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October 11, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Chapple Insurance Group opens on PIne Island Road

The Chapple Insurance Group has opened its first Florida office at 900 S.W. Pine Island Road, #207, Cape Coral.

The Chapple Insurance Group, which is headquartered in Wichita, Kan., will be represented locally by Dionne Tucker, Karyn Fluegel and Amanda Roy, who have over 50 years combined experience providing insurance coverage in this area.

The company focuses personal life insurance including homeowners, flood, auto RV and boats.

The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 239-673-7991.

Remembrance Lamps and Memories store open

Remembrance Lamps and Memories has opened at 1417-4 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. The shop, owned Bernie Reid, features a line of Tiffany-inspired products that are made with high-end art glass. According to Reid, each piece brings the beauty of art glass and the brilliant qualities of light together with powerful emotions associated with the remembrance of a loved one.

The store also carries a variety of table lamps for every occasion. Where flowers have traditionally been given, the pieces available at the store offer a unique alternative that will be remembered for years to come. In lieu of flowers, the lamps may be given for bereavement, weddings, births, house warmings and birthdays.

Each gift can also be customized with special packaging and cards.

The store is open Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-673-7991.

Steiner promoted to senior pool tech

Scotland Yard Pest Control, Irrigation and Pools has promoted Gary Steiner to senior pool tech.

Originally from Michigan, Steiner has lived in Cape Coral for 47 years, servicing pools for 12-plus years.

Scotland Yard Pest Control, Irrigation and Pools is at 931 N.E. 7th St., Cape Coral.

To contact Steiner or for more information about Scotland Yard Pest Control, Irrigation and Pools, call 239-574-WEED.

Burt to speak at conference

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO and president of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, has announced that content writer, Sarah Jane Burt, has been invited to present at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, taking place Oct. 24-27. At the conference, she will present a paper that she wrote in graduate school on the use of magic as spectacular performance in the works of Shakespeare.

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) promotes scholarship on the early modern era. This international organization provides opportunities for scholars from all disciplines in early modern studies, including history, art history, religion, history of science, musicology, and literary and cultural studies, to come together to engage in intellectual discussion.

Burt joined the CONRIC PR & Marketing team in August 2013 as a Content Writer after earning her Master of Arts in English at FGCU in May 2013. In addition to her position at CONRIC PR & Marketing, she also works as an adjunct Composition instructor, Writing Center tutor, and humanities preceptor at FGCU.

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 firm currently serves clients in many different industries including banking, legal, medical, not-for-profit, restaurant, manufacturing, builders, developers, Realtors, salon & spas and political campaigns.

For more information on CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, call (239) 690-9840 or visit

Ford's Garage opens at Miromar Outlets

Ford's Garage newest location at Miromar Outlets held its grand opening this week. The American Prime burger and craft beer joint is located on the east side of Miromar Outlets near Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar. The Estero menu features Ford's Burgers of Fame, including Ford's Signature "Dunk City Burger," The "American Standard" burger named for FGCU president Wilson Bradshaw, the 10-pound monster "Big Mamma Burger" - named after the B103.9 morning show host and many more.

Ford's Garage is designed with a 1920's service station/prohibition bar vibe. The interior features a vintage 1929 Ford Model A on a lift, old style brick, warm rich colors and their signature hand-hammered copper bar top with frost rail (exposed ice to keep your beer ice cold!) and the staff is dressed like auto mechanics! The Miromar Outlets location has a large outdoor patio seating area and bar with classic Fords cars at either end.

The gourmet "build your own burger bar" lets you select from the finest varieties of Black Angus beef, American Kobe, turkey, chicken, tuna, seafood and vegetarian offerings coupled with all natural aged cheeses. Breads and gourmet toppings. Ford's Garage also serves a variety of signature entrees sure to please the most discerning guests. Lighter fare features include fresh salads, grilled chicken, turkey and fresh fish. The beer list is carefully mapped out with over 200 different types of bottled craft beer and over 20 drafts with a heavy influence of American Craft Beers from all around the country.

Ford's Garage is located off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Suite 519. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For further information, visit or call (239) 495-FORD (3673).

Wegner joins Pavese Law Firm

Attorney P. Christopher Wegner has joined the Pavese Law Firm, primarily focusing his experience in the area of tax and asset protection. Before joining Pavese, Wegner was a sole practitioner in practice areas including asset protection, business, corporate, employee agreements and benefits, entity formation, estate tax planning, healthcare, international tax law, limited liability companies, partnerships, tax controversy, and tax law, planning, and trusts. Prior to having his own law firm, Wegner worked as a temporary staff attorney for the U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo.

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. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida.

Pushing the Envelope, Pulse Business Solutions form strategic alliance

Leaders of Pulse Business Solutions and Pushing the Envelope Inc. have announced a strategic alliance in an effort to better assist their clients and area businesses. Complimentary in services, both companies are based in Fort Myers and service clients locally, regionally and nationally.

