Inaugural business mentorship event to be held Aug. 22

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce EXCELerate, a new program that provides mentoring for business excellence.

The Chamber invites the community to attend its business mentorship event on Aug. 22 to learn more about the new program designed to support, propel and tap into the expertise of the community’s professionals, while mingling with interested mentors and mentees.

EXCELerate connects ambitious advancing professionals and entrepreneurs with practiced business leaders to enhance and elevate each other’s professional and personal development. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for emerging and experienced business professionals to connect and support each other, leading to a more progressive, sustainable community and empowering business professionals to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.

“In every field, a mentor can be a difference-maker in a career or business endeavor,” said Colleen DePasquale, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. “Most accomplished professionals can point to a specific person who invested time, energy and support in helping them navigate the workplace.”

To become part of the program, mentors and mentees will fill out an application. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber Foundation will match mentors and mentees based on industry, interests and needs. Participants determine their own meeting structure to connect at least 12 times over one year.

The introductory event will provide opportunities for mentors and mentees to meet their potential matches through a series of meet-and-greet activities. After interacting with other participants, mentors and mentees can then submit their feedback on preferred matches to facilitate the final pairing process.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at The Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson Street in Fort Myers. Admission is free for Chamber members and future Chamber members. RSVP by Aug. 15 to linda@fortmyers.org.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. 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 239-332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.