Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rehire the Fire Meet and Greet

By Dickson Hunley
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On Friday, November the 6th City Tavern will host a Rehire the Fire
meet and greet at 6 p.m. to help raise awareness and discuss public
safety. Members of the Southwest Florida Professional Firefighters &
Paramedics IAFF Local 1826 will be on hand to answer any and all

City Tavern is located at 2206 Bay Street across from the Harborside
Event Center and will offer free hors devours starting at 5 p.m.
Parking is available at the Harborside Event Center parking lot.

For questions or more information on how you can help please contact
Walt Stevens, Mike Holobinko, Matt Galewski or Bill Simpson at

or visit

or visit

Dickson Hunley

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hispanic Chamber Events

By The Hispanic Chamber

Women's Professional Mentoring Circle
Monday, October 26, 11:00am - 1:30pm
The Enterprise Center, 3903 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Community, Connections & Conversation!
$25 pp (Includes lunch)

The circle is for all women business professionals who want to teach as well as learn from others. The format of the event combines networking, a keynote presenter, and interactive breakout mentoring groups. FWBC has partnered with SW Florida Hispanic Chamber and Train with Shane to bring this well needed event to the community. Please call 239-985-9844 for reservations or register at

Hispanic Chamber Business After Hours - Fort Myers

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum
2600 Champion Ring Road, I-75 & Exit 138, Fort Myers, FL
Live music by "DJ Tony"!!
Come join us at this great event where the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will be joining us!! Great food & great networking!!
Chamber Member Special Rate: $69 per night through December 31, 2009!!!
This event is complimentary with RSVP. Please call (239) 418-1441.
Ribbon Cutting & Business Card Exchange
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 @ 5:15pm
Nova Southeastern University
3650 Colonial Court, Fort Myers (Colonial & I-75)
Tel: (239) 274-6982
Complimentary snacks and beverages.
Ribbon Cutting organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. Nova will be having an open house that same day at 6pm for those who wish to stay and learn more about the university. Come join us and meet new people!
2009 Business Expo

Wednesday, November 18 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn
12600 University Drive, Fort Myers, FL
Located at College & Summerlin across from The Barbara B Mann.
Free to the Public!For more information, please call (239) 418-1441 or send an email to

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rehire the Fire Awareness Rally - Meet and Greet

On Friday, November the 6th City Tavern will host a Rehire the Fire
meet and greet at 6 p.m. to help raise awareness and discuss public
safety. Members of the Southwest Florida Professional Firefighters &
Paramedics IAFF Local 1826 will be on hand to answer any and all

City Tavern is located at 2206 Bay Street across from the Harborside
Event Center and will offer free hors devours starting at 5 p.m.
Parking is available at the Harborside Event Center parking lot.

For questions or more information on how you can help please contact
Walt Stevens, Mike Holobinko, Matt Galewski or Bill Simpson at
239-334-8222 or visit

Dickson Hunley

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Night of Elegance

By Krista Yurchak

Chick-fil-A of Estero 21900 S. Tamiami Tr


invites you to attend their 1st Annual

Night of Elegance

Saturday October 17, 2009

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bring your date, family or friends to

Chick-fil-A of Estero where it will be our pleasure to serve you. Sit down to a linen covered table and relax by candlelight.

We will take your order right at the table,

hand deliver it and then leave you to enjoy

your meal the elegant way.

No reservations required, however, reservations will be accepted by calling 239-498-8700

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Business Expo 2009

By Michele Andre

The Bridge Networking Group will be holding a Business Expo 2009 on Thursday, October 22 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at The Hilton Garden Inn, Summerlin & College in Ft. Myers.

Great networking opportunity for every profession and a fundraiser for Lee County Hope Hospice.

Giveaways and Appetizers from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

For more info, visit

Contact info: Michele Andre (239) 225-5019

Friday, October 9, 2009

Social Media Club - October Meeting

By Dean Piccirillo
Tuesday, Oct. 20th at 7:00 PM -- Social Media, HR and Job Hunting in Southwest Florida

Wanted to make sure everyone saw this. You can read this online at --;
You can register for the event on Eventbrite at --;

How Employers Are Using Social Networking Tools to Identify, Screen and Hire Employees and How Individuals Can Use Social Media to Enhance Their Personal Reputations

Event Description

In today's hyper-competitive economic environment hiring and retaining talented employees is critical to maintaining an organization's competitive advantage in the marketplace. Many successful firms and organizations are now using social networking and social media tools to identify, screen and higher staff. Social networking tools have proven to be very cost effective in reaching out to prospective employees and engaging them with your organization. With so many Americans online, and active members of social networking platforms, these tools have become valuable resources to employers for screening job applicants.

Employers Use of Social Media to Hire

The Social Media Club of Southwest Florida is pleased to welcome Lori Burke, SPHR the Director of Human Resources from Neighborhood America as a guest speaker for our October event. Lori, a member of the Human Resource Management Association, utilizes different forms of social networking platforms at Neighborhood America to attract qualified talent to the organization and provide human resources updates to employees throughout the U.S. Lori's firm, Neighborhood America, develops and implements enterprise social media solutions for Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and media entities geared towards solving well defined business needs and problems.

