Gulfshore Business Daily: June 1

Lead photo: Nagen and Project Graduation team up for gift to graduates.



Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has processed more than 700 loans totaling $70 million dollars under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help local small businesses, nonprofit organizations and independent contractors support payroll and related costs, saving thousands of jobs in Southwest Florida. The PPP, which originally launched on April 3 to address economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, provides forgivable, government-guaranteed loans for the nation’s small businesses. The average loan amount Sanibel Captiva Community Bank processed was just under $100,000. Loan amounts ranged from as low as $500 to more than $3.7 million. Those funds helped keep 9,078 people employed in Southwest Florida. To learn more, visit


Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and VISIT Florida will host the “Back to Business Webinar” at 2:30 p.m. today. Carol Dover, president and CEO of the FRLA, and Dana Young, president and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, will discuss highlights and updates on the current phase we are in, plus rebounding and getting back to business, current VISIT FLORIDA initiatives, information on the upcoming VISIT FLORIDA in-state campaign, and free VISIT FLORIDA marketing resources, followed by a Q&A session. VISIT FLORIDA is the state’s official tourism marketing corporation. The webinar is open to members and nonmembers. To register, click here.


With a focus on providing support to regional nonprofit and small businesses, Southwest Florida Community Foundation is offering an upcoming webinar on important information on Safe Harbor Compliance for the Paycheck Protection Program as part of the Foundation’s ongoing Thrivability by Collaboratory program. “Thrivability: You’ve Got the PPP, Now What?” will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on June 10. The complimentary program will feature local expert panelists who will cover compliance and other important rules associated with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Panelists include Sara Qureshi and Michael Lehnert, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Erica Harp, Hughes Snell & Co., P.A.; Greg Blurton, Edison National Bank. Reservations are required here.


Florida Lions Eye Clinic is reopening Tuesday with the following changes: a COVID-19 screening questionnaire for patients, a limited number of people in the building at any given time, mandatory non-invasive temperature checks, and mandatory masks and gloves for staff and patients (provided by the clinic). Clinic surfaces will be cleaned after each patient visit. Stores continue to reopen at Waterside Shops, bringing the total to 48 stores and four restaurants opening for business since temporarily closing March 18. The five additional stores that opened Friday are Barnes & Noble, J. Jill, Lilly Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren and Sephora. Other stores that opened last week include Apple, L’Occitane, Lululemon and Soma. Visit the blog at for a complete store listing of hours and store services. Curbside and personal appointments are also available. Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Trail N., launches summer hours today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 


Southwest Florida Event Center, which permanently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, is selling its collection of autographed event posters as well as its stock of liquor, wine and beer. “Even though we have made the decision to close our doors, we still have expenses to pay, therefore, we are selling our event posters for $100 each (autographed) and $50 each (not autographed),” said owners Jennifer and Richard Shanahan via an emailed newsletter Friday. Posters have been signed by performers such as Jane Lynch, John Anderson, Rickie Lee Jones, Pure Prairie League and Lovin’ Spoonful. For requests or an itemized list of available items, email Items can be picked up at the Southwest Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 

John Fall


Suffolk has hired John Fall as the chief financial officer of Suffolk Southeast Region. Fall will be responsible for leading Suffolk financial operations for the entire southeast region which includes office locations in Miami, West Palm Beach, Estero, and Tampa. Before joining Suffolk, Fall held leadership positions at CSX Transportation, a $12 billion operating company providing rail-based transportation solutions throughout the Eastern U.S., for more than a decade. At CSX, Fall served in operations, commercial and corporate finance, as well as holding key positions including assistant vice president of technology, revenue strategy, and head of marketing for the industrial and agriculture segments. His industry experience also includes multiple assignments in the U.S and Europe as part of General Electric’s financial management program and corporate audit staff. Fall earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Winfried Krepf


Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has appointed Winfried Krepf as a project manager in the company’s Naples office. Krepf is currently managing the San Marco Catholic Church and projects for Collier County Public Schools. Krepf has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry.  He began his career working for international firms with projects in the U.S. and overseas, performing as an estimator, site manager, supervisor, project engineer and project manager. He has commercial, industrial and residential experience related to multimillion-dollar projects. Most recently, he managed the complete shell construction of a 14-story high-rise mixed luxury condo complex which included two subfloor garage levels in southeast Florida. Krepf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management and a concrete technologist certification from the College of Civil Engineering in Aachen, Germany.


Help a Diabetic Child Foundation Announces Matching Gift Program

Help a Diabetic Child Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families and individuals who are dealing with diabetes, announced that all donations through June 7 will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to an anonymous donor, allowing all gifts to go twice as far for children in need in these challenging times. To join the challenge and make a tax-deductible gift, visit or mail a check to Help a Diabetic Child Foundation, P.O. Box 110161, Naples, FL 34108. Based in Naples, the Help A Diabetic Child Foundation was founded by Tami Balavage after her 16-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2010. 

Franko Cardozo and Carl Veus

Naples student entrepreneurs self-fund graduation gifts for classmates

Franko Cardozo and Carl Veus, the founders of Nagen Vegan Bakery, worked with Project Graduation to distribute a two-pack of their cookies to every single graduate in the entire Lorenzo Walker Technical school system. That’s about 3,500 kids, or close to 7,000 cookies. Cardozo and Veus created Nagen as part of an entrepreneurship course while attending Lorenzo Walker and funded the entire give-away themselves. They produced the cookies at the Immokalee Culinary Accelerator professional kitchen and, with a team of volunteers, cooked and packaged cookies. They delivered them the cookies to Project Graduation at the Naples YMCA on May 29.

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