Gulfshore Business Daily: January 13

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Lead Photo: Courtesy Wyndham Hotels & Resorts



Blue Waters Development Group LLC has announced plans to develop Victory Park, a commercial project in Cape Coral. Victory Park will include a 125-room Wyndham Garden hotel, commercial space, and 100,000 square feet of medical space and industrial space. The groundbreaking is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021. Pre-leasing is now taking place. RealAmerica Realty is the leasing agent for Victory Park. For leasing or general information about Victory Park, contact Steve Komondorea at 239-573-6464 or email


Mitch’s Cookies Dessert Bar & Soda Fountain launched a second location Monday in downtown Naples. The new shop replaced Adelheidis Organic Sweets at 520 Park St., just off Fifth Avenue South. The local business established in 2013 by Mitch and Lynn Mitchell was acquired last summer by the Hoffmann Family of Companies, although the Mitchells continue to run the company and maintain partial ownership. The new location is in a Hoffmann-owned building. Mitch’s other location is in Kings Lake Square on Davis Boulevard in East Naples. The business is known for its cake-like chewy cookies and its old-fashioned ice cream creations. Gift boxes of more than 50 variations of gourmet cookies also may be shipped anywhere. The new dessert bar is open from noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Mondays. For more information go to Mitch’s Cookies on Facebook. 


BCB Homes has completed the structure of the first house in an 18-unit subdivision that is part of The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways Learning Lab Project. Thanks to The Wasie Foundation, The Ray Foundation, Collier Enterprises, and Dale & Barbara Morrison and more community partners, the Naples-based builder, along with students from The Immokalee Foundation and Immokalee Technical College, broke ground on this site in October. The housing subdivision curriculum for the Career Pathways Learning Lab Project will allow students to obtain hands-on experience that will evolve into careers with BCB Homes and others like them in the Southwest Florida marketplace, according to BCB Homes. BCB Homes and its subcontractors are waiving all profit margins for this project, which is slated for completion in 2026, as some elements of the project have been pushed back due to COVID-19.


Healthcare Network is providing three free walk-up COVID-19 testing events in Immokalee this week. The next testing events take place today from 3-6:30 p.m. at The Oasis, 218 W. Main Street, and Friday, Jan. 15, from 3-6:30 p.m. at Camp Rojo, 701 S. First Street. Testing at each event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last all ages regardless of symptoms. A physician or provider referral is not required, and those receiving tests do not need to be patients of the Healthcare Network. Everyone must wear face coverings. To ensure proper follow-up, a photo ID is required. Results are expected in three-to-five business days. For information, call 239-675-7080, email or visit


Bruce Rosenblatt, owner of Senior Housing Solutions, will host a webinar called “Straight Talk… Real Solutions” from 10-11 a.m. on Jan. 21. The webinar, which is part of the 2021 series focused on senior housing and transitions, will feature Naples’ Premier Professional Organizer and Naples Florida Weekly columnist Marla Ottenstein as its guest. Ottenstein will discuss how one goes about de-cluttering and consolidating a lifetime of possessions, downsizing and transitioning into the next stage of life. Ottenstein will also discuss the concepts of right-sizing and “Swedish Death Cleaning” and how they differ from traditional downsizing. To register for the webinar, call 239-595-0207.


Guadalupe Center has welcomed three additional leaders to its 2021 Board of Trustees, a governing body whose members serve as advocates and ambassadors for students and families in Immokalee. Newly appointed trustees include Debbie Toler, Eric Wallach and John Paro, who join 20 other individuals who help set policies and direction for the nonprofit organization. In addition to the three appointments, Guadalupe Center also announced executive leadership positions for 2021 that includes Joe Baughman, chair; Fred Hagemann, vice chair; Dr. Carl Ehmann, treasurer; and William Dempsey, secretary.


