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Conditioned Air and Honest Air Conditioning of Venice announced a partnership under which Honest Air will be acquired by Conditioned Air and operate as a division of the air-conditioning contracting and service firm. This merger expands Conditioned Air’s presence in Sarasota County and enables Honest Air Conditioning to provide enhanced products and services. Once the transaction is completed, Honest Air Conditioning will operate under its existing name as a division of Conditioned Air. A number of improvements also are in the works to allow the company to better serve customers, such as an updated dispatching/operating software program. Headquartered in Naples, Conditioned Air is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with a total of 390 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. The company expanded into Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in 2011.



SCORE Naples will host “Advanced Networking,” a two-part series from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today and Oct. 10 at the Naples Accelerator. The Advanced Networking series is for all types of networkers who want to (or have to) build business through personal interactions. Session one focuses on what you think and do before and during a networking event in order to make yourself more successful. It also addresses how to handle different situations that arise while you are networking. Session two focuses on the more physical aspects of networking as well as using networking to make money and grow your business. Jessica Macera, an award-winning speaker, writer and consultant, will present the event. The event is $30 per session when registering online and $50 when registering for session one and two. For registration and to make payment, go to scorenaples.org, or call (239) 430 0081.



The Charlotte County Airport Authority announces Gulf Coast Car Service as the preferred provider of ground transportation at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) as of Tuesday. Gulf Coast Car Service (Gulf Coast) has a fleet of late-model minivans stationed at PGD that are available by reservation and for walk-up customers. Customers in need of an ADA lift-equipped vehicle may make an advanced reservation, but it is not required. Gulf Coast can also accommodate large group reservations with vans and buses. Gulf Coast is a division of SWFL Transportation, the area’s top transportation provider with a fleet of 130 vehicles devoted to excellent customer service, professionalism and affordable rates. PGD passengers can call (941) 391-8800 to make a reservation or find a Gulf Coast representative in baggage claim for on-demand service. For more information about Gulf Coast Car Service and estimated pricing, visit www.FlyPGD.com and click on “Parking & Transportation.”



The Collier Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) October membership mixer will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Tamiami Ford, located at 1471 Airport-Pulling Road, in Naples. The monthly CBIA membership mixer is an opportunity to meet like-minded business professionals and make new connections. The members-only event will include door prizes, beer, wine and appetizers. The cost to attend is $20 per person for CBIA members to register online at www.cbia.net/news/calendar and $25 per person for call-in reservations. For questions, call (239) 436-6100 or email Nancy@cbia.net by Oct. 18.



The Lee County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring October “Build My Future Lee County” month. Build My Future is an annual event hosted by the Lee Building Industry Association (LBIA) and the Lee County School District’s Adult and Career Education team. The ceremony took place on Tuesday at the County Commissioners meeting. The industry showcase helps address the skilled workforce shortage within the building industry. Build My Future features companies from all aspects of the construction industry, from foundation to roof and every year over 700 students get a hands-on introduction to the various building trades. The proceeds from the event are donated to the school district to fund construction curriculum programs throughout the county such as Gateway’s new carpentry program. This year’s Build My Future Lee County will take place on Oct. 23 at the Lee County Civic Center.


Dr. Michael Martin, president of FGCU


Dr. Michael V. Martin, president of Florida Gulf Coast University, will deliver the keynote address at the Family Friendly Business Awards presented by Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR). The awards luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Hilton Naples. Sue Huff is emcee. Martin’s keynote address, “It’s Never too Early to Start Educating,” focuses on the importance of education during the first five years for a child’s lifelong success. Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit http://collierchildcare.org/awards. For more information about sponsorships, email Laura Bidireanu at LauraB@CollierChildCare.org.



The Naples Art Association announces an official name change to Naples Art. The new abbreviated name is part of a kickoff to its 2019-2020 season, infused with a renewal of its commitment to the Naples community and beloved artists, a press release states. Declaring the renewal is a new logo that reflects their refined name. Visit Naplesart.org for event, show, exhibition, workshop and class listings. Call (239) 262-6517 or email Aimee.schlehr@naplesart.org   for additional information.



Pampered Pet Resorts, a pet boarding facility, will open in Naples in December. Joyce Aliaga, a certified dog training of 12 years and former canine facility manager, co-owns the business with Frank Hake, a construction industry veteran and certified dog trainer. Construction for Pampered Pet Resorts, located in Naples at 3840 Bush Blvd., near I-75 and Collier Blvd., began in January 2019. Pampered Pet Resorts will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. In addition to offering round-the-clock care, the 9,000-square-foot facility will offer a ratio of one pet handler for every 15 dogs. All pet handlers will be pet CPR and first aid certified, as well as FEMA certified for emergency management during natural disasters. Co-owners Aliaga and Hake plan to launch a Pampered Pet Resorts location in Bonita Springs in the next three years. For more information, visit pamperedpetresorts.com.



