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January 11, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Puppuccino Super Hero Pet Day to benefit Cape Animal Shelter

Scooter's Coffee will be hold its Puppuccino Super Hero Pet Day, Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the coffee house on 1014 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral.

The public is invited to bring their pup for an afternoon of fun, photos and to participate in a costume contest. The Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be the beneficiary of event donations and raffle proceeds.

A super hero doggy costume contest will be held and awarded at 2 p.m. Other activities will include pet grooming, a gift basket raffle, animal massage, PEMF Therapy demonstrations and a K-9 unit visit.

Scooter's Coffee has been a supporter of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter with similar dog friendly events.

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter, will be located at 325 S.W. 2nd Ave., a 4.6-acre site next to Sun Splash Family Waterpark. As a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, the organization is dedicated to engaging a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment.

The shelter will provide a safe place where animals will receive the care they need and remain until they are placed in a qualified, forever home.

More information on the Shelter can be found at

KFC on Hancock Bridge Parkway in Cape Coral sold

Kailash Florida, LLC, sold a 3,360-square-foot single-tenant triple-net lease KFC at 20 Hancock Bridge Parkway West in Cape Coral for $1.23 million to 20 HBPW, LLC.

The property is leased to Versec Collier, LLC, an experienced KFC franchisee with 10 other locations in Florida.

Ron Schultz and Jackson Wells from Colliers International Tampa Bay represented the seller in the transaction.

Wawa to hold hiring campaign

Wawa Inc. this week announced plans to launch a hiring campaign with the goal of hiring up to 1,000 new associates across Florida during the next three months, with all of Wawa's 160 stores in Florida looking to add new talent. The hiring campaign will span the first quarter of 2019 and focuses on filling customer-service positions. It is part of Wawa's overall commitment to provide job opportunities that can lead to fulfilling careers for community members in the areas Wawa serves in the Sunshine State.

While every store will have job opportunities available, some will host open house events on Jan. 16, from 2-7 p.m. The events will feature information about job openings - candidates are encouraged to apply online at before attending the open house event. Candidates will get the chance to meet the team and learn more about fulfilling opportunities! As part of the events, potential associates who have applied online can receive a brief first interview, learn more about Wawa's unique culture, explore career opportunities, and discover the important role Wawa associates play in their communities.

Stores hosting the open house events will have signs announcing participation, and two of the locations are at the Wawa stores in Cape Coral, at 1622 N.E. Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral, and Fort Myers, 2370 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Individuals interested in career opportunities at Wawa are encouraged to apply online prior to attending an open house event.

Wawa associates hired in these full and part-time positions enjoy competitive salaries and health benefits, as well as flexible schedules and tuition reimbursement opportunities. In addition, through Wawa's employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), associates share directly in the growth of Wawa. To apply for an open position, visit

Seats available for Annual Horizon Council Annual Meeting on Jan. 18

The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host the 2019 Annual Meeting Friday, Jan. 18, at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907. Networking and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30 a.m. To register visit

Local business and community professionals are invited to recognize outgoing council officers for their contributions and welcome new 2019 officers. The keynote speaker is Joe Lacy, managing director of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, LLC. Lacy has been with BLS since 1998, serving as a project manager for large-scale and nationally based corporate clients. He specializes in structuring and implementing corporate incentive packages and financing arrangements.

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and to attract new businesses. Visit

The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established to advise the Lee Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The council's mission is to improve Lee County's business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers.

The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office.


FSW to opens Corporate Training Center in Bonita Springs

Florida SouthWestern State College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony, opening the doors to its fifth location, the FSW Corporate Training Center, at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14. The FSW Corporate Training Center is located at 27400 Riverview Center Blvd., Suite 2, Bonita Springs.

The FSW Corporate Training Center will provide a centralized location for FSW's corporate training initiatives, the Florida Flex Quick Response Training and the Incumbent Worker Training grants. It will also be the focal point for FSW's customized business training programs.

Presently, FSW's corporate partnerships span the southwest Florida region with nearby Hertz and HERC, Arthrex to the south, and Cheney Brothers to the north. The Bonita Springs location was chosen because of its accessibility and proximity to US 41.

For more information, visit, or contact Dr. Jones, at or 239-732-3720.

