ALEX BREAULT, DIRECTOR OF WORK-BASED LEARNING
With summer quickly approaching, students across the region are starting to sketch out plans for their time off from school. For some, that may mean a part-time job or volunteering. For others, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore an internship.
Volunteer hours are now a graduation requirement at many high schools and colleges. Students try to complete these hours early in their education usually with an organization they are passionate about, but they’re often faced with a question of how they can earn money, while also gaining the valuable experience necessary to excel in their chosen field.
The solution: Internships. As more and more employers throughout Southwest Florida offer paid internships, students can get hand-on experience in their area of interest while earning a small income.
Alex Breault, director of Work-Based Learning for The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (Photo: Photo provided)
Internships have a long-term impact on a student’s future. Traditional part-time, summer jobs are beneficial in a wide variety of ways, including teaching students the necessary soft skills – from arriving on time to customer service – that are vital to their future success. But they aren’t always in a student’s desired area of professional growth.
Traditional internships provide students with access to training that will hone their skills, mentors who will encourage their success, and opportunities that will open their eyes to what the future can hold.
While the number of internships is growing, not every student can spend a summer working in their desired field. That means employers across all industries should take steps to create positions that emulate the internship experience. At the Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of the Naples Chamber, we work with local businesses and schools to create the right opportunities for our businesses and future talent.
When our team talks to employers about intern opportunities, we encourage them to consider hiring a student beginning at minimum wage. Although unpaid internships are beneficial to students who receive school credit, employers who can offer paid internships are quickly able to see it was worth the investment. Offering paid internships opens the door to a more diverse pool of interns, allows interns to feel like they are part of the team, and leads to a more productive and positive experience. As students begin their hunt for a summer job, we encourage local businesses to look at ways they can incorporate work-based learning into their offerings.Students who have traditional, part-time jobs – such as working in the mall or at a restaurant – should be able to have the same education-based experience as an intern. Employers can do that by providing student employees with a variety of learning opportunities, from providing an inside look at operations and the opportunity to work in other departments to continued education and constructive feedback.
And traditional internships aren’t always the answer. Employers can consider adding micro-internships to their host of opportunities, opening the door to the next generation of employees. These are short-term, paid professional assignments that can be completed by an entry-level new hire, with minimal guidance or onboarding. Micro-internship projects can be anything from social media monitoring, to data clean up or content creation. Assignments can range from five to 40 hours of work, typically pay between $200 and $600 per project, and can be completed remotely. This type of internship is attractive to employers who either aren’t ready to host an intern or don’t have the resources to hire a part-time intern.
“I believe that the best real-work experience a student can have is through an internship,” said Denise Murphy, general manager at the The Players Club & Spa. “Internships help students develop and learn professional skills that promote growth and development. As an employer, it gives us the opportunity to mentor, teach and guide our interns in their learning process. The best part is we get to nurture their skillset and ideally bring them on as a paid full-time employee.”
Our economy thrives when we provide students with educational and fulfilling work experiences. These opportunities expose students to high-skill, high-wage jobs available in Southwest Florida and help grow the next generation of community leaders.
For more information about work-based learning, visit www.NaplesChamber.org/CollierLeads.
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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) designated the week of May 6 – May 11 as Economic Development Week 2019. This week celebrates the achievements of economic development efforts locally and globally and raises awareness of economic development programs that support job creation, businesses retention and expansion, and an overall prosperous economy and quality of life.
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Here is a recap of some of the diverse businesses in Collier County that we visited during Economic Development Week!
Pravada owner Marlene Thompson gave Commissioner Andy Solis (District 2) along with Chamber staff members a tour of the facility. Pravada is a private label skincare manufacturer who has been in the community for five years and has grown from five to 23 employees with more plans to expand in the future. Part of successful economic development is the engagement of local representatives in the business community. Collier County local officials are always open to engaging with businesses and advocate for the business community.
Hawthorne Suites by Wyndam Naples is one of our many beautiful lodging establishments. The hospitality industry in Collier County is one of our largest industries and offer visitors and locals the comfort, class and top of the line service that make Collier County a premier travel destination.
Naples Daily News (NDN) is the main daily newspaper of Naples, Florida, and Collier County and has a circulation of more than 40,000. Thanks to the NDN, citizens can stay up-to-date on all of the exciting events, news and updates in Collier County.
Founded in 2009, ArgoTrak is devoted to providing customers with high quality, cost effective GPS tracking solutions. A family owned business that has been named to Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing US companies, ArgoTrak adds to the unique and diverse economy in Collier County.
