We like to think big at the Naples Chamber. On March 12 our team members CEO and President Michael Dalby, Director of Government Relations Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, and former state Sen. Garrett Richter went to Tallahassee to speak with state leaders about local issues such as water quality, tourism and economic opportunity.
Our roles as Collier County community members does not stop at the polls. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affect us all. They value your suggestions and encourage you to express them. Click here for tips on how you can effectively communicate with your legislator on issues that are important to you.
Do you know who your legislator is? Visit the Naples Chamber’s Advocacy Action Center to find your legislator, track legislation and sign up for action alerts.
Florida Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Michael Dalby and former state Sen. Garrett Richter during a trip to the Florida Capitol.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikkie Fried, Michael Dalby, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and former state Sen. Garrett Richter.
Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez with former state Sen. Garrett Richter, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and Michael Dalby.
CFO Jimmy Patronis, former state Sen. Garrett Richter, Michael Dalby and Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster
Former state Sen. Garrett Richter, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and Michael Dalby during a trip to the Florida Capitol.
Join us Tuesday, March 12 at the Vineyards Country Club from 4 -7 p.m. for our bi-annual Member Showcase!
The Naples Chamber Member Showcase is the perfect gathering of local community members. Under one roof you'll have industry experts that promote innovation and collaboration. We are excited to offer the opportunity for you to connect with others and find a potential new client.
Here are five benefits from attending the Member Showcase:
Enjoy delicious food, refreshing beverages and enjoy strolling through the booths. Don't forget to bring your business cards for our exciting door prize drawings.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Melanie Schmees has joined the Naples Chamber as the new director of business & economic research. She will focus on supporting local business development efforts through economic development initiatives, business retention and expansion, and economic research and analysis.
“We are very thrilled to welcome Melanie to our team,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber. “She will bring a fresh approach to business development in our area. Her extensive background in data and research will prove beneficial to our entire community.”
Melanie grew up in Wellington, FL and earned her Bachelors degree in finance and economics from Florida Gulf Coast University.
“I am excited to join the Chamber and contribute to our mission of making Collier County the best place in America to live, work and visit,” said Schmees. “Through research and community engagement we can identify opportunities for growth that will benefit everyone."
Prior to joining the Naples Chamber, Schmees handled compensation valuation at Healthcare Appraisers. Previously, she conducted economic research at the Lee County Economic Development Office.
The Leadership Collier Foundation and Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Grace Place for Children and Families to bring a “Student and Business Networking” event to their students. The event gave high school students a chance to practice their networking skills with local professionals and learn about career opportunities in our community. The Leadership Collier Foundation and Naples Chamber encouraged business professionals from all disciplines to attend the event. This was a great opportunity for the adults to engage with our future talent and potentially recruit their interns or future employees.
Read on to find out more!
“I was thoroughly impressed after speaking with several Golden Gate High School students at Grace Place. Their ambition, maturity and openness to networking was beyond refreshing and I’m grateful to The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for hosting such a forward-thinking event. Many students don’t experience networking until well after college and I believe that this program allows students to have a distinct advantage in their future pursuits no matter their career choice. Once again, the Chamber has succeeded in connecting individuals in our community! Grace Place is an excellent community partner that continues to grow and serve Naples because they truly practice what they preach. I am looking forward to the next event!” – Kelsey Browne, Brown & Brown of Southwest FL
“The business networking event was a great experience for me. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to meet prominent members of organizations and different businesses. I had a great time meeting them. They were all very friendly and gave great advice pertaining to my future. The business networking event also helped me develop connections with organizations like the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and have opened doors to many opportunities. Furthermore, this event has been very beneficial in making connections and getting insight to the vast type of businesses in Naples. – Jonathan Oliva-Infante (11th grade
Interested in hosting a networking event at your organization? Contact Alex Breault, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Leadership Collier Foundation™ (LCF), in coordination with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, announces the Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™) Class of 2019.
Each winter, the LCF accepts approximately 40 area professionals for the GAIN program. The program is specifically designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County, ages 21- 40. Participants go through an intense, eight-session series of workshops focused on key issues affecting the community. After graduation, GAIN™ members are inducted into the LCF Alumni Association™ and encouraged to take an active role in civic and professional issues, address area challenges and work toward solutions in the public interest.
