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July 18, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Work continues on Culver's restaurant

Construction on the new Culver's restaurant began May 1. Local owner Matt Beder was on hand to break ground for the new restaurant located at 1625 Cape Coral Parkway. The new restaurant will employ 70+ part and full-time team members when it opens in September.

When completed, the restaurant will have dine-in seating for 100 guests, drive-through and take-out service. After ordering at the front counter, guests seat themselves and relax while their food is cooked-to-order and delivered quickly to its tables.

Culver's serves fresh food, always cooked to order, with genuine family values to each and every guest. Culver's is an expanding franchise system with over 500 independently owned and operated restaurants in 22 states. Signature items include the ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen Midwest-raised beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program.

For additional information, visit,,, or

Interface Financial Group

opens Cape Coral office

The Interface Financial Group, an alternative funding source for small businesses, now has a local office serving Cape Coral, North and Greater Fort Myers, North Port and Punta Gorda.

According to Steve Tate, the principal at IFG's new Cape Coral office, "Where traditional methods of funding result in loans being provided to the business by various lending institutions, IFG purchases select invoices from the company at a discount. By purchasing an asset as an alternative to making a loan, the company gets as much working capital as they need, when they need it. This enables them to grow until the company reaches sufficient maturity to access more traditional methods of funding."

IFG has been providing short-term working capital funding in the form of a unique invoice discounting service since 1972. The company serves clients in the manufacturing, service and construction sectors. Interface operates from a base of franchise offices in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

For more information, contact Tate at 239-770-1369 or visit You can also visit the web at

Sears Hometown Stores

celebrating 21st anniversary

Sears Hometown Store of Cape Coral, at 110 N.E. 2ND Place and 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., is celebrating its 21st anniversary this month, and sharing the occasion with the community through a weeklong savings celebration starting Sunday, July 20, through Saturday, July 26.

What's the special occasion? This year marks 21 years since Sears, Roebuck and Co. did a final run of its legendary "Big Book" catalog, closing its catalog stores and shifting to a new retail model of locally owned and operated dealer stores. Sears Hometown Store of Cape Coral, which opened in 2009, is one of 900 stores nationwide that came about as a result of that move.

Since starting the dealer store model, Sears Hometown Stores have since grown into a network of more than 900 locations, and are now part of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc., a publicly traded company that is separate from Sears Holdings Corporation. These stores primarily sell appliances, tools, lawn and garden equipment and seasonal outdoor products.

For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc., visit To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a Sears Hometown store format or other format, please visit

Maria's Pizza and Restaurant to host Love That Dress! 6 dress party

Women's Wine Club will host a sophisticated Love That Dress! 6 dress collection party at Maria's Pizzeria and Restaurant in Cape Coral, located at 1224 S.E. 46th Lane, Cape Coral, to be held Tuesday, July 22, from 5-7:30 p.m., benefitting PACE Center for Girls, Lee. This epicurean event will feature hors d'oeuvres followed by a four-course dinner, complete with wine pairings and a chance to win some amazing raffle prizes.

This event is $55 and includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, wine tasting, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and payment in advance to guarantee a reservation is preferred. To make reservations, call 239-565-7652 or email

Guests are encouraged to bring one or more new or gently loved dresses. All styles of dress are accepted from beach-to-ball gown-to-bridal. New or gently loved handbags, shoes and accessories are also welcome. In lieu of a donated item, guests may donate $5 to PACE Center for Girls. All of the dresses and other items collected during the party will be up for sale at this year's Love That Dress! 6 event Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Embassy Suites Hotel in Estero. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1.

All of the proceeds from Love That Dress! 6 will benefit PACE Center for Girls a 501(c)3, non-residential prevention and intervention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades. PACE provides guidance and educational opportunities providing them with a path to a successful life.

Please visit and view the calendar of upcoming dress collection parties in July and August.

National LTC Network

celebrating 20th year

National LTC Network is celebrating 20 years of providing long-term care insurance.