Importing expert to speak at manufacturing roundtable

New tariffs and market volatility pose serious and complicated challenges to importers. International trade specialist Kevin Brady will share key insight with business leaders during an upcoming Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association roundtable. The "Importing into the USA" event sponsored by Farris Global Logistics will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 8-9:30 a.m. at CareerSource Southwest Florida, 4150 Ford St. Extension, Fort Myers.

Brady, a certified global business professional for the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, will help attendees understand and simplify importing processes and responsibilities. He focuses on consulting for companies involved with global importing and exporting as well as clients looking to expand their businesses internationally.

The roundtable is open to SRMA members and non-members alike. Members pay just $10 to attend, and guests pay $20. Members have the opportunity to receive training on how to use grant money and leverage strategic partnerships to help increase market share, among other benefits.

Visit to learn about membership and view a full calendar of events.

The purpose and objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest Florida through manufacturing, and to act as a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas and information among its members. The SRMA provides an advocacy platform for the general welfare of its members in the face of economic, civic and educational challenges. It encourages cooperation, information sharing and mutual aid, fostering social relationships and community involvement.

Visit for more information.

Schwinn to speak at human resources seminar Feb. 7

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will serve as the guest speaker at the United Community Association Networking and Pavese Law Firm Human Resources Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 7. The event, "Reducing Exposure to Employment Claims and Avoiding Claims of Retaliation," will be held from 4-8 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club, 13050 Cross Creek Blvd., in Fort Myers.

Schwinn, whose practice area includes labor and employment law, will discuss reducing exposure to claims of unlawful discrimination under federal and state law, explain how to properly document employee misconduct in the workplace, and discuss how to institute good hiring practices.

This seminar qualifies for two hours of Continuing Education credits for Community Association Managers only. Advance registration for the seminar is $30 for members and $50 for non-members. Day-of registration begins at 3:30 p.m. To register for this seminar, visit

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and corporate, civil litigation, condominium and homeowners' associations, construction, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, land use and government, marital and family, and real estate law.

Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit

Empowered Global achieves platinum generator dealer status

As of Jan. 1, Empowered Global, a residential and commercial electrical contractor, has become a Platinum Kohler generator dealer in Southwest Florida. Empowered Global has been servicing the Naples and Bonita Springs area for the past 5 years for electrical service work in local homes and businesses, as well as 2 years for generator installation through partnering with Kohler.

As a certified Kohler dealer, Empowered Global's technicians are authorized in sizing, installing, and maintaining home standby generators. They are specifically trained on how to assess a home's power needs, options and installation requirements, and choose a specific generator based on the specificities of each home and the clients' needs. Generator services not only include whole house generators but condo generators, small business emergency backup generators, and portables for camping and tailgating. They also provide periodic maintenance plans.

Kohler offers its platinum status to only electrical contractors that have exceeded expectations on all fronts: customer service, professionalism, and the overall installation.

To learn more about Empowered Global and their services, you may visit their website at

NextEra Energy completes acquisition of Gulf Power from Southern Company

NextEra Energy Inc., FPL's parent company has completed its previously announced acquisition of Gulf Power Company from Southern Company, adding 450,000 new customers..

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) promotes itself as the nation's leading clean energy company. It is headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida.

In addition to FPL, which serves approximately 5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the U.S., NextEra Energy owns Gulf Power Company in Florida. Gulf Power which serves approximately 450,000 customers in eight counties throughout northwest Florida.

NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage.

LCEC, which is the city of Cape Coral electric services provider, bulk-purchases the power it provides from FPL.

SHRM appoints new board

SHRM of Southwest Florida, the local chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management, has appointed its new board of directors for 2019. Janice Monteagudo president; Christy Carpenter, president-elect; Gerald Schulz, secretary; Katie Gossic, treasurer; Megan van der Meide, vice president of programs; Judy Marcucci, vice president of membership and volunteers; Karen Jaye college relations director; Shellie Halstead, workforce readiness director; Angela Pruitt, foundation director; Suzanne Boy, legislative director; Laura Siebenmorgen, diversity director; Kayla Fridd certification director; Thathiana Bermudez, scholarship chair; Brian Sauls, sponsorship chair; Shannon Fibbe webmaster and social media chair; Kim Becker ambassador/hospitality chair and Logan Wallick, past-president.



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