The Leadership Collier Foundation Board of Directors congratulates the following GAIN 2019 Class members:
Chair: Meredith McLean, Humane Society Naples
Vice Chair: Andres Paz, Univision SWFL
Vice Chair: Allison Durion, Naples Children & Education Foundation
Kate Albers, Arthrex, Inc.
John Brown, Moran Edwards Asset Management Group
Kelsey Browne, Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida
Matthew Catoe, Collier County Board of County Commissioners
Courtney Chaipel Pugh, Quarles & Brady LLP
Leroy Christiansen, Gulfshore Insurance Agency
Lauren Cox, Waterside Shops
Jessica Dang, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
Jason Ensor, Naples Community Hospital
Peter Falisi, Two Guys Kitchen & Catering
Rafael J. Feliciano, Food Idea Group Inc.
Leonardo Gianfranco Fiorini, ACI Worldwide
Amanda Goebel, Halstatt, LLC
Christopher Goldhorn, Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Tahnee Guite, Physicians Regional Medical Center
Jeffrey Haut, Vernon Litigation Group
Hasan Kajtezovic, Arthrex, Inc.
Keira Lucas, Collier Mosquito Control District
Matt Meyers, William Raveis Real Estate, Matt Meyers, LLC
Chrissie Missal, Grace Place for Children and Families
Alina Mizerniuc, Clifton Larson Allen LLP
Charlotte O’Bryon, City of Naples
Kristin Peras, Champions for Learning
Monica Perez, Hope for Haiti
Lemay Perez, Collier County Board of County Commissioners, Growth Management Department
Paulina Perez, Barron Collier Companies
Sara Perkins, Naples Global Advisors
Deanna Elizabeth Peterson, Guadalupe Center
Maria Plata, The Immokalee Foundation
Parker Poage, NewsBank, Inc.
Michael Rubenstein, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Jonathan Saunders, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Emily Schaefer, Collier County Public Schools
Jessica Siefer, David Lawrence Center
Michael Sneeringer, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Rachel Stone, Artis—Naples
Lindsey Thoman, Avow Hospice and Palliative Care
Jordan Tompkins, Merrill Lynch
Renee Waller, Naples Botanical Garden
Naomi Weathers, United Way of Collier County
Denise Williams, HBKS Wealth Advisors
Brandon Yarusi, Collier Enterprises
About Leadership Collier Foundation
The Leadership Collier Foundation™ (LCF), in coordination with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, educates local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today through the programs it governs: Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™), Youth Leadership Collier™, The Emerging Leadership Council and Campaign for Leadership™. Through the work of the LCF Alumni Association™, graduates continue to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that will strengthen Collier County. The foundation also leads the Chamber’s initiative for work-based learning opportunities for local business and students supporting talent development. For more information, contact Amanda Beights at email@example.com.
Author: Bethany Sawyer, Director of Membership
For more than 70 years, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has been committed to community and business leadership in Collier County. We are grateful to have more than 1,200 businesses representing over 50,000 employees who say “yes” to investing in the Chamber. When you become a member, you are joining into a collective effort to enhance your organization and improve the business climate in Collier County.
Chamber members are a blend of businesses ranging from small to large, with most members employing under 20 staff. We work to keep our business leaders informed of important issues and trends within the community, we are a resource for you. Our staff helps to ensure that our community has a sturdy base of high-value careers, a skilled and prepared workforce and that existing and relocating businesses have the resources grow and thrive in Collier County. The Naples Chamber is focused on enhancing our local workforce training and development efforts. By fostering relationships with community leaders and growing public and private partnerships, we are helping to grow and expand our local workforce.
Research shows that when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from that company in the future.
“Over the years, I have worked for many different banks in the Naples market. The one constant I can always count on for great business contacts and long-term relationships in the community is The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce,” says John Coffey, vice president and commercial loan manager for Southwest Florida for Capital Bank. “As a 30-plus year Chamber member, I can attest to the many opportunities that have introduced me to the business movers and shakers in the Naples market, some of them becoming long term excellent customers. The Chamber has provided me with a wide spread knowledge of the Naples business culture as a result of networking, volunteer, committee and ambassador involvement. It would be nearly impossible to meet all the diverse business people I have had the pleasure to interact with through any other organization.”
