Gulfshore Business Daily: June 9

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Outside seating at restaurant in Cape Coral. Photo via WINK News


Outside seating at a restaurant in Cape Coral. Photo via WINK News


Cape Coral small business owners can apply this week to receive a $5,000 loan for rent or mortgage payment help. In response to COVID-19 and its impact on businesses, the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency established a loan program to assist businesses with rent or mortgage assistance. The CRA is investing $300,000 in businesses located within the CRA special taxing district that were negatively impacted by closures and other restrictions as a result of the pandemic. Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, WINK News reports



Johns Hopkins University offers an online training course for contract tracers, people who help track anyone who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The course has more than 341,000 people enrolled and at least 70,000 have graduated. Many are people out of a job because of the pandemic. Annual salaries can range from $40,000 to $70,000, WINK News reports. While state and local health departments are the agencies hiring, the Johns Hopkins course is sometimes part of the training process. For more information on how to apply visit the COVID-19 Contact Tracing website here



Growth Development Associates (GDA) will host the “Resurgence 2020: Reclaiming Business Revenues in a Post-COVID World” small business virtual sales conference from June 22-25. The live video conference will feature 16 sessions designed to help companies and business professionals acquire immediate revenue to stabilize their operations and remain financially viable. Registration for the conference is now open at Conference registration is $595 per person and includes access to the live sessions as well as 30 days of access to the session recordings and access for one year to the Resurgence Forum to post questions, make comments, and get more information about implementing these tools in the work environment.


Halcyon radiotherapy system.


Advocate Radiation Oncology has introduced Southwest Florida’s first Halcyon radiotherapy system, according to a press release, which uses image-guided radiotherapy to deliver cancer treatment solutions with precision and comfort. Engineered by Varian Medical Systems, the Halcyon machine features utilizes high-quality on-board imaging in conjunction with sophisticated radiation delivery. It has intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) capabilities offering individually tailored image-guided treatment plans. The Halcyon has proven effective for breast, prostate, lung, brain and other types of cancers, the news release states. The machine features soft, ambient lighting and smooth, quiet motions, and treatments that can be delivered in minutes. For more information, visit



Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan PLLC was recently honored as “Business Partner of Year” by the Foundation for Lee County Schools. The award was given to recognize Aloia Roland’s ongoing support of students, faculty and families, through in-kind support, ongoing volunteerism and financial contributions. For the past three years, Roland has served as a board member on the North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts Foundation. In addition to the black box theatre, the Foundation has purchased a new sound system for the theatre, supported the school’s arts programs, allocated resources for deserving students to attend the arts summer camp and donated supplies to students in need. The Aloia Roland team of attorneys have volunteered to contribute to seventh-grade civics classes, and plan to continue to do so annually and help link school experiences to real-life opportunities. Additionally, the firm has honored faculty, students and families supporting special recognition celebrations, awards shows and veteran appreciation gatherings. For more information, visit


Photo by MGN via WINK News


LeeCares program funds daycare scholarships for families impacted by COVID-19

United Way is partnering with Lee County government to distribute CARES funding to eligible childcare providers across our community. Gold Seal Providers, 3.5 + Composite Score Providers, municipalities, and United Way partner agencies are eligible to receive scholarship funding for children whose families have been impacted by COVID-19. The program will run until Aug. 14, or until the funds have been exhausted, WINK News reports. For a list of providers currently enrolled in the program, visit General program questions may be sent to


Two local apartment communities to hold blood drive to support Lee Health on June 16

Two local apartment communities will be holding a blood drive to support Lee Health on June 16. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public is invited to donate blood at The Vistas at Eastwood community located at 4985 Eastwood Greens Street in Fort Myers. Later that day, Lee Health’s Blood Mobile will move to Colonial Commons community at 4590 Winkler Ave. in Fort Myers to receive donations from 2 to 6 p.m. The first 20 people to donate blood per location will receive a free craft grilled cheese from the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen food truck on site. Each donation can save the life of a person with leukemia, cancer, anemia, and those undergoing surgery for illness or injury. Donations help ensure an adequate supply for both children and adults who are patients within Lee Health. All blood donated stays to help the patients within Lee Health. To comply with social distancing, interested donors are asked to text their RSVP with their name and preferred time slot to 941-621-6624.


Leading Edge Benefit Advisors to host virtual 5k fundraiser to benefit United Way

Leading Edge Benefit Advisors LLC is partnering with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties to host its first-ever virtual 5k fundraiser. The fundraiser runs from June 20-29. Participants can walk or run in support of the United Way any time from June 20-29. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 18 and includes a complimentary event T-shirt. Awards will be announced via email on July 1 and given to top finishers in individual and group categories. Finish times will be documented by participants utilizing free fitness apps such as RunKeeper, UnderArmor, MapMyRun and Garmin. All participants will submit their time by taking a screenshot of their tracking app and emailing it to no later than 11:59 pm on June 29. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, click here or call 239-433-4471.


Storm Smart sales will give back in June

Storm Smart is donating $100 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for every qualifying purchase during the month of June. To kick off the start of hurricane season, Storm Smarts Executive Chairman Brian Rist wanted to do something to give back to organizations that are also preparing to help people during this potentially stormy season. One hundred dollars will be donated for every purchase over $2,500 from June 1-30 to provide essential goods and services. Storm Smart has a long-standing history of partnering with the Harry Chapin Food Bank including annual sponsorships of their largest fundraiser, the Hunger Walk. For more information, visit or call 239-274-2761.


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