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Gulfshore Business Daily: September 18

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Lead Photo: Barry Silver, Jim Murphy, Greg Dewitt, Eric Madden. Team reservations are open now for the Oct. 30 Golf Scramble hosted by SWFL Inc. Details below.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

SENATORS SCOTT, RUBIO INTRODUCE BILL TO KEEP DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME THROUGH NOVEMBER 2021

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio introduced legislation Wednesday that would keep the U.S. on daylight saving time through Nov. 7, 2021, because of the pandemic. The senators say the bill would “help provide stability for families who are already dealing with enough change with virtual learning, work from home, and other disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic has placed into our daily lives. After months of staying inside amid the coronavirus pandemic, families across the nation could use a little more sunshine and time to enjoy all that Florida has to offer,” Scott said. “I signed legislation as governor to continue Daylight Saving Time year-round for Floridians, and I’m glad to join Senator Rubio to lead this effort in Congress.” If the bill is enacted, Americans would avoid changing clocks in March 2021 when the U.S. typically springs forward an hour, WINK News reports.
 

REPORT: EMPLOYEES SKEPTICAL THAT COMPANIES CAN MANAGE THROUGH PANDEMIC

New national polling of the U.S. workforce finds the vast majority of employees remain skeptical that their companies can successfully manage through the ongoing pandemic, according to a news release. Research from Eagle Hill Consulting finds there continues to be low trust in leaders and managers to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, at 30%, similar to the recorded March sentiment, at 32%. Additionally, 22% believe their organization has a culture that fosters employee innovation and collaboration to deal with a crisis, as compared to 24% in the early days of the pandemic. Only 36% believe their company has the resilience to withstand the pandemic, similar to the low level of confidence in March, at 35%. As the crisis lingers, the research finds some areas of improvement. Employees are feeling more productive–up to 37% from 27% in April 2020. And nearly half of workers say they are increasingly attentive to customer needs, up from 37%. Connections to fellow employees are improving, up to 29% from 20% four months ago. These findings are contained in the 2020 Eagle Hill Consulting Trended COVID-19 Employee Survey. This survey of U.S. employees has been fielded throughout the pandemic, with the first conducted from March 17-19, and the most recent conducted from Aug. 13-17. For more information, click here.
 

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SWFL BUSINESSES LOOK TO FILL FULL-TIME POSITIONS AHEAD OF HOLIDAY SEASON

Businesses in Southwest Florida are looking forward to the holidays and the return of seasonal residents, both expected to bring in much-needed cash flow. Many restaurants, grocery stores and warehouses are starting the seasonal hiring process now and are focused on filling full-time positions to meet the current demand. Job opportunities include staff positions at the Amazon warehouse at 10016 Bavaria Road in Fort Myers. All starting salaries are $15 an hour and full-time employees receive benefits beginning on their first day of work, WINK News reports.
 

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NEW LUMINARY HOTEL BENEFITS DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS, GENERAL MANAGER SAYS

Ahead of next week’s launch of the Luminary Hotel & Co. at 2200 Edwards Drive overlooking the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, WINK News reporter Nicole Lauren sat down with Luminary General Manager Bob Megazzini to discuss plans for the hotel’s future and how it will handle opening during a pandemic. “We are bringing a boutique hotel to downtown Fort Myers, so we’re changing the footprint of Fort Myers,” Megazzini says. “And, the hotel will offer a coffee shop for a casual coffee to a lobby bar, high-end restaurant Silver King. We also have a rooftop bar, so you can see we are bringing to Fort Myers a variety of outlets as well as a beautiful hotel with great views of the city.”
 

FIRPTA Solutions

FIRPTA SOLUTIONS MOVES TO NEW LOCATION

FIRPTA Solutions has moved to a new location at 615 Cape Coral Pkwy W., No. 202, Cape Coral. FIRPTA Solutions is highly specialized in foreign-owned U.S. real estate transactions. The FIRPTA Solutions team is available to meet with clients in-person and virtually. They are committed to working with Realtors, title agents, and attorneys who need FIRPTA assistance for their clients, as well as providing employee FIRPTA training seminars, according to a news release. FIRPTA Solutions is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit firptasolutions.com.  
 