Fuse Global Cuisine is a place where diners can enjoy a culinary experience like no other. Chef and Co-owner Gregory Scarlatos his partner and Co-owner Monika Czechowska provide guests with combination of different flavors from various cultures is what makes this restaurant unique.
The Gold Center, Inc. is one of only nine Authorized Purchasers in the entire world for the United States Mint. The Gold Center, Inc. is also a buyer of precious metals and stones offers a unique collection of fine jewelry. They also celebrated the opening of their second location with a ribbon cutting this week. Welcome to Collier County!
The successes of our local economic development could not be achieved without the help of our economic development partners, including The Collier County Office of Business and Economic Development, SCORE Naples, FSBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, CareerSource SWFL and many others.
Thank you to our local businesses who were involved and to all of our businesses who help shape our economy in Collier County every day.
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JENNA BUZZACCO-FOERSTER, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Early childhood education is key to a child’s success, and the business community must take an active role in ensuring the issue is at the forefront of education discussions.
That was the message early childhood education advocates sent to attendees at the Naples Chamber’s Wake Up Naples on May 8. The monthly breakfast is a chance for Chamber members and community leaders to come together to discuss issues important to Collier County, Southwest Florida and the state.
Niccole Howard, the executive director of Collier Child Care Resources, said the goal of everyone in the early childhood education field is to get all children ready for kindergarten.
“This is our future economy, our future citizens of Collier,” said Howard. “We need to make sure we get them ready, and I assure you kindergarten is too late.”
The Florida Scorecard estimates that 53% of students across the state were ready for kindergarten in 2018, while 49 percent of Collier students were ready for kindergarten. According to a Future Ready Collier report, approximately 4,000 low-income Collier children under the age of 4 are not in an early childhood program.
“I think for the last 20 years while we’ve made remarkable progress in public education I think the single most important piece we’ve missed since Day 1 is the fact that if we don’t allow children to come to kindergarten ready, the rest of the system doesn’t matter,” said Vance Aloupis, the CEO of The Children’s Movement of Florida and a state representative. “Almost one in every two children in this state are going into kindergarten not ready, and it’s really difficult to catch people up.”
Aloupis said the business community needs to be an advocate for early childhood education, calling it a workforce issue.
“It is your responsibility as the business community to make this a central issue,” he said. “If you think this is an issue of today, you’re right. But this is an issue for tomorrow. Your workforce in Collier County for 2030 is in second grade right now. If you are not preparing them, you will not be able to compete in 2030.”
Aloupis and Howard applauded Future Ready Collier, of which their organizations are part of, for its work to advance the early learning issues in Collier County. But they also encouraged attendees to do more to shine a light on the needs.
“I think the most important thing that has happened in this conversation, and in my 10 years, is that the business community understands it is more than just a feel good issue. It’s a practical issue. The inequities we have in Florida will not be solved by the conversations we’re having around education reform. It will be solved by making sure every child, in every county – all 67 across this state – can walk into that kindergarten classroom with the foundation that each of you would want for your own children or grandchildren,” said Aloupis. “That is my challenge to you today. That’s why I’ve spent the last 10 years running around this state trying to get people to understand the importance of this issue. But I’m telling you right now, we will not win this war unless the business community owns it, like we’ve tried to own it for the last 10 years.”
To find out who your local legislators are and to make your voice heard, visit the Chamber's action center at www.napleschamber.org/actioncenter
JENNA BUZZACCO-FOERSTER, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
We are celebrating National Small Business Week to thank the 30 million small businesses that are the backbone of our economy and our communities!
National Small Business Week is an annual event dedicated to recognizing the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions from across the country. Every day, small businesses create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, support our neighborhoods and cities, and increase America’s global competitiveness. We want to honor our local entrepreneurs whose achievements and innovation over the past year stand out.
Florida’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” said Governor DeSantis. “I am proud to recognize the importance they play in our communities and I am committed to enhancing an environment that supports entrepreneurs’ creative energy. Florida will continue to support small businesses by reducing government costs and interference whenever possible."
Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration and its partner, the SCORE Association, will host a free virtual conference on online marketing, mastering cash flow, SBA lending programs, doing business with the federal government and more. The event runs from 11:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. EST, both days. Register by clicking here.
This year we decided to ask our local businesses, "What does it mean to be a small business in Collier County?"
