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INCUMBENT WORKER, QUICK RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE NOW
CareerSource Florida is now accepting applications for Incumbent Worker Training grants. The program provides continuing education and training of current full-time employees at Florida companies. Interested participants should apply online at least 45 days prior to their requested training start date. From July 1 through June 30, 2022, the maximum amount a company can receive through an Incumbent Worker Training grant is $100,000. Additionally, Quick Response Training funds are being offered to businesses to implement flexible and customized training for full-time, permanent employees. The program is only available to new and expanding companies in Florida. A total of $7.5 million has been allocated for the Quick Response Training program in 2021/2022. Priority will be given to businesses applying for the first time. A notice will be posted on CareerSource Florida’s website when funds are no longer available for the current fiscal year. CareerSource Southwest Florida is a part of CareerSource Florida. For local assistance, click here.
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NAPLES PRIDE OFFERS NEW WALK-IN CLINIC, SAFE SPACE
Naples Pride is debuting a new walk-in clinic to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community to receive treatment. While the services are offered elsewhere, the clinic provides a comfortable setting for people who often feel stigmatized. Health providers with Independent Medical Group (IMG) run the new drop-in clinic at the Naples Pride Community Center, 2248 Airport-Pulling Road S., East Naples. The clinic is open from noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. No appointment is necessary, WINK News reports.
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FGCU STUDENT CREATES SUNSCREEN BRAND THAT WON’T HARM CORAL REEFS
One future Florida Gulf Coast University graduate who started a high-end sunscreen brand is seeing her dream come to life two years later. Alexandria Quillen created a sunscreen that is natural and will not harm coral reefs. FGCU’s Runway program helped the young entrepreneur launch her own business by awarding her seed funding. With cash in hand, Quillen took pre-orders and named her brand SunnyQ. She eventually found a private manufacturer to produce her product. Quillen, who delayed her college career to start her own makeup business, is set to graduate in December, WINK News reports.
GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER TO HOST NONPROFIT-FOCUSED LUNCHEON JULY 22
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will feature a nonprofit expo during its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 22 at The Club at Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers. Organizations that will be showcased include Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, BelieveNBooks, Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Fort Myers YMCA, Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc., Opportunity Services Florida, Pace Center for Girls of Lee County, Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, St. Matthew’s House, Teen Challenge and Valerie’s House. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers.
SRMA TO HOST MANUFACTURER MASTERMIND SUMMIT AUG. 18
Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association will host a live “Manufacturer Mastermind Summit” for manufacturers-only from 8-9:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 in the Lutgert College of Business, Room 2201, at Florida Gulf Coast University. There is no charge to attend the event, sponsored by S4J Manufacturing Services Inc. Light refreshments will be provided. Online registration is required as space will be limited. Register online here, call 941-730-7903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HR CONFERENCE, LEGISLATIVE UPDATE COMING SEPT. 27
HR Collier and the Charlotte County Society for Human Resource Management will host its first annual conference, “2021 HR Conference & Legislative Update: A Culture That Rocks,” on Sept. 27 at Arthrex One Conference Center in Naples. The speaker lineup includes Jim Knight, Lorna Kibby, Otto Immel and Velma Knowles. Register online here.
COLLABORATORY APPOINTS NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP, TRUSTEE
Collaboratory has welcomed new board leadership. Dennie Hamilton will serve as board chair, Dr. Aysegul Timur will serve as vice chair and Sally Jackson will become a new board trustee. Hamilton retired in 2019 from a 39-year career in the electric utility industry. In his last 12 years, he served as executive vice president and chief executive officer of Lee County Electric Cooperative. He has served as a Collaboratory board member since 2014 and as former chair of the audit and governance committees. Timur is vice president and vice provost of strategy and program innovation and a member of the Regional Economic Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has served on the Collaboratory board since 2019. In 2017, Jackson retired from Lee Health after 12 years as System Director, Government and Community Relations. Her 40 plus-year career spans executive roles in business, state government and chambers of commerce.
MOORINGS PARK AT GREY OAKS WELCOMES EXECUTIVE CHEF
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks has welcomed Kenneth Young as executive chef. Kenny previously served as executive chef at Trio Restaurant at Moorings Park for several years. Before that, Kenny spent six years working for Palm Island Resort in Cape Haze, Florida. Young also operated as a chef and owned a restaurant in Rhode Island, where he is from. Additionally, he has 15 years of culinary experience in Vail, Colorado.
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS
The September 2021 issue of Gulfshore Business magazine will include a special advertising section featuring profiles of Women in Business. For advertising inquiries, please contact Associate Publisher Chris Renstrom at 239-498-8517 or chris.renstrom@
FutureMakers Coalition partners with Bank of America
FutureMakers Coalition has received a $300,000 grant from Bank of America to add three full-time team members. The staffing positions created and funded by the bank’s multi-year commitment will further FutureMakers Coalition’s goal of transforming Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the percentage of working-age adults who hold post-high school credentials to 55% by 2025. Joining FutureMakers’ team as a result of the bank’s support is a partnership and sustainability manager to help secure additional revenue and funding opportunities to grow the coalition’s reach and manage its network. Additionally, two college navigators will be added through the grant to help connect adults to training programs and find students who previously attempted to attend college but did not complete a credential or certification.
Youth Haven awarded $7,500 grant from Fifth Third Bank
Youth Haven Inc. has received a $7,500 grant from Fifth Third Bank. The funds will be used to support the organization’s Food & Nutrition Program. Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for children and teens ages 6-19 removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness. Many residents at Youth Haven have poor nutrition and food insecurity, the organization states. Youth Haven’s in-house chef provides the child and teens with a consistent, professionally crafted menu focused on nutritional goals.
Child Care of Southwest Florida elevates STEAM instruction through grant
Child Care of Southwest Florida introduced additional STEAM instruction – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – to students through a Cape Coral Community Foundation grant. The STEAM initiative brought hands-on learning opportunities to students in the nonprofit’s pre-kindergarten program, as well as a new curriculum and lesson plans for teachers to implement in their classrooms. STEAM activities were capped with a visit to the IMAG History & Science Center. Child Care of Southwest Florida developed a comprehensive Focus on Four education initiative to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten. Focus on Four concentrates on four pillars of learning: social-emotional skills, literacy and language development, STEM activities and hands-on learning opportunities.
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