September 11, 2018 | Categories: Letter from the President & CEO
After not clinching their playoff spot until the final day of the regular season, Fort Myers Miracle won last night and defeated the Daytona Tortugas in 4 games to claim the Florida State League Championship! Congratulations to our home town team!
It has been an eventful month since our last newsletter! On August 25th we recognized Teri Hansen APR, of Priority Marketing, as this year’s Apex Awards recipient. The Apex Awards ceremony is designed to honor a local individual who demonstrates career excellence and ingenuity, gives back to the community, and supports others in attaining their professional goals. Teri is the owner and president of Priority Marketing, one of the region’s largest full-service marketing, advertising, and public relations firms.
In August our Member Advocacy Committee (a.k.a. MAC) developed the Chamber’s first Position Statement on the topic of “Water Quality”. With Board approval at our last Chamber board meeting, this is the Chamber’s statement:
Southwest Florida’s waters are in crisis due to severe red tide and blue-green algae compromising water quality and killing marine life. In turn, this is adversely impacting the regional economy at an unprecedented rate.
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce advocates for responsible regional, state and federal actions to be taken to restore and sustainably improve the water quality in Southwest Florida as well as safeguard future resources vital to the success of business and the economy.
We recognize that this is a long-term issue that our community will be working with. Tomorrow I will be participating in a small workshop developed specifically for the area Chamber presidents so that we can have a better working knowledge of our water situation. I will bring this information back to MAC and our board.
The Chamber is working on a few initiatives as part of our strategic plan so you can expect to get a few surveys from me over the next week. The survey will have questions about the economic impact of red tide and algae on your business for the month of August.
Another survey will be a one question survey on partnerships – who can we build stronger partnerships with this year or are their new partnerships that will help your business?
If you haven’t starting using #SWFLchallenge to celebrate our local attractions and businesses I would ask that you do so today. On August 17th a consortium of marketing and public relations professionals in Southwest Florida launched an effort to use their personal social media accounts to share positive aspects of our region in response to the devastating water quality issues. The group includes employees from our chamber members CONRIC PR & Marketing, iPartnerMedia, Priority Marketing, Pushing the Envelope, Veer90 and additional organizations. Since then, chambers of commerce, hotels, restaurants and other organizations have also embraced the campaign. As a business, you have the opportunity to submit discounts/offers to be published on the swflchallenge.com website.
The Visitor and Convention Bureau is also accepting promotions from our local attractions, restaurants and hotels. Connect with Thomas at email@example.com for more information or to send your offer.
It is time to register for our upcoming 5th Annual Business Symposium, sponsored by HBKS Wealth Advisors and HBK CPA’s & Consultants. This is an event that you will not only enjoy, but that will also provide great value for you, your employees, and your business. This year, we are fortunate to have Matt Keller, Founder and President of Advance One Day and Founder and Lead Pastor of Next Level Church as our keynote speaker, plus Yvonne Conte, Corporate Culture Expert, Keynote Speaker and 8 Time Author as our kick-off speaker.
Breakout sessions will include an amazing lineup of local business leaders. We will have nine breakout sessions, each touching on a different aspect of how to unleash the spirit of your organization by focusing on a variety of topics and by providing valuable take-away tools.
Our Leadership program, sponsored by Minaya Learning Global Solutions, is in full gear. This 11-week program is designed to integrate you or a staff member into our community while developing leaderships skills.
The Chamber’s Foundation is collaborating with Bell Tower Shops and Suncoast Beverage Sales to bring the first annual Pumptober-Fest on October 13th. Pumptober-Fest will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bell Tower Shops. With more than 20 breweries signed on, admission will include unlimited tastings of ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts served in keepsake mini-mugs. The proceeds from the event will benefit our Foundation. You can register at https://goo.gl/WubBLF Also, we’re seeking volunteers for the event – if you can help us pour beer that day, we would love to have you – just e-mail me at Colleen@fortmyers.org.