We are so fortunate to have grown up in southwest Florida and to own a small business celebrating its 46th anniversary of doing business in Naples. The residents, professional community, and quality of life in Collier County are nothing short of extraordinary. The people who have chosen to make Naples their home truly value their health, wellbeing, and safety as well as creating a peaceful and relaxing life for their families. The values Neapolitans care about the most align effortlessly with our mission to help our clients feel safe and secure in their homes with high quality, convenient, and professional locksmith services.
As young business owners, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce made it easy for us to grow professionally and make connections in meaningful ways with the community and with other local professionals. They also helped connect us to powerful networking groups and non-profit board positions in addition to enriching experiences and leadership programs.
As a family with small children, we could not ask for a better place for our little ones to grow up, play, and attend school. The small adventures they enjoy around Collier County inspire us every day to keep working hard to make Naples safe, happy, and healthy. The 11 families our business supports love living and working in Collier County too. We are so proud to call Naples home and we greatly appreciate the community’s support of our small, family-owned business over the last 46 years!
Learn more about "A" Locksmith at www.alocksmithnaples.com
-Andrew and Angelique Blitch, owners "A" Locksmith
I feel very lucky to be a small-businessman in Naples. The opportunities are endless. For me, as a business owner in Collier County, it has always been about the community. I have enjoyed welcoming three and four generations of the same family into our restaurants over time. I wouldn't be where I am, almost 50 years into business in Naples, without that support. At this stage of my career, I accept there will always be something newer and hipper on the scene, but we've been very fortunate and don't take that lightly. Each day I am grateful for the opportunities that this community has afforded me.
Learn more about Ridgeway Bar and Grill at www.ridgwaybarandgrill.com
-Tony Ridgeway, chef/owner Ridgway Bar and Grill, Tony’s Off Third, Bayside
What we like best about being a local small business in Collier County is that we know our clients and our clients know us. If they have a question or problem they know who to call or where to stop by to see their agent. No calling an 800 number to get a service rep who knows you only by your policy number. Plus we enjoy giving back to our community with either our time, money or both. Our current Charity of the Quarter is St Matthew’s House. A couple of weeks ago our staff toured the St Matt’s, learned so much about what they offer to our community and enjoyed a lunch made by their kitchen staff.
To learn more about Prestige Insurance Consultants Inc. visit www.PrestigeIns.com
-Shannon Morgan, CIC, CPRM, CPIA Agent/Owner
Karen Vazquez and her family moved to Collier County in 2014 after falling in love with the Naples community. A lifelong baker, Karen’s passion for baking comes from her mom and grandmother, and now she is excited to share Nothing Bundt Cakes with her beloved community. “These cakes say a thousand words in every bite, from love and caring to family and a sense of belonging,” shares Vazquez. Every Nothing Bundt Cake is hand crafted and made with the finest ingredients, including real eggs, butter and cream cheese.
Learn more about Nothing Bundt Cakes at www.nothingbundtcakes.com
Karen Vazquez, owner Nothing Bundt Cakes
Though Leadership Collier Class of ’19 is probably best known for their surprise 4-hoofed guest at this year’s 30Th Anniversary graduation, they hope to be remembered as the Greatest Of All Time for their work in the community.
Following their last session, the Leadership Collier Class of 2019 decided on a project in the key areas of healthcare, law enforcement/government and human services. The group was stunned to find out that bystander CPR recommendations had changed so dramatically in the last ten years. Hands-Only CPR (Call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast to the chest until help arrives) is now the recommended approach in a witnessed cardiac arrest event. CPR Awareness week is June 1-7, so the class mobilized quickly to plan an event that they are calling Hands for Hearts Collier.
Using the superhuman powers of Leadership Collier connections, the team secured two amazing venues to host and has galvanized an amazing list of community partners, including the American Heart Association, Collier County Emergency Medical Services, Naples Fire and many more. The event will take place at Sugden Theatre and Golden Gate Community Center on June 1 from 9am-noon.
Hands for Hearts Collier could use some good volunteers, so if you are interested, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. The GOATs hope to save some lives and build awareness of CPR on June 1.
More details can be found on the event’s Facebook page here.
Dave Weston, the chief operating officer at Naples Lumber & Supply, is the 2019 recipient of the Naples Chamber Chairman’s Award. Weston is being honored for his dedication to community betterment and continued support of the Chamber. He will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 16 at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
The Chairman’s Award is a chance for the Chamber’s chairman to recognize an individual who has helped the organization reach its goal and fulfill the mission of making Collier County the best place in America to live, work and visit. The recipient is selected by the chairman of the Naples Chamber Board of Directors, in consultation with the president and CEO.
