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August 4, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

7-Eleven Inc. to host free franchising seminar Aug. 15

7-Eleven Inc. is hosting a free franchising seminar Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m., at the Fort Myers Zone Office, 9351 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919. The company is searching for qualified candidates from the Southwest Florida area who are interested in learning more about 7-Eleven franchise opportunities.

7-Eleven provides opportunities for individuals or small corporations to own and run a new store in just three to six months. Each store comes fully operational, with 7-Eleven taking care of real estate, zoning, store build-out and equipment installation.

Franchisees also get a 7-Eleven Field Consultant to guide them through franchise ownership and business opportunities on a weekly basis.

Those who would like to attend the open house and/or seminar are asked to register by visiting

Medicare Lunch & Learn program Aug. 17 at American Legion Post 136

Insurance Options Inc. will hold its third Medicare Lunch & Learn seminar Thursday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at American Legion Post 136 at 4106 Stringfellow Road in St. James City. Lunch will be provided.

Do you have questions about Medicare? Are you turning 65 soon? Have you retired recently? Have you recently moved to Florida?

Come learn more about your options, including Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplements and prescription drug plans. You will also learn how you may qualify for the Extra Help program if you are struggling to pay for your prescriptions.

The fun and informative meeting will be hosted by Kathy Thousand, president of Insurance Options Inc., a local health insurance agency with offices conveniently located in Cape Coral. This is a no-obligation Medicare educational seminar and is an opportunity to bring your questions and have them answered. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

The seminar is appropriate for folks using VA and Tricare benefits. Attendance is limited to only 30 people, so kindly RSVP to Insurance Options at 239-201-4560 or send an email to, or visit the company website at

Insurance Options Inc. is at 1401 Viscaya Parkway, Suite 2, in Cape Coral. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Allied Physical Therapy to present Secrets to Pelvic Floor seminar

For those suffering from incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction or constipation/diarrhea, Allied Physical Therapy is offering a free informational seminar, Secrets of the Pelvic Floor, Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 6:15 to 7 p.m., at its office at 1413 Viscaya Parkway in Cape Coral.

Dr. Melissa Harkness and Elizabeth Padron, PTA, specialists in physical therapy, will provide educational resources and information.

Raffle prizes will be available to win.

Seating is limited so those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 239-242-0070.

Bustamante joins Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, a community oncology/hematology practice in the state, has announced that Liliana Bustamante, M.D., has joined the practice and is seeing patients at three FCS Locations in Lee County. She will practice at the Cay West office, at 1708 Cape Coral Parkway, West, Suite 10, Cape Coral; the Colonial office at 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 300, Fort Myers; and at the North Fort Myers Cancer Center, at 1030 Commerce Creek Blvd., Cape Coral.

After earning her medical degree from University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, Bustamante completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. In 2014, she was awarded a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of South Florida / Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute offers a full range of oncology and hematology services, including clinical research and the use of evidence-based medicine and proactive patient support services. FCS is a strategic site of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, one of the largest community-based clinical trial organizations in the United States.

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast from Jacksonville/Fleming Island to Palm Beach County.

Ciniellos honored for support of The Bowlers to Veterans Link

The owners of Fort Myers-based Bowland and HeadPinz bowling centers, Patrick and Lisa Ciniello, were recognized recently at the sport's national convention for their outstanding support of bowling's charity for military veterans - The Bowlers to Veterans Link. The six-location chain donated more than $25,000 this year alone to BVL - a record for the chain.

The Ciniellos are credited with raising more than $62,000 total for the charity, which provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services for veterans recuperating in VA Medical Centers nationwide.

A month-long fundraising effort by Bowland and HeadPinz Entertainment Centers in Southwest Florida resulted in that record-setting company donation. Patrick Ciniello, himself a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a dedicated supporter of BVL, spearheaded the campaign.

BVL is a national 501 (c) (3) charity which is consistently acknowledged for efficient and effective programming delivered with extremely low overhead. BVL has been recognized as one of "America's Best Charities," earned a "Top Rated" Nonprofit distinction, and accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign (#93325). For more information, visit

Eskin to speak during Pushing the Envelope 'Power Hour' event

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Gary Eskin, founder of Eskin Business Solutions, will present "Creating a High Performing Culture" at Pushing the Envelope's "Power Hour" event.

With 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, trainer and consultant, Eskin helps business leaders leverage a new way of thinking in their business to help them succeed. Topics to be covered include: the importance of an intentional culture, the elements of creating one, and understanding how to communicate it effectively.

Pushing the Envelope created Power Hour as part of its Rise Up initiative to share knowledge and empower others to succeed. Held quarterly, topics include: new business trends, marketing and communication best practices, business development, and more.

To register to attend the Power Hour or learn more, visit There is no fee to attend, but space is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP by August 13.

Pushing the Envelope Inc. is a strategic marketing communication firm. Based in Fort Myers, the firm services clients both regionally and nationally. For more information, call 239-221-2858, visit or email

Collins joins Cape staff at Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida

Brian Collins has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an advanced registered nurse practitioner..

He will assist family practice physicians at the Cape Coral Family Practice office at 1255 Viscaya Parkway.

Collins is a graduate of Ohio University, where he received his bachelor of science degree in nursing. He earned his master of science degree as a primary care nurse practitioner from Florida Gulf Coast University.

He has nine years of experience as an RN in the emergency rooms of Lee Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla.

He is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale.

Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many long practicing local physicians and has grown to become the largest independent multi-specialty primary care practice in Southwest Florida.

Medical specialties include family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Offices are located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit

1,300 parking spaces added at Lee Health's Gulf Coast Medical Center

Finding a parking space is much easier at Gulf Coast Medical Center with the official opening of a new parking garage. The six-level facility, located on the southwest corner of the hospital campus, adds 1,300 new parking spaces.

Safety and security of visitors, employees and volunteers are top priorities at all Lee Health locations, and the new parking garage incorporates many advances in safety design and technology. One hundred twenty-four digital cameras are incorporated into the facility providing comprehensive surveillance of all levels, stairwells and elevator lobbies, and provide time-stamped, automated entry to the facility by scanning license plates (requires prior registration). Each camera is capable of delivering high resolution live and recorded video regardless of lighting and weather conditions. These cameras utilize some of the most advanced video analytics available to alert security personnel to activity as it occurs.

In addition to the numerous cameras, each of the six floors has two strategically located and highly visible call-for-assistance boxes. These are the same call-for-assistance boxes utilized by some of the largest hospitals, malls and amusement parks in the nation. A simple press of a button will create an alarm in security control that will open a two-way audio link. With the aid of the superior video coverage, campus security officers can visually verify activity in real time and respond appropriately. Regular physical patrols of the garage are planned by security, as well.



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