homepage logo

Business Briefs 1-24-22

By Staff | Jan 24, 2022

Southwest Florida women-owned small businesses invited to apply for Comcast RISE Resources program

Small businesses owned by women in Southwest Florida are now eligible to apply for marketing and technology resources through the Comcast RISE program.

Comcast RISE, which celebrated its first anniversary last November, is a part of Comcast’s efforts to advance digital equity and provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools and funding they need to thrive.

Eligibility for Comcast RISE remains open to small businesses owned by people of color, which includes Asian, Black and Hispanic-owned businesses, among others. Complete program information and the online application are available at www.ComcastRISE.com.

Small businesses selected will receive one of the following:

n Local broadcast advertisements over a 90-day period in partnership with EffecTV, Comcast’s advertising sales division

n Production of a 30-second television commercial, also from EffecTV, that will be run on local broadcast stations over a 90-day period

n A technology makeover from Comcast Business

In its first year alone, Comcast RISE has provided more than $60 million in grants, marketing, and technology services to more than 6,700 small businesses owned by people of color – including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Of the 6,700 Comcast RISE recipients to date, nearly 70% have been businesses owned by women of color, spurring Comcast to take a deeper look into the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs.

Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Belcastro named chair of Henderson Franklin’s Tort and Insurance Litigation Department

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., recently announced that stockholder J. Matthew Belcastro has been named chair of the Tort and Insurance Litigation Department.

Belcastro is a Florida Board certified expert in construction law and is also chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in construction contracts, construction and real estate litigation and has an active appellate practice.

Belcastro received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his law degree from the University of Florida. He may be reached at 239-344-1205 or via email at matthew.belcastro@henlaw.com.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest, locally-based law firms between Tampa and Miami with over 55 attorneys dedicated to 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, Naples, and Sarasota by appointment. For more information on the Belcastro or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

Southwest Florida International Airport notes another record-breaking month for passenger travel

During December, a record-breaking 1,085,569 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. This was an increase of 68 percent compared to December 2020. Year-to-date, passenger traffic was up 73 percent compared to last year. This is the eighth consecutive month that RSW has reported record-breaking passenger traffic. The airport finished 2021 with 10,322,434 passengers, which was a 1 percent increase compared to the previous record set in 2019.

The traffic leader in December was Southwest with 190,549 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (188,792), United (165,141), American (154,493) and Spirit (120,486).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,625 aircraft operations, an increase of 25 percent compared to December 2020. Page Field saw 13,030 operations, a 20 percent increase compared to December 2020. Page Field annual operations finished at 140,062, an increase of 11 percent compared to 2020.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 10.3 million passengers in 2021 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, visit flylcpa.com or facebook.com/flyRSW.

MY Shower Door / D3 Glass leaders selected for national industry positions

Bill Daubmann and Keith Daubmann of MY Shower Door / D3 Glass have been selected for positions on the National Glass Association’s Shower Door Installation Best Practices Guide. They are part of a nationally selected group of professionals who have extensive knowledge in layout, safety, functionality and glass specifications for frameless shower doors.

MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is the only Florida company represented in this prestigious group.

The NGA is the authority and resource for its members and the industry to grow successful businesses and to champion the benefits of glazing and glass building products. The organization works to elevate the image of glass as a safe, healthy, sustainable and inspiring building product and advance the industry as a viable, thriving and exciting career path.

A family-run company, MY Shower Door / D3 Glass makes and installs frameless shower doors from nine Florida locations: North Naples, South Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, Tampa, Pinellas Park, Orlando and Boca Raton. The company started in 2003 as a small showroom and assembly operation in Naples, Fla., later delving into manufacturing by founding D3 Glass in 2013. The Daubmanns have grown nationally, establishing six affiliate stores in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Okla.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., and York, Pa.

Learn more about MY Shower Door / D3 Glass at MYShowerDoor.com.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank promotes Cronin to senior vice president

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has announced the promotion of Dan Cronin to senior vice president. Based in the bank’s McGregor Branch, located at 15975 McGregor Blvd, Cronin was previously a vice president and residential loan officer.

Originally from Michigan, Cronin is a University of Michigan graduate and spent the first half of his career in the automotive industry working with General Motors, Ford and Dodge Daimler Chrysler. In 2005, he relocated to Southwest Florida and began his mortgage lending career in 2008, helping to create the bank’s residential lending division. He is a member and former vice president of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals.

Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and six more locations throughout Lee County.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s team members provide customized individual and business banking services and specialize in residential and commercial lending. The bank offers free personal and business checking, deposit accounts with competitive interest rates, instant issue debit cards and a full array of digital banking products and services, including mobile banking apps. To learn more, visit www.SanCapBank.com.

Schmucker elected stockholder at Henderson Franklin

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Tort and Insurance Litigation attorney Monica Schmucker was elected as a stockholder beginning Jan. 1. Schmucker joined the firm in March 2020.

In 2021, Schmucker became both a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator. Schmucker is a former Deputy Attorney General in Indiana. She assists clients throughout Southwest Florida in defense of negligence, personal injury, premises liability, vehicle negligence, and wrongful death claims.

Schmucker received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School (cum laude). She may be reached at monica.schmucker@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1181.

For more information on Schmucker or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com or connect with us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.