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Business Briefs 8-12-22

By Staff | Aug 12, 2022

Sunnyside medical cannabis dispensary opens in Cape Coral

Cresco Labs Inc., a U.S. wholesaler of branded cannabis products, this week announced the opening of a new Sunnyside medical cannabis dispensary in Cape Coral at 1897 Del Prado Blvd., South.

Sunnyside Cape Coral is Cresco Labs’ first store in the northern Lee County.

“We’re excited to continue expanding our retail presence on the west coast of Florida with the opening of Sunnyside Cape Coral,” said Cris Rivera, Florida regional president at Cresco Labs. “Sunnyside Cape Coral is a judgment-free home to the best selection of medical products in Southwest Florida. Our bright and welcoming store offers convenient and easy one-stop shopping, helpful education from wellness advisors, and a wide assortment of top-quality branded cannabis products. We are looking forward to welcoming Cape Coral area patients to our new location.”

Sunnyside Cape Coral will serve patients with a medical card issued by the state. Patients who shop in-store will have access to a broad selection of branded cannabis products

Patients have the option to place orders online through the Sunnyside.shop, or orders can be placed in-store or via phone by calling 239-323-0703. Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cresco Labs operates 17 stores in Florida and serves patients through its Sunnyside Florida dispensaries in Avon Park, Bonita Springs, Boynton Beach, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville Beach, Lady Lake, North Miami, Ocala, Oakland Park, Orlando (Fern Park), Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

For more about Sunnyside and to place online orders, visit www.sunnyside.shop.

Lee County Transit hosting a career fair

Lee County Transit (LeeTran) will host a career fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the LeeTran headquarters building, 3401 Metro Parkway. The event is open to the public with the hope of encouraging prospective employees to join the LeeTran team.

During the job fair, attendees can learn about open positions, participate in on-the-spot interviews and get information about the competitive benefits package. Available positions include those for drivers, maintenance technicians and specialists, seasonal work and more.

Transportation is a public service that keeps Lee County moving. Potential employees are offered the opportunity to amplify their skills through extensive on-the-job training and support.

If you are seeking employment but are unable to attend the job fair, please visit https://www.leegov.com/leetran/nowhiring.

LeeTran is the public transit provider for Lee County. LeeTran operates 25 bus routes, ADA paratransit service called Passport and an employer vanpool program. LeeTran employs approximately 280 people and has a fleet of 64 full-size buses, 12 trolleys, five seasonal trams and 59 minibuses for paratransit and Mobility on Demand service.

Goodwill celebrates National Thrift Shop Day

National Thrift Shop Day is celebrated annually on Aug. 17. It’s a day dedicated to supporting local thrift shops and raising awareness for charitable organizations. Non-profit thrift shops, like Goodwill, help those most vulnerable in the communities they serve.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is celebrating National Thrift Shop Day with an annual gift card giveaway contest. Goodwill shoppers who buy merchandise on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in one of the Southwest Florida Goodwill retail stores, including the two blue boutiques, will have a chance to win $100 gift card.

VIP Perk members will be entered automatically when they use their VIP Perk number at checkout. Non VIP Perk members can email their receipt (showing date and store location) to info@goodwillswfl.org by Aug. 21. The winner will be selected on Monday, Aug. 22, and notified.

Customers can sign up for the VIP Perks program for free at www.GoodwillPerks.com.

Goodwill SWFL is a nonprofit organization that is committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. They have been providing services to people with disabilities and disadvantages since 1966 in five counties of Southwest Florida: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades & Hendry counties.

Nelson forms home watch group

Dave Nelson, owner of the Home Watch Group of SWFL in Fort Myers, Florida, has formed the National Home Watch Association’s latest industry group for larger home watch businesses.

“Larger businesses have different needs, issues, and requirements,” said Nelson, whose business is larger than most. “With the responsibilities and trust given to us by our clients, it is crucial that the employees we put in place are properly trained and insured in order protect our clients the best we can.”

