Gulfshore Business Daily: May 8

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EVENT CENTER PERMANENTLY CLOSES IN BONITA

The Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs has announced it has permanently closed, citing impacts of the coronavirus and the unknown looking ahead. The center at Bonita Beach Road and Imperial Parkway opened in 2016 for concerts, dinner shows and special events. Some of the headliners that performed over the years include Melissa Etheridge, Amy Grant, America and Three Dog Night. Sara Evans, John Mayall and the Gin Blossoms were slated to perform there later this year. “Although our goals were lofty, we succeeded in building a successful event center ahead of industry standard. It has been a thrill to develop a loyal audience who welcomed some of the top touring artists into our community and hosted their special events in our spaces,” said owners Jennifer and Richard Shanahan. For the full news release, go to WINKNews.com.
 

NORDSTROM PERMANENTLY CLOSES STORE AT WATERSIDE SHOPS IN NAPLES 

Nordstrom has permanently closed its store at Waterside Shops in Naples. The two-story anchor is one of 16 full-line department stores the retail chain is closing, said Emily Sterken, public affairs senior manager for the Seattle-based company. When it opened in 2008, the Naples store was the retailer’s first location in Southwest Florida. Nordstrom’s location is second in retail space only to Saks Fifth Avenue at the local upscale outdoor mall. The nearly 80,000-square-foot store included the Cafe Bistro restaurant and Ebar coffee shop. All Nordstrom stores nationwide have been temporarily closed since March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The company also operates Nordstrom Rack, which will reopen soon at Mercato in North Naples. Nordstrom, of course, is not the only clothing retailer struggling because of the pandemic. New York-based J.Crew and Texas-based Neiman Marcus both filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. J.Crew has area stores at Mercato in North Naples and Coconut Point in Estero. A Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet store operates at Miromar Outlets in Estero. 
 
 

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EARN MONEY CONTACT TRACING TO HELP CURB THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

You can now make money while helping curb the spread of coronavirus by helping in efforts to expand contact tracing. A U.S. contractor in D.C. is hiring people to trace contacts of those infected with COVID-19. The job requires working from anywhere five days a week in eight- to 12-hour shifts. The job posting says average earnings can be from $17 to $22 per hour. For more information and to apply for the position, visit the Contrace website here. From a story reported by WINK News.
 

FGCU PRESIDENT TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN VIRTUAL MEETING

The Greater Naples Chamber will host Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin to discuss the future of education during a virtual Wake Up Naples at 8 a.m. on May 13. The event is free and open to the public. Martin will discuss the shift to virtual learning in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, lessons learned, and what the future holds for Florida Gulf Coast University. This month’s virtual Wake Up Naples is free to the public, but advanced registration is required. Register online at napleschamber.org/events.
 

SOUTHWEST VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL ANNOUNCES “HEALTHCARE NEEDS YOU NOW” CAMPAIGN AMID PANDEMIC 

Southwestern Vocational Training (SWVT) has committed to making their online health programs more easily accessible. Each week, a scholarship valued between $500 and $8,000 will be given to a student pursuing a medical career who signs up on the new campaign website at healthcareneedsyounow.com. There are three ways to get involved in the “Healthcare Needs You Now” movement: You can sponsor a medical student with SWVT,  post a healthcare facility job on the SWVT directory, or support local businesses that are giving back, listed on SWVT’s website. 
 

WILL SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS REOPEN IN FLORIDA’S PHASE 2 PLAN?

Salons are sitting empty and hairdressers and barbershops are losing money. Many people want to know when they can get their next haircut. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday said he’s working on safety requirements so salons can get back to work. DeSantis said the reopening isn’t a matter of if, but when. Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan began Monday, but the governor has not revealed yet when Phase 2 might begin or what businesses will be included. Story reported by WINK News.
 

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WILL SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS REOPEN IN FLORIDA’S PHASE 2 PLAN?

Salons are sitting empty and hairdressers and barbershops are losing money. Many people want to know when they can get their next haircut. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday said he’s working on safety requirements so salons can get back to work. DeSantis said the reopening isn’t a matter of if, but when. Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan began Monday, but the governor has not revealed yet when Phase 2 might begin or what businesses will be included. Story reported by WINK News.
 

