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Business Briefs 10-4

October 4, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

DePasquale graduates from U.S. Chamber Foundation education and workforce fellowship program

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently announced that Colleen DePasquale, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from its premier business leadership program.

The inaugural Business Leads Fellowship Program trained and equipped leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

Following a competitive application and selection process, DePasquale was selected along with 32 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the second cohort.

The four-month program covered the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-2930 or visit

MNMW's Thompson earns QuickBooks Certification

Debbie Thompson with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., recently earned the QuickBooks Online Certification. Individuals that earn certification in QuickBooks are accounting professionals who have passed a rigorous test to provide the best strategic insights that drive success specific to each business.

Thompson is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. In 2010, she earned her master's degree in accounting and taxation from FGCU. She joined MNMW in 2015 as a tax accountant, bringing 15 years of private accounting and five years of public accounting to the firm.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. is a public accounting and consulting firm with offices in both Fort Myers and Naples. Along with traditional tax and accounting services, the firm offers a wide range of other services including business consulting, construction business consulting, medical practice consulting, not-for-profit services, elder services, family mediation services, forensic accounting, human resources consulting, litigation support, marketing and public relations consulting, and technology consulting. For more information, call (239) 433-5554 or visit

McCormick joins Spiro & Associates as social media digital marketing manager

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has hired Brittany McCormick as social media digital marketing manager. With an extensive background in digital and traditional marketing and client services, she will develop and execute original social media content for multifaceted client companies. Additionally, she will create digital strategies for all clients, as well as the agency, and assist with website rollouts, web content posting and web design.

Prior to leading the social media department of a 30-plus-year-old agency, McCormick designed logos, event/fundraiser posters and photography for Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery and its sister restaurant, The Hop - both in downtown Cape Coral - as well as other eateries throughout Southwest Florida.

McCormick received an associate degree from the former Edison State College. After graduation, she coordinated publicity for events, such as Bike Night; Coconut Festival; and Red, White and Boom, for Cape Coral Parks & Recreation. From there, she created posters, flyers and social media posts for iHeartMedia in Fort Myers, while scheduling and monitoring social platforms for its radio stations.

Spiro & Associates is a Southwest Florida marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firm. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business, residential services and many more. Online at or call 239-481-5511.



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