Business Briefs
March 17, 2017


Pearl Brands receives 14 awards at 2017 American Advertising Awards

Pearl Brands won 14 awards - including three Gold, one Best-in-Category Amy Award and one Judges' Choice Award - at the 2017 American Advertising Awards, announced agency owner, Scott Qurollo. The awards were hosted by adFed Suncoast on Feb. 23 in Sarasota. Pearl Brands has now received 38 combined awards over the past three years. The American Advertising Awards (formerly known as The Addys) are sponsored by the American Advertising Federation to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Pearl's 14 awards made them one of the top scoring agency entrants at the awards gala. The following is a list of the agency's awards.

Pearl Brands' awards included: Judges' Choice Award - Pet Poop Poster; Amy Award - Consumer Website - Plumbing Nerds; Gold Awards - Public Transit Ad - Montauk Yacht Club Bus Wrap, Public Service, Out-of-Home - Pet Poop Poster and Consumer Website - Plumbing Nerds Website;

and Silver Awards - Illustration - Bayliner 60th Anniversary Watercolor, Public Transit Ad - Plumbing Nerds Vehicle Wrap, Magazine Ad - UF Health ER Ad, Brochure - Heyday Wake Boats Product Catalog, Brochure - FGCU College of Business Brochure, Video - Heyday Acquisition Announcement, Logo Design - Plumbing Nerds Logo, Animation - Bayliner 60th Anniversary Video Opening and Social Media - "B Social'" - Bayliner Social Media Campaign

Pearl Brands is a strategically-focused creative agency located at 2233 Second St., in Fort Myers. It provides creative marketing solutions, brand planning and other marketing communications services for a wide range of clients.

Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to hold 2017 Spring Job Fair

The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its 2017 Spring Job Fair Wednesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hodges University Fort Myers Campus, located at 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Participating companies include Hodges University, Collier County Public Schools, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, School District of Lee County, B&I Contractors, BB&T, LCEC, Collier County Sheriff's Office, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, JW Marriott, Florida Department of Children & Families, Sunstate Academy, Hope HealthCare Services, Regions Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Biotest Pharmaceuticals, Lee Health, LYNX Services, Lee County Supervisor of Elections, CareerSource Southwest Florida and more.

Anyone interested in changing careers or in need of a job is welcome. This event is free to the public. For information or to rent a booth, please call the Chamber at 239-418-1441, or send an e-mail to

Boy attends Global Pet Expo

Employment Law Attorney Suzanne Boy of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A., was scheduled to present two courses at the Global Pet Expo at the Orlando Convention Center on March 22-24.

In her first presentation, "Employment Law 101: What Every Employer Should Know," Boy will educate business owners and supervisors on basic employment laws, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, social media, and performance management. In her second presentation, "Please Sign Here: A Guide to Workplace Documentation," she will teach attendees how to prepare and implement solid employment policies and contracts, as well as how to ensure handbooks do not violate NLRB rules on protected concerted activity.

Boy concentrates her practice in employment law, assisting clients with all aspects of employment-related litigation, claims, and client counseling.

Boy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (2002), and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law (2006). She can be reached at or by phone at 239.344.1403.

Henderson Franklin has over 50 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, business and civil litigation, employment law, estate planning, family law, intellectual property, workers' compensation, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients build their homes, businesses and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel and Naples (by appointment only). For more information, visit

Insurance Options Inc. welcomes new agents

Insurance Options Inc., a Medicare general insurance agency, has welcomed nine new agents: Denise Bement, Afeisha Brathwaite, Lilly Carrasco, Ellen Fox, Betty Montillo, Mark Phillips, Michael Quintana, Claudia Rodriguez and Mary O'Sullivan.

Carrasco, Montillo, Quintana and Rodriguez are bi-lingual, also speaking Spanish.

The new agents are all licensed and certified to offer Medicare insurance plans. They will be out and about at various community outreach programs promoting not only Medicare insurance plans, but also Medicare/Medicaid insurance plans.

Insurance Options is located at 1401 Viscaya Parkway, unit 2, Cape Coral, FL 33990. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-201-4560 of visit the company website at

Low back pain seminar March 29

Dr. Scott Gray, a specialty-trained physical therapist, will be having a free seminar on low back pain, Wednesday, March 29, from 6:15-7 p.m., at the Allied Physical Therapy office at 1413 Viscaya Parkway Cape Coral, FL, 33990.

The public is invited to come and learn common causes of low back pain and the best strategies to relieve the pain naturally. Those attending will also have a chance to win raffle prizes.

The seminar is open to the first 30 people who RSVP to attend. To reserve a spot, call 239-242-0070.


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