Weston has a long and distinguished career in Collier County. He has served as the chief operating officer at Naples Lumber & Supply since 2007, where he oversees a variety of day-to-day activities and coordinates long-range planning. Prior to joining Naples Lumber, Weston spent more than two decades with Coastal Engineering Consultants.
“I was surprised and humbled by this recognition,” said Weston. “There are so many people working so hard on so many important initiatives through the Chamber that are equally, if not more, deserving.”
Weston, a 1990 graduate of Leadership Collier, served as the chairman of the Naples Chamber Board of Directors from 2001 to 2002. He served on the board from 1997 until 2004, and currently serves as an honorary director.
Weston was chosen because of his continued dedication to community betterment. He played a pivotal role in the Chamber’s involvement in Collier County’s 2018 infrastructure sales surtax campaign, serving as treasurer of the One Collier political committee. In that role, Weston spearheaded the fundraising efforts and served as a key campaign advisor. Collier County voters approved the seven-year, one-cent infrastructure sales tax 51 percent to 49 percent.
“We are honored to present this award to Dave Weston. His commitment to the Chamber and service to the community has had an everlasting impact,” said Bill Barker, president of Naples Daily News and The News Press and Southeast regional president for the USA Today Network and LocalIQ. “His humble leadership over the past several decades is an example for current and future Collier County leaders. We can’t thank Dave enough for his support.”
In addition to his work with the Chamber, Weston has served as the chairman of the Neighborhood Health Clinic Board of Directors; chairman of the Florida Building Materials Association; the vice president of the Collier Building Industry Association; and a member of the International College (Hodges University) President’s Council.
The Chamber’s Annual meeting celebrates the organization’s accomplishments with recognitions, honors and a keynote address. To learn more about the 2019 Annual Meeting visit www.NaplesChamber.org/annualmeeting
The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), in coordination with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, congratulates the 2019 graduating classes of Leadership Collier and Growing Associates in Naples. The graduation reception was held Thursday, April 18 at Artis—Naples. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office was the featured speaker and Collier County Public Schools superintendent Kamela Patton was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Each year, graduates of Leadership Collier Foundation programs are exposed to local issues and are encouraged to use their leadership skills and knowledge to support the community.
The LCF Board of Directors congratulates the following Leadership Collier 2019 Class members:
CHAIR: James French, Collier County Government
VICE-CHAIR: Chief Tabatha Butcher, Collier County Emergency Medical Services
VICE-CHAIR: Trista Meister, Mindful Marketing Florida
Bryce Alexander, The Naples Players
Carlos Artime, Collier County Public Schools
Sarah Baeckler Davis, Humane Society Naples
Athan Barkoukis, Friends of Rookery Bay
Christina Blake, Iberia Bank
Katina Bouza, Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Laura Burns, United Arts Council of Collier County
Kelly Clark, Berkshire Hathaway
Thaddeus Cohen, Collier County
Shannon Dilworth, Hilton Naples
Lisa Drescher, FineMark National Bank & Trust
Julie Franklin, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Ryan Frost, Naples Airport Authority
Jill Gaffoli, Physicians Regional Healthcare System
Daniel Hartley, Peninsula Engineering
Thomas Iandimarino, National Park Service
Robin King, Collier Mosquito Control District
Lisa Kozlowski, Community Health Partners
Jennifer Laderer, Chico’s FAS
Melissa Lamont, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
Cindy Learned, Naples Botanical Garden
Richard LeBer, Harry Chapin Food Bank
J. Christopher Lombardo, Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.
Casey Lucius, Moorings Park
Daniel McDermott, Naples Daily News
Douglas Meschko, Land Solutions Inc.
Ashley Mirakian, Artis-Naples
Christopher Mitchell, J.R. Evans Engineering, P.A.
Meredith Nassif Doupé, Florida Southwestern State College Foundation
Michael Nichols, Naples Fire-Rescue Department
Renee Porter-Medley, Key Private Bank
Patricia Rambosk, City of Naples
Bill Rice, Florida Gulf Coast University
Bethany Sawyer, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
Asif Syed, 21 Spices By Chef Asif
Heather Tice, First Florida Integrity Bank
Michael Traficante, Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A.
