Monthly Archives: March 2016

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School District of Lee County coming to Florida SouthWestern State College Career Fair April 6

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Events, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Prospective educators are invited to visit with teachers and administrators from The School District of Lee County, Florida at the Florida SouthWestern State College Career Fair. The District is currently hiring for the 2016-2017 school year, and representatives from the District will be at the career fair on Wednesday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida says farewell to resident loggerhead sea turtle, Betsy

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has said a final farewell to Betsy, the organization’s beloved female loggerhead, releasing the sea turtle near the Ten Thousand Islands on March 29. Betsy has served as an ambassador for the loggerhead species within the Dalton Discovery Center for two years, providing visitors a unique opportunity to learn about [...]

School District of Lee County to host 2016 Spring Teacher Recruitment Fair

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Events, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The School District of Lee County is hosting its 2016 Spring Teacher Recruitment Fair for future District employees on Thursday, April 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lee County Public Education Center, 2855 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Those interested in receiving an invitation to the fair can register on the School District [...]

Spearfishing tournament at Matanzas on the Bay reels in more than $800 for FGCU Spearfishing

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach recently hosted the FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo to benefit the FGCU Spearfishing sports club. The freediving-only spearfishing tournament featured raffles and prizes, which raised more than $800 to benefit future FGCU Spearfishing events and tournaments. The tournament aimed to promote safe and responsible freediving, while offering local [...]

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark April 16

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Events, Marketing, Media Relations, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location is presenting Bark on the Ark on Saturday, April 16 from 8 to 11 a.m. Guests will have the opportunity to bring their dogs aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a sightseeing river cruise to Picnic Island, an island located between Sanibel and Pine Island that exhibits the natural beauty of [...]

Retina Health Center awarded patents for eye drop imaging technology to monitor patient eye drop technique and compliance

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Retina Health Center has been issued design patents for a new eye drop imaging device developed by Eaton and his colleagues at Retina Health Center. The patents, No. D750773 and No. D751702 and were awarded on March 1 and 15 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The utility patents on the device are still [...]

Instagram Changing its Newsfeed Algorithm

2016-04-04T23:13:44+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Categories: Digital Marketing, Marketing Tips 2016, Social Media|

If you read any social media news in the last few weeks, it’s mostly involving Instagram’s algorithm changes and the concern from both the platform’s loyalists and marketers about the change. Why the concern you asked? In 2009, Facebook faced similar criticism when the platform altered the way people view content in their news feed—negatively [...]

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest ranks fourth highest-grossing charity auction by Wine Spectator

2016-11-08T14:59:19+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wine Spectator has released its top 10 U.S. Charity Auctions of 2015, and the 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest ranked fourth highest in the nation. Held at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, last year’s Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raised $2.2 million through ticket sales and auction lots and brought in [...]

Lee County Economic Development office to launch new program

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Small businesses and entrepreneurs can mark their calendars for an April 22 event that will launch the Lee County Economic Development Office’s newest program, LEARN (Lee Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Resource Network) . People interested in starting or growing an existing business can attend the LEARN kickoff and partner expo on Friday, April 22, at Harborside Event [...]

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company completes Venice Municipal Airport improvements

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) announces the completion of three improvement projects at Venice Municipal Airport in Venice, Fla. O-A-K’s scope of work included a variety of reconstructive efforts to a number of taxiways and runways at the airport, along with other site and safety improvements. On March 9, O-A-K participated in a ceremonial “block crushing” for [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida earns three ADDY Awards at 2016 American Advertising Awards ceremonies for AdFed Suncoast

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was recognized with three ADDY Awards at the 2016 American Advertising Awards ceremonies for AdFed Suncoast. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s marketing team earned two gold ADDY Awards under the Sales & Marketing category for Special Event Material with the Magic Under the Mangroves™ invitation and campaign. The Conservancy’s marketing [...]

Trader Rick’s celebrates grand reopening at Bell Tower Shops, 30th anniversary

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just in time for its 30th anniversary, Trader Rick’s has reopened its Bell Tower Shops location. Trader Rick’s is a locally owned and operated store, specializing in women’s clothing, handcrafted jewelry, aromatherapy products and gifts. The store offers a fun, eclectic mix of products, including the exclusive Out of the Fire lampglass jewelry made by [...]

