Gulfshore Business Daily: June 29


To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. For more information on EIDL programs, click here.


Naples earned the No. 1 spot in WalletHub’s 2020 Best Beach Towns to Live in the list. Bonita Springs also made the list at No. 67, followed by Marco Island at No. 83. WalletHub compared 191 cities across 63 key indicators of livability, splitting comparison into two categories: towns located by the ocean and lakes. The data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water. For the full report, click here.


The SWFL chapter of the American Advertising of Federation (AAF-SWFL) reached a membership of 144 people in its first year, among other notable accomplishments. The organization celebrated its inaugural year with its annual membership meeting and kick-off to year two on June 25 at the Islamorada Fish Co. at Gulf Coast Town Center. The evening included the inauguration of officers and members of the board of directors by the incoming governor of AAF-District 4, Heather Christman, as well as the presentation of the AAF’s highest honor, the Silver Medal, which was awarded to Wendy Payton of Payton Brands. AAF-SWFL is a professional advertising club and political action organization devoted to the protection and promotion of advertising in Southwest Florida. AAF-SWFL is open to advertisers, agencies, media companies and advertising service providers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties. Other milestones reached by the organization in the past year include becoming the largest AAF chapter in the Fourth District (Florida and the Caribbean) and highlighting the work of more than 150 projects by local advertising creative professionals in the American Advertising Awards and hosting those winners at the 2019 AAA Gala. That gala included special guest and advertising legend, Myra Janco Daniels. 


July’s Women in Business networking event features a virtual cooking tutorial demonstrating how to infuse CBD into food and drinks for an overall healthier lifestyle. CBD experts from Seed & Bean Market in Fort Myers will lead the July 1 program. Participants will learn how CBD can be mixed into food, coffee, mocktails and more. The Women in Business virtual program runs from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 1. The event is free to attend, but registration is required by visiting Registered virtual attendees will also receive a 10% discount code for use storewide at Seed & Bean Market. Participants can make a donation to the Women in Business Scholarship Fund while registering.


EHC Inc., a construction company that provides pre-construction, earthwork and infrastructure services, has completed two transportation projects in Southwest Florida–SR 80 East of Labelle and Homestead Road in Lehigh–as well as Phase 1 of Eleven Eleven Central in Naples. AJAX Paving awarded EHC with the nearly 12-mile SR 80 project for the Florida Department of Transportation in the spring of 2017. The large-scale project widened the last segment of SR 80 between Labelle and Moore Haven in Hendry County, Florida from two to four lanes. The Homestead Road widening project, also awarded in 2017, was with Stevens and Layton for the Lee County Department of Transportation. For the project, EHC provided a subgrade and base to widen over two miles of the road from two to four lanes. Beginning in the spring of 2018, The Ronto Group awarded EHC with initial site work for the Eleven Eleven Central community sales center, and EHC has now completed the development of Phase I. Upon completion, the over eight-acre community will include 210 residences and an array of amenities. For more information, visit


Erin Ball has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a teller and customer service representative at the 7040 Winkler Road location. She is responsible for assisting customers with personal and business banking transactions. Ball is a Southwest Florida native and has previous experience in the real estate, mortgage lending and customer service industries. Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and five more locations throughout Lee County. For more details, visit

Speaker John Boehner (center) with Immokalee Foundation team members Walt Buchholtz, Melissa Phillips, Noemi Y. Perez and Steve Pryor – Photo by John Casagrande


John Boehner, Francis Rooney host reception for The Immokalee Foundation

Prior to COVID-19, U.S. Congressman and former Ambassador Francis Rooney and his wife, Kathleen, opened their home to former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, the leadership team of The Immokalee Foundation, and guests, for a reception to share information and hear testimonials about the foundation’s career-oriented educational programs. Stephen D. Pryor, chairman of the board of directors for the foundation, discussed the foundation’s new curriculum–Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed–which offers specific educational experiences and pathways for students beginning in sixth grade that lead to professional careers that are in-demand in Southwest Florida. Immokalee Foundation graduate Joel Garcia, now a professional engineer in Miami, shared with attendees his personal journey from Immokalee to Florida Gulf Coast University with the support of the foundation, a mentor, and his parents. Garcia was joined at the reception by his mother and three of his four siblings, all of whom are participants in The Immokalee Foundation’s programs. For more details, visit


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