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April 6, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

9th Annual Chrysalis Awards Celebration of Business & Tourism

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host the 9th Annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Chrysalis Awards Luncheon and Trade Show Thursday, April 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.

The Chrysalis Awards represent an ongoing partnership between the business and tourism communities. The awards ceremony is designed to foster a stronger alliance between the tourism industry and the county's business community.

"The Chrysalis Awards spotlight the dedication and hard work by our tourism partners," said Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director. "This is a time to shine and celebrate the tourism industry and all they do for Lee County."

The Celebration of Business & Tourism Chrysalis Awards Luncheon and Trade Show is part of the VCB's year-round Team Tourism program, which recognizes the value of tourism and community teamwork in maintaining and enhancing tourism as a major economic engine for Lee County.

At the luncheon, six Chrysalis award recipients will be announced. The awards will be in six categories: Business Development, Cultural Achievement, Education, Business Tourism Leader, Eco Innovation, and Sales & Marketing. A panel of local business and community leaders judge the nominations and select one award recipient for each category.

General admission is $45. For VIP tables and tradeshow registration, visit Chrysalis Awards.

Achieva Credit Union offering tickets to nonprofits for Fort Myers Miracle home games

The Fort Myers Miracle have announced a partnership with Achieva Credit Union that will provide up to 50 free tickets per game to area nonprofit organizations.

Achieva is inviting registered 501(c)(3) organizations to sit in its "Community Corner" at Hammond Stadium, offering up to 50 tickets so local groups can bring the whole team to the ballpark for Miracle home games.

The credit union just announced it is in the process of acquiring Preferred Community Bank, which will expand Achieva's presence in Lee County with three more branches when the transaction is completed later this year. In addition, Achieva has played a major sponsorship role in events around Southwest Florida like the Coconut Run 5K & Kid's Run to support area schools each year as part of the Coconut Festival in Cape Coral. Achieva has also sponsored the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts and has partnerships with area cities to produce "Movies in the Park" events, jazz festivals and "Boat-a-Long" events.

The Miracle, the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, opened the 2018 season Thursday, April 5 against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The 140-game regular season schedule runs through Sunday, Sept. 2.

The Miracle also are hosting five Nonprofit Nights during the season. For $100, organizations can receive 20 game tickets for staff, volunteers and donors, along with a table to promote their mission to fans. Nonprofit Nights will be held April 27, May 18, June 8, July 20 and August 17. Achieva "Community Corner" tickets are not available on these dates. Nonprofits may only attend one Achieva "Community Corner" game during the season.

Visit and click on the Community tab for more information about both programs. Nonprofit organizations can call the Fort Myers Miracle at 239-768-4210 to lock in a date.

Leadership NEXT to meet

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida, brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Specialized Veterinary Services (SVS) at 9500 Marketplace Road in Fort Myers.

The program will offer guests the opportunity to network and tour the 24-hour, state of the art emergency hospital specializing in individual care for pets. Services include advanced imaging, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology, surgery and animal rehabilitation. SVS is also a drop-off location for distressed or injured wildlife. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) evaluates their status and treats them so they can be released to their natural habitat. Guests will also learn more about this partnership and how they are helping wildlife in Southwest Florida through research and conversation medicine.

The April program sponsors are Pool Pros, Inc. and Stevens Construction. Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for future members.

Refreshments will be provided.

All guests are encouraged to register in advance at

Ross, Shaw join Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that attorney Amanda Ross has joined the firm's Tort & Insurance Litigation Division. In addition, Attorney Spencer Shaw has joined the firm's Workers' Compensation Division.

Ross focuses her litigation practice in the areas of automobile and trucking liability, premises liability, construction defect, professional liability, insurance coverage defense, products liability, negligent security and wrongful death. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, she worked in the Miami area and handled maritime and admiralty defense, as well as vessel and yacht purchase and sale transactions and continues her work in the field of maritime/admiralty defense. During law school, Ross worked with the University of Miami Athletic Department, as well as the Miami Dolphins Legal Department. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish.

She may be reached at 239-344-1249 or by email at

Shaw is a native of Southwest Florida, graduating from Naples High School (2008), Florida Gulf Coast University (2012) and Ave Maria School of Law (2016). She is an attorney in the firm's Fort Myers office and focuses her practice in workers' compensation defense.

She may be reached at 239-344-1132 or by email at

Henderson Franklin has over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.

For more information on Ross or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Women in Business seeks nominations for 13th annual Apex Awards

The Women in Business committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 13th annual Apex Awards. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, April 11. For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit

Presented by Southwest Florida Distributing, Publishing, Web Advertising, the Women in Business' Apex Awards event is an evening celebration to recognize local women with reputations for professional excellence, outstanding community service and for actively assisting others in attaining professional goals and leadership skills.

Nominees and winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

For more information on nominating an individual or about the 13th annual Apex Awards, contact Stephanie Davis at or 239-332-2930, extension 213.

Symposium for condo, homeowner associations April 13

Experts from a range of disciplines will answer questions from board members of Southwest Florida condo and homeowner associations at a free event on April 13.

The "Ask the Experts" panelists will answer questions from 8:30-11 a.m., Friday, April 13, at Miromar Lakes Community Clubhouse, 18061 Miromar Lakes Blvd., Miromar Lakes. There is no cost; RSVP to Roy Hyman, business development manager with KW Property Management & Consulting, at or 239-887-1701.

Participants on the panel of experts include representatives from KW Property Management & Consulting; Goede Adamczyk DeBoest & Cross, Attorneys at Law; Stroemer & Company, CPAs; Forge Engineering; Gallagher Lutgert Insurance; and BankUnited.

The symposium is designed as an interactive panel so board members in the audience can ask questions that are relevant to their condo and homeowner associations.

The symposium is limited to board members of condo and homeowner associations only and it includes a complimentary breakfast buffet.



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