GMA Architects & Planners welcomes Zachary Smith

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

GMA Architects & Planners (GMA) has recently hired Project Manager/Designer Zachary E. Smith. Smith most recently served as a consulting architect for many Southwest Florida based operations. He has an extensive background in the architecture and construction industry for nearly 20 years. He adds teaching experience to his portfolio previously being an adjunct professor of [...]

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation to hold “Grow the Garden” Gala and Art Auction

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is holding its third annual Grow The Garden Gala from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvre, entertainment, live and silent auctions and park tours. All proceeds benefit the continued development of the Children’s Learning Garden, the [...]

Sip in Style Fashion Blast coming to Bell Tower Shops April 14

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fashion event to showcase latest trends, proceeds to benefit Gulf Coast Humane Society The trendy Sip in Style Fashion Bash returns to Bell Tower Shops Thursday, April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, benefiting the Gulf Coast Humane Society, will showcase the latest designer fashions for spring, presented by select Bell Tower Shops. [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida reports on python research efforts, including removal of pythons totaling more than one ton

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the last 90 days, Conservancy of Southwest Florida biologists and research partners have removed more than one ton of pythons from Collier County. Among the 43 snakes removed, was the largest male python on record in South Florida, weighing more than 140 pounds and measuring more than 16 feet in length, which was discovered [...]

Norman Love Confections to open chocolate and dessert salon on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers

2016-11-08T14:59:20+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Internationally acclaimed chocolatier Norman Love will open a new state-of-the-art chocolate and dessert salon in the Terra Design Center at 13211 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Scheduled to open in summer 2016, Norman Love Confections’ Fort Myers-McGregor Chocolate Salon will offer the company’s award-winning ultra-premium, handcrafted chocolates, as well as specialty desserts, artisanal baked goods, [...]

Design Studio by Raymond expands product portfolio, now authorized dealer for Evo circular cooktops

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A new option for grilling has made its way to Southwest Florida. Design Studio by Raymond is now offering Evo’s residential circular cooktop grill options as well as its professional food service. Design Studio by Raymond is the first and only Evo dealer in Naples, Fla. Evo models include a wheeled cart, built-in cooktops and [...]

Senior citizens zoom into wellness at Gulf Coast Village’s Eighth Annual Wellness Expo on March 30

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, invites the public to join a day of fun and fitness at its Eighth Annual Wellness Expo on Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Village Auditorium. The theme of this year’s event is a “Zumba – Move to [...]

Norman Love and Mark Loren team up for EGGStraordinary Giveaways March 19-27

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

To celebrate Easter, chocolatier Norman Love Confections and jeweler Mark Loren Designs are teaming up and hiding 36 “EGGStraordinary” prizes throughout Lee and Collier counties including two GOLD eggs with “EGGStra” special prizes inside. During the week before Easter, March 19-27, prize bags from Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs will be placed throughout [...]

Builders Care presents BBQ, Bands and Brew fundraiser April 3

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Lunch, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting the seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew on Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales is this year’s [...]

Pure Florida presents Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island Saturday, April 2

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, April 2 from 8 – 11 a.m. The three-hour eco-adventure includes a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and a guided tour of Picnic Island, a natural, uninhabited island located between Sanibel and Pine Island. During the Eco-Cruise to Picnic [...]

See the sea turtles: Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers last chance to see Turtles on the Town loggerhead sculptures and the real resident loggerhead, Betsy

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For two weeks, 15 of the Turtles on the Town sculptures are on display at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, now through March 23. In addition to the final opportunity to view the sculptures, now is the final chance to give the turtles permanent homes in the community. The community is urged to [...]

Sponsors named for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

2016-11-08T14:59:21+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is proud to announce the sponsors of the 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, to be held on Tuesday, May 3 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. This year’s event title [...]

Intech Printing announces new strategic partnership, product and service enhancements

2016-11-08T14:59:22+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Intech Printing & Direct Mail, Inc. is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with printing industry veterans Rodney Held and Dale Haddad, who will join the company’s founder David Wacker on the Intech Printing executive team. Held will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for all sales and marketing [...]

