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Business Briefs 5-15-20

May 15, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Mighty Mussels offering ball park food to go

With fans missing baseball during these difficult times, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels is offering them a taste of America's pastime by opening up Hammond Stadium for to-go food and beverage orders. The service began Saturday, May 9, from 5-7 p.m.

Orders must be placed in advance. To place an order and schedule a time for pick up, email Andy Wood at For any additional questions, please call Andy at 239-533-7673.

Fans will enter through the main Hammond Stadium gate on Six Mile Cypress Parkway and be directed where to go from there by Mighty Mussels staff. They will be able to stay in their cars throughout. Payments will be accepted by credit card only.

Highlights on the menu include hot dogs, bratwursts, Italian sausages, pizza, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Drinks will also be available, including Pepsi products and beer with a valid photo I.D. The full menu is attached.

Hill joins MNMW as human resources manager/consultant

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. has announced that Marissa Hill, SHRM-SCP, MBA-HRM has joined the firm as the human resources manager/vonsultant. In her role, she will manage all human resource matters for MNMW as well as provide HR consulting to clients.

Hill holds a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College and a master of business administration, specialized in human resource management, from Capella University. She is SHRM-SCP certified and is working towards her DISC and Driving Forces Talent Insights certification.

Before joining MNMW, Hill's 17-year experience in HR included progressive leadership positions focused on HR business partnership: employee relations, leadership development, organizational development, compensation and benefits, engagement and retention, recruitment and selection, workforce analysis, and HR operations/HR technology optimization.

MNMW 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 general business consulting, construction business consulting, human resources consulting, medical practice consulting, not-for-profit services, elder services, family mediation services, forensic accounting, litigation support, marketing and public relations consulting, and information technology consulting. For more information, call 239-433-5554 or visit

Elmquist Eye Group reopens for all eye care appointments

Elmquist Eye Group is once again seeing patients for in-office appointments, providing a range of medical, surgical and emergency eye care services and optical solutions through offices in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Elmquist Eye Group is serving patients at its Fort Myers office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Mondays through Fridays. and is located at 7970 Summerlin Lakes Drive, Suite 200. Its Cape Coral office is open with a temporarily reduced schedule, and is located at 2336 Surfside Blvd., Suite 121. Appointments for both locations can be made by calling 239-936-2020.

Customers can also once again order and pick up eyeglasses and contact lenses from Elmquist Eye Group's Optical Boutiques. Orders can be mailed to customers' homes or picked up at Elmquist Eye Group via curbside pickup upon request. Telehealth services are also available for certain ocular conditions.

Elmquist Eye Group continues to follow safety protocols and infection control recommendations made by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The practice is also implementing additional measures to safeguard patients and staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including pre-appointment screenings and taking temperatures upon check-in for all patients, thorough disinfection of exam and testing rooms before and after each patient visit, personal protection equipment and daily temperature screenings for staff members, and more.

Elmquist Eye Group's eye care professionals are available by phone to answer any eye health questions or concerns.

For more information and appointments, call 239-936-2020 or go to

Burlington stores re-open in Cape Coral, Fort Myers

Burlington Stores, a leading national off-price retailer, will re-open its store in Fort Myers and Cape Coral today, May 15. The safety and well-being of customers and associates remains the top priority. Therefore, re-opened stores will reflect the recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other applicable federal, state and local authorities to ensure everyone's safety.

Safety measures include, but are not limited to social distancing measures, wider check-out lanes and one way entrances and exits throughout the store, cart wipes, and masks for all associates.

The Cape Coral store at 1810 N.E. Pine Island Road will be open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9 as.m. to 10 p.m.

The Fort Myers store at 4650 S. Cleveland Ave., will be open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Burlington Stores Inc. is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information about the company, visit

Local Hooters locations open for patio seating

Several local Hooters locations are currently open for patio seating and the new mandate for indoor dining at 25% occupancy. Current hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Included are Hooters of Cape Coral located at 3120 Del Prado Blvd. The restaurant began offering dine-in services May 12. To contact the restaurant, call 239-945-4700.

Also included is the Hooters of Fort Myers at 4411 Cleveland Ave. Contact that restaurant at 239-275-4666.

"We look forward to seeing and serving our community at our Southwest Florida locations. We want to thank our customers for their support," said LTP Management Director of Marketing Kristi Quarles.

Hooters is also offering to go orders that can be placed at and delivery. LTP Management, a franchisee of Hooters of America, owns and operates 17 locations in South Florida. For more information about South Florida Hooters please visit follow us at Twitter @HootersFlorida, Instagram @SouthFLHooters and Facebook

Virtual Career Fair June 17

Florida Career Centers will be holding a Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by 12 public universities in the state of Florida, on Wednesday, June 17.

The career fair will provide Improved Efficiency (leverage online recruiting tools) and great candidates (recruit across all majors and degrees), with zero travel required (save significant time and resources).

The university sponsors are Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida Polytechnic, Florida State, New College, Central Florida, Florida, North Florida, South Florida and West Florida.

The deadline to register is May 17. Register at For more information, call 770-980-0088 or at

Millennial Brewing partners with Food Idea Group and Carbon Press to present Virtual Burger Battle

Millennial Brewing Company in downtown Fort Myers will host the first ever Plant-Based Virtual Burger Battle amidst COVID-19, with the help of Food Idea Group and Carbon Press to benefit the Humane Haven Animal Sanctuary.

This 100% plant-based burger battle is meant to support local restaurants, bring attention to the supply chain breakdown and alternative meat options, and deliver a safe and enjoyable event to the public in time for National Burger Day on May 29th. The Burger Battle will allow local restaurants and food trucks from Port Charlotte to Marco Island to go head-to-head in offering a single competition burger that is 100% plant-based.