Cypress at Home has welcomed Tisha Saylor as a health liaison and business development representative for the growing Southwest Florida home and community-based care provider. A native Floridian born and raised in Cape Coral, Saylor has served for more than seven years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and post-acute liaison for Lee Health’s skilled nursing facility and its post-acute services. She recently received Lee Health’s “Passion For The Promise” award, which reflects an individual’s outstanding commitment to patients, employees, and their service to the Southwest Florida community, Cypress at Home states.  

Tim Hausler


Soukup Strategic Solutions has hired nonprofit professional Tim Hausler as a proposal writer. In this role, he will specialize in grant applications, grant research, and grant reports. Hausler will work directly with the grants team to increase funding awards made to Soukup Strategic Solutions’ nonprofit clients. Hausler has more than 10 years of nonprofit experience as well as experience as a marketing and development copywriter and editor. Hausler received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on writing and linguistics from the University of Michigan. Over the last six months, the Soukup Strategic Solutions team has doubled its number of employees as the company embarks on an expansion plan to serve more nonprofits nationwide.


Roetzel & Andress has promoted Sarah M. Grieb to the position of shareholder. Grieb is a member of the real estate group and works out of the Naples office. Grieb focuses her practice on real estate law with an emphasis on commercial and residential transactions, commercial loan documentation and the formation and structuring of business entities. Her practice also extends to corporate and business services. Clients include institutional lenders, commercial developers, buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate, and entrepreneurs. Grieb is a board member for the Collier County Women’s Bar Association and a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Southwest Florida. She is also a former chair of the Collier County Bar Association, Real Property Section and Collier County Chapter Representative for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Grieb received her Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School and her Bachelor of Science in environmental policy and planning from Virginia Tech.


Naples-based DeAngelis Diamond announces the addition of John Odom as vice president of strategic development. Based out of the company’s Sarasota, Florida, office, Odom will serve the Central Florida region from Sarasota to Orlando. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Odom graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Urban Planning prior to beginning his career in Clearwater, Florida, in 1996. He moved into the sales side early in his 25-year career, preferring to be in front of people and prospecting business. Odom has been involved in projects on both the design and construction side in a variety of market segments.



United Way taking applications for emergency food and shelter funding

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee will accept applications from nonprofit organizations for funds to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs in Lee and Hendry Counties through 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. Lee and Hendry Counties have been awarded federal funds totaling $291,340 for Phase 38.  This funding is made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be the following: private voluntary non-profits or units of government; have a functional accounting system in place; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are private voluntary organizations, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies and organizations only are urged to apply. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for these Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact Alexis Rodriguez at 239-433-7551 for more information. 

17th Annual Cars on 5th to benefit St. Matthew’s House

The Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America presents Naples’ premier luxury car event, the Naples Automotive Experience, beginning with preliminary events starting on Feb. 4, and culminating with the 17th Annual Cars on 5th Concours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Cars on 5th is the largest one-day event in Naples. More than 650 cars, including more than 150 Ferraris and 450 other exotic, Porsche, Corvettes, vintage and muscle cars, will be exhibited along Fifth Avenue South. Proceeds from Cars on 5th events support St. Matthew’s House. in its work to provide programs and services for those struggling with homelessness, hunger, substance abuse and poverty in Southwest Florida.  St. Matthew’s House has been a leader in providing food and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, and to purchase advance event tickets and auction bidder passes, visit

Sunshine Ace Hardware raises $95,000 for Children’s Miracle Network during 2020

Sunshine Ace Hardware raised $95,000 for two local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, through a series of successful fundraising campaigns in 2020. The locally owned company has supported Children’s Miracle Network for many years, but for 2020, Sunshine Ace designed the nonprofit as its “primary charitable partner” in alignment with the national Ace Hardware initiative. Fundraising campaigns included multiple “Round Up for the Kids” charitable campaigns, the Blue Bucket Days campaign and a fundraising lunch at the Fifth Annual “Reel in the Sunshine” fishing expo. As a corporation, Ace Hardware has raised more than $122 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since becoming a corporate partner in 1991.
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