ABOVE BOARD CHAMBER PRESENTS MAY WEBINARS

Above Board Chamber of Florida is hosting a series of May webinars. The first, “Pros Share Winning Strategies to Restore Business Post COVID-19,” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 14. The panelists are Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC PR & Marketing; Andrea Robinson, Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University; and Sue Huff, E. Sue Huff & Associates. The emcee will be Jeanne Sweeney, CEO and founder of the Above Board Chamber of Florida. The cost to register for the event is $10. Sponsors are Judy Williams of Spada Salon and Day Spa and Lisa Doyle of Your Walking Billboard. The following events include “How Your Insurance Responds to COVID-19,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 21; and “Four Culinary Masters Share their Creations with you,” from 2-3:30 p.m. on May 28. Register in the provided links.
 

CAPITAL WEALTH ADVISORS PRESENTS MARKET HAPPY HOUR WEBINARS

Naples-based Capital Wealth Advisors (CWA) is presenting Market Happy Hour webinars every Friday in May at 4:30 p.m. to review the important market events of the week. CWA’s veteran research team members will discuss the economic and global drivers they believe are moving the markets, and review factors that they are closely monitoring. The webinars are open to the public. Prior registration is required. To register, visit capitalwealthadvisors.com
 

MORAN NAMED AMONG TOP FINANCIAL ADVISORS

Tom Moran, the founder, chief executive officer and senior PIM portfolio manager of Moran Wealth Management, has been named to Barron’s 2020 Top 100 Financial Advisors list. This is the 11th consecutive year that Moran has been named to this list. Barron’s is a financial weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones & Co. since 1921. Barron’s Top 100 advisors rankings are based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings are assets under management, revenue produced for the firm and the quality of the advisors’ practices. Investment performance isn’t an explicit factor because clients have varied goals and risk tolerances.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Community Foundation of Collier County distributes coronavirus relief funds

The Community Foundation of Collier County received $1.3 million in donations to date for coronavirus relief. In turn, the community foundation has distributed almost $700,000 so far from the Collier Comes Together Fund and an additional $200,000 from donor-advised funds held at the Community Foundation for COVID-19 relief.  The funds so far have benefited organizations such as NCH Healthcare System, Collier County Public Schools, David Lawrence Center for Behavioral Health, Legal Aid Services of Collier County, and Salvation Army Naples. For more details, click here.
 

Kindness Animal Hospital hosts drive-by-distribution for free pet food

Kindness Animal Hospital, a full-service veterinary hospital, hosted a drive-by-distribution event on May 2 that provided free pet food for pet owners financially impacted by the coronavirus. Kindness Animal Hospital provided free pet food to more than 60 families and over 100 animals. The animal hospital partnered with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Royal Canin, who donated all of the food given away at the event. Volunteers joined the efforts and provided safe distribution to those that attended the drive-through giveaway. The hospital received another donation of pet food this week. If you or someone you know could benefit from free pet food for your cat or dog, please contact the hospital by phone before May 13 at (239) 393-8370. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, visit kindnessanimalhospital.com.
 
 

Video courtesy of WINK News

Collier restaurant owner feeds those in need with ‘50,000 Meals Fund’

A Southwest Florida restaurant owner is going the extra mile to help those in need of a meal right now. Rebecca Maddox, the owner of Three60 Market and Celebration Park in East Naples, started the “50,000 Meals Fund” two weeks ago. Her goal is big: Raising $500,000 to create 50,000 meals and 50 jobs. “Being able to feed people who are incredibly hungry – just not poor, they’re hungry – and put people back to work is my goal,” Maddox said. If you’d like to donate to the “50,000 Meals Fund,” click here for more information. Story reported by WINK News.
 

Chabad of Naples to deliver fresh baked goods to NCH workers

In honor of National Nurses Week this week, Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples is leading the distribution of freshly baked loaves of challah and knishes to healthcare workers at NCH Baker Hospital Downtown this Friday. One hundred Shabbat packages will be handed out to healthcare workers courtesy of Chabad of Naples and Preschool of the Arts. 
 

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