The Chamber is here to empower our businesses and professionals. Through events and strategic communication, we work to educate and engage our business leaders and have thoughtful discussions about what we wish for the future of our community. Our dedication to building a broad-based network of community leaders continues through the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), an affiliate of the Chamber. Graduates of LCF programs use their knowledge and expertise to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that strengthen our community. With thousands of alumni, we recognize this opportunity to give back to Collier County and engage our future talent.
Chambers of commerce are a gathering place for people, ideas and solutions and that is why we are proud to be The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, ensuring our Collier County remains the best place to live, work and visit.
Let us help connect, promote & support you. Thank you for saying YES to our community.
To learn more visit www.napleschamber.org/membership.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fund-raising golf tournament, the Naples Chamber Classic, on Friday, May 3 at The Club at The Strand.
The annual golf tournament is a long-standing tradition that Chamber members and non-members alike have enjoyed for several years. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The tournament allows players the opportunity to network with other business professionals and community members. In addition, the event will feature great prizes, one-of-a-kind experience holes as well as course exclusivity during the half-day tournament.
Organized by the Naples Chamber Golf Committee, the golf tournament is part of the annual campaign to raise funds to support all business and community growth initiatives of the Chamber. Sponsors include Naples Daily News, Gallagher Lutgert Insurance, Waste Management, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Inspira.
Registration is now open at www.NaplesChamber.org/chamberclassic. ‘Early Bird’ rates are available to all registrants through April 1, 2019. Registration is $150 per person and includes green and cart fees, bag handling, professional scoring, lunch and reception.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Nikkie Dvorchak, vice president of events & development, at (239) 403-2909 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in attracting hundreds of potential employees? Do you want to meet local students and recruit top talent from right here in Collier County? Gain exposure and meet potential new hires at a career fair!
Ave Maria University Career Fair
February 20, 2019
10 p.m. -5 p.m.
AMU has over 400 students at the junior and senior levels. They represent 30+ majors and look forward to connecting with you for internships, graduate students, and employment opportunities. Lunch will be provided for each guest. In addition to a traditional career fair model, AMU is offering ½ hour time slots to speak about your business and your industry to groups. Register now. Space is limited.
Collier County Public Schools Career Fairs
6 tips for a successful career fair experience as a vendor:
Questions? Contact email@example.com for more information.
Arts and culture are key for any growing community, large or small. Artis—Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse and the United Arts Council of Collier County are leading the way in our community. At the Chamber's first Wake Up Naples session of 2019, Kathleen van Bergen, CEO & President of Artis-Naples, Kristen Coury, Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse and Laura Burns, Executive Director of United Arts Council gave us insight into the current state of arts and culture in Naples and what’s to come for the future.
Here are 10 takeaways from the talk:
Wake Up Naples is a monthly breakfast event includes dynamic speakers and valuable networking opportunities. Make sure to keep an eye out for future events!
NAPLES, FL (Jan. 11, 2019) – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Waterside Shops as the Business of the Month for January 2019.
Each month, the award 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 Board of Collier County Commissioners and Bethany Sawyer, the director of membership at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, presented Anne Fleming, general manager, with a commemorative plaque at the Jan. 8, 2019 County Commission meeting.
Founded in 1992, Waterside Shops is the Gulf Coast's premier shopping and dining destination where the finest names in luxury retail and fashionable lifestyle stores are set amid a lush landscape of 30,000 tropical plants and flowering shrubs, a 550-foot-long, hand-laid rock wall punctuated by cascading water, and dramatic lightning features.
Waterside has helped raise over $300,000 annually for local nonprofits that support children, education, healthcare, and the arts including Golisano Children’s Museum, Naples Children & Education Foundation, Guadalupe Center, Baby Basics, Artis – Naples, STARability Foundation, AVOW Hospice, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Champions for Learning.
Most recently, Waterside donated $25,000 to the Women’s Foundation of Collier County and $20,000 to United Way through their 25th Anniversary Shopping Days – their largest donations to date.
Each year, Waterside hosts a student fashion show featuring student models dressed head-to-toe in the latest fashions. Through this event, Waterside donates over $40,000 annually to The Community School of Naples Financial Aid Program.
Waterside Shops also hosts a Halloween celebration that benefits Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and their efforts to support children now and into the future. Last year, they donated over $5,000 to the Children’s Museum.
Additionally, the coins in the fountains at Waterside are donated to alternating charities. These coins have benefited Baby Basics, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Avow Hospice, and many others. $10,000 is donated annually as a result of Coins for a Cause.