Lori has more than 20 years of professional experience in human resources management in both the public and private sectors. Lori oversees all human resource functions including recruitment and staffing, compensation and benefits administration, staff development, and employee relations.

How Job Seekers and Students Can Use the Internet to Build Their Personal Reputations

Lori's presentation will be followed by a presentation led by Matthew Chamberlin. Matthew is a social media marketer, experienced video producer, blogger and speaker at industry conferences, keynotes and corporate events. Matthew speaks regularly to students and parents about the intersection of online and offline media, activities and behavior. Matthew teaches individuals to take a long view of social media, how to become digitally savvy and use the Internet and social networking to build personal reputations and enhance long-term employability.

Matthew is the owner of the Clearcast Digital Media, a new media consultancy and production company. Clearcast helps companies navigate the new media/social media space to extend their brand or service offering. His book entitled "There Is No Delete Button on the Internet: A Guide for Kids and Parents about Social Networking and the Changing Culture of Online Communications" will be released in Spring 2010. You can view a short video clip about Matthew's presentation to parents and students by clicking here.


7:00 to 7:15 PM – Opening remarks

7:15 to 8:00 PM – Lori Burke, SPHR – How Employer's Are Using Social Media In the Hiring Process

8:00 to 8:45 – Matthew Chamberlin – How Individuals Are Using Social Media for Personal Branding

8:45 to 9:00 PM – Closing remarks

9:00 PM – Networking at Blu Sushi


Florida Gulf Coast University
Building AB5 112 (The Embarq Auditorium – Academic Building #5)
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000
Directions and map to Florida Gulf Coast University
Map of the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus – The Embarq Auditorium is building #21 on this map

Parking on Campus

Guests will need to stop at the Guard Station which is on the immediate left when you enter our campus, main entrance off Ben Hill Griffin Road to get their visitor's pass. Basically, from Ben Hill Griffin Road if you are heading southbound, you would make a LEFT onto FGCU Blvd. S to enter campus (RIGHT if heading northbound on Ben Hill Griffin). Once you enter this road on campus, you'd stop at the Guard Shack to pick up the visitor's parking pass. They will likely provide the best lot to park at (closest) and most availability at that time.

Post Presentation Social Gathering

Blu Sushi
Gulf Coast Town Center
10045 Gulf Center Drive E-105
Ft Myers, FL 33913
Phone: 239-489-1500
Directions and map to the Blu Sushi


The Social Media Club of Southwest Florida would like to thank our event sponsors. This event is presented in part by Florida Gulf Coast University's Department of Communication and Philosophy and the student chapter of Florida Public Relations Association. You can learn more about the programs offered by Florida Gulf Coast University by visiting them online at;

Raising Financially Aware Kids

By Danielle Emery
You're Invited!

During the year, we like to provide informational opportunities for our clients in appreciation of your continued business. We would like you, and a guest whom you feel could also benefit from our presentation, to join us for an educational workshop.

Raising Financially Aware Kids
Presented by Joe McGivney
American Century Investments

Whether you are thrifty or not, a business owner
or employee, you are, by default, a CFP- Chief Financial Parent.

Research shows those who just talk about money with
their children make them more financially aware and they have a tendency to save more of their annual income.

Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 6 PM

Location: The NEW Holiday Inn
Across from the Gulf Coast Town Center

Hosted by: Danielle Emery, CFP®
Advanced Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial

Please R.S.V.P. by October 12 to 239-768-8819.

We look forward to seeing you on October 15.

Sponsored by Joe McGivney, Vice President of Territory Sales, of American Century Investments.

This is an educational presentation. There is no cost or obligation for attending.

Please join me at one of our upcoming Financial Education Seminars! View topics and Register at

© 2009 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

Please join us at one of our upcoming Financial Educational Seminars! View topics and Register at
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Danielle Emery, CFP®
Advanced Financial Advisor

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
9530 Marketplace Rd. Ste. 203 Fort Myers, FL 33912
Office: 239.768.8819 Fax: 239.936.1345
Mobile: 239.826.4600

We shape financial solutions for a lifetime®

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. offers financial advisory services, investments, insurance and annuity products. RiverSource® products are offered by affiliates of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Coming Out for Equality

By N Miller
Sunday Oct 11th
Corner of McGregor and Colonial
12:30 PM
Bring Flags, signs,wear white for Gay Marriage on Sunday
Bring folding chair,water and wear covered shows.
For more info call 239-344-0012
(Parking @ Broadway Palm or Alliance for the Arts)

Make A Difference Day

by Rebecca Hines
Destiny Diaper Bank to help families on Make a Difference Day...

On Make a Difference Day, October 24th, Destiny Diaper Bank will be giving winter clothes to those in need at its main location, 1510 SE 46th Lane, Cape Coral, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Families that are in need of clothing need to call (239) 549-2130 by October 9th to register with the sizes needed.

To donate winter clothes, please drop off at 1510 SE 46th Lane, Cape Coral or call (239) 549-2130.

To help sort clothes at San Carlos Self Storage on October 10th or to volunteer on October 24th, please call (239) 549-2130.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Powerful You Cape Coral

Hi Ladies,

We are thrilled with the feedback we've received from the ladies at our last meetings! Take a look at what one of our guests said last month:

"Anyone who is READY to truly find balance in your life I would highly suggest coming to a Powerful You! meeting. Thank you Eluise & Roe! You are making a difference in my life! Do exactly what you are doing!... Quality not quantity! That is what this group is about! We need both types of networking to balance! This one is great for truly finding your inner soul! You!" ~ Bobbi Jo Cusimano of Speedy Electric, Inc.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting at the Cape Coral Chapter so you too can share your positive experiences with others!

Join us on October 14, 2009
(Second Wednesday of each Month)
Houlihan's Restaurant, 627 Cape Coral Pkwy W
Cape Coral, FL 33914-6532, 239-542-7878

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Open Networking and Registration begins at 11:30am
Meeting begins promptly at 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Our Monthly Discussion Topic: MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION ~ Where to find it and How to Make it Work for You!

Come join us at Houlihan's of Cape Coral! We have secured a great spot with a great menu! Please join us at 11:30am to network and get to meet and greet the wonderful women who come to our meetings! Remember to bring your business cards, brochures, samples, etc. to represent your business, charity or special event!

For those of you who haven't been to our meetings, please join our FB group page to keep posted on news, events, and Powerful You! members links and events! Also, join our local Fan Page @ to share your growth, your thoughts and your experiences at our meetings!!

Also, for planning purposes we would greatly appreciate if you would take one moment to RSVP on the FB event page ~ or directly at PY! with the link below:

Cape Coral Luncheon on Oct 14, 2009, click link to RSVP

Until we see you again, have a great month!

Eluise Gambino & Rosalynn Berardesca
(239) 541-8878 or (347) 996-6392
Facilitators for Cape Coral and Ft.Myers Chapters of Powerful You! Women's Network

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Free Networking Breakfast

By Victor R

Weds October 14 2009
8-10 AM
Germain Arena Indoor Concourse
(south end facing Miromar Outlet Mall)
RSVP Victor Rodiquez
239-948-7825 ext 1024
Free networking tables
limited availability
Call or email to reserve one
Stay and watch Everblades Practice
10 - 11:30 AM
Get Free Tickets to Upcoming Events
sponsored by: Hampton INN
Costco Wholesale Club
Germain Arena
The Florida Everblades

October Bridge Events

Bridge to Brighter Future
Fri Oct 9
Colonial Country Club
9181 Independence Way
11 AM - 1:15 PM
Lunch included
Program Moving Forward: Tools for Transforming Tomorrow
Presented by Judy Sylvia - The Growth Coach
$20 must pre pay
Host: Janie Ingels
Ft. Myers Networking Lunch
Wed, October 14
11am – 1pm
Colonial Country Club
9181 Indepenence Way
Ft. Myers
Professional networking with open networking and 30 second commercials.
Speaker Sonia Stoddard
Only $18.00 if you prepay.
Leaders In Lehigh Lunch
Tue, October 20, 11am – 1pm
Microtel Inn, 1320 Business Way
Lehigh Acres
Professional networking event with open networking & 60 second commercials.
Businesses will be displaying their products/services.
Lunch is catered by Haney's Cafe.
Bring your marketing materials to share with other professionals.
Speaker: ITSC: Creating Success through the Law of Attraction
Only $15.00
Bridge Business Expo
Thu, October 22, 3pm – 7pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Summerlin & College
Ft. Myers DescriptionSWFL
Businesses will be displaying their products and services.
FREE and open to the public.
Bring lots of business cards.
Appetizers will be served from 5:00 to 6:00.
Auction for our local Hope Hospice.
North Ft. Myers Networking Lunch
Thu, October 29
11am – 1pm
Bianca's Italian Resturant
16251 N. Cleveland Ave
Professional networking and lunch.
Bring lots of business cards.
Open networking & 30 second commercials.
Only $18.00 if you prepay

2nd Annual Ladies Night Out

Radiology Regional Center's 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This event is to support Partners for Breast Cancer Care will be a night of fun, networking, education, and pampering to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Please join sponsor Empowered Network and Red Salon and Spa,
Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2009, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Harborside Event Center 1375 Monroe St.
Fort Myers

Ladies Night Out "Signature" drink
Vendor booths
prizes, and more.

Quilt unveiling 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
Ladies Night Fun 7:00 PM -9:00 PM

Please RSVP-931-6399 by 10/26/09 .
Tell them you heard about it from Empowered Network.
Joann Frazier
Empowered Network President
Phone: (239) 233-4114