The Partnership for Collier's Future Economy

The mission of The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy™ is to assist existing businesses to grow for the benefit of all Collier County citizens. The vast majority of our local businesses are small to medium-sized firms led by entrepreneurs. Statistically, existing companies of this size are the ones that will grow and create new jobs in our community. The Partnership supports existing businesses by providing programs that recognize these companies, opportunities for their top executives to share opinions and topics of mutual concern, and helping entrepreneurs of high growth firms realize their potential.

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The Partnership programs include:

CEO Executive Workshop Series

The three-week program is designed to help entrepreneurs plan for profitable growth and improved business performance. The program targets CEOs of existing companies in the second-stage of development, which is defined as having more than $1 million in annual sales and between 15 to 50 employees. A trained facilitator will conduct classes on the following topics: Technology and Trends, Employment Law for Growing Businesses, Workforce Development Issues, International Opportunities, Marketing Strategies for Growth, and Succession Management.

Business and Community Outreach Efforts

The Partnership developed a sophisticated business and community outreach campaign to identify CEOs of local, existing businesses in Collier County who may benefit from economic development programs available to them. The Partnership will gain insights into the challenges facing local companies, with emphasis on the existing business clusters in Collier County: Health Services, IT, Biotech, Lively Arts, Finance, Hospitality, Retail and Building Real Estate. These efforts include: Business Climate Survey, targeted industry focus groups, community outreach campaign, marketing, and Annual Forum.

Click here to view the 2014 Business Climate Survey Results

The Chairman’s Luncheon Series

This quarterly program is conducted to inform and engage business leaders on topics impacting The Partnership and the community. Top executives, including the Chamber’s Legacy Leaders and community partners are invited to participate in this series. This luncheon showcases local and state "thought leaders" on issues pertaining to Collier County.

Business of the Month

The Business of the Month is an awards program that is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County. The honoree is presented with a commemorative plaque at the Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Excellence in Industry Awards™

The Excellence in Industry Awards are a long-standing tradition in Collier County and in the state of Florida. The Partnership showcases the “best of the best” businesses in Collier County who exemplify the use of innovation and a responsible approach to economic diversification, and business and community enhancement.

This year's categories include:

Business Expansion
An award presented to a company that expanded in 2013 through investing capital and creating jobs in Collier County. The winner in this category will have demonstrated growth in terms of sales, staff, services, products, markets and market share.

Company to Watch
This is presented to a business with the potential to make a big impact on Collier County’s economic future. This company demonstrates significant growth trends since its opening and exhibits excellence in the areas of management, marketing, customer service and integrity. The recipient of this award sets the standard for entrepreneurship and creativity. The recipient must be a new business that has been in operation more than a year, but less than five years.

Heart of the Community
An award presented to a local nonprofit that exemplifies superior service to the community. An organization that has distinguished itself from others by enhancing the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in the creation of a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.

Pillar Award
This honor is given to a company that has been in business in Collier County for a minimum of 20 years and has taken an active role in making Collier County the best place to live and do business.

Young Professional of the Year
This award is given to a young professional between the ages of 21 and 40 who has demonstrated leadership and a passion for making a difference in the community.

The Chairman’s Award
Awarded by the Chairman of the Board, not open for nominations.

Click here for a list of the 2014 winners and sponsors.

For more information, please contact Kristi Bartlett, Vice President of Business Development at or (239) 403-2914.

Thank you to the gracious support of our Chamber Legacy Leaders