Gulfshore Business Daily: September 4

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Tamiami Angel Funds formed a banking relationship with FineMark National Bank & Trust, tying together the two Southwest Florida-based organizations whose mission is to help entrepreneurs. FineMark offers an array of banking, trust and investment services to individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs in Florida, Arizona and South Carolina. The bank was founded in 2007 to deliver custom approaches to banking services. Tamiami Angel Funds are member-managed funds that allow high-net-worth individuals and families to invest in promising early-stage and expansion-stage companies located in the U.S., with a preference to those in the state of Florida.


P.J. Scheiner, a trial attorney for Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, spoke at a Connectionology Seminars of America-organized seminar held Aug. 26-28 at the Hilton resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Connectionology Seminars of America brings together lawyers from across the U.S. to help improve the work of plaintiff trial attorneys and criminal defense attorneys. Scheiner delivered a presentation on Aug. 27 that addressed handling, litigating, mediating and trying personal injury cases involving neck and back injuries. Scheiner made a similar presentation in June at a Connectionology seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina. That same month, Scheiner spoke about new approaches to proving post-traumatic stress disorder during an advanced trial skills seminar at the Florida Justice Association Annual Convention & Expo.


Joan Leedy, travel adviser for Preferred Travel of Naples, has achieved commodore status from the Princess Cruises' academy training program. This designation certifies Leedy as an expert cruise professional. As a commodore, Leedy joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are recognized by Princess at the highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a cruise planning professional. To become a commodore, travel advisers must fulfill 25 required and elective classes, representing approximately 15 hours of total coursework covering worldwide destinations, onboard programs and customer service skills. As they complete courses, advisers receive their “stripes” through four levels: first officer, staff captain, captain and, finally, commodore. Princess Academy is a comprehensive online training program available to travel advisers in the U.S. and Canada. Advisers who complete the coursework become experts on a wide range of topics, offering travelers knowledge of important details about a Princess vacation.


Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. partner Christopher Lombardo spoke as a panelist at the University of Central Florida's (UCF) National Center for Integrated Coastal Research symposium, held on Aug. 17. Lombardo was a part of the speaking series centered on the impact of our ever-changing coastline and how Florida communities are adapting. The National Center for Integrated Coastal Research is an effort, managed by Dr. Graham Worthy, that aims to integrate society with science to find solutions to the problems that impact the state. Lombardo shared the panel with Whitney Grey from DEP; Salvador Moreno, a UCF professor; Alexander Rudloff, one of the original team members for TED Talks; U.S. Rep. Darren Soto; U.S. Rep. Bill Posey; former Florida Rep. Jim Bacchus and more. The full-day symposium invited debate from the more than 200 people in attendance. 


SCORE Naples will host “Beginner Social Media Series for Business Owners,” a three-part series, starting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Naples Accelerator. The first session, “Social Media 101—The Best Platforms for Attracting Customers & Increasing Revenue?” will provide an overview of the top social media platforms. The next session, “Facebook for Business—Creating a Business Environment and attracting Followers,” taking place Oct. 23, will teach how to update important Facebook settings for business, create a business page, navigate between a personal page and a business page, and develop a content posting schedule. The third session, “Harness the Power of Instagram for Your Business,” held Nov. 6, will describe Instagram Business and the types of customers you can reach with it, plus other essentials. Presenters include Nella DeCesare, owner/operator of WBN Marketing LLC, and Cristy Marecki, social media specialist at WBN Marketing LLC. All workshops will meet at the same location and time. The cost is $30 when registering online per workshop or $70 for whole series. For registration, visit or call (239) 430 0081.


Gulfshore Insurance has made the Insurance Journal’s annual list of Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies. Gulfshore is one of only eight Florida agencies to make the list. The annual list is ranked by total property/casualty revenue for 2017 and comprises only those agencies that are privately owned firms whose business is primarily retail, not wholesale. All information in the report was garnered from voluntary online submissions from agencies and brokerages. To view the full list of Top 100 Property and Casualty insurance brokers, click here.


Kristi Bartlett, vice president of economic development at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, has completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program, earning her Master Practitioner credential. AEDL is a two-week executive education course developed by four partner universities (The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, the University of Southern Mississippi). The program is an experiential course that explores economic development subjects that impact communities and states across the U.S. Instructors include site consultants, business leaders, nationally known subject experts and university professors. The faculty discusses negotiation, communication, workforce/education, project management, community development, influencing change, international trade/foreign direct investment and other key subjects that impact quality job creation. Kristi earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Collier and 2009 Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN) programs. She is a certified economic developer and serves on the boards of the Florida Economic Development Council and the Collier County Public Schools National Academy Foundation. She joined the chamber staff in 2014.


Lee County Tax Collector gives Gifts of HOPE

The Lee County Tax Collector office has launched the Gifts of HOPE service project, which helps the homeless with basic necessities. Homeless people who have visited the 2480 Thompson St. location to receive state-issued ID cards have been given bags full of items to help them take care of basic hygiene. Staff members collect and bag the items, and they’ve distributed 49 bags since the project began in June. The “HOPE” in Gifts of HOPE is an acronym for Helping Our People Every day, and the bags generally include everyday items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, floss and hand sanitizer. Lee County Tax Collector staff are seeking donations of the following items to add to the bags: feminine products, travel-size first-aid kits, bandages, antibiotic ointment and wipes, socks, mosquito repellent, rain ponchos, travel-size tissue packs, deodorant, combs, wet wipes, sunscreen and lip balm. Call (239) 533-6000 to learn how to donate those items.


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