Gulfshore Business Daily: October 22

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Bite Squad shares Thanksgiving.


The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) will host TECHMatch 2019, a technology jobs event designed to match technology employers with students and prospective job seekers, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom. The event is designed for current tech job seekers, technology students of all levels, and current technology professionals to come meet representatives from the region’s leading technology organizations and employers. This year’s event is sponsored by CareerSource Southwest Florida and will feature a record number of regional companies. Registration is required at and the event is free to attend.



The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) has awarded certificates of achievement to Florida Skin Center and its founder and medical director Dr. Aurora Badia as the 2019 Top Practice and Top National Screener. This is the ASDS’ way of recognizing individual members who provide the most skin cancer screenings through Choose Skin Health, a year-round partnership with Neutrogena that provides free skin checks to the public. Florida Skin Center completed 1,804 of the 4,908 screenings for the ASDS’ 2018-19 program year. Over two years ago, the adult/pediatric dermatological facility launched an ongoing campaign called “Get Your Skin in the Game and Check It!” Its providers conduct head-to-toe skin examinations on anyone with an appointment, regardless of insurance, saving patients at all four locations between $15 and $91. Guests are then introduced to a skin regimen tailored to their individual needs. Florida Skin Center will be featured in an ASDS news publication, on the ASDS website, and in marketing and promotional materials for the Choose Skin Health skin cancer screening program. Dr. Badia and Dr. Chetan Vedvyas, director of Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology, will also accept these awards at the 2019 ASDS Conference in Chicago.


Peter Tuffo


Peter Tuffo, president and general manager of Suffolk’s southeast region, was named as one of South Florida’s 2019 Power Leaders by South Florida Business Journal. The annual special publication honors 250 of the most influential executives from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties’ private and public sectors. Tuffo is a 20-plus year veteran of the construction industry who joined Suffolk in 2012.  He currently oversees operations and client service for projects out of Suffolk’s Tampa, Estero, West Palm Beach, and Miami offices. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Western Michigan University. Under Tuffo’s leadership, the southeast region has continued geographic expansion and growth and now employs over 400 professionals throughout the state of Florida. In 2019, the region’s revenue exceeded $800 million, according to a press release.


Royal Nails & Spa


Royal Nails & Spa has opened its doors at Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26795 South Bay Drive, Suite 164, Bonita Springs. The business is located across from DeRomo’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant. Specializing in manicures, pedicures, nail enhancements, waxing and more, Royal Nails encompasses a spa-like atmosphere with complimentary cocktails, massage chairs, the latest sterilization products and cucumber heel therapy to repair dry skin. Some of the highest quality products used at Royal Nails are Creative Nail Design, OPI, Tammy Tailor and Seche Vite, for air brush, hand design, French manicures and pedicures, and more. Royal Nails & Spa’s first location is at 5030 Airport Pulling Road in Naples. For more information, call (239) 319-5707.



Florida Skin Center will host Check It! Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at its Fort Myers Office located at 13691 Metropolis Ave. The annual event provides complimentary adult and pediatric skin checks for the general public. Performed by a Florida Skin Center doctor or physician assistant, the full-body skin checks will address and treat common skin conditions as well as prescribe needed medications and screen for cancer detection. Anyone interested in obtaining a free skin exam is welcome, and screenings will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis. Skin care vendors will be on-site to provide educational training about skin health and wellness and will conduct product demonstrations. Light refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by DJ Cease. There will also be a  photo booth, raffle prizes and giveaways. No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, call Florida Skin Center at (239) 561-3376 or visit @FloridaSkinCenter on Facebook.


Bite Squad shares Thanksgiving meals.


Bite Squad to deliver free Thanksgiving meals to families in need

Bite Squad, a food delivery app, has launched its Share Thanksgiving food drive campaign. The goal is to help feed families in need by providing them with free Thanksgiving meals. As of Monday, when anyone orders from Bite Squad, the company makes a donation that will go toward buying meals for area families during the annual November holiday. During Thanksgiving week, Bite Squad will team with local restaurants to deliver free hot meals to thousands of families. Bite Squad is anticipating the delivery of more than 4,000 meals nationwide. Bite Squad teams will work with local organizations in the cities they serve to identify families who need assistance – and anyone can also nominate a family they know at Bite Squad’s five-week campaign will continue through Nov. 22. Bite Squad is a subsidiary of Waitr Holdings Inc. 


ROOF receives Bank of America grant

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) has received Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation Community Partner Grant. ROOF, among other prominent nonprofits in Collier County, was welcomed by Bank of America Market President Gerri Moll, who presented ROOF with the award at the bank’s Pine Ridge Branch on Oct. 16. The mission of ROOF is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice. With the support of Bank of America, ROOF will open its sixth supported living home, Liberty Place Naples, in November. The home will promote independence for adults with developmental disabilities in Collier County. Through its grant to ROOF, Bank of America Charitable Foundation is helping to create a debt-free supported living home in Naples that will be held in perpetuity in ROOF’s Community Land Trust. For more information, visit

ACT to host Dance-a-thon fundraiser

Abuse Counseling and Treatment Inc. (ACT) will present a Dance-a-thon event from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 23 at The Ranch. Attendees can join as a dancer or support a dancer by coming out and pledging donations online. If pledging a dollar amount per dance, the dancer will need to share the total number of dances completed for the donation to be processed. There is a $5 cash cover change at The Ranch on the event night. Wednesday night at The Ranch is for all ages. Kids 12 and under are free. Guests are encouraged to wear purple the night of the event to support the cause. To make your pledge now or register as a dancer, go to  


Jacobsen, Furyk headline The Immokalee Foundation’s Charity Classic Pro-Am 

The Immokalee Foundation will welcome golf professionals Peter Jacobsen and Jim Furyk as headliners for its annual Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament, held Nov. 11 at The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples. Jacobsen and Furyk will be joined by professional golfers teeing off at this year’s Pro-Am. Sunny Sapiente, Pro-Am event chair, is a member at Bay Colony Golf Club and 20-year resident of Naples. Sapiente’s event committee includes Don Fites, Kristin Miller, Steve Pryor, Joe Sanda and John Tobe. An exclusive pairings party takes place Sunday, Nov. 10 at Bay Colony Golf Club, with the professional golfers and amateurs learning who their partners will be the following day, beginning with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and the shotgun start at 9 a.m. The Presenting Sponsor is Kelly Tractor. Additional sponsors include BCB Homes, Success Circle Sponsor; BMO Wealth Management, Collier Enterprises, entech, IBERIABANK and Synovus, Pathways Circle Sponsors; and Florida Weekly, Gulfshore Life/D’Latinos magazines and Naples Daily News, Media Sponsors. Tickets to the Charity Classic Celebration begin at $550 per person, and entry into the Pro-Am is $5,000 per golfer. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register, call (239) 430-9122 or visit


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