Southwest Florida businesses named among 2020 Companies to Watch list
GrowFL has honored three Southwest Florida businesses in its 2020 Companies to Watch list, a designation that recognizes second-stage businesses poised for significant growth over the next several years. Lenkbar LLC
in Naples, Impulse Creative in Babcock Ranch
, and Priority Marketing
in Fort Myers were named 2020 honorees. GrowFL announced 50 honorees on Nov. 10 from a pool of 82 finalists named in September. The organization received more than 400 nominations for the award this year. Honorees were selected after a final round of judging by a panel of independent judges comprised of past honorees, economic development leaders and corporate partners of GrowFL. Now in its 10th year, GrowFL’s Companies to Watch program was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation and honors second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Second-stage companies are defined as those with six to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. Companies named to the list will be officially recognized at the 10th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Celebration on Feb. 18 at the Hammock Beach Resort and Spa in Palm Coast. The event will also be live-streamed. For more information, visit GrowFL.com/flctw20/about-flctw
‘Nov(m)ember’ campaign challenges community to shop locally in November
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has launched a month-long campaign, called Nov(m)ember
, which challenges the community to shop locally in November. To participate in Nov(m)ember, the community is encouraged to patronize local businesses, snap photos of their visits and share them on social media using the hashtag #GFMCCNovMember. The chamber is also offering leave-behind cards that allow customers to share notes of encouragement for the businesses they frequent. These cards are available for download or pick-up at the chamber’s office, 2310 Edwards Drive in Fort Myers. The chamber has rallied several of its member businesses to offer special offers and discounts as part of the Nov(m)ember campaign. A list of participating businesses and promotions can be viewed at FortMyers.org/NovMember
. Chamber members who wish to share an offer for their business can email Debra@fortmyers.org to be featured among Nov(m)ember promotions.
Naples Health tech company wins state award
HealthMe Technology, a digital marketplace to connect doctors and self-paying patients, earned an award at the 2020 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference organized by Space Florida and the Florida Venture Forum. Naples-based HealthMe won $20,000 after a committee of venture-capital investors selected the firm from a pool of 150 applicants and 21 finalists selected to present their business at the Florida Early Stage Capital Conference Oct. 14 and 15. Founded by Dr. Michael Havig, an orthopedic surgeon in Naples, HealthMe is a software platform that lets patients select their own doctors and pay them directly for health care, bypassing insurance and red tape. The direct-to-consumer solution brings together doctors and patients in a digital marketplace for transparently priced bundled health care. “As a seed investor in HealthMe, Adrenaline Venture Fund
recognized that Dr. Havig, who is responsible for running his own medical practice, is on the front line of patient care and health care costs,” said Timothy Cartwright, partner of Fifth Avenue Family Office
and general partner of Adrenaline Venture Fund. For more information, visit healthmedocs.com
LeeSar and CSF announce new executives
and Cooperative Services of Florida Inc.
(CSF) have named Junette Grant as executive director of sourcing and contract administration for CSF. Grant is responsible for the development of the group purchasing organization value model, member collaboration strategies, portfolio performance, and supporting analytics. She leads the sourcing and contracting teams that serve CSF’s four-member healthcare organizations. Grant has more than 12 years of healthcare strategic sourcing, project management and data analytics experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree from St. Thomas University. Additionally, CSF have named Jennifer Tokash as executive director of process excellence. In this role, Tokash will be instrumental in the achievement of LeeSar/CSF’s strategic imperatives designed to support members in reducing costs and increasing the overall value of services provided, CSF states. Tokash has worked at Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Vizient, and most recently at OhioHealth, located in Columbus, Ohio. Tokash has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
CLA announces career achievements in Fort Myers
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) announces the following individuals who have reached new stages in their chosen career paths: Judith Rohde, senior, state and local government; and Mark Arnone, senior, tax. CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) exists to create opportunities for its clients, people, and communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. For more information, visit CLAconnect.com