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Business Briefs 1-10-2020

January 10, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Small Business Class

starts Feb. 10 in Cape Coral

Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business but need some mentoring are invited to apply to the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute, scheduled for Feb. 10 March 19.

The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a comprehensive training course and prepare a solid feasibility plan. They work with mentors who are successful businesspeople, and hear from subject matter experts in areas of accounting, legal, marketing, insurance and funding.

Classes are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Public Works Building, 815 Nicholas Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL 33990.

Recent program graduate, Michael Morrill, owner of Stars & Stripes Landscaping said, "This is a priceless course that every business owner should take."

The course ends March 19 with a graduation ceremony.

To apply, visit, or call (239) 995-2106, extension 2215. For more information email Jill Eden at The session is $80; Volunteer hours can be substituted for the fee if income requirements are met.

The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute is administrated by the nonprofit Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, and is part of Goodwill's mission of providing life-changing opportunities toward independence for those with disabilities and disadvantages. For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

to hold grand opening Wednesday

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls will host a grand opening event Wednesday, Jan. 15, to celebrate its newest location in Fort Myers' Downtown Historic District. In addition to enjoying Mason's authentic lobster rolls, bisque and other offerings at the event, attendees can also enter to win free lobster for a year. The grand opening event will kick-off at 11 a.m.

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls has been highlighting a new crustacean south of the Mason-Dixon since opening its flagship Annapolis, Maryland, location in 2014. Since then, the rapidly-expanding fast-casual franchise has made lobster-lovers out of seafood fans by opening three additional locations in Maryland, as well as Charleston, S.C., Reston, Va., Rehoboth Beach, Del. and Raleigh, N.C. The Fort Myers location is Mason's ninth restaurant, soon to be followed by locations in Miami and Washington, D.C.

One winner will receive a "Free Lobster for a Year" voucher, entitling the holder to one free lobster roll per week for one calendar year from the date of issuance.

For information on current locations and franchise opportunities, visit

Richmond elected stockholder

at Henderson Franklin firm

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Attorney Kayla Richmond has been elected stockholder. She began her legal career at the firm as a summer associate in 2012, and then as an associate after graduating Stetson University College of Law in 2013. Richmond handles dissolution of marriage (divorce), custody, paternity, child support and domestic violence cases.

Richmond is a Fort Myers native and graduated from Fort Myers High School (2006); received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida (B.A., 2010, magna cum laude); her law degree from Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 2013); and, her graduate degree from Stetson University (M.B.A., 2013, summa cum laude). Richmond may be reached at 239.344.1156 or via 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. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. For more information, visit



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