IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Miromar Outlets announces May events

** Pamper Your Pooch, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 2, in the northwest parking lot. Bring your canine buddies! Activities, information, services and products for