Customers can purchase a plant-based burger for take-out from any of the participating food trucks or restaurants during the first five days of the competition and are encouraged to register their votes online for the Best Plant-Based Burger. Voting URLs will be provided upon purchase for voting.

To view participating restaurants (updated frequently) or to enter your brick-and-mortar restaurant or mobile food truck into the competition please visit:

The six-day burger battle will culminate in a social-distance tailgate where attendees can listen to live music, order burgers from select participants and tailgate in a social-distance tailgate parking lot at Millennial Brewing on May 30, from 5-10 .pm. VIP tailgate spots are available for a $20 donation to Humane Haven Sanctuary. The burger battle winner will be announced at this event, following strict social-distancing guidelines and on Facebook Live and media outlets.

To purchase a tailgate spot please visit

Humane Haven Animal Sanctuary is a grass roots non-profit organization based in Fort Myers, that focuses on natural disaster rescue, the rescue and rehabilitation of both domestic and farm animals as well as animal adoptions. They are currently raising funds for various emergency cases as well as the initial infrastructure on their five acres to be able to welcome their first farm animal rescues.

For more information, call Millennial Brewing at (239) 271-2255 or visit the microbrewery's Facebook page - @MillennialBrewing.

Storm Smart donating whole-home protection system to a nurse during hurricane season

To show the company's ongoing support of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis as well as its recovery, Storm Smart is donating a whole-home hurricane protection system this month to a local nurse through its "We Care" Program. In honor of National Nurses Day, providing this state-of-the-art system to a nurse is Storm Smart's way of saying "thank you" for the resilience, courage and tireless efforts of nurses across our region.

In order to nominate yourself, a family member, friend or neighbor, email Storm Smart at You may nominate a person based on need, circumstance, or merit. Additional nomination rules apply. Visit for more information.

For more information on Storm Smart, visit or call (239) 274-2761.

Storm Smart's innovative products have launched the company to become one of the largest manufacturers and installers of code-approved hurricane protection products in the state, with more than 80,000 customers in Florida, since opening its doors in Fort Myers in 1996. Storm Smart and its business family of enterprises are headquartered at its three-plant campus located at 6182 Idlewild St., in Fort Myers. The company also has three showrooms in Southwest Florida, located at 11040 Plantation Road in Fort Myers, and in Naples at 2400 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Unit 102, and in North Port at 1050 Corporate Avenue, Unit 105.

Fort Myers Brewing collects food, fund for Community Cooperative

Fort Myers Brewing Company hosted "Gateway CAN do it: Food Drive Rally" and collected 3,000 pounds of food and raised more than $1,400 for Community Cooperative Thursday, April 30. The donations of food and money is enough to feed approximately 525 people for a week.

Fort Myers Brewing challenged the community to fill a box truck by donating shelf-stable food products or checks, so that Community Cooperative can cost-effectively buy the food it needs.

GCHS has handed out nearly four tons of dog and cat food to people with pets during the Community Cooperative's Mobile Food Pantries throughout the month of April. The opportunity to take part in 13 Mobile Food Pantries in April alone, was specifically due to the community stepping up and donating enough pet food to GCHS' Pet Food 4 Furever Families program.

GCHS is planning to attend as many Mobile Food Pantries throughout the month of May, as long as there is enough pet food to distribute.

With the need to feed local families and seniors tripling, Community Cooperative is working throughout Lee County to provide mobile food pantries, Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors and daily hot grab-and-go meals. Monetary donations are the biggest need so the organization can buy in bulk and leverage special pricing with its suppliers. To donate or learn more about how you can help or what to donate, visit

Established in 2013, Fort Myers Brewing Company was the first microbrewery to open in Lee County. Founded by Rob and Jen Whyte, Fort Myers Brewing carries a signature line of flagship beers in addition to seasonal brews and small batch specialties. The brewery is located at 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers. For more information, visit or call 239-313-6576.

For 35 years, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. For more resources and information on how to get involved, contact Stefanie Edwards at or call (239) 332-7687. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be made directly at, or mailed to: Community Cooperative, P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

MNMW's Walker receives inaugural FPRA award

Jessica Walker, Marketing and Public Relations Manager/Consultant with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., received the first-ever "Friends of Janet Philanthropy" award from the Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter. This award honors the memory of Janet Wilson, a beloved philanthropic community volunteer and friend to many. Recipients of this award demonstrate generosity by giving of their time, talent and treasure to benefit the community and lead by example to inspire others to do the same.

Walker volunteers with the Cape Coral Animal Shelter and on the allocations committees with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. Additionally, she serves as the current chair of the Women In Business committee for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce; is a member of the social media committee for the Association for Accounting Marketing; and serves as the credentialing co-chair for FPRA to help professionals achieve their APR.

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 general business consulting, construction business consulting, human resources consulting, medical practice consulting, not-for-profit services, elder services, family mediation services, forensic accounting, litigation support, marketing and public relations consulting, and technology consulting. For more information, call (239) 433-5554 or visit

Established in 1938, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to programs and activities that enhance the success of Public Relations professionals in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Visit to learn more.

Wright joins staff at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

John Wright has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a credit analyst. With the continued growth of the bank's lending division, he will provide support by conducting credit analysis, annual loan reviews and loan presentations. Wright is a seasoned banker with more than 30 years of industry experience. Over his extensive banking career, he has worked for several community banking institutions in Maryland, including Madison Bank of Maryland, The Bank of Glen Burnie and The Patapsco Bank.

Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and five more locations throughout Lee County. The bank employs close to 100 employees and over 40% are current shareholders.

To learn more, visit



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