Gulfshore Business Daily: October 19

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The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), an affiliate of the chamber, will bring the Naples Children’s Business Fair to Collier County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the outdoor courtyard of Gulf Coast High School. Community members are invited to attend the family-friendly event, grab lunch and shop more than 100 youth-run businesses in support of student entrepreneurs. Awards will be presented in five age groups, and one student will have the chance to win the “Sunshine Award,” which provides a chance to display and sell their product or service in a local Sunshine Ace Hardware store. The Naples Chamber and LCF will work with participants post-event to help continue their professional growth, connect them with business leaders and provide support on their entrepreneurial journey. A donation of $5 is suggested for general attendees. It is recommended to bring cash to shop the businesses. Proceeds from the fair benefit the Leadership Collier Foundation. To learn more, visit or contact Nikkie Dvorchak at or (239) 403-2909.


Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A., along with Kena Yoke Consulting, will host “Play YOUR Game: Creating and Running a Championship Business,” on Oct. 31 at the Hilton Naples. Conference co-chairs Suzanne Boy and Kena Yoke, along with a team of presenters, will walk attendees through the steps of establishing a corporate structure, making tax elections, intellectual property concerns, employment issues, and exit strategies. All presenters will be available to field questions during the day and in extra innings. The registration fee is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, plated lunch and seminar materials. To register, visit, or contact Gail Lamarche at or (239) 344-1186.


SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. has appointed Heidi Taulman as its new executive director. As the second largest donor to Golisano Children’s Hospital, SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. supports local organizations committed to pediatric health care and education, with a new focus on mental and behavioral health. Taulman brings more than 10 years of experience in organizational management, marketing, community relations, communications and development, and will be instrumental in steering the nonprofit’s mental and behavioral health initiative and its annual signature fundraising event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Prior to joining SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., Taulman served in various capacities for Cape Coral Plumbing, Lee County Port Authority, Lee BIA Builders Care, Lee Building Industry Association and Lee Mental Health Center Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general communications from Florida State University and is accredited in public relations. 


Amy McQuagge has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as the new vice president and director of marketing. She is responsible for providing direction, guidance and leadership in the bank’s marketing efforts. Most recently, McQuagge was the senior marketing and event manager for the Lee County Economic Development Office. McQuagge previously co-owned a full-service fundraising company specializing in exercise-based fundraising events, which raised nearly $1 million to benefit public and private schools in Lee and Collier counties. Prior to that, she worked at several advertising firms as a media buyer negotiating contracts in top 20 media markets for various national and regional clients. McQuagge is a lifelong Lee County resident and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Southern College.


The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP), in conjunction with CareerSource Southwest Florida (CSSWF), will host an informative event to learn how area businesses can obtain cost-assisted technology certifications for their workers from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Endeavor Workspaces in Fort Myers. CareerSource Southwest Florida (CSSWF) was awarded a grant to provide funding for technology skills upgrading and certification/exam fees. CSSWF also has programs available for individuals and will cover how individuals might qualify to participate. To assist CSSWF, the SWFRTP is surveying local businesses about their technology uses and needs. Area businesses wanting to participate in this program are encouraged to complete the survey prior to attending the informative event. CSSWF will utilize the information gathered in the survey to help businesses identify the certifications they may qualify to receive. Access the online survey and register for the free event at


Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, is one of only 12 orchestra professionals participating in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. Along with its previous iteration, the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Emerging Leaders Program has advanced the development of more than 190 alumni—now executive directors and senior executives of orchestras. Applicants were chosen based on their leadership experience and growth potential, adaptive capabilities and collaborative skills, diversity in experience and perspectives, passion for and commitment to orchestras, and potential to shape and influence the orchestra field as it evolves to meet changing audiences. 2018-19 program participants will, over the course of 10 months, take part in both in-person and virtual seminars and have the opportunity to learn from top leaders from both inside and outside the orchestra field. For more information, visit


Sunset Soiree raises $210,000 for Valerie’s House

Valerie’s House hosted its signature Sunset Soiree fundraiser on Oct. 11 at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs, raising $210,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, children’s artwork and both silent and live auctions. A sold-out crowd of 475 people attended the event, which makes it possible for Valerie’s House to offer grief support free to all families. Valerie’s House is fully supported through community donations that can be made at or by mail.

Naples Winter Wine Festival auction items announced

The Naples Winter Wine Festival auction items have been announced. The event, taking place Jan. 25-27, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, will include the following items during an auction: admission to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan; admission to the Tribeca Film Festival with BVLGARI; a two-night visit to the Bricco Rocche guest house at Ceretto in Castiglione Falletto; a “Harvest Immersion” experience with Opus One; a privately guided special access South African safari trip; a Europe and ancient cities private jet tour; and a chance to take home one of the first Bentley Continental GT Convertibles in North America. This year, Naples Children & Education (NCEF) will target children’s mental health for its annual Fund a Need initiative at the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival. For more information, click here.

C'mon receives $100,000 grant    

 The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) has received a $100,000 grant for youth education from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. This grant underwrites the Museum’s Shelter Night and Sensory Night programs, Pre-K programs and STEM education. Shelter Night is a combination of museum and on-site visits providing educational opportunities for youth in shelter systems. This after-hours program is by invitation only. Sensory Nights are open to the public for $5 admission. Pre-K programs include four visits of STEM-based outreach lessons presented to underserved preschool students to boost science knowledge and preparing them to be Kindergarten ready. Additional funds for STEM education will be directed to enrich exhibits, experiments and hands-on activities to boost science content within the museum. For more details, visit

Final Bikers for Babies set for November

The 18th annual Bikers for Babies event will take place on Nov. 4, beginning at Naples at North Collier Regional Park and commencing at Seminole Casino Hotel. The event, presented by Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, will include a police-escorted ride with live music provided by Backlash, celebrations and other activities. It will be the last Bikers for Babies Ride in the country, according to a press release. Each year, riders and non-riders alike have united to raise funds for the nonprofit, to date raising more than $2 million dollars locally to reduce premature births and give every baby a fighting chance. The fundraising goal this year is set at a record $150,000. Supporters are encouraged to become a “$100 Hero” by asking 10 friends for $10 in honor of the 1 in 10 babies who are born prematurely. For more information, visit

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