Gulfshore Business Daily: March 12

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Naples Network Services, a family-owned and operated end-to-end IT consulting firm based in Naples, has partnered with Stickboy, an award-winning custom software, mobile app development, and managed IT service company based in Fort Myers. Stickboy specializes in creative thinking and process simplification and is expanding into the Naples area. Naples Network Services has been offering personalized support to small businesses since 2004 in Southwest Florida. The company will now be able to offer a wide variety of innovative services through Stickboy.


Naples’ PREMIER Professional Organizer Marla Ottenstein will be presenting a class on how to organize an at-home office from 5-6:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Naples campus of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy. This class is designed to help small business owners who work out of their homes, as well as non-working individuals, create an efficient and effective at-home office. Ottenstein will share timesaving tips designed to help attendees stay organized, as well as providing a list as to what supplies to buy and where to buy them. Other topics for discussion may include credit card consolidation; ways to save and protect important information; setting-up auto-pay and creating a system for organizing passwords, user names and security questions; as well as the pros/cons of going paperless and how a day-to-day filing system will save time and money when it comes time for year-end tax preparation efforts. Register at or call (239) 434-4737. The cost to attend is $29 ($24 for Renaissance Academy members). 


The Collier Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) March mixer will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 19 at Fuse Specialty Appliances in Naples. The members-only mixer will include wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres with live music and a great opportunity for networking with fellow members. RSVPs are requested by March 17. The cost is $20 per person for CBIA members to register online at and $25 per person for call-in reservations. For questions, call (239) 436-6100 or email

Dr. Nancy Zentis


Dr. Nancy Zentis, founder and CEO of the Institute of Organizational Development at the Association for Talent Development Southwest Florida Chapter (ATDSWFL), will speak at the Association for Talent Development luncheon held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 25 at the Collaboratory in Fort Myers. Zentis will present “Are You an INFLUENCER of Change” and discuss a proven model for implementing change, how to overcome resistance to change in your business, and resources that can help you be effective at influencing change. This lunch meeting aims to teach you how you can up your change quotient and become an influencer of change. Register at The cost is $18 for ATDSWFL members and $25 for nonmembers. Lunch will be provided.


Dr. Deborah Antoine, CEO of Women’s Sports Foundation, participated in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation’s second annual Girls High School Flag Football preseason classic. The Women’s Sports Foundation was previously endorsed by Fort-Myers-based MacFarlane Barney Development and Strayhorn & Persons via a fundraiser, VIP viewing party and live stream of the Annual Salute to Women’s Sports Foundation awards gala in New York City. Last month, Antoine addressed 57 high school flag football teams at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. The teams represented 17 counties during four days of games, a two-high-school matchup, food trucks, dinners and student band performances — making this the largest tournament of its kind in the nation. For more information on the Women’s Sports Foundation and this speaking engagement, call Antoine at (800) 227-3988 or visit


Southwest Florida-based Stevens Construction has completed a renovation of The Lofts, a five-story, 80,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care building within Village On The Isle, a not-for-profit life plan community. Located at 930 Tamiami Trail South in Venice, The Lofts were completely renovated floor-by-floor to provide as minimal disruption as possible to the 64 residents who occupy the building. To reflect Village On The Isle’s goal of providing a more residential-like experience, Stevens Construction replaced the interior finishes and exterior façade allowing for more natural lighting and modernized common areas. Improvements also included the reinvention of six different resident floor plans. The dedicated Memory Care Support floor, or what is known as a “household,” uses today’s most modern technology and design to care for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Stevens Construction also replaced the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems of the 35-year-old building. The Stevens Construction team includes project executive Dan Adams; project manager Jon Zander; superintendent Mark Battaglia; and project administrator Sue Ziegenfus. RLPS Architects provided the design.


Seagate Development Group is nearing completion of an 11,358-square-foot interior renovation and office expansion for Emcyte Corp., located at 4331 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. in Fort Myers. Emcyte is a medical device manufacturer and distributor. The project includes the construction of a state-of-the-art training center that will be used to educate and train practitioners on the best use and application of regenerative autologous biologics. The expansion is the result of recent growth the company has experienced. The multipurpose facility will encompass an auditorium with a stage, sound system and video screen, stain-resistant carpet, modern lighting and fixtures, numerous office spaces, a laboratory, examination rooms, an X-ray room, and clinic treatment room with a separate entrance and waiting room. The facility will also include a manufacturing space that will be equipped with injection mold and CNC machines to help bolster product manufacturing capabilities.

Tara Kelly


Kitson & Partners has named two new luxury home specialists to the team at Talis Park, a luxury master-planned community in Naples. Tara Kelly is both a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)-certified new home sales professional and a certified property management specialist. She has more than 24 years of real estate experience. Darrin Fedorchak began his career as a golf professional in Hilton Head Island, and he worked at several elite Naples clubs while maintaining PGA membership for the past 27 years. Since obtaining his real estate license in 2013, he has sold homes in luxury communities throughout Naples. Fedorchak is a graduate of Florida State University. Kelly and Fedorchak join real estate industry professional Paul Barrett, who has led the Talis Park’s sales team since 2013 with more than 37 years of Southwest Florida real estate sales and marketing experience.

Julie Semaan


Beautiful Health has appointed Julie Semaan as the lead esthetician. Semaan is a licensed esthetician with more than 11 years of experience in her field. Semaan is certified in the following treatments: dermablading, micro-needling, Epi-wave facials, and advanced peels. Beautiful Health offers an award-winning Skin Classic non-laser alternative treatment for common skin irregularities such as cherry angiomas, keratosis, skin tags, milia, and sebaceous hyperplasia. This treatment helps with aging, hyper-pigmentation, breakouts and other skin-related issues, according to a press release. Besides offering natural and skincare, beauty and other types of products, Beautiful Health will also conduct health classes and workshops on a regular basis throughout the year. For more information, visit


Conservancy of Southwest Florida raises $1.6 million at Magic Under the Mangroves

The 16th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala raised $1.6 million for environmental advocacy and protection for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with a record attendance of 510 supporters. Held March 5 at the Conservancy Nature Center, the theme “It’s on! Time to Make the Magic Happen” celebrated nature at night, featuring an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a seated dinner by award-winning, certified green caterer Windows Catering, along with a live auction. Before dinner was served, the live fund-a-need cash call ended after raising $995,000. After dinner, the fund-a-need campaign reached over $1 million. In 16 years, Magic Under the Mangroves has raised more than $13 million to fund scientific research, education programs, policy development, advocacy, and wildlife rehabilitation programs that support the Conservancy’s longstanding mission of protecting the water, land, wildlife, and future in Southwest Florida.


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