Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will highlight Lee County’s first craft brewery during its Oct. 8 session at Fort Myers Brewing Company.

Led by Rob and Jen Whyte, co-owners of Fort Myers Brewing Company, the program will include an overview of the beermaking process, as well as discussion on the growth of the craft beer industry and Fort Myers Brewing Company’s exciting plans for future expansion.

Fort Myers Brewing Company was the first microbrewery to open in Lee County and continues to lead Southwest Florida’s surging craft beer movement. Established in 2013 with 1,500 square feet, the company has grown to just under 20,000 square feet and is known for its award-winning flagship beers, seasonal brews, small batch specialties and newly launched line of hard seltzer beverages.

The brewery is a fun place for beer enthusiasts, young professionals, families and friends to gather and celebrate, with family- and pet-friendly events featuring local musicians and food trucks held regularly. Earlier this summer, Fort Myers Brewing Company announced plans for an expanded brewery destination adjacent to its current location in Gateway, featuring a multi-purpose 40,000-square-foot facility with malt beverage manufacturing and packaging, a large tasting hall, private event space, outdoor beer garden, plenty of parking and lots of green space.

The upcoming Leadership NEXT program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers.

Leadership NEXT attendees represent a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida. Monthly sessions take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and offer opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills, establish working relationships with colleagues and engage in valuable programs and discussions to further enhance their careers. Leadership NEXT’s annual sponsor is the Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association.

Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for future members. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at FortMyers.org and follow “Leadership NEXT” on Facebook for more information.

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 239-332-2930 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.