Lee County to host 2016 USA Gymnastics-Florida Level 6, 9 and 10 State Championships March 18-20 at Lee County Civic Center

2016-11-08T14:59:22+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Sports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lee County will host the USA Gymnastics-Florida Level 6, 9 and 10 State Championships March 18-20 at Lee County Civic Center, located at 11831 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers. The meet, sponsored by Lightning City Gymnastics and Cheerleading, will bring gymnasts from around the state to compete in Lee County. Last year’s event attracted [...]

Norman Love Confections’ chocolatier Justin Fry named Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition

2016-11-08T14:59:23+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Chef chocolatier Justin Fry of Norman Love Confections has won the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition. The competition took place on Sunday, March 6 at the International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The theme for the 2016 [...]

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark March 26

2016-11-08T14:59:23+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location is presenting Bark on the Ark on Saturday, March 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. Guests will have the opportunity to bring their dogs aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a sightseeing river cruise to Picnic Island, an island located between Sanibel and Pine Island that exhibits the natural beauty [...]

Magic Under the Mangroves™ raises $1.2 million to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

2016-11-08T14:59:23+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 12th annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.2 million to benefit the organization. Presented by Northern Trust, Magic Under the Mangroves™ recognizes the continuing importance of protecting the natural environment and quality of life in Southwest Florida, and the event is a key source of [...]

2016 B2B Marketing and Advertising Spending Growth

2016-04-04T23:27:38+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: B2B Marketing, Marketing Tips 2016|

While consumers are flooded daily with content from a number of marketing outlets, we find buyers are still hungry for more. B2B marketing and advertising spending is expected to grow to $161.4 billion in 2016. Discover which techniques are succeeding while others are decline in today’s market. Read more are Chiefmarketer.com.

Public invited to March 9 meeting to discuss North Fort Myers study

2016-11-08T14:59:23+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Discussions, Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lee County Economic Development will host a public meeting with consultants and Lee County government staff to discuss a study focused on stimulating the revitalization of commercial areas in North Fort Myers. The meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at 2201 Second St., room 118, in Fort Myers. Following [...]

Tumaini Fund to Host Colors of Hope Benefit Gala

2016-11-08T14:59:24+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Proceeds to Aid Impoverished Orphans and Widows in Tanzania The Naples-based nonprofit organization Tumaini Fund USA will host its annual “Colors of Hope” benefit gala March 19 to raise funds to help thousands of  impoverished AIDS orphans and widows in the Kagera region of northwest Tanzania, one of the poorest regions of the world. The [...]

2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raises more than $2.8 million and counting to benefit pediatric health care

2016-11-08T14:59:24+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has raised more than $2.8 million and counting, with 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefitting pediatric health care in Southwest Florida. Made possible by title sponsor Pitbladdo Holdings, LLC, the two-day signature fundraising event featured Chef Vintner Dinners on Feb. 26 and The [...]

Elmquist Eye Group Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2016-11-08T14:59:24+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service Elmquist Eye Group has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. “It is an honor to receive such high recognition from Angie’s List, [...]

Facebook Updates Its News Feed Algorithm to Give Preference to LIVE video

2016-04-04T23:17:18+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Digital Marketing, Marketing Tips 2016, Social Media|

There’s a trend happening in social marketing and that trend is real-time. Fans and followers following their favorite products, brands, events and people want to be more and more engaged—leading to a more authentic and intimate experience through LIVE video. Read more about how Facebook is giving preference within their algorithm news feed for this [...]

Norman Love Confections’ chocolatier Justin Fry to compete in U.S. Pastry Competition at New York Restaurant Show

2016-11-08T14:59:24+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Chef Justin Fry of Norman Love Confections will compete for the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition taking place at the International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York on Sunday, March 6 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The theme for the 2016 competition is Magic & [...]

Anchored now open at Bell Tower Shops

2016-11-08T14:59:24+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Bell Tower Shops is pleased to announce the opening of Anchored, a new locally owned fashion boutique from the owners of The Pink Pineapple. Anchored features a nautical theme, and offers brands such as Southern Tide for men, women and children; Brighton; Mahi Gold; Gretchen Scott; Simply Southern for women and children; Hook and Tackle; [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida welcomes Karl Williams as Chairman of volunteers

2016-11-08T14:59:24+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has appointed long-time volunteer and retired business executive Karl Williams to lead its volunteer services division, leading the more than 600 volunteers that support the mission and operations of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. A retired General Electric executive, Williams relocated to Naples, Florida in 2008.  During his 35-year career [...]