Gulfshore Business Daily: March 26

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The Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. Board of Directors has authorized the utility’s second retirement of capital credits. Capital credits for members from the years 2006 and 2013 totaling $3.25 million are being paid out.

Current BSU members eligible for a capital credit will see it on their next utility bill. Former eligible members within the past five years will be mailed a check and former members from more than five years ago will be mailed a letter with instructions to process their capital credit payment.

Capital credits are allocated to members each year based on revenue that remains after payment of all expenses, debt service and an amount set aside for reasonable reserves. As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, BSU members are eligible to earn capital credits for each year of utility service when there is a positive net margin.

A member’s capital credit is calculated based on their service payments for the year in proportion to all member service payments for the year. For more information, visit


The Women’s Foundation of Collier County, a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County, will award a $50,000 grant to a nonprofit in Collier County to directly address senior women’s mental health or senior women’s isolation. Grant applications are now available online until April 25 on the Community Foundation of Collier County’s website. The winning grant submission will be announced on July 1.  Grant funds will be awarded on Dec. 6 at the annual Power of the Purse Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Foundation at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.


Will Decatur has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a senior systems engineer at the College Parkway operations center. His primary responsibilities include maintaining the bank server, network and security infrastructure. In addition, he will be involved in systems support, IT security auditing, infrastructure improvement and IT vendor relations.

Decatur previously worked with the Texas Education Agency as a senior network engineer and helped create a $50-million software application used in Texas school systems. Prior to that, he was a technology firm partner in the Virgin Islands and worked for several Arizona companies as a network engineer. Decatur has more than 20 technology certifications, including CompTIA, Cisco and Microsoft.


SCORE Naples will host the “Understanding the Basics of Excel” workshop series from 6-8 p.m. on May 1 and May 15 at Naples Accelerator. Matthew Dunham-Novoa, a serial entrepreneur specializing in small business efficiency and automation, will present the two-part event.

The first workshop will introduce Excel to first-time or infrequent users, walking them through some best practices and basic formulas and highlighting key differences between Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

The second event will expand on the first workshop by explaining structuring, sorting, and filtering data; introducing conditional formatting; and showcasing Excel’s functionality with intermediate formulas and utilization of multiple sheets. The cost to attend is $30 when registering online per workshop or $50 for whole series. For registration and to make payment, go to or call (239) 430 0081.


The Florida Chapter of Aging Life Care Association has named Dawn Moore, an Aging Life Care manager with Lee Health, to its state board of directors for 2019-2020. The board oversees the Florida Chapter of Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), which advances dignified care for aging adults and their families in the U.S.

Moore has worked as an Aging Life Care manager through the Lee Health Senior Care CHOICES Program for the past 25 years. Through this role, she provides guidance and advocacy for families and professionals who are caring for older relatives.

Managers with the CHOICES program, through the ALCA, conduct and provide comprehensive assessments, design tailored care plans based on initial and ongoing evaluations, coordinate services defined in the care plan and evaluate service of third-party providers.

For more information about the Lee Health Senior Care Choices Program, click here or call (239) 343-8429.


The Above Board Chamber of Florida is conducting seminars designed to help executives invigorate their staff.

The first “How to Get Employees to Think Like Owners” luncheon meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 8 at the Hilton Naples. Sue Huff of E. Sue Huff & Associates Inc. will be the master of ceremonies for a panel including Theo Etzel, Conditioned Air; Michael Wynn, Sunshine Ace Hardware; Russell A. Budd, PBS Contractors and Wall Systems Contractors; and Sharon Hood, èBella magazine and MarketCrank Inc.

Cindy McCurry-RossThe News-Press executive editor and USA Today Network Florida regional editor, is the master of ceremonies for the second seminar, set from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 11 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. Panelists include Samira Beckwith, Hope HealthCare Services; Mike Wukitsch, Lee Health; Brian Chapman, Chapman Insurance Group; and Christina Schwinn, Pavese Law Firm.

The cost to attend is $30 for members and $38 for nonmembers on or before March 29 for the Naples event and April 3 for the Fort Myers event. After those dates, it’s $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Lunch is included in the price. Register at or call (239) 910-7426.


Naples resident Tom Wooden will open The Exercise Coach on April 2 at 9331 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 21 in Naples.

Outfitted with high-tech computerized machines instead of traditional equipment, The Exercise Coach offers highly personalized programs optimized for efficiency, resulting in two 20-minute workouts per week that can’t be matched in effectiveness with even seven days a week of traditional activity-based exercise, according to a press release.

The national franchise combines bio-adaptive exercise technology with the guidance and encouragement of certified coaches. The centers create a dynamic exercise experience that blends personalized strength and interval cardio training in each session. For more information, visit


Valerie’s House launches scholarships for grieving students

Valerie’s House has launched two first-time scholarships for children in its grief support program. The scholarships will be available to 2019 high school graduates from Lee or Collier Counties that have experienced the death of a parent or sibling and participate in healing, grief support programs offered by Valerie’s House. Nominees must also demonstrate financial need and have the potential to succeed in school.

Each scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will help defray the cost of tuition, books and supplies for college, trade school or a post-secondary institution of a student’s choice. Recipients can apply to renew their scholarship for one or more subsequent terms. The scholarships are being offered in partnership with the Uncommon Friends Foundation Scholarship program.

The deadline for applying online for the 2019-2020 school year is April 1. For nomination forms and full requirements, visit  Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Nov. 14 Uncommon Evening Gala and fundraiser for the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County to kick off Love That Dress! collection series

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County will kick off its 11th annual Love That Dress! collection series with a celebration of fashion and giving from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at at Fort Myers INFINITI.

The event features a full cash bar, appetizers and a special performance from the girls and young women of Pace. There is no cost to attend, but guests who bring a donation will be entered into a prize drawing and have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for this fall’s Love That Dress! event.

Additional raffle baskets are available and Pace girls will be selling pieces from their exclusive collection of artwork. Love That Dress! is an annual campaign soliciting donations of new and gently loved dresses, handbags, shoes and accessories. A series of social events helps build inventory, and the campaign culminates with an evening of shopping, music, cocktails and a silent auction. For more information, visit or call (239) 425-2366.

State Farm awards $5,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant program. The funds will be used to purchase materials for the affiliate’s homebuyer education classes and add materials to the Habitat homebuyers’ resource library.

This is the sixth consecutive year State Farm will fund the homebuyer education program for the local affiliate. State Farm not only supports the Habitat mission financially, but also through volunteerism by gathering staff from the area to participate in multiple build days throughout the year. For more information, visit

LARC receives grant from The Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) received a $12,150 Community Impact grant from The Southwest Florida Community Foundation to purchase iPads, cases and apps for individuals in LARC’s Bonita Springs Adult Training program.

LARC’s Adult Day Training program is designed to enhance abilities and help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live a happier, more productive and independent life.  Activities include self-care and daily living skills, as well as a variety of pre-vocational and life skill opportunities.

Opportunities are provided to increase fine and gross motor activities, communication skills, academic skills, positive behavioral approaches, independent living skills, social skills and recreation and leisure skills.

Attempt to break Guinness World Record held April 13

In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the staff and supporters of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest display of toy pinwheels in the world.

The ceremonial planting of approximately 4,000 pinwheels in the shape of a giant flowerpot in the sand at the Naples Pier will begin at 8 a.m. on April 13 and the official count will be conducted at approximately 10:30 a.m. A pinwheel will be provided at no charge for anyone who wishes to be a part of Naples history.

The current world record of 2,220 pinwheels is held by a hotel in Abu Dhabi. Pinwheels are the symbol of child abuse prevention. For more information, visit

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