Pulse Business Solutions offers a suite of managed services from data hosting, hardware and software upgrades, IT infrastructure setup, maintenance and more. Pushing the Envelope Inc. offers public relations, marketing, branding, social media strategy, web development, etc. Both companies have clients that need the services of each and by forming a strategic alliance, can offer the services seamlessly.

For more information on Pulse Business Solutions, call (239) 679-6679, visit or email

For more information on Pushing the Envelope Inc., call (239) 221-2858, visit or email

The Home Depot top sponsor for Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees has announced that The Home Depot will once again be the events' Starlight Sponsor. For the last seven years, The Home Depot has provided major support to the Festival by donating pre-lit holiday trees, wreaths, and volunteer support.

The Festival of Trees is a week-long holiday celebration that begins the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) with a showcase of lavishly decorated Christmas trees at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. Last year, over 5,000 visitors attended the festival, which continues for a full week.

The holiday celebration culminates with the black-tie Tux & Trees Gala on Saturday, Dec. 7. This elegant evening features a live auction of decorated trees and a silent auction of lavish holiday wreaths and other items. Last year, the festival and gala raised over $95,000 for The Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, which provides long-term support to Goodwill's programs and services.

To become a Festival of Trees sponsor, or to donate an item to the Tux and Trees silent auction, please call Madison Mitchell at 239-995-2106, extension 2213. For more information, or to purchase Gala tickets, visit or call 239-995-2106, extension 2213.

Miller elected to FDLA board

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that at the recent annual meeting of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Fort Myers litigation attorney John Miller was elected to the board of directors as the representative for the Young Lawyers. The FDLA has over 1,000 members and was formed in 1967 to represent the interests of Lawyers in private practice and whose practice was primarily the defense of civil matters.

Miller focuses his litigation practice in tort and insurance defense, municipal and governmental liability defense, and professional negligence defense. He also speaks and writes frequently before public and private associations.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami with 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning and administration, family law, land use and environmental law, commercial and civil litigation, eminent domain, workers' compensation, immigration law, employment law and real estate. One of the state's oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and currently operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Sanibel Island. For more information on Miller or Henderson Franklin, please visit

SBRN to host discussion

The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network will host a networking and discussion event on exit strategies for small business owners, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport at the Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Small Business Development Center.

Mike Pfeffer of Murphy Business & Financial Services Inc. and John Kimbell of Alliance Financial Group, experts in exit strategy, will present and answer questions during the meeting.

The evening begins with the Resource Network's monthly "Network after Five" social event where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business. Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $25 per person.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to Deadline for

The SBRN provides a reliable connection between seasoned professionals who service the small business arena and the small business owner. In addition to offering consulting services, the organization conducts monthly meetings that provide topics of interest to its members. For more information on the resource network, visit

For more information, to register for the event, or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator for the FGCU Small Business Development Center at 239-745-3700.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz receives 2013 Florida Excellence Award

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected for the 2013 Florida Excellence Award among its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.

Each year, the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz is recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community, and for consistently demonstrating a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., continues to provide a full complement of legal services to clients for more than 50 years in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships and family law, social security disability, commercial and construction law, criminal law, bankruptcy and BP claims. For more information, visit, call **LAW (529) on a mobile phone, or 239-334-1146.

Action Automatic Door & Gate celebrating 15th anniversary of two team members

Action Automatic Door & Gate, offering garage doors and automatic gate systems throughout Southwest Florida, is celebrating the 15-year anniversaries of team members Tim Currie and Joe Pinder, announced George Ebel, company founder and CEO.

The two started with the company as apprentices and have worked their way up to increasingly more responsible positions. Today, Currie is a field manager responsible for warehousing and vehicle setup, as well as servicing door and gate systems. Pinder is a lead gate technician, installing and repairing gates in communities, private residences and businesses, as well as servicing garage door systems.

"It is gratifying for me to see how Tim and Joe have grown with the company, setting an example for others who are 'coming up' under our NextGen Plan that is paying tremendous dividends for us all," Ebel said.

The NextGen Plan is a process by which Ebel may be able to one day sell the company to his top-performing team members. Each employee is trained and cross-trained to assure they have the most current skills in several disciplines in order to be most effective. As employees work their way to management positions, they have ample opportunities to take on more responsibilities, to excel, and to take more ownership in how the company operates. The idea is that Action Automatic Door & Gate could be their company one day.

Action Automatic Door & Gate CEO George Ebel founded the business in 1974 with a $100 advertisement in a local newspaper while in college in Toledo, Ohio. A second location was opened in Naples in 1981, and the third, in Fort Myers, opened in 1984. The business started out offering 13 automatic door openers, and today is one of the most successful garage door and automatic gate system companies in the country. Online:



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