Gulfshore Business Daily: June 12


Chico’s FAS Inc. reported a net income of $2.0 million for the fiscal 2019 first quarter ended May 4, compared with net income of $29.0 million for the 13 weeks ended May 5, 2018. For the first quarter, net sales were $517.7 million compared to $561.8 million in last year’s first quarter. This 7.8 percent decrease reflects a comparable sales decline of 7.0 percent as well as the impact of 41 net store closures since last year’s first quarter. The comparable sales decline was driven by lower average dollar sale and a decrease in transaction count. 



Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business are invited to apply to the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute, which will begin classes July 15 in Cape Coral. The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a comprehensive training course and prepare a solid feasibility plan, working with mentors who are successful businesspeople. Classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings at the Public Works Building, located at 815 Nicholas Parkway East in Cape Coral. Upon completion, participants present their plans at a graduation Aug. 22. To apply, visit, or call (239) 995-2106 Ext. 2215 for more information. The session fee is $80; applicants that meet certain income guidelines are eligible to attend the course without cost.


Kensington Golf Course



Kensington Golf & Country Club has been named a host site to conduct U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying. The event, held on July 10-11, will feature amateur golfers competing for two to three spots in the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship in August at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina. Kensington Golf & Country Club features a par-71 Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course that has hosted numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers. This is the second time the club has hosted a U.S. Amateur Qualifier—the first was in 2009. A total of 96 domestic sites will be conducting 36-hole sectional qualifying between July 1-24. Kensington is the only Southwest Florida club represented and one of just seven in the state of Florida. 



Deb Rex has joined the staff of Countryside Golf & Country Club as executive assistant and human resources director. Rex brings a background in resident services and hospitality, along with experience in social services. Rex recently worked as the resident engagement manager at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers. Countryside Golf & Country Club is a resident-owned gated golf community with 1,133 residential units, including 221 detached single-family homes. For more information, visit or call (239) 353-1780. 



Delaney Carroll and Thomas Loughran have joined the team at Wilson Creative Group (WCG) as social media coordinator and account coordinator, respectively. Carroll is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management. Her digital marketing background includes experience in Google Analytics and Google Ads, marketing automation platforms and email marketing. Loughran is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a concentration in digital media design. Prior to joining WCG, Loughran was a freelance graphic designer for outdoor recreational organizations in Bonita Springs and North Carolina. 



General Motors named Estero Bay Chevrolet to its distinguished 2018 Chevrolet Dealer of the Year list. With more than 3,000 Chevy dealers nationwide, the program selects and honors 60 dealers from across the country based on exceptional performance in sales, service, and customer satisfaction. Receiving this recognition for the first time, Estero Bay Chevrolet will celebrate the award with an employee luncheon on June 18. Patrick Denson is managing partner of Estero Bay Chevrolet. For more than 10 years, the business has supported Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and currently offer three Estero Bay Chevrolet scholarships for students in need of financial assistance.

Guerilla Media co-founders Matthew Dykes and Hope Daley


Guerilla Media has won three new Telly Awards in the 40th annual competition. The awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks and production companies. Guerilla Media was awarded a Silver Telly for its Everglades Motorcycle commercial for best low-budget in local TV created for Comcast Spotlight; a Bronze Telly for Collier Votes Local Public Service Announcement awarded for best PSA in local TV created for Collier Supervisor of Elections; and a bronze Telly for the 2019 Golden Apple – TV Special Program created for Champions for Learning for Education in local broadcast TV. Guerilla Media is a Southwest Florida based full-service film and video production company. 



Naples Therapeutic Riding Center receives tuition scholarship for Executive Education Program

 The Harvard Club of Naples has awarded a $6,500 scholarship to send Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) Executive Director Missy Saracino Lamont to The Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in July. The club will pay for the full tuition fee and room and board for the seven-day course held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lamont will participate in the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, a course tailored to nonprofit Executive Directors and CEOs. The Harvard Club of Naples is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. This scholarship is one of several scholarship programs the club provides to students, principals and nonprofit leaders in Collier County. This is the sixth year The Harvard Club of Naples has awarded a scholarship for the Executive Education program.

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