200 stores in approximately 70 countries. Sunshine Ace Hardware has nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. stores in Manatee County.

Butterfly Beach Clothing


Family-owned retailing group Butterfly Beach Clothing has selected Fifth Avenue South in Naples to open its fourth store. Butterfly Beach Clothing offers casual beach and surf apparel for children, men and women, ranging in price from $1 to $500. Butterfly Beach Clothing Owner/Manager Jodi Ellis established the company in 2010. Ellis opened her first store in 2010 on Periwinkle Way in Sanibel Island. She opened a second location at the Esplanade Center on Marco Island in 2012 and launched a third location in Fort Myers in 2018. The fourth location in Naples is at 850 Fifth Avenue South in Naples. For more details, visit


2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction lots announced

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has revealed its lineup of auction lot packages for the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, held on Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. A stay on a private island in Belize, a tour through Sonoma Wine Country, and a Texan ranch retreat are just a few of the 38 offerings that will be up for bid during the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s live auction. The SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s signature fundraising event supports the nonprofit’s mission to save children’s lives and advance pediatric health care across the region. Auction items are made possible through generous donations from friends of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., including trustees, donors and distinguished vintners. For a complete list of auction items, visit

ESPN basketball analyst to headline Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will headline the 31st Annual Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards Banquet. The annual awards presentation, which recognizes the achievements of Collier County’s top scholar-athletes, will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. on May 2 at The Naples Grande Beach Resort in North Naples. the dinner and awards presentation to follow at 7 p.m. The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award began in 1990 at the Collier Athletic Club as a vision to recognize the top senior scholar-athlete from each of the high schools in Collier County. Each of the public and private high schools nominates its best senior scholar-athlete. Finalists receive a $5,000 scholarship. The winner, selected by a panel of Winged Foot Committee members and local citizens, earns a trophy and $10,000 scholarship. Individual tickets are available for $275 per person. A number of sponsorship opportunities also are currently available. All proceeds from the banquet go toward the scholarship program. For further information, call (239) 262-7171.

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