The NHWA, with over 200 member companies in Florida, believes that the sharing of information and experiences make the entire Home Watch industry stronger.

If you are interested in learning more about this very important group, please contact the NHWA at 843-357-6660.

Southwest Florida International Airport passenger count down

During June, 663,141 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida Inter-national Airport in Fort Myers. This was a decrease of 21 percent compared to June 2021.

Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 17.6 percent compared to last year.

The traffic leader in June was Delta with 176,915 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (127,095), American (122,983), JetBlue (71,428) and United (67,716).

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.

2022 Industry Appreciation Awards scheduled for Oct. 27

Save the date for the 2022 Industry Appreciation Awards, being held on Thursday, Oct. 27. The awards will be held at Caloosa Sound Convention Center located at 1375 Monroe St., in Fort Myers. A networking hour will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the awards program and lunch beginning at 11 a.m.

Lee County businesses are nominated by the community, and the awards program is coordinated by the Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office.

The award categories include:

• Innovator of the Year: Awarded to a local business that develops advanced or innovative technologies that have positive impacts on Lee County’s growing economy and its industry.

• Manufacturer of the Year: Awarded to a local manufacturing business in Lee County that shows excellence and growth in leadership, performance, profitability and workforce relations.

• Small Business of the Year: Awarded to a company with up to 50 employees that has been in business a minimum of six years in Lee County and has been successful in offering high-quality products and services along with superior customer service.

• Large Business of the Year: Awarded to a company with more than 50 employees that has been in business a minimum of six years in Lee County and has been successful in offering high-quality products and services along with superior customer service.

• Technology Award: Recognizes a local technology-focused company that is committed to growth and adding new technology-related products and/or services, customers and staff, and supports the technology community in Lee County.

• Inclusion & Diversity Award: Recognizes a local business that demonstrates strong vision and leadership in overcoming social and diversity obstacles that lead to an improved business environment and results.

For additional information, please visit IndustryAppreciationAwards.com.

Marquis Wealth Management Group adds Ruffing and Goetz

Marquis Wealth Management Group has announced that Wendy Ruffing has joined the firm as a client relations specialist, and Matthew Goetz has joined the firm as an associate financial advisor.

Ruffing graduated from The Ohio State University with a master of science degree in social work, child and family therapy. She began her career in client services in the healthcare (Medicare) industry, moving on to the mortgage industry and finally to the wealth management arena. She recently moved to Southwest Florida and joined the firm.

Goetz graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is studying for the Florida Life, Health, and Annuity license and the investment advisor license.

Marquis Wealth Management Group is an independent registered investment

advisory firm located in Fort Myers specializing in personal investment advisory and financial planning services.

Marquis Wealth Management Group is located at 6208 Whiskey Creek Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For additional information, call 239-454-1117 or visit www.marquiswealthgroup.com

Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association to hold ESOP seminar

The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association will host an ESOP seminar at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Pelican Wire to help businesses explore employee stock ownership plans. Guests will then take a tour of the Pelican Wire manufacturing plant located at 3650 Shaw Blvd., in Naples.

The event is sponsored by Bank of America and Pelican Wire, a local manufacturer of resistance and thermocouple wiring solutions for the aerospace, automotive, medical, wind farming, and robotics industries. Attendees will learn and observe best practices in action on the production floor.

Pelican Wire prides itself on innovation, dedication to continuous learning and growth, and being a results driven, employee-owned company.

Jason Miller, ESOP Solutions National Director with Bank of America, will present a one-hour session on “ESOP: What does this mean to owners and their companies?” and Ted Bill, CEO of Pelican Wire, will share his first-hand knowledge of the benefits of being an employee-owned business. Following the tour, guests can enjoy networking, wine and beer, and appetizers from 4-5 p.m.

The manufacturing industry is alive and well in Southwest Florida, and the SRMA works to bring manufacturers together to promote industry and individual growth through networking opportunities, making connections, sharing resources, and community involvement.

For more information, or to see a full calendar of events, please visit SRMA.net.