Dr. Yasaira Rodriguez

ELMQUIST EYE GROUP WELCOMES RODRIGUEZ

Elmquist Eye Group welcomes Yasaira Rodriguez, M.D., a comprehensive ophthalmologist specializing in cosmetic procedures, to the practice. Rodriguez specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the face and eyelids. In addition to cosmetic procedures, Rodriguez will also expand Elmquist Eye Group’s comprehensive eye care and cataracts services. Rodriguez is trained in diagnosing and managing a wide range of ophthalmic conditions, and her surgical training includes cataract and refractive surgeries, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, laser procedures and intravitreal injections. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English. She completed her Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Iowa State University and her Doctor of Medicine from Universidad Central del Caribe, earning magna cum laude honors. During her medical training, she was inducted by her peers into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. She completed her ophthalmology training at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
 

INSURANCE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY GROUP WELCOMES PRIVATE RISK DIRECTOR

Insurance Management Consultancy Group (IMCG), a recently formed commercial and personal insurance consultancy firm, has hired Michele Mars as private risk director. Mars comes to IMCG with a collective 38 years of experience in the insurance industry. Additionally, Mars has worked with IMCG president, Chris Tritt, and executive vice president, Todd Speas, for more than 10 years. After graduating from the College of New Jersey, Mars went right into the industry field working in personal lines with a direct writer. She moved to Florida in 1998 and continued working on the insurance agency side. 
 

Stefanie Edwards

EDWARDS EARNS CERTIFIED FUND RAISING EXECUTIVE CREDENTIAL

Stefanie Edwards, chief development and operating officer of Community Cooperative, was recently awarded her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification. The credentials are awarded based on work experience, continuing education and passing an exam. Each CFRE recipient signs an ethics agreement. Edwards is a graduate of the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University and oversees all of Community Cooperative’s operations, fundraising, development and volunteer programs that include 3,500 volunteers with more than 40,000 hours last year. In 2020, Community Cooperative’s annual Soup Kitchen Benefit raised over $1 million for the first time. She was named the 2017 Fundraising Professional of the Year from the Cape Coral Community Foundation. Currently, she serves as an advisory board member for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County and as a board member for the Planned Giving Council of Lee County.
 

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Betty Amend, Kathy Murray, Roe Managhisi, Kim Vaughn

SWFL Inc. October golf tournament open to community

Team reservations are open now for the Oct. 30 Golf Scramble hosted by SWFL Inc. at Raptor Bay Golf Club. The tournament is open to community members and SWFL Inc. business members alike. The tournament will feature raffle prizes, activities throughout the course, and lunch. Each member of the winning team will be awarded with a free round of golf for four from Raptor Bay. Foursomes are available for $600 at SWFLinc.com/Golf-Tournament or over the phone at (239) 992-2943. Sponsors of the SWFL Inc. Golf Tournament include The SKY Family YMCA, Iona Cannabis, Presstige Printing, Pelican Landing Dental, Joe the Home Pro and Vi at Bentley Village. For information on promoting your company, contact Christleen Knaub at Christleen@SWFLinc.com.
 

Samira K. Beckwith, PACE Hope Mobiles

FDOT bus donation helps Hope PACE serve community seniors

Hope PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has received 10 buses from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in support of their mission of maintaining the quality of life and optimal ability for Lee, Collier and Charlotte county seniors at risk for nursing home placement. Transformed into Hope Mobiles, the buses will be used to transport program participants to special Hope PACE Care Centers, where they receive comprehensive medical and therapeutic care, medications, and–prior to the pandemic–social activities and meals. Hope PACE also provides transportation to appointments with specialists and other needed services. The 10 buses were an in-kind gift in lieu of funding Hope PACE has traditionally received from FDOT. To learn more, visit HopePACE.org.
 

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