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July 11, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Therapeutic massage center

to host open house today

Around the World Massages, a therapeutic massage and alternative healing center at 19 N. Del Prado Blvd., in Cape Coral, will be hosting an open house today, July 11, from 4-7 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the center, enjoy light refreshments and receive discounts on services booked during the event. Center owner Pam Michaelessi and her staff will be on hand to answer questions about the health benefits of therapeutic massage.

To be placed on the guest list, call Massages Around the World at 239-242-8004.

Avril appointed

CFO of Encore Bank

Tom Ray, CEO of Encore Bank, has announced that Brian F. Avril has joined the bank as its new chief financial officer.

Avril brings nearly 25 years' experience as CFO to Encore Bank, having served in that capacity in international, national and statewide banks around the state of Florida, with his most recent position at a bank specializing in business, association and professional banking.

Prior to overseeing all aspects of that niche bank's financial condition, as well as its operations, technology and human resources functions, Avril served as senior vice president and CFO of an institution focused on serving the financial services needs of nearly 1,000 of America's credit unions.

Encore Bank has six convenient locations, including two branches in Naples at 3003 Tamiami Trail North and 2370 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Bonita Springs at 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Fort Myers at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr., Port Charlotte at 2120 Kings Highway, and Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza.

For more information, call 239-278-5505 in Fort Myers or visit Member FDIC

Your Life Enrichment Center

to host Exhausted Moms program

Certified Master Life Coach Miriam Pietrzyk announces she is hosting a complimentary program for all of the exhausted moms in Southwest Florida, Monday, July 14, at 7 p.m., at the Your Life Enrichment Center. The goal of the program is to help moms thrive during the long, hot summer with their children.

Moms will learn how to: Gain clarity of mind by creating scheduled recess, increase energy by minimizing cooking time and be a peaceful and patient mom.

The Exhausted Moms program is part of the Your Life Enrichment Center's Healthy Habit Lifestyle Monthly Series.

Your Life Enrichment Center is at 8365 Beacon Blvd., Suite 403, Fort Myers.

RSVP at 239-253-2884. The program is free.

AXI International

acquires Clean Tank & Fuel

Wessel van Tonder, CEO of AXI International, recently announced the company has acquired Fort Myers-based Clean Tank & Fuel Inc. AXI's acquisition of the seven-year-old business is part of a larger strategy of expanding into new markets through mergers and acquisitions.

AXI has sharpened its focus on service-oriented businesses in recent months, and has begun to move towards gasoline and other fuels beyond diesel. This deal is a small step in solidifying that direction.

Clean Fuel & Tank will operate under the AXI brand for the time being, similar to AXI service operations in Malaysia and elsewhere.

To speak with a fuel expert in your local area, visit or call 1-877-425-4239.

Founded in 1995 with the development of the patented ALGAE-X Inline Fuel Conditioner, AXI has offers fuel polishing systems, mobile tank cleaning and fuel restoration systems, fuel treatment additives and sampling and testing equipment.

Additional information available at

Levy named to the Greater Fort Myers Chamber

of Commerce Women in Business Committee

Attorney and mediator Keith Grossman, founder and managing partner of Grossman Law & Conflict Management, has announced that Associate Attorney Danielle Levy has been appointed to the Women in Business Committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

The Women in Business Committee serves the Women in Business Group and is responsible for the presentation of the "Apex Award," recognizing an exceptional woman or women in our community.

The Women In Business group provides opportunities for career development, networking and community service.

In addition to her position on the Women in Business Committee, Levy is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, Association of Family Law Professionals, Lee County Association of Women Lawyers and the Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida.

Contact her at

Grossman Law & Conflict Management is at 7270 College Parkway, Suite 1, in Fort Myers. For more information about family law, employment law and conflict management services, call 239-210-7516 or 877-687-1392; email; or visit;; or

Fifth Third Bank (South Florida)

holding 'Back to School' Supply Drive

Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) is holding its sixth annual "Back to School" Supply Drive. With the goal of raising $5,300 to purchase supplies for children in need, the bank is collecting cash donations at each of its branches throughout South Florida. All donations will benefit partnering education foundations that serve Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Manatee, Sarasota, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The drive began Monday, July 7, and runs through Friday, Aug. 1, at all Fifth Third Bank locations in South Florida.

For more information about the supply drive, contact Kathy Leavesley,, 239-449-7079

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company has $130 billion in assets and operates 17 affiliates with 1,311 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,614 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright

welcomes tax professional

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., has announced the addition of Daniela Georgieva as a member of the firm's tax team. Georgieva is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is fluent in both the Bulgarian and English languages.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples. It offer sa wide range of services including individual and business tax planning and preparation, strategic business consulting, technology management and support, audits and reviews, litigation, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services.

For information, visit

Frontier Airlines to start

non-stop service between RSW, STL

The Lee County Port Authority has announced that Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) Oct. 3, 2014. Frontier will operate two weekly flights on Mondays and Fridays between Fort Myers and St. Louis on an Airbus A319 aircraft.

For Frontier's news release and information, visit

For more information about Southwest Florida International Airport, visit or Like Us on Facebook at

Ted Todd Insurance Agency

recognized as a 'Best in

Business' agency achiever

Ted Todd Insurance Agency was recognized by The Allstate Corporation as one of two "Best in Business" agency achievers in the state of Florida for 2013. The annual recognition is based on year-over-year business growth and meeting specific management objectives.

Ted A. Todd formed Ted Todd Insurance Agency 28 years ago. It is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country, with seven locations and 60 insurance professionals located in Lee, Sarasota, Brevard and Palm Beach counties. The agency provides home, auto, motorcycle, renters, umbrella, and boat insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Del Ray, Viera, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and Boca Raton.

For information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

FSBDC to host new workshop

on Florida's Sales and Use Tax

The FSBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University will host a workshop to assist participants understand Florida's Sales and Use Tax Wednesday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cape Coral office, 1020 Cultural Park Blvd., Unit 3.

Workshop facilitator Fredrica Cosper, certified business analyst for the FSBDC, has 20 years of service with the Florida Department of Revenue and brings extensive knowledge about Florida's taxation system.

The cost is $30 and pre-registration and payment is required. Attendees can register online at, or contact the main office at 239-745-3700 to register by phone.

For additional information, contact Cosper at 239-745-3700 or

iPartnerMedia web services

provider for Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

The Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance has selected iPartnerMedia Inc. as its web design and ongoing web hosting services partner. The project will entail significant enhancements to the design of the current website with performance improvements for site navigation, search engine friendliness, mobile responsiveness, data accessibility, graphics, and news and advertising features.

Bonita Springs-based iPartnerMedia Inc. is a digital and print marketing agency serving clients across the United States and Canada in real estate, consumer products, financial services, construction, education and more. The team has experience in digital marketing, including landing page and web design, lead generation, social media, blogging and search engine marketing. In addition, iPartnerMedia is expert at print marketing design and fulfillment solutions including direct mail, wide format signage, business cards, stationary, promotional products and more. Learn more at

The Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance is a private/public partnership created in 2013. Working with local economic development organizations throughout the region, its mission is to create a marketing engine to attract businesses to the region that will diversify and grow the economy. Learn more at



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