Mindy Truitt, Arthrex
Jacob Winge, Sandalwood Village
Scott Woodcock, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Larisa Zadorecky, Moorings Park
The LCF Board of Directors congratulates the following GAIN 2019 Class members:
CHAIR: Meredith McLean, Humane Society Naples
CO-CHAIR: Andres Paz, Univision SWFL
VICE CHAIR: Allison Durian, Naples Children & Education Foundation
Kate Albers, Arthrex
John Brown, Moran Edwards Asset Management Group
Kelsey Browne, Brown & Brown 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, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
Charlotte O’Bryon,City of Naples
Kristin Peras, Champions For Learning
Monica Perez, Hope for Haiti
Lemay Perez, Collier County
Paulina Perez, Barron Collier Companies
Sara Perkins, Naples Global Advisors
Deanna Elizabeth Peterson, Guadalupe Center
Maria Plata, The Immokalee Foundation
Parker Poage, NewsBank
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
To learn more about the Leadership Collier Foundation contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership Florida President Wendy Spencer to deliver keynote address at Naples Chamber 2019 Annual Meeting
Naples, FL (April 23, 2019) —The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce announced today that Wendy Spencer, Leadership Florida president and CEO, will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Annual Meeting: “Waves of Change” on May 16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. The evening will celebrate the year’s accomplishments and future initiatives of the Naples Chamber with more than 400 Southwest Florida community leaders.
Prior to Leadership Florida, Spencer served a five-year term as the chief executive officer at Corporation for National and Community Service, a $1.1 billion federal agency that runs AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund. From 2003-2012, she served Governors Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush as the CEO of the Florida Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism, commonly known as Volunteer Florida.
Spencer is often recognized for her leadership in the volunteer sector. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Spencer to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. She was honored in 2013 as the NonProfit Times Top 50 Leader, and in 2016 received nationwide recognition as Influencer in Aging by Public Broadcasting Service’s Next Avenue program.
“We are honored to have Wendy Spencer speak at this year’s annual meeting. Her deep understanding of 21st century leadership and her dedication to Florida’s success will set the tone for our ‘Waves of Change’ themed event,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber. “Her experience in collective change will encourage our attendees to lead the future in Collier County.”
The annual meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m. on May 16, 2019 at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, 2600 Tiburon Dr, Naples, FL 34109. To register for the event or to learn more about the 2019 Annual Meeting visit www.napleschamber.org/annualmeeting.
Though this definition of a sponsor is accurate, it is not complete. Sponsors also serve as partners. It is not only for the financial support of a fundraising event, but the building blocks of a relationship between individuals and organizations.
Time and time again, we see the joy that’s shared among sponsors when they are able to help move a mission forward for an organization. Not only do businesses find pride in supporting an initiative for the betterment of a community, they are able to expand their brand reach and recognition.
"As the only bank headquartered in Collier County, we feel passionate about our commitment to local charitable and community organizations," said Heather Tice, vice president-director of marketing at First Florida Integrity Bank. "Sponsoring events gives us a unique opportunity to not only support these organizations but also to build partnerships with the people and groups that make a difference in Collier County. Whether it is sponsorship, event attendance or volunteer work, we feel it is imperative to assist the great work of our community organizations both as a company and as individuals."
In Naples, or what we all call "paradise," it requires everyone working together to help maintain our quality of life. When businesses invest in the Naples Chamber, they are not only supporting our work for the betterment of Collier County, but also making a difference in their own company and among the larger business community. When minds come together, we work to build solutions addressing important local issues that affect our economy, our environment and our world-class community.
"Gallagher Lutgert has always taken pride in supporting our community both financially and physically through the efforts of our staff," said Buddy Hornbeck, area vice president for Gallagher Lutgert. "Our community is what has enabled us to operate a successful business and everything we give to our community is paid back to us many times over. Helping organizations to help others that need our support is not only personally satisfying but also corporately satisfying knowing we are doing the right thing."
Sponsorship is an excellent and targeted method for any company to consider. You can make an impact in your community and having your company logo seen in print advertising, social media, event displays and announced by the emcee – it’s a double-win for both the nonprofit and visibility for the business.
We are thankful and inspired by the tremendous support of our largest community events, the Chamber Classic and Annual Meeting. Both the continued and new partnerships help us make Collier County the best place to live, work and visit. Become a sponsor today!
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The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host a regional economic update featuring Jerry Parrish, chief economist and the director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, at Wake Up Naples™ on April 3, 2019 at the Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34103.
Parrish previously served as the chief economist and director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the associate director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University and has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies.
Attendees will learn more about the local and regional economic outlook, and gain insight about securing Florida’s future for the next generation.
The event is sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.
Register online at www.napleschamber.org/events. Registration and tabletop exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m. The program starts promptly at 8 a.m. The cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and registrants at the door. A limited number of exhibitor tables are available for $125 (event admission included).
For more information, contact Nikkie Dvorchak at firstname.lastname@example.org.