Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will host a virtual program from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 to discuss business recovery in Southwest Florida.

An economic impact survey conducted by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) found that 91% of respondents experienced decreased demand due to the coronavirus. FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business and Marieb College of Health & Human Services recently launched “Restart SWFL” to help the local business community along the path to recovery. The initiative aims to mobilize the collective expertise and resources of the university and its local partners to help businesses respond to the impact of the pandemic on their operations, workforces, vendors and customers.

During the Leadership NEXT program, Christopher Westley, dean of FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business, will provide an overview of Restart SWFL and the resources that are available to local businesses. Westley will also provide an overview of how to earn the Restart SWFL Seal of Confidence, which designates businesses that have pledged to adhere to the highest of standards involving health, business and ethical practices. Upon meeting set qualifications, business owners can display the Seal of Confidence on their websites or places of business to help raise consumer confidence.

Attendees of Leadership NEXT represent a variety of businesses and industries throughout Southwest Florida. 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.

The Leadership NEXT program is free for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $5 for future members. Attendees can register in advance at FortMyers.org to receive webinar login credentials.

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 over 900 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.