Gulfshore Business Daily: March 19

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The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation’s Earn to Learn FL  Project was approved by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to participate in the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP).

Florida businesses will be eligible for sales tax credit or business income tax credit when they make a charitable donation to the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation earmarked for Earn to Learn FL CCTCP.  The business tax credit will be up to 50 percent of the donation, in addition to other benefits associated with a charitable donation.

The Earn to Learn FL CCTCP project will provide financial aid and money management training to students attending Immokalee Technical College, Fort Myers Technical College, and S.W. Florida Public Safety Service Academy. 

For additional information about opportunities to invest in Earn to Learn FL CCTCP students, contact Mary Moore at (239) 908-0301 or  




Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. will host the 27th annual HR Law & Solutions on March 29 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa.

Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Expert Robert Shearman will moderate the seminar, which is designed to update and educate business owners, managers, human resource professionals and in-house counsel on legal issues impacting the workplace.

Topics include: Best Practices for Handling the Consequences of Romance in the Workplace; An Employer’s Guide to Hiring;  Surviving an Active Shooter; and more. Continuing education credit is available from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Registration is $50 per person and includes a continental breakfast, plated lunch, and valet parking. For more information on the seminar or to register, click here.



The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) on Monday invested nearly $16 million in the future generation of Collier County. This funding included grants totaling $12.7 million to 43 local nonprofit organizations that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of children, including five multi-year strategic initiatives that fill fundamental gaps in children’s services, and $3.2 million toward a fund for future projects and strategic initiatives. This year, the number of grant recipients grew to 35.



Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In operation since 1989 as a not-for-profit organization, Gulf Coast Village is the only CCRC in Cape Coral that offers the full continuum of care, which includes assisted living, skilled nursing, secured memory support, home health and rehabilitation services, according to a news release. With a host of resort-style services and amenities, residents enjoy maintenance-free living, chef-prepared dining, and a daily schedule of activities and events.



Eight new family medicine residents will begin their training at Lee Health through The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. The first-year residents were announced at the annual Match Day celebration on Friday.

The new residents include: Gabriela Aviles, M.D.,Tulane University School of Medicine; Brandon Bentley, M.D.; Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo; Silvia Caswell, D.O.; Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine; Christopher Galletti, M.D.,Florida State University College of Medicine; Moises Perez, D.O., Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; Jordan Reid, M.D., American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine; Tiffany Smith-Sutton, M.D., Florida State University College of Medicine; and DeLayna Sterling, M.D., St. George’s University School of Medicine.

The residency program, based at Lee Memorial Hospital with The Florida State University College of Medicine as its institutional sponsor, accepts eight new doctors each year for a three-year residency.


Mercato as it was being built 10 years ago.



Mercato, a lifestyle shopping and dining destination managed and leased by Madison Marquette, will celebrate its 10th year anniversary in April with a month-long series of events, contests and special offers.

Ten years ago, Strada Place, the main thoroughfare through Mercato, opened along with the following retailers and restaurants: AZN, Blue Martini, Bravo, Pandora, The Pub, Signatures, Silverspot Cinema, Simply Natural, Spectacles and Z Gallerie. ​Mercato extends special appreciation and congratulations to these businesses for celebrating 10 years of success. The first phase of Mercato, including Whole Foods Market, The Capital Grille, Sur La Table and Jos. A. Bank, opened in late 2008.

Mercato was originally designed and developed by The Lutgert Cos. and The Barron Collier Cos. For celebratory events and offers, visit



The Florida State Parks Foundation recognized Johnson Engineering as the recipient of the foundation’s 2018 Corporate Excellence Award. The award recognizes the employees for their outstanding volunteerism to ensure the preservation and wellbeing of Lovers Key State Park.

For 15 consecutive years, Johnson Engineering employees have volunteered their time for the company’s annual cleaning and fixing up of Lovers Key/Carl E. Johnson State Park, the park which bears their founder’s name. This is an opportunity for Johnson Engineering employees to make a difference in the community, while also paying tribute to the company’s founder, Carl E. Johnson.




World Wine Tour slated for April 4

Coldwell Banker will present the 11th annual World Wine Tour, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida, on April 4 at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers.

Beginning at 6 p.m., wine enthusiasts will sample a variety of domestic and international wines hand-selected by CRU Executive Chef Bob Boye.

Admission to the event is $40 per person. VIP tickets are available for $150 per person or $250 per couple and include event entry, plus a tasting certificate to a four-course pairings dinner, presented by Boye to use at guests’ leisure. Tickets can be purchased at


Colors of the Sea Fashion Show raises $90,000

The 12th annual Colors of the Sea Fashion Show raised more than $90,000 to benefit the Regional Cancer Center and assist Southwest Florida patients in their fight against cancer. The midday affair featured an awards luncheon, benefit auction and fashion show, and was held Feb. 27 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers.


Secret Garden Gala brings in $725,000

Kids’ Minds Matter raised more than $725,000 at its annual Secret Garden Gala, which attracted 350 guests for an evening reception on March 6 at Shangri-La Springs. Proceeds support the pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare fund at Golisano Children’s Hospital, which advocates for the more than 46,000 Southwest Florida children who are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues.

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