Gulfshore Business Daily: January 24

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Southwest Florida has been designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation and will receive a $125,000 grant to support local efforts to increase educational attainment. Southwest Florida joins Cleveland, Northeast Indiana and Tampa Bay, along with 22 other Talent Hubs selected in 2017 and 2018. These communities meet rigorous standards for creating environments that cultivate, attract, and retain talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are adults, black, Hispanic, or Native American, students from low-income households, or the first in their families to go to college, according to a press release. With the one-time award, the Coalition will work with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU ) and Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to propel the region’s attainment numbers over the next 15 months. A portion of the award, $15,000, will go to the FutureMakers Fund at the Foundation to support the overhead of the backbone organization. The remaining dollars will go to FGCU to support a position and marketing to recruit former FGCU adult learners who have stopped-out back to FGCU or FSW to complete a degree in an effort to significantly increase attainment in the near-term. For more information, visit To learn more about the FGCU Complete program, visit FSW students who are interested in learning more about educational attainment can visit Talent Hubs are part of Lumina’s $13 million community mobilization strategy, which focuses on local and regional efforts to increase attainment in ways that can inform other communities.



Best Care Collaborative (BCC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lee Health, achieved $15.7 million in shared savings in the performance year 2018 as a participant in the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). BCC, which is led by local physicians and providers, was one of 50 Next Generation ACOs in the country selected to participate in the initiative, the highest risk accountable care organization model, according to a press release. BCC achieved these cost savings by utilizing robust data analytics, high-risk care management and improved care coordination between primary care physicians, specialty physicians, hospitals, home health agencies, and local nursing homes. BCC’s share of the total savings is used to cover operating expenses, and the remaining amount is distributed among participating partners, including Lee Physician Group (LPG), Florida Cancer Specialists and Shell Point Retirement Community, for the 2018 performance year. BCC also participated in the Next Generation ACO Model in 2019 and will remain a participant in the Model through 2020.


The Chamber of Southwest Florida will present “FGCU 22 Years Strong with President Martin” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport at Town Center. The event kicks off with registration, with the program starting at noon. Dr. Mike Martin, president of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will address the crowd and discuss FGCU’s successes and challenges after two decades since its opening. He will also share his vision for FGCU’s future and answer questions from the audience. Click here to register.


Chico’s FAS has been named one of the Best Employers for Diversity 2020 by Forbes Magazine. The company also was included in the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), published by the Human Rights Campaign, for its corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. As a first-time recipient of Forbes Magazine’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020 recognition, Chico’s FAS was among the top 20 within the clothing category for diversity in the U.S. It is also the company’s first time being recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 CEI, a national benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The company joins the ranks of more than 1,000 major U.S. businesses that also were included in the CEI.


The nationally recognized Imagine Solutions Conference, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, announced the 2020 conference’s full lineup of speakers and topics. The 2020 Imagine Solutions Conference will be held on Feb. 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples and will present 18 world-class thought leaders who will address seven critical topics in one day. The theme of the 10th-anniversary conference is “Visionary Viewpoints,” with speakers discussing topics including advances in medicine and health, advances in science and technology, leadership, adventure, the influence of the arts, social impact and entrepreneurship and “There’s Always a Next Chapter.” American television writer and producer Norman Lear will participate in a live interview, telecast exclusively to the Imagine Solutions Conference. His daughter, Kate Lear, will be present at the conference and will moderate the interview. Emmy Award-winning CNBC anchor Tyler Mathisen will serve as the conference’s host and moderator. The 2020 Imagine Solutions Conference speakers are listed at

Brian Hamman


Brian Hamman, chairman of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, will address the challenges and priorities facing Lee County government at the Real Estate Investment Society’s (REIS) luncheon meeting beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 11 in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse in Fort Myers. Hamman’s presentation will focus on the county’s budget, coordination with municipal governments, infrastructure projects, and the county’s role in managing water resources. The commissioner is also expected to discuss growth management, impact fees, and local legislative priorities in the current legislative session. Following the presentation, Hamman will respond to questions of specific interest to the real estate investment and development industry. The meeting is sponsored by Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. Admission is $30.00 for members and $40.00 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by February 6th and may be made at the REIS web site:


Panira Health Clinic has appointed two people to its board of Directors; Dr. Patrick Carrigan as treasurer and Ginny Nolan as secretary. Carrigan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. He continued his training in a residency for Endodontics at Temple University. Upon graduation, he returned to Pittsburgh and founded South Hills Endodontics/Precision Endodontics. Carrigan has been practicing in Naples for 12 years after divesting his practice interests and responsibilities to his other partners. Nolan is the communications outreach coordinator at St. Peter the Apostle Church. She has been involved in the business and ministry aspect of the church for almost 30 years. Nolan attended Sullivan Business College, majoring in accounting and data processing. For more information, visit


Ranger Toni Westland will speak about the refuge’s 75th anniversary celebration.


Toni Westland, supervisory refuge ranger at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, will be the guest speaker for the next Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Business Lunch. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 12 at the Sanibel-Captiva Realtors Association at 2353 Periwinkle Way, Suite 201. Westland, who oversees visitor services and events at “Ding” Darling, will speak about this year’s activities surrounding the refuge’s 75th anniversary in December. Heidrick & Co. Insurance sponsors the Feb. 12 lunch, which will be catered by Paper Fig Kitchen. Cost for luncheon attendance is $27 for chamber members. Advanced registration is required to attend; walk-ins are not accepted. Register by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7 at or by calling (239) 472-1966. Payment is due at time of registration.


Harry Chapin Food Bank and Publix join forces for Feeding Southwest Florida

Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix Super Markets in “Feeding Southwest Florida,” a one-day food drive being held on Feb. 8 in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. Residents are invited to shop any of the 62 Publix stores across those three counties from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day to support our mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger. To participate, purchase one or more items at Publix, and donate them as you leave to the food bank staff and volunteers set up in the lobby or outside. Any donation of nonperishable food is welcome, but the items most needed are breakfast bars, canned fish or chicken, beans (dry or canned), other canned vegetables, cooking oil, pasta, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, dry milk, jelly, rice, cans of soup and beef stew. The food will be distributed through food bank programs including the Care and Share: Senior Feeding Program, Harry’s Helpings, In-School Pantries, and Fulfill Mobile Pantries. The food bank also distributes food through its Partner Agency Program, a network of more than 150 partner agencies.


Bowland, HeadPinz and Ciniello family support veteran programs with donation

Six Bowland and HeadPinz Entertainment Centers in Southwest Florida, led by owners Pat and Lisa Ciniello, are donating $46,000 to support Florida-based veterans’ services. BVL funds recreation therapy programs that address the emotional and physical needs of veterans and active-duty military, including sports, music, crafts, technology, and adaptive equipment for rehabilitation activities. The funds were raised across multiple events at the Bowland and HeadPinz bowling centers during November, which is BVL Month in America. The total also included a personal donation from the Ciniellos. Rich Albright, owner of Bowland Port Charlotte, also made a personal contribution to the total. The Bowland and HeadPinz donation will be designated for programs at the Veteran’s Administration clinic in Cape Coral, as well as other Florida-based veterans’ services. Last year, Bowland and HeadPinz funded a wheelchair accessible transportation cart for the VA Clinic. For more information, visit
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