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June 7, 2019

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Grand opening for new Cape Dunkin' June 15

The new Dunkin' in Cape Coral at 58 Nicholas Parkway will hold a grand opening event Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The grand opening is open to the public. As part of the celebration, Sarah Cabrera, who is trying to collect 18,000 pounds of food in celebration of her 18th birthday, will be on hand and anyone attending the grand opening who brings three canned goods items to donate will receive a complimentary small iced coffee and a chance to spin the Dunkin' prize wheel. Prizes include Dunkin' Frisbees, beach balls, bumper stickers and more.

In addition to the announcement about the grand opening in the Cape, today, June 7, is National Donut Day and Dunkin' is offering one free classic donut with the purchase of any beverage.

Big Lots opening new Fort Myers location today

Big Lots is celebrating the grand opening of its Fort Myers store in its new location today, June 7. This store will reflect a new format, which is part of a broader initiative to reposition the brand as a community retailer offering trustworthy value and friendly service. As part of the celebration, Big Lots will host a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. today. The first 50 shoppers entering the store on June 7 and June 8 will receive a reusable shopping bag filled with tasty treats from Big Lots.

In addition, the company will kick off donation program benefiting Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc., which funds breast care for uninsured, low-income residents in Southwest Florida at no cost to them with the goal of ruling out or diagnosing breast cancer for those who otherwise cannot afford it. Big Lots will donate $5 to the local charitable organization each time a BIG Rewards loyalty member redeems a reward at the Fort Myers store over a six-week period (June 7- July 20).

The new store, located at 15271 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908, will be a showcase for the continued roll out of a new store layout and design across all Big Lots stores, both in new builds as well as in redesigns at existing locations. Big Lots will host local dignitaries, representatives from Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc. and other community guests at the ribbon cutting.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. is a discount retailer operating approximately 1,400 stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of furniture, seasonal, soft home, food, consumables, hard home, and electronics, toys and accessories.

For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.

Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association adds Arthrex supervisor

The newest member of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association Board of Directors brings energy and years of experience. The addition of Michael Koszewnik, manufacturing trainer supervisor at Arthrex, furthers the association's commitment to connect Southwest Florida manufacturers with vital information and educational resources.

Koszewnik began his manufacturing career in 1974, when he embarked on a 17-year run in aerospace. He started as an operator but was quickly promoted to supervisor, and he also taught classes at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater. Later, he began teaching full-time at the college.

Koszewnik will help the SRMA plan events like the Establishing Metrics Roundtable Discussion on Wednesday, June 19, from 8-9:30 a.m. ,at Career Source Southwest Florida on 4150 Ford Street Extension in Fort Myers. The cost is $20 for non-members and $10 for members. For more information about SRMA events, visit www.srma.net/category/events.

The purpose and objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest Florida through manufacturing, and to act as a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas and information among its members. The SRMA provides an advocacy platform for the general welfare of its members in the face of economic, civic and educational challenges. It encourages cooperation, information sharing and mutual aid, fostering social relationships and community involvement. Visit srma.net for more information.

Priority Marketing hires Becker as senior content strategist

Priority Marketing, a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital marketing agency, has hired Kathy Becker as the firm's senior content strategist.

In this newly created role, Becker works on behalf of clients to enhance public relations initiatives and generate consistent messaging through print, digital and social channels. The role also involves Becker providing strategic guidance on content strategies for clients across all departments.

Becker is a seasoned journalism and public relations professional with more than 35 years of experience. She previously was a senior copywriter for a national clothing brand, and prior roles include editor of Naples Illustrated for nearly 14 years and a variety of editing and writing positions at Gulfshore Life, a national Gen-X magazine and The News-Press.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital marketing firm located at 8200 College Parkway, Suite 201, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-267-2638 or visit Priority-Marketing.com. Also, follow Priority Marketing online at twitter.com/prioritymktg or on Facebook. For recent news and marketing insights, visit the blog: PriorityMarketing.com/our-blog.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank opens William Jenkins Memorial Fund

A memorial fund for William "Willie" Jenkins, the Fort Myers teen who died shark fishing off the Sanibel Causeway, has been established at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank by the staff of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, where both of William's parents are employed.

Donations can be made at any Sanibel Captiva Community Bank location to the William Jenkins Memorial Fund. After the bank made a corporate contribution to the memorial fund a number of bank employees decided to challenge colleagues to match the bank's donation through individual donations. Those efforts have resulted in nearly $1,500 contributed to the memorial fund by the bank and its employees. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre has promised to match every donation, dollar for dollar.

Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel and five locations in Fort Myers. Visit www.SanCapBank.com.

Nominations sought for Uncommon Friends Foundation's Business Ethics Award

The Uncommon Friends Foundation has opened nominations for its 2019 Business Ethics Award that are due by Sept. 1. Businesses in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties who consistently demonstrate a system-wide commitment to high ethical business practices are eligible. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The online nomination form and detailed submission guidelines are available at uncommonfriends.org.

Finalists will be announced after the close of nominations and will be honored guests at the annual FGCU Business Ethics Roundtable to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, jointly hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University's Lutgert School of Business and the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

The recipient of the Business Ethics Award will be announced at the annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 ,at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens in downtown Fort Myers.

Celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Uncommon Friends Foundation is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders, as it inspires future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose. It is located at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens on the waterfront in downtown Fort Myers that offers a sheltered pavilion and dazzling water views for public and private events and tours year round. To schedule events or tours, call Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503 or emailevents@burroughshome.com or tours@burroughshome.com.

Beckwith earns honorary doctorate from Piedmont College

Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith presented the graduate commencement address at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, where she was also granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of her contributions to the field of hospice.

Hope Healthcare, which includes Hope Hospice and Hope Kids Care programs, is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life's journey. For more information, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.

Gelman joins Henderson Franklin as stockholder

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that attorney Heath Gelman has joined the firm as a stockholder in the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department. For 20 years, he has been representing individuals and companies in matters of automobile negligence, premises liability, professional liability, first party insurance and wrongful death.

Gelman brings a unique perspective in evaluating matters, having initially served as defense counsel for a well-known insurance defense firm for the first 13 years of his career, and then handling plaintiff personal injury matters and first party insurance claims for nearly seven years with one of the largest personal injury firms in the United States.

Gelman received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University and his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. He may be reached at heath.gelman@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1273.

Henderson Franklin is celebrating 95th anniversary of serving the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida. The firm has over 55 attorneys providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.

Henderson Franklin op-erates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. For more on Gelman or Henderson Franklin, visit www.henlaw.com.

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