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November 7, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

AHA Center opens in Cape

The AHA (Advanced Health Alliance) Center, a wellness studio, has opened at 4825 Coronado Parkway, Suite 2, in Cape Coral.

The studio, which offers health wellness hypnosis, massage and acupuncture, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evenings and weekends by appointments.

For additional information, call 239-541-7758.

Saturday, the center's Amy Emme, a peak performance hypnocoach and professional speaker, will present a WUWU (Women Uplifting Women Unconditionally) debut - "A day that will transform your life forever ..." - from 9 3 p.m. at the Holiday Garden Inn, 12600 University Drive, Fort Myers.

Register at, or call 542-7758 for additional information.

Lee County Plumbing

& Supply Inc.

celebrating 30 years

Lee County Plumbing & Supply Inc. is celebrating 30 years of service to the local community. The family owned and operated plumbing supply business is owned by Dania and Dionne Lopez.

The business, located at 532 S.E. 47th Terrace in Cape Coral, is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 3 p.m.

For more information, call 239-542-4618.

Chin named new

marketing director at

CONRIC PR & Marketing

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing, has announced that Angeli Chin is the agency's new marketing director. She will be working with clients to set and achieve marketing goals. She will also work directly with the media across the state and country to promote our clients, their companies, services and products.

Chin, originally from New York, has been a resident of Fort Myers for the past 12 years. She has a diverse background in graphic design, interactive media, project management and marketing. She has earned several degrees from New York University, Southwest Florida College and Strayer University, including graphic design, computer animation and multimedia, marketing and management. She is currently pursuing her masters of science in education media design and technology at Full Sail University, which utilizes interactive media for presentations, marketing and training.

BB&T-OTC presents $9,500 Safeco Insurance grant to Harry Chapin Food Bank

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company, one of four winners in the national Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Awards voting event, earned an additional donation of $7,500 for Harry Chapin Food Bank. When combined with the $2,000 grant that was given when BB&T-OTC was selected for a Make More Happen Award, the total donation from Safeco for Harry Chapin Food Bank totaled $9,500.

BB&T-OTC, the only Southwest Florida organization to be recognized, was selected for the Make More Happen Award based on an application and a photo of employees volunteering for HCFB.

The Make More Happen Awards are designed to recognize Safeco's agent partners who build a stronger community through volunteer work and to multiply the impact of that work through grants to nonprofit organizations.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company provides comprehensive insurance and risk-management services to families and businesses throughout Florida. The agency offers protection from the nation's leading insurance companies. BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Holmes Beach, Miami, Naples, Ocala and Weston, Fla.

FGCU center, SWFL Hispanic Chamber

participate in International Congress, Business Expo

Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center and the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce participated in the 6th annual International Congress and 1st International Business Expo at the University San Martn de Porres in Lima, Peru Oct. 10-13.

Julio Estremera, certified business analyst for Small Business Development Center at FGCU, was the keynote speaker, providing information relative to doing business with the United States. Over 4,000 attended the week-long event. The lecture provided an opportunity to reach out to a country of entrepreneurs eager to learn ways to grow their businesses.

The Southwest Florida delegation included Estremera and the SWFL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team: Veronica Culbertson, chamber president and CEO; Veronica Montoya, director of international affairs; and Silvia Izquierdo, ambassador; and chamber members Rocio Cuellar, owner of Freedom Land Realty; Juliet and Harris Winokur of Winokur Enterprises; Victor Cerna of Water One; and Mirtha Montoya Arguelles, director of Institute for Psychotherapy and Business Training.

The team held individual and group counseling sessions with attendees. These sessions provided insight of the local need of existing business owners to sell their products abroad.

The University San Martn de Porres is the only institution of higher education to be distinguished as the Socially Responsible Enterprise for Peru 2021. It is anticipated that alliances will be created to share best practices and collaborate with the SWFL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in its initiative to build bridges between Southwest Florida and Peruvian businesses.

For more information, contact Estremera at 239-745-3707.

Lee BIA to host 2nd Annual Market Trends

The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) will host the 2nd Annual Market Trends Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Fort Myers. The program is a feature industry presentation providing valuable insight about the Southwest Florida real estate market. Land Solutions Inc. will present the event, and Hill, Barth & King LLC is sponsoring the event. Reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 19, as there is limited seating. Cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

A limited number of valuable marketing sponsorship opportunities available. RSVP today by calling the BIA office at 239-936-5525 or visit

Lee BIA's 2nd Annual Market Trends will provide a local perspective on real estate trends impacting Southwest Florida, specifically: local market and socioeconomic indicators, changes in the financial and lending markets, new home building trends and strategies from market leaders and regional focus on up and coming new residential developments breaking ground later this year.

The Lee BIA is comprised of approximately 350 companies involved in every aspect of building homes and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida. The Association serves its members and advances the building profession through a community of knowledge, sharing and education. Visit to learn more about all of the Lee BIA's commercial and residential building, remodeling and subcontractor members.

Schwinn to speak

to NAWBO Thursday

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will speak to the National Association of Women Business Owners of Southwest Florida Thursday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Club at Grandezza clubhouse, located at 11481 Grand Oak Blvd., in Estero, on what small business owners need to know about workers compensation insurance coverage and the requirements under Florida Law.

Schwinn will address the legal requirements for obtaining and maintaining workers compensation insurance, exemption and stop work orders.

Attendees will also hear from Starlene Sandifer with Allstate Insurance Company on procurement and pricing for workers compensation insurance coverage in Florida. In addition, Shelly Osterhout, president of Computer Solutions of America and president of NAWBO, will share her personal experience when her business was recently issued a stop work order that closed her business operations for a week.

The public is invited and registration is available online at

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law.

CPA to be recognized

at Southwest Florida Community Foundation annual meeting

Local CPA Gene Solomon will be presented with the 2012 John W. Sheppard Award at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation's annual meeting and reception on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers.

The John W. Sheppard Award is given annually to an outstanding individual who has given selfless dedication to humanity and made significant contributions to the SWFLCF. Past recipients include John Sheppard, David Lucas, Peter Kleist, Arnold Sarlo, Frank Bireley, Jim Nathan, Sam Galloway, Jr., Tom Smoot, David G. Robinson and Bill Frey.

Solomon has spent more than 40 years as a practicing CPA. His field of expertise includes income, estate and gift-tax planning.

Solomon received a bachelor's degree in accountancy and economics from Stetson and his juris doctorate degree from Northwestern School of Law in Chicago.

Solomon also served on the board of trustees for the Edison Community College Foundation, Inc., for nearly 15 years. He helped form and served as president of the Health Education Center, now a part of Florida Gulf Coast University, and the Teddy Bear Museum of Naples.

For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit

Early Learning Coalition and Barnes & Nobel

to host regional book fair

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida has partnered with Fort Myers, Estero and Naples Barnes & Noble Booksellers to host an in-store Book Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A percentage of the daily sales, from this three-store event, will directly benefit the ELC's Literacy Buddies Program. Customers attending this event will also be able to purchase books for donation to the Literacy Buddy Program directly.

The Barnes & Noble Booksellers locations will continue to participate through their online sales starting on Dec. 2-6. Visit its website at and be sure to click on the button and add the required code to designate your purchase proceeds be applied for this event at check out. For more details, please contact Mercedes Lawler of Barnes & Noble at or at 239-437-1289.



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