According to the company website, "Founded in 1994 as a national alliance of leading long-term care insurance experts and distributors, the Network includes some of the largest and most respected long term care insurance distributors in the U.S., offering coverage from the nation's finest long term care insurance companies. Network members are dedicated to promoting and distributing long term care insurance with ethics, excellence and integrity. Consumer inquiries are welcomed."

LTC Solutions, located at 3501 Del Prado Blvd., #202, Cape Coral, is a member of the National LTC Network. George Mellendorf, president of LTC Solutions, sits on the executive committee for the National LTC Network.

For more information about National LTC Network, visit

For more about LTC Solutions call 239-540-1663.

Sea Tow Ft. Myers

provides life jackets

to boating community

On Saturday, June 28, Sea Tow Ft. Myers and the Sea Tow Foundation provided 18 families with free life jackets as a culmination of the Life Jacket Drive they'd been hosting for the month of June.

Sea Tow Ft. Myers' Life Jacket Drive began with the idea of collecting lightly used jackets people either grew out of or no longer needed so they could be donated to others in need of a life jacket for the season. But office manager, Heather O'Brien, was blown away by the community's generosity when she received donations from other local business of brand new life jackets.

Approximately 130 new life jackets were donated by: The Nautical Mile Publication, Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters club, private individuals, Back Streets Sports Bar, Southwest Florida Yacht Club and Cape Coral Marine Police Unit.

In the future, Sea Tow Ft. Myers will continue this work with the Safe Kids Coalition of Lee and Collier County, providing free life jackets to the community to keep, or to borrow through the Sea Tow Foundation's expanding Life Jacket Loaner program.

Sea Tow Ft. Myers will continue the Life Jacket Drive throughout the year. Please drop off donations to the Sea Tow Ft. Myers office, 3725-A Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Please call Heather O'Brien with any other questions, 239-945-4820.

Kahler appointed

Encore Bank's Fort

Myers branch manager

Tom Ray, CEO of Encore Bank, has announced that Megan Kahler has been named the bank's new branch manager in Fort Myers.

Kahler began her banking career in 2008 and earned accolades for herself and the institutions she served along the way. As branch team leader at her previous position, she was ranked the number-one sales associate in West Florida three quarters in a row, and four quarters in Fort Myers.

According to company officials, Kahler is known as a relationship builder focused on superior customer service and developing leaders and high performing teams.

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

Hayden & Associates announces launch of food and supply drive

Hayden & Associates, Community Association & Commercial Management Services, announces the launch of a food and supply drive in partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank. The year-round drive begins in July and rallies the support of all of the communities managed by Hayden & Associates throughout Southwest Florida.

Hayden & Associates is challenging the communities it serves to help out with donations of food and supplies and will place drop-off bins in common, indoor areas of each community. Residents may contribute non-perishable items at their convenience, which will be collected by Hayden and delivered to Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Hayden & Associates corporate office is at 12650 Whitehall Drive, Fort Myers, and the Naples office is located at 14700 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 8, Naples. Hayden & Associates is online at and can be contacted at the corporate location at (239) 489-4890.

Taylor appointed to Encore Bank board

Tom Ray, CEO of Encore Bank, has announced that Thomas M. Taylor has been appointed to the board of directors of Encore Bank.

Taylor is the CEO of Hole Montes Inc., a full service engineering firm with offices in Naples and Fort Myers. Under Taylor's direction, the company has provided civil engineering services to both the public and private sectors with customers including the city of Fort Myers, city of Cape Coral, Lee County, Collier County, the city of Naples, the city of Sanibel, the city of Bonita Springs, the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County.

Taylor's appointment to the board of directors is another highlight for Encore Bank, which increased its income in the first quarter of 2014 by nearly 95 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

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 Drive, 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

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, recently 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 directly at

Attorney Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management has over 20 years of experience in and out of the courtroom and focuses his practice on family law, conflict management, and workplace conflict. For more information about family law, employment law, and conflict management services, call 239-210-7516 or 877-687-1392, email or visit;; or



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