United Way to host Family Service Learning Fair

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee’s Volunteer Center will host its first Family Service Learning Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 23 at United Way’s main campus located at 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers. This event will highlight 14 diverse nonprofit agencies who will offer a variety of hands-on projects for families to participate. The goal is to introduce families to volunteer opportunities available to them and inspire youth to become community-minded leaders and citizens. The 14 United Way partner agencies include Cancer Alliance of Naples, Children’s Home Society, Children’s Network, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel, Girl Scouts, Goodwill of SWFL, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Healthy Start, Human Trafficking Awareness Program, Quality Life Center, RCMA, Special Equestrians, The Salvation Army, and Valerie’s House. Register at https://forms.gle/6Ffg9TJdcE5wNt7M7 or email MaryM@UnitedWayLee.org with family name and number of people in your group. Registration is appreciated for planning purposes but not required.


Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund to hold Fall breakfast

The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will hold its 2019 Fall Breakfast for contributors, friends and those interested in being part of the WLF from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Fort Myers Technical College. In addition to breakfast, the event will include tours of the Healthcare Sim Lab with students in the program and information on the impact of the three-year grant to the School District of Lee County for Career Pipeline for Women in Health Care. The Women’s Legacy Fund is a group of women who combine their contributions in this collective philanthropy initiative to foster the immersion of women in philanthropy and develop the region’s next philanthropic leaders. The cost to attend the event is $20 per person. Prima Donors are complimentary. To attend, RSVP by Oct. 18.  To purchase tickets, visit floridacommunity.com and click on the “Quick Link” on the home page, or contact Sydney Roberts at (239) 274-5900 or SRoberts@floridacommunity.com.


Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. Jewelers, drew cheers at the 2018 drag queen show to benefit the nonprofit Community Housing and Resources.

Lily & Co. Jewelers to host drag queen fundraiser for affordable housing

Lily & Co. Jewelers will host a show from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 30 featuring Sanibel’s celebrity drag queens raising funds for affordable housing on the island. The event is co-sponsored by Sanibel Catering Co. by Bailey’s. The performers include Jerry Edelman, Sanibel artist; Dr. J. Bruce Neill, co-founder and executive director of Sanibel Sea School; George Schnapp, owner of George and Wendy’s Seafood Grill; Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. Jewelers; Josh Stewart, co-owner of Adventures in Paradise; and Daniel Thompson, owner of Suncatcher’s Dream. The master of ceremonies is Nicole McHale. The drag queen who raises the most money will be crowned the event’s favorite performer. The show will take place at Lily & Co. Jewelers, 520 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel. Tickets cost $35 per person and are available online at sanibelchr.org/event/halloween-2019/, at Lily & Co. Jewelers or Bailey’s General Store, 2477 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. All the proceeds from the event will go to Community Housing and Resources.


Youth Haven’s sixth annual Uncorked set for November

Youth Haven’s sixth annual Uncorked will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Mediterra Beach Club. Tickets are now available for the food and wine pairing event benefiting the children and teens that call Youth Haven home. In addition to food and wine, the event includes music and a silent auction. Sommelier Sponsors are Crown Roofing and Knox Construction and Wine Sponsor is Merryvale Vineyards. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visit http://www.youthhavenswfl.org/event/6th-annual-uncorked/.


Earn to Learn FL to honor Mentors of IMPACT

Earn to Learn FL, a matched-savings financial assistance program, will honor eight distinguished Southwest Florida residents on Feb. 19 as its 2020 Mentors of IMPACT. Mentors of IMPACT is a program that recognizes professionals at the pinnacle of their careers or community service who have elevated the lives of others through mentoring. New honorees include: mental health crusader Dr. Alise Bartley; Kellie Burns, NBC2; Joe Catti, FineMark Bank; philanthropist Myra Daniels; Gail Markham, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.; Dr. Michael Martin, Florida Gulf Coast University; Susan McManus, Champions for Learning; and Mark Stevens, Stevens Construction. Earn to Learn FL will recognize the 2020 honorees at a fundraising gala featuring a keynote address by Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. The Mentors of IMPACT reception will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2020 at The Club at Mediterra in Naples. Tickets are $400 per person. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds from the event will be used to help pay higher-education expenses for students enrolled in the Earn to Learn FL program. For tickets and more information, visit EarnToLearnFL.com or email Brenda Tate at Brenda@EarnToLearnFL.org.


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