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Gulfshore Business Daily: October 31

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NEOGENOMICS INCOME UP IN Q3

NeoGenomics reported a third-quarter net income of $2 million compared with a net loss of $4.3 million in the prior year’s third quarter. The company also posted a net income of $2.3 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of $4.9 for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017. Consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2018 were $69.1 million, an increase of 17 percent over the same period in 2017. 

CCTLA, FRLA MERGE TO CREATE HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION

The Collier County Lodging & Tourism Alliance (CCLTA) will merge with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) to create the Collier chapter of the FRLA. The merge will become official in January. CCLTA members will be offered benefits for their businesses and employees through FRLA, including free consulting to assist with restaurant openings, licensing and permits, and discounts on required food certifications and training. All members receive cost savings for health benefits, prescriptions, payroll processing, tax solutions, loans, hiring, website design and more, a press release states. Current CCLTA members will become Collier chapter members of FRLA with the ability to renew their annual memberships at a discounted rate. Special introductory membership fees are being extended to current CCLTA members over the next two years to encourage participation and increase membership. The combined membership of the new FRLA Collier chapter is close to 200 hotels, restaurants, attractions and other allied members. The entire CCLTA board of directors will remain on the Collier chapter of the FRLA, including Randy Smith, who will step down as president. For more information, visit FRLA.org.

SEASONAL DOWNTOWN TROLLEYS TO RESUME

LeeTran’s seasonal downtown trolleys will resume on Nov. 8. Both the Blue and Gold Line trolleys provide free access to and from historic downtown Fort Myers. This allows a hassle-free way to enjoy the shopping, dining and entertainment the district offers without having to drive and park downtown. The Blue Line runs through downtown Fort Myers. The route loops from the Oasis Condominiums to West First Street and McGregor Boulevard along First Street, then to Rosa Parks Transportation Center, Fowler and Second streets and then returns to the Oasis Condominiums. The Gold Line connects North Fort Myers with downtown Fort Myers. The route runs from Rosa Parks Transportation Center, over the Caloosahatchee Bridge, and then loops back via North Key Drive to Beau Drive and Hancock Bridge Parkway, then back across the bridge, down First Street and returns to Rosa Parks. The seasonal downtown Fort Myers trolley service continues until May 1, 2019. Along with seasonal changes, several additional routes have permanent or seasonal changes. All schedule and route changes will go into effect on Nov. 8 and can be found at www.RideLeeTran.com.

VETERANS RESOURCE FAIR UPCOMING

Hodges University will host a Veterans Resource Fair and Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Naples campus. The event is sponsored by Wounded Warriors of Collier County and is free and open to the public. In addition to a variety or resources and services, the event will feature family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, swamp buggy, armored vehicles and an inflatable obstacle course. Food vendors will also be onsite. For more information, call (239) 938-7833.

HEALTHPARK EARNS ‘BABY-FRIENDLY’ DESIGNATION

HealthPark Medical Center has received the “Baby-Friendly” designation, an international recognition from Baby-Friendly USA, when the hospital was named a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. HealthPark Medical Center joins Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center as the third Lee Health hospital to earn this title. The “Baby-Friendly” re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” as demonstrated by quality processes. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). For more information, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org

GCM PROMOTES LEWIS TO CONSTRUCTION VP

GCM Contracting Solutions has promoted Rudley Lewis to the position of vice president of construction. Lewis has 35 years of experience in the construction industry, joining GCM in February as a project manager. He previously served as an executive operations manager and project executive in New York for nearly two decades. As vice president of construction, Lewis will be responsible for day-to-day construction operations, creating and managing budgets, writing contracts, helping to design construction plans and maintaining a hands-on role in the construction management process. He also will hire project managers and supervise the project management team. Lewis graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.

HERMANCE EARNS CPA LICENSE

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) employee Jeanna Hermance has earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida.  Professionals who receive the CPA license must pass through four sections of the CPA exam within 18 months. The exam covers auditing and attestation; business environment and concepts; financial accounting and reporting; and regulation. In addition to her Master of Science degree and CPA license, Hermance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).  She joined the firm as an associate with the litigation support, forensic accounting, and mediation services team in October 2016. Hermance was previously employed within the private sector, specializing in legal and regulatory compliance for corporate tax and global trade matters.

CHARITABLE NOTES

United Way launches 2018-2019 campaign with successful kickoff

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee hosted a kick-off celebration for its 2018-2019 campaign on Tuesday at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. More than 800 people attended the event, which raised roughly $6.355 million toward the campaign’s $10.301 million goal. It was the highest dollar amount ever reported at a United Way campaign kick-off event. Pacesetter Companies—those who run their campaigns early to demonstrate United Way support and to encourage others—along with early leadership gifts, helped raise the money. Publix again broke the $1 million mark by raising the most of any of the Pacesetter Companies with $1.770 million. Bonita Bay Group came in next, raising $500,230, followed by Chico’s FAS, which raised $250,000.

PDQ holiday toy drive benefits Dr. Piper Center

Three PDQ locations will team up from Nov. 10 to Dec. 20 to collect toys for distribution at the Dr. Piper Center’s annual Christmas Party for the children of Southwest Florida. A toy collection box will be placed in each participating location and guests are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys. In exchange for their donation, guests will receive a gift card valid for “Buy one combo meal, get one free” on their next visit. Participating PDQ locations include 12499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers; Gulf Coast Town Center, 17470 Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, Fort Myers; and a Sarasota location. For more information, contact Steve Nemazie at (239) 332-5346 or visit DrPiperCenter.org.

Coastal Club Classic to benefit Blessings in a Backpack

The Coastal Club Classic (coastalclubclassic.com), a new charity competition, will take place on May 3 at the Club at Olde Cypress in North Naples. The event brings together the two best qualifiers from 36 clubs around the region for a one-day shamble-style golf event to benefit the Southwest Florida chapter of Blessings in a Backpack (blessingsinswfl.org). Each player who takes part in qualifying will receive commemorative gear and is asked to make a $100 tax-deductible donation—enough money for the organization to feed one child each weekend of the school year.  Clubs interested in becoming one of the 36 to participate in the tournament can contact David Teets at (239) 595-8066 or Merlin33159@comcast.net. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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