Regional Cancer Center Expansion Opens in Fort Myers

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Friday, June 29

Industry Appreciation Awards Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the 2018 Industry Appreciation Awards has been extended to July 9. The Industry Appreciation Awards, organized by the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office, celebrate the Lee County business community and recognize outstanding local businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida. Businesses will be honored in five categories: Business Citizenship, Nonprofit of the Year, Diversity in Business, Startup of the Year, and Business of the Year. To complete an application, visit  For additional information, call (239) 533-6800.

Thursday, June 28

SBA Increases Disaster Recovery Lending for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) Loan Program has launched the Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program. This Pilot Program was authorized on Oct. 16 and is available through Sept. 30, 2020. The Pilot Program is available for SBA Express Lenders to provide immediate loans up to $25,000 with a 50 percent SBA guaranty for small businesses located in the counties affected by a presidentially declared disaster. The EBL Pilot Program permits a streamlined delivery available through existing SBA Express Lenders.  Small business owners are not required to apply for an SBA disaster loan in order to qualify for an EBL loan and are advised to contact their bank as soon as possible to determine eligibility. Lenders must be authorized as SBA Express Lenders at the time of the presidential disaster declaration in order to offer this assistance. SBA 7(a) Lenders that do not already participate in the SBA Express program are encouraged to contact their SBA District Office to find out how to participate. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, June 27

FSW Names Director of Public Safety

Anthony “Tony” Giaimo has been named the director of public safety for Florida SouthWestern State College. Giaimo’s career in law enforcement spans 27 years, and he has been a college instructor for 10 years. He most recently was the superintendent of police for the Tredyffrin Township Police Department in Pennsylvania for 27 years. He has also taught criminal justice/sociology and emergency medical techniques for police officers. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting/law, Mountain State University with a master’s degree in strategic leadership, and the FBI National Academy with a diploma and certifications in behavioral science, terrorism, management and criminal justice. Giaimo has been honored with numerous awards in his career, including Police Officer of the Year, the Safe Cities Award in 2016, the Board of Supervisors Award and the Life Saving Program Award. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations. 

Tuesday, June 26

Herc Holdings Appoints New CFO

Herc Holdings Inc. has appointed Mark Irion as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 25. In this role, Irion will oversee the company’s finance function and perform a lead role in Herc Holdings’ ongoing activities in the capital markets and in its relationships with banks, ratings agencies, institutional investors and financial analysts. Irion joins Herc Holdings with nearly 25 years of experience in finance and public accounting. For the past 19 years, he served as chief financial officer for Neff Corp., a publicly traded equipment rental company, until its sale in October 2017. His career experience also includes serving as chief financial officer for a computer component distribution company and audit senior for Deloitte & Touche LLP. Irion will be based at the company’s Bonita Springs field support center.

Monday, June 25

Regional Cancer Center Expansion Opens in Fort Myers

A new, 24,000-square-foot building is now open at the Regional Cancer Center in Fort Myers. Located near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Colonial Boulevard, the Regional Cancer Center is a collaboration of Lee Health, 21st Century Oncology and Florida Cancer Specialists. The construction project began last year to accommodate a growth in services, including expansion of the pharmacy, palliative care services, genetic counseling and survivorship programs. Collectively, the Regional Cancer Center is the fourth-largest community cancer treatment center in the state of Florida. With more than 15,000 patient visits each year treating a variety of malignancies in both men and women, RCC survival rates meet or exceed the national average for all cancer treatment facilities. Skanska Construction was contracted as manager at risk and provided architectural design services.
For more information about the Regional Cancer Center and services available, please visit

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