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August 30, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Florida Community Bank donates $1,000 to Sweet Magnolias

Florida Community Bank recently donated $1,000 to Sweet Magnolias Coffee House & Marketplace, a downtown Cape Coral nonprofit retailer that offers support and practical help to single mothers in Cape Coral.

Bonnie Sanford, manager of the Cape Coral South branch of Florida Community Bank, presented the check Aug. 23, to the coffee house's founders, Debbie and Allen Legg.

Sanford discovered the marketplace and coffee house while making business calls with a coworker.

"Debbie told us how she is supporting single moms and teens and about the different programs she is trying to get up and running," Sanford said. "I thought it was a great cause the moment I spoke to her."

"We're very grateful to Bonnie and Florida Community Bank for helping us make life better for single mothers and their children," said Legg. "Partnerships like this make a difference for everyone in the community."

A portion of sales from Sweet Magnolias is used to provide Cape Coral single mothers with day care scholarships, vocational training and practical support. The marketplace sells handmade furniture and crafts, and the coffee house features homemade breakfast and lunch along with gourmet coffees and teas.

Sweet Magnolias Coffee House and Marketplace is owned and operated by The Net Community Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides assistance to single mothers in Cape Coral. Sweet Magnolias features coffees and teas and homemade pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups. The shop is at 909 S.E. 47th Terrace, Unit 101, in Cape Coral, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays during special events. Anyone who wants to provide financial support can send donations to The Net Community Foundation, PO Box 151015, Cape Coral FL 33915. For information, call (239) 245-1794.

Conticelli opens Solutions Advisory Services

Michael A. Conticelli, CFS, CDFA, has opened Solutions Advisory Services LLC to partner with Royal Fund Management to offer fee only investment services. As a fee only investment advisory firm, the company does not sell specific financial products or receive commission for the sale of securities. Fiduciaries are legally obligated to act in the client's best interest.

Conticelli is a partner with his wife, Cheryle, of Solutions Money Management, providing insurance, tax preparation, divorce financial planning and business services for small business clients.

Solutions Advisory Services LLC is at 1424 S.E. 17th Ave., Unit 2, Cape Coral. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. For additional information, call 239-673-6671.

Local entrepreneur launches jewelry business

Angela Smith of Cape Coral has announced the launch of a new business as an independent designer with Origami Custom Jewelry, a direct sales company with a unique twist. As an independent designer, Smith holds interactive events where she helps guests create one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry that best reflects the individual's style.

Origami Owl was founded by a 14-year-old entrepreneur. Inspired by the desire to create jewelry that would be beautiful, meaningful, whimsical and food, Isabella Weems launched the company with the goal of saving enough money by buy her first car. In 2010, she introduced the "Living Locket," a necklace that can be customized with meaningful charms that represent things that are important to the individual. From humble beginnings at home parties, Origami Owl quickly became a successful business.

For information about Origami Owl's customized jewelry, hosting a party or starting your own business, contact Smith at 239-601-7007 or email For information about Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, visit

Spiro & Associates adds clients

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Adver-tising & Public Relations has won several new accounts in the last three months, announced Christopher T. Spiro, CEO and senior creative director of the Fort Myers-based agency. Additionally, it was recognized as the "Best Advertising Company" in Southwest Florida in Gulf-shore Business magazine's inaugural readers' choice awards announced this month.

Adding to its roster of 60-plus active clients, Spiro & Associates now provides a variety of marketing services for these businesses as well: Action Automatic Door & Gate,, Indigo Architecture, MAS Products' The AMAZING Underwater Fish Light, Mike Patrick Electric, Norris Home Furnishings, Taulbee Tritt at Lykes Insurance and Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations has been serving local, regional and national clients for more than 25 years. Client industries the fields of land development, construction, automotive, tourism, retail, real estate, law, business and residential services, the arts, government, medicine, senior-living, property management, home furnishngs, interior design and floor coverings, among others. Visit or call (239) 481-5511.

Burt named content writer for CONRIC PR & Marketing/Publishing

Connie Ramos-Williams, president and CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing,has announced that Sarah Jane Burt is the company's new content writer. Her responsibilities include creating and distributing press releases, writing and editing search engine optimized web copy, managing social media content, blogging, ghostwriting and assisting in other creative writing capacities for clients.

Burt was raised in Naples, and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with both a bachelor of Arts in English in 2011 and a Master of Arts in English in May 2013. While in graduate school, she taught English Composition at FGCU, served as Managing Editor for the Mangrove Review, and became an editorial intern for eBella Magazine in Naples. Prior to accepting her new position, she worked as a freelance writer and editor for various local businesses and a Writing Consultant for the FGCU Writing Center.

CONRIC PR & Marketing and CONRIC Publishing are divisions of Conric Holdings, LLC, a full service agency serving the Southwest Florida business and professional community. The company was founded by Ramos-Williams in 2007, and provides creative writing and design in all areas of marketing, public relations, advertising and publishing. For more information on CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, please call (239) 690-9840 or visit

Preferred Community Bank completes capital raise

Preferred Community Bank, which has branches in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, recently completed a $2.9 million dollar capital raise to support future growth.

"We are delighted with the support that we received from our directors, existing shareholders, and bank customers" Chairman and CEO Brenda O'Neil stated. "This was truly a friends and family stock raise with no institutional investors involved. It demonstrates the support that our community has for one of the last remaining community banks in our market and being locally owned and operated obviously has been an advantage."

"We waited until our economy was in recovery and we felt that it was time to grow again," O'Neil said.

"This additional capital will support not only loan growth but also potential new branch opportunities. Our directors have considered perhaps the Cape Coral market since that market doesn't have a local bank presence any longer," said O'Neil. "We try hard to live up to our recent slogan, 'We say yes faster' because all our decisions are made locally, by people who live and work in the local market. With housing sales and values moving up swiftly over the last year or two, we have been able to help the growth by moving quickly to provide loans for potential home owners and growing businesses." Ms. O'Neil added.

Fort Myers Sunrise Rotary donates to veterans' organization

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, dedicated to helping disabled U.S. veterans by providing new opportunities for training and employment in the insurance industry, has received a $2,500 donation from Fort Myers Sunrise Rotary Club.

"The Fort Myers Sunrise Rotary Club welcomes the opportunity to help DVIC assist disabled veterans in starting a new career in the insurance industry," said David Gallentine, the Rotary Club's president.

The donation will assist DVIC with program capabilities, including the development of state-of-the-art training techniques that will prepare disabled veterans with skills for sales support and cross-selling personal insurance products for careers in the insurance industry.

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers is a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate, train and generate meaningful employment opportunities for physically disabled veterans who will excel at proactively cross-selling personal lines insurance products on behalf of leading independent insurance agencies. For additional information, call 239-433-8523 or visit

Survey will help determine summit topics

Southwest Florida business owners and industry leaders are invited to take a survey and contribute ideas via an online form to help drive the agenda for a Dec. 12 international business summit.

The summit will be designed for local business people who want to get involved in exporting or who currently are, and for those who want to learn the value of international trade for their organization.

The summit will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University, which is an event partner along with the Lee County Economic Development Office and Enterprise Florida.

Organizers want input from the local business community. Go to to complete the survey. Questions can be directed to Business Development Manager Brent Kettler at the Lee County Economic Development Office, (239) 338-3161. Sponsors for the event are welcome.

"We believe by organizing this summit, it will draw attention from foreign investment prospects to our region -- and our business owners will be more educated and ready to receive them," said Glen Salyer, assistant to the Lee County manager who is set to be interim Economic Development Director starting Sept. 1.



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