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Business Briefs 7-31-20

By Staff | Jul 30, 2020

Cape Walmart Neighborhood Market donates $2,000 to Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice received a $2,000 community grant from Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2020 N.E. Pine Island Road in Cape Coral to support Hope’s mission of providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

“We are extremely grateful for Walmart’s recognition of our work within the community we both serve,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Their support of our mission allows us to improve the quality of life for those in our care and offer hope to families in need.”

Walmart Manager Tanya Parrish and pharmacists Jignesh Patel and Mittal Patel from Store #6941 helped coordinate the award for Hope with the Walmart Community Grants Team. 

For more information about Hope, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.

To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation.

Women in Business to discuss career resources at Aug. 5 virtual program

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host a virtual program at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5, highlighting solutions and resources for job searching and career development in the current climate.

The program will be led by Janeth Castrejon, communications manager for CareerSource Southwest Florida, and Nadine Kramarz, reference librarian for the Lee County Library System. Castrejon and Kramarz will cover topics including how to evolve to the new norm of online interviews and meetings as well as the free and varied resources that both organizations provide for individuals and small businesses.

Castrejon supports CareerSource Southwest Florida in its efforts to align employers with job seekers across Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Prior to CareerSource, she served in the U.S. Army and worked for various companies within the financial industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in public relations from Florida Gulf Coast University.

As a reference librarian, Kramarz works to pair people with information. The public library has several resources to help individuals and small businesses succeed, and Kramarz has held in-person database demonstrations, offered increased STEM programming for adults and written articles that discuss information literacy at the public library. Kramarz holds a master’s degree in information science from Drexel University.

Each month, Women in Business features a nonprofit spotlight and in August, The School District of Lee County will be highlighted. The School District is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 32nd-largest district in the United States, providing education to over 94,000 students in grades K-12.

The Women in Business virtual program is free to attend, but registration is required by visiting https://bit.ly/AugustWIB. Participants can make a donation to the Women in Business Scholarship Fund while registering. Call 239-332-3624 or visit FortMyers.org.

Shearman named chairman of United Way Board of Directors

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Robert Shearman, a stockholder and chair of the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department, has been named chairman of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties Board of Directors.

He has served on the United Way’s board for five years, including serving as campaign co-chair in 2019.

Shearman represents public and private entities with respect to constitutional claims, employment law, wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment matters, and injury cases. He also represents law enforcement agencies and officers, and real estate professionals in civil litigation and administrative actions. Shearman is Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator.

Shearman frequently provides preventative harassment and discrimination training for employers and lectures on employment law, real estate and tort litigation.

Shearman received his undergraduate degree from Emory University (B.A.) and his law degree from Florida State University (J.D., with honors). He can be reached at 239-344-1346 or via email at robert.shearman@henlaw.com.

Henderson Franklin is a locally-based law firm with over 55 attorneys providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. For more information on Shearman or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

OFDC Commercial Interiors creates solutions to protect office workers during COVID-19

OFDC Commercial Interiors is now offering an extensive line of customizable desk dividers that provide an added layer of protection for employees who use shared workspaces.

The Fort Myers-based company is able to supply and install desk partitions ideal for medical offices, law firms, accounting and payroll departments, call centers, government offices and other businesses where employees spend the bulk of their workday at desks.

Dividers are made of acrylic, laminate fiberboard and sturdy cardboard with durable surfaces that are easy to clean. Desktop and freestanding options are available. OFDC also offers panel cleaning services to keep workspaces sanitized.

Additionally, OFDC has introduced Business Sanitization Essentials, which includes protective face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays and office supplies, as well as a Back-to-Work Bag for employees that includes gloves, disinfecting wipes, sanitizer and masks.

OFDC Commercial Interiors is a source for quality office furniture and design concepts. Founded in 1974, the locally owned company offers desks, conference tables, chairs, cubicles, bookcases, filing cabinets, accessories and flooring.

For more information, please visit OFDC-inc.com or call 239-347-4876.

Spiro & Associates named Agency of Record for Archima Solutions

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has been appointed as the national Agency of Record for Archima Solutions. Located in Alpharetta, Georgia, this international technology company specializes in supporting businesses in transitioning to and learning how to efficiently use the Salesforce platform to optimize business and customer-related initiatives as well as introducing its own suite industry specific products. 

Spiro & Associates’ responsibilities as the AOR is to use its history as brand architects to develop and execute a thorough marketing plan that includes a complete brand evolution to better reflect the growing brand personality of Archima Solutions and the evolving technology and newly constituted suite of target industry products.

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida’s largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional, and national clients in the fields of technology, land development, construction, retail, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business, residential services and many more.

For more information visit www.SpiroAndAssociates.com or call 239-481-5511.

Southwest Florida Symphony moves to new office thanks to Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state of Florida, has announced that the symphony is moving its administrative office to a new location on Aug. 1, thanks to the generosity and support of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. The new location in the bank’s old operations center at 7500 College Parkway in Fort Myers, represents an opportunity for the symphony to reduce its operational overhead, but it will also provide the symphony with a highly visible location on a main road. The bank is even chipping in a new sign to welcome the symphony to the building.

While the bank will still operate a branch at the location, that branch occupies less than half the building. The timing of the bank’s move to its new operations building at the corner of McGregor Boulevard and College Parkway happened to align with when the symphony needed to make a decision about whether or not to renew its current lease. The loss of revenue caused by the cancellation of the symphony’s last nine concerts of its 59th season, amid the pandemic, made the lease decision more crucial than ever. That was when Sanibel Captiva Community Bank offered the symphony 2,500 square feet of the old building at $1 per year for the next three years.

In addition to offering the symphony office space, Hall said the bank will add the symphony’s logo to its branch bank sign on College Parkway as well as add a sign with the symphony’s name to the building.

Hall said he hopes the highly visible location will enhance the symphony’s marketing.

Further details on all of these concerts can be found at www.swflso.org

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