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Gulfshore Business Daily: September 28


The Above Board Chamber of Florida has two upcoming meetings. The first meeting will place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Hilton Naples and demonstrate how to identify the right sales opportunities. The second meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, and it will address the Southwest Florida water crisis and its impact on business. Chad Gillis, environmental reporter for The News-Press, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Fort Myers meeting on the impact of the water crisis on business. He’ll lead panel members including John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper; Suzanne Specht, Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University; Chris Whitman, Captains for Clean Water; and Rae Ann Wessel, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Susan Armstrong Ryan, founder and owner of Creative Business Coaches, will lead the Naples program, with panel members including Cynthia Davis, The Imaj Group and founder of Leaders of Distinction; Carrie Ann Texter, Conditioned Air; Gary Harlan, ncolor {salon + boutique2}; and Niccole Neebling, Hilton Naples. Registration for each event is $28 for members and $32 for nonmembers on or before Oct. 3. After Oct. 3, it’s $32 for members and $38 for nonmembers. For more information, visit AboveBoardChamber.com.​


ITVantage Inc. acquired The Client Server on Sept. 1. Both Southwest Florida technology firms have served businesses for more than two decades. Together, they will manage and operate four locations to serve their clients in Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Naples and Charlotte county. With a combined staff of 25 team members, ITVantage will continue to specialize in technology services for healthcare, continued care communities, real estate, manufacturing and hospitality industries. The joint company offerings include IT consulting, managed services, VoIP phone systems, information security, disaster recovery, cloud and hosted integrated networks, network administration, infrastructure design and mobile office technologies.​


FutureMakers Coalition partners CareerSource Southwest Florida, Immokalee Center, Immokalee Technical College (iTech) and Arthrex are teaming up to hold informational events for prospective students to learn about careers in machining technologies. Two events will be held on Oct. 10—one from 9 a.m. to noon and another from 5:30-8 p.m. Both will take place at CareerSource Southwest Florida in Immokalee. Anyone interested in getting a start with a career in machining technologies is encouraged to attend. The goal is to find interested students and help them get their tuition and related fees paid for so they become for a new career in just one year. The Center for Manufacturing Excellence blends career subject knowledge and hands-on technical training to master the occupational competencies needed to be successful in the workforce. For more information, visit https://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com.


Lyons Title & Trust LLC recently opened its third office in a Fifth Avenue South suite. The company already has offices in Bonita Springs and North Port, and opened the third location for a stronger Naples presence, a press release states. Lyons Title & Trust is a locally owned title company founded in January 2009 by attorney Richard D. Lyons. The Lyons team provides closing, title, processing, and escrow services, working with buyers, sellers, lenders, etc. to ensure all of the legalities are taken care of for the completion of a sale. The ALTA Best Practices-certified company is a member of the Chicago Title Insurance Company Circle of Excellence and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company President’s Circle. It also holds the HA&W Certificate of Compliance and was named a Secure Insight Registered Agent. ​​​​


Christyna M. Torrez, a partner at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, was recently installed for a third term as a director and special events chair of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCWBA). Torrez helped organize the CCWBA’s 2018 Welcome Back Event, held on Aug. 22 at the Silverspot Movie Theater at Mercato. Torrez also recently concluded her term as the 2017-18 president of the trial lawyers section of the Collier County Bar Association and has been admitted to practice law in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida. Torrez has been practicing for over 11 years in all areas of civil and business litigation at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz.​​​


Bonita Springs restaurant Angelina's Ristorante has been named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America by Open Table. The list highlights some of the country's best restaurant wine lists. Angelina's Ristorante features a wine tower as well a secret wine list with special bottle selections. Angelina's and the other restaurants were selected by Open Table for providing “the perfect wine pairing for every meal year-round,” according to a press release. The list of honorees came together following an analysis of more than 12 million reviews by verified diners of more than 28 thousand restaurants across the country. For the complete list, visit www.opentable.com/lists/best-wine-lists-2018.​


Naples Botanical Garden has earned the 2018 Museum Excellence award from the Florida Association of Museums (FAM). Each year, FAM recognizes outstanding contributions to the museum profession in the state of Florida. Awards recognize museum staff, volunteers, or trustees, as well as individuals outside the museum profession who make significant contributions to the advancement of Florida’s museums, either locally or statewide. The 2018 Annual Museum Service Award Winners will be honored during the FAM 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition held from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Naples Botanical Garden.​​


Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra to host annual fundraiser

The Southwest Florida Symphony’s Youth Orchestra will host its annual fundraiser dinner/concert at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Heritage Palms Clubhouse in Fort Myers. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. The evening will feature performances from the Youth Symphony and the Sinfonietta, auctions and raffle baskets. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the Southwest Florida Symphony, at (239) 418-1500.​

Arts of Tap to take place in October

The Alliance for the Arts will host its annual fundraiser, Arts On Tap, from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 20 at its Fort Myers-based campus. Arts On Tap, now in its second year, features craft of local brewers benefiting the Alliance for the Arts. Participating crafters include Big Blue BrewingBury Me BrewingCoastal Dayz BreweryEight Foot BrewingFort Myers Brewing CompanyMomentum BrewhousePalm City Brewing,  Point Ybel Brewing Company and Scotty's Bierwerks. Food will be provided by Cristof’s and University Grill, with live music from Matty Jollie. In preparation for the event, Alliance Executive Director Lydia A. Black will serve as guest bartender from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Coastal Dayz Brewery. All tips from the evening will be donated to the Alliance for the Arts. Tickets for the event are $75 and include unlimited tastings from participating breweries, wine, culinary creations, pub snacks, gallery admission, music, games, and a silent auction and raffle. The first 75 guests to purchase a ticket will receive a “Support Local” pint glass. Arts On Tap is for ages 21 and older. A state-issued form of I.D. is required. For more information, call (239) 939-2787 or visit ArtInLee.org/OnTap. Sponsorships and visibility opportunities are also available by contacting Jessica@ArtInLee.org.​​

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