Gulfshore Business Daily: June 6


Calusa Waterkeeper will host a public water summit running from 5:30-9 p.m. on June 24 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The event, called “Public Health Alert – Florida Water,” will include a screening of the documentary Toxic Puzzle, narrated by Harrison Ford. An expert panel, including two scientists featured in the documentary, will discuss why harmful algal blooms have become a public health concern, where to find key information as the threat evolves, and what Southwest Florida residents can do to help safeguard themselves and their families while fighting for change. A question-and-answer session with the experts will follow the panel presentation. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is funding the program through a grant. A second public forum is set for Aug. 5. Tickets, which include a buffet dinner, are $20, with proceeds benefiting Calusa Waterkeeper’s scientific research and educational outreach efforts. Tickets are available at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, email K.C. Schulberg at


The CONRIC PR & Marketing team


GrowFL has selected CONRIC PR & Marketing as a finalist for its 2019 Florida Companies to Watch list. The company, founded by Connie Ramos-Williams in 2007, has experienced 35 percent growth year-over-year, according to a press release. CONRIC works with both local and national organizations. GrowFL is a nonprofit management consulting organization. The Florida Companies to Watch program, now in its ninth year, evaluates businesses for past growth and projected success as well as their strengths and impact on their markets, communities and the state of Florida.



The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Gulf Coast Chapter will host leadership coach Darcy Eikenberg at its next luncheon, held from 9-11 a.m. on June 25 at Hilton Naples. Breakfast and networking begin at 8:30 a.m. Eikenberg will discuss how to better understand and talk about your own value at work, even amid increasing work pressures to serve everyone else. The discussion will include how and why it’s important to communicate your strengths, talents and success stories, and how to use everyday situations to showcase your value. Cost per person for PRSA members is $50, $60 for nonmembers, and $45 for students. Breakfast is included. Reservations must be made by June 21. For additional information or to register, visit



Cohen & Grigsby attorney Jason Hunter Korn has been appointed by the president-elect of the Florida Bar to serve on its Professional Ethics Committee. The ethics committee is a standing committee of the bar in charge of reviewing and publishing formal advisory opinions to guide bar members in interpreting and applying the ethics rules. The committee also reviews informal advisory opinions issued by Florida Bar ethics department attorneys. Hunter Korn previously served on the Florida Bar Ethics Committee from 1999 to 2005, and again from 2008 to 2014.



Collier County attorney, mediator and arbitrator Patrick H. Neale has been recognized with the Collier County Bar Foundation Service Award. Created this year, the service reward recognizes Collier County Bar Foundation members who go above and beyond their foundation service as vital citizens of Collier County, a press release states.  It is awarded to a member of the Collier County Bar Association who has either served charities as a board member or volunteer, or provided free legal support to those in need. Neale is currently on the boards of Avow Hospice, and the Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation, and has received multiple recognitions from Legal Aid Service of Collier County.


Kyle Reed


Kyle Reed has been re-elected as the 2019-2020 Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs Board of Directors President. This will be his second term serving as board president. Reed was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade from 2002 to 2015. From 1997 through 2000, he practiced law in the corporate finance department of the New York law firm Chadbourne & Parke.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas as well as a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit organization that promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs. For more details, visit



Vernon Litigation has hired Brooke Sandoval-Banker as digital strategy director to help expand its expertise in cyber security, protection of digital assets and data breach litigation. Sandoval-Banker has a strong background in consulting in addition to the digital realm of business. Sandoval-Banker relocated to Southwest Florida from the Pacific Northwest, where she worked with private investment banking firm, on mergers and acquisitions, and as a commissioner for the Seattle Human Rights Commission. She also owned Firm 49 consultancy.




The League Club grants program launches Saturday

The League Club on Saturday will launch its 2019-20 grant awards program for Collier and Lee County nonprofit agencies. Nonprofit agencies wishing to file a letter of intent to apply for a grant are invited to do so by July 1. The League Club provides charitable funding to nonprofits serving Collier and Lee counties classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations. Grants may be awarded to nonprofit agencies who serve human services needs of at-risk women, children and the elderly; educate and promote conservation of natural resources; and provide education and participation in the arts, with particular emphasis on providing opportunities for underserved students. For more details, visit


Millennial Brewing Co. to support Summer Drive for Hunger

Community Cooperative and Millennial Brewing Co. invite guests to “give back while you kick back” from 5-8 p.m. on June 21 at Millennial Brewing Co. Guests who bring five canned or non-perishable food items to the event or make a $5 donation to Community Cooperative, gets a free beer of their choice from Millennial. The kid-friendly brewery will host live music from James Prather during the event. The Monkeilicious food truck will also be onsite as part of Millennial’s monthly Food Truck Feature. During summer months, Community Cooperative has a goal of raising $25,000 and 25,000 pounds of food for its Community Cafés, Community Market and mobile food pantries.


Kraft Heinz employees help Meals of Hope

Employees of Kraft Heinz packed 4,300 meals at a United Way Day Caring for Meals of Hope. The volunteers assembled shelf-stable meals that will help stock local food pantry shelves. Meals of Hope is a United Way Partner Agency. The food packing took place at United Way headquarters, where Meals of Hope delivered the equipment and food items that were assembled to make fortified chicken flavored rice and vegetable soup. The United Way’s Day of Caring is a year-round program, coordinated by the United Way Volunteer Center which matches businesses’ desires to help with the needs of the community. For more information, visit


Earn to Learn FL receives Wells Fargo grant

Wells Fargo has awarded a $3,000 grant to Earn to Learn FL, to support more hardworking but income challenged students in Florida. Earn to Learn FL supports low- to moderate-income students in earning a post-secondary degree or certificate while escaping the burden of student loan debt. The program is structured so that students save up to $500 from their earnings, which is then matched with up to $4,000 in financial aid funds. For more information, visit


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