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Business Notes

November 8, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

After 48 years, Bill's Fruit & Gift Shop

relocates in downtown Cape

Bill's Fruit & Gift Shop, a Florida gift fruit shipper, has relocated after 48 years in business. The shop has moved to 1320 S.E. 47th St., in Cape Coral.

According to Bob Jones at the shop, everything is the same, except the address. The shop is open through the Florida citrus season - October through mid-May.

Jones reports that 90 percent of what the shop sells is grown or made in Florida, including, when available, tomatoes, corn on the cob, watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries, as well as Florida candies, marmalade, jellies and honey.

Topping the list of items available is all natural Florida citrus, sold by the piece and the bag.

For additional information, call 239-542-7111. The shop is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 2:30 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

The Dog Bar and Grille opens

The Dog Bar and Grille has opened at 3522 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral. The bar and grill is under new management and no longer in partnership with First Round Draft.

The family owned and operated business is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

For additional information, call 239-541-8304.

Best Pets' 'Doggieween' Party held

Best Pets, a dog day care and boarding facility at 873 S.W. 47th St., in Cape Coral, recently held its second annual "Doggieween" Party. According to store operators, the event was a success with plenty of great costumes, such as Lulu dressed as a butterfly, Chloe as a bumblebee and Cosmo the ladybug.

The event was fun for the dogs and their owners. Each doggie party-goer received treat bags.

For additional information about Best Pets, which is open seven days a week, call239-471-7133 or visit

DeFinis Chiropractic Center

to hold natural health fair Nov. 16

DeFinis Chiropractic Center LLC will be hosting its first free natural health fair Saturday, Nov. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. The natural healthcare professionals at the center will be providing free screenings as well as complimentary group consultations.

On site will be doctors of chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, whole food nutrition, nutritional coaching, hypno-coaching, natural hair/skin care, yoga instruction and more.

Hundreds of dollars of natural care products and services will be given away, along with healthy refreshments while they last.

Free parking will be available and the center will also be conducting its grand opening ribbon-cutting.

DeFinish Chiropractic Center is at 410 Del Prado Blvd., N. For additional information, call 239-574-4564.

Mahle joins Scotland Yard

Pest Control/irrigation and Pool Service

Scotland Yard Pest Control /Irrigation and Pool Service has hired John Mahle from Augusta, Ga., and currently living in Fort Myers. He has been in Florida doing irrigation for the past 15 years.

Contact him at 239-574-weed or web address

DBPR issues cease and desist notices

to several unlicensed contractors in Southwest Florida

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation this week announced the conclusion of a week-long sting targeting unlicensed contractors in the Cape Coral area. Working together with the city of Cape Coral local licensing department, investigators identified 21 individuals through advertisements and consumer complaints who were publicly offering to perform professional services that require a state of Florida license.

The operation was part of ongoing local and statewide efforts to protect and educate Florida's consumers on the dangers of doing business with unlicensed individuals.

The following individuals were issued a cease and desist notice for offering or advertising to perform contracting work without a license: Robert Cicarelli, 37, Fort Myers; Thomas M. Moore, 44, Cape Coral; Keith W. Nichols, 57, North Fort Myers; Omar Alvarez, 57, Ocala; William W. Lawry, 63, Cape Coral; Edwin J. Castro, 43, Cape Coral; Joseph Merola, 27, Cape Coral; Troy Nelson, 50, Cape Coral; Mark Addy, 52, Cape Coral; Bruce Anthony, 78, Cape Coral; Michelle Waldron, 33, Cape Coral; Stacey Ray Abernathy, 53, Cape Coral; Rick Vontoc, 56, North Fort Myers; Tommy J. Bivona, 54, North Fort Myers; Gerald T. Snow, 54, Fort Myers; Robert Barter, 67, Fort Myers; Joe Baker, 58, Fort Myers; Lorn Bovill, 49, Cape Coral; Samaroo Keshore, 40, Cape Coral; Marc Miller, 36, Cape Coral; and Robert Reinert, 55, Fort Myers.

Each individual as well as the information which resulted in the issuance of the cease and desist notices will be forwarded to the local State Attorney's Office.

Unlicensed activity occurs when an individual offers to perform or performs services that require a state license and the individual does not hold the required license. Florida law sets specific rules and guidelines for obtaining professional licensure, and the people who have met these requirements are held to professional standards. Consumers can verify professional licenses online at

Unlicensed activity is illegal and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if an individual is convicted. Floridians should report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing or calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440. The individuals involved in the sting operation will be referred to the local state attorney's office for criminal prosecution.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation's mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit

Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber

'2013 Fall Job Fair' Nov. 21

The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 Fall Job Fair Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hodges University Fort Myers Campus, located at 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Participating companies include Latino 97.7, FOX 4, Telemundo, Fort Myers Broadcasting, Alta Resources, Juice Plus, Enterprise Holdings, Juan 1200/1460AM, Collier County Public Schools, The Pendas Law Firm, Imagen Semanal, MundoFox,, State Farm, Univision SWFL, Hodges University, Lowe's, Prudential, Nuevos Ecos, Take Shape for Life, Lee Memorial Health System, Azteca America SWFL, Fifth Third Bank, Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Avon, National Bartenders & Casino School & more!

Anyone interested in changing careers or in need of a job is welcome. This event is free to the public. For information or to rent a booth, please call the Chamber at 239-418-1441, or send an e-mail to

Nominations for Business Ethics

Award sought; deadline Feb. 1

Nominations for the ninth annual Business Ethics Award of the Uncommon Friends Foundation are being accepted until Feb. 1. The award will be presented in recognition of the critical importance of ethical leadership in today's businesses and organizations during the Uncommon Evening event on Thursday, March 26, at Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers. The award will be presented to a Southwest Florida business that exemplifies the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Business, political, community and religious leaders from the five-county Southwest Florida area may nominate companies and organizations that consistently demonstrate a system-wide commitment to business ethics. Companies and organizations may also self nominate; nominations will be followed by those who wish to complete the application process by the Feb. 1 deadline.

The applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of ethics experts from across the country. This panel will also decide the winner.

Applications and nomination forms for the award are currently available at Click on the Business Ethics tab and scroll down to click on the application download.

Businesses must meet the following criteria:

- Do business and have an office in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry or Glades county.

- Be committed to business ethics and model this ethical behavior throughout the company.

- Be committed to business ethics in dealing with customers, vendors, shareholders, lenders, regulators, and the community.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.

For additional information, call 239-337-9505 or visit www.uncommonfriends,org.



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