Gulfshore Business Daily: February 22

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REALTOR ASSEMBLY SET FOR JUNE

Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, & Rudnick, LLP (WWMR) will host its third annual Realtor Assembly on June 13 at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples. This full-day educational opportunity for realtors will feature attorney speakers Michael Michetti, Josh Rudnick and Jay Caudill, offering several educational topics for realtors. Registration for the event will open on March 1 on Eventbrite.com. The event provides attendees with six continuing education units to use towards their real estate agent requirements. Visit www.lawfirmnaples.com for updates and more information.

IGNITE PARTNERS ADDS AGTECH COMPANY TO PORTFOLIO

Agtech company BMP Logic has turned to The Ignite Partners for market growth and technology intellectual property. BMP Logic’s blockchain technology keeps track of water and fertilizer usage and sends the corresponding soil data by identifying and making an electronic token for each probe reading. By tokenizing the data, the company also is able to provide highly accurate information to farmers and water conservation organizations. The outcome translates to higher profits for farmers while also helping to conserve water, which is BMP Logic’s company mission.

BMP Logic has soil probes in six states including Florida and two countries. The Ignite Partners works with companies that have already proven market viability and have revenue of at least $1 million Annual Recurring Revenue. The goal is for The Ignite Partners’ portfolio companies to gain optimal market penetration and tech intellectual property creation to maximize the value of the business.

LA TRATTORIA OPENS IN NAPLES

La Trattoria, a new Italian pizzeria and restaurant opened on Jan. 3 at 878 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. Luca Di Falco, owner and partner of Bice, Caffe Milano, and now La Trattoria, has partnered with award-winning craft cocktail creator Massimiliano Tonni and third generation pizza chef from Naples, Italy Domenico Foraggio, for the restaurant.

La Trattoria specializes in serving authentic Neapolitan pizza with light and airy dough. The rustic Italian restaurant also offers homemade pasta, cheese, bread, fish and meat. It has imported nearly all of their appliances and ingredients from Italy. The restaurant’s grand opening brought more than 800 guests to the restaurant.

CORNERSTONE BUILDERS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EARNS HOUZZ AWARD

Cornerstone Builders of Southwest Florida has been awarded “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz. The 30-year-old local remodeling company was chosen by more than 40 million unique monthly users that comprise the Houzz community, from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually in three categories: design, customer service, and photography. Customer service honors are based on several factors, including the company’s overall rating on Houzz, as well as client reviews submitted in 2018. For more information, click here.

ANDERSON JOINS REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL, CONSULTING FIRM

Andrew Anderson has joined Maxwell, Hendry & Simmons, LLC, a Fort Myers-based real estate appraisal and consulting firm. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Warner University in Lake Wales and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. He has 15 years of experience in commercial appraisal and consulting, leading statewide projects involving forensic valuation for litigation, eminent domain actions and partial interest analysis.

Anderson has previously worked with Hanson Real Estate Advisors in Fort Myers and with the Lee County Department of County Lands. In addition to his state appraisal certification, he holds a real estate sales associates license and is qualified as an expert witness in the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

CEO ACADEMY SLATED FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL TEENS

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is seeking entrepreneurial, business-minded teens for the 2019 CEO Academy summer camp, held from June 3-7 at FGCU’s Emergent Technologies Institute in Fort Myers. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors from Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties, the CEO Academy teaches students the basics of starting and operating a successful business.

Under the guidance of business leaders, entrepreneurs and Florida Gulf Coast University professors, participating students work in project teams to develop a unique business concept and comprehensive business plan. College scholarship money will be awarded to each student on the winning team for the business plan competition held at the camp’s conclusion. 

For details and applications, visit www.JASWFL.org or call (239) 225-2590. The deadline for applications is May 1. There is a $100 application fee, which is fully refundable if the student is not selected.

CHARITABLE NOTES

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest to be held Sunday

SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. will present the 11th annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort &  Spa. The event is hosted by the Trustees of SWFL Children's Charities to "Make Waves – Building Healthy Minds" for children's mental and behavioral health services in our region. Guests will enjoy delicacies from 11 chefs and fine wines from all other the country provided by nearly two dozen vintners. A live auction will also take place to benefit local organizations serving children in the areas of healthcare, healthcare education and mental and behavioral health. For tickets and more information, visit https://swflwinefest.org/event/.

Tickets available for Community Cooperative annual benefit

Community Cooperative’s 16th Annual Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 7 at Sam Galloway Ford in Fort Myers to support the hungry and homeless in Lee County. The event will include more than 650 guests, a fully donated southern-style dinner, an open bar and beverages and more. The evening begins with a cocktail hour followed by the main event at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets are $200, with table sponsorship opportunities starting at $2,500. To purchase tickets and tables, call (239) 332-7687, ext. 101, or visit www.CommunityCooperative.com/events.

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