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Business Briefs 9-18

By Staff | Sep 23, 2019

Horizon Council meeting to focus on efforts to build a

stronger entrepreneurial foundation

The Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office will host the Horizon Council General Membership Meeting at 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at Florida SouthWestern State College, Building U, Room 102, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

Registration and networking start at 8 a.m. and the meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

The meeting will feature a panel discussion about efforts in Lee County to build a stronger entrepreneurial foundation.

The panel will offer entrepreneurial insights centered on students, including Angela Fisher, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida; Jonathan Romine, program director, SecondMuse; Jakub Adamowicz, alumni, Florida Gulf Coast University School of Entrepreneurship; and Jade Gibson, student, FGCU School of Entrepreneurship

The panel is the first in a planned series of Horizon Council discussions focused on entrepreneurship, including future discussions set for financial assistance, mentoring assistance and serving expanding markets.

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and attract new businesses. Visit LeeCountyBusiness.com or on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at LeeCoEDO.

The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established in 1991 to advise the Lee Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses and attract new and diversified employers. The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office. Visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-533-6800.

Bell Tower to host Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour, pet costume contest on Oct. 11

Bell Tower’s highly anticipated Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour on Oct. 11 will feature the pet-friendly destination’s largest costume contest of the year.

Dog owners are encouraged to dress their pooches in creative, original Halloween costumes. For a $5 minimum donation to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, dogs can compete in a lively costume contest for a chance to win a special prize package. All well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Celebrity judges for this year’s costume contest include Lee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Castellon; Gulf Coast Humane Society Executive Director Jennifer Galloway; Radio Host Jason Drew of 96.9 WINK FM and South Trail Fire & Rescue District Assistant Public Education Specialist Amy Bollen.

Deputy Chance, an abandoned dog whose story of neglect and survival made national news, also will be attending Yappy Hour. Chance is the official “spokesdog” for Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol, a new volunteer program asking pet owners to be law enforcement’s eyes and ears in the streets while walking their dogs. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be registering pets and their owners during Yappy Hour.

The Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at Center Court, and is presented by Bell Tower, Gulf Coast Humane Society, 96.9 WINK FM and Deputy Dogs Pets on Patrol. Yappy Hour is weather permitting. Follow Bell Tower Shops on social media for weather updates impacting special events.

Bell Tower, Southwest Florida’s dog-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination, holds Yappy Hour on the second Friday of each month.

Visit www.TheBellTowerShops.com for more information.

Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club hires Angell as director of instruction

Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club has hired Heather Angell as their new director of instruction. She has played professionally on the LPGA Tour, LPGA Symetra Tour and Canadian Women’s Tour and has most recently been awarded for Player Development by the PGA Southwest Florida Chapter.

Angell is also an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and a senior instructor at the North Carolina Golf Academy. She coaches all levels of the game and has worked extensively with beginners, juniors, high level amateurs, as well as tour professionals.

The club has also welcomed two additional key staff members to the team. Ricky Rambissoon is the new food and beverage manager at the Tiki Bar and Lodge. He has 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has worked in both fast paced and fine dining arenas, with new technology specific to the service industry.

Kevin Ammon is the new facilities director. He has extensive experience in facilities standards and guidelines, project management and procurement, cost reductions and containment, and safety and security.

Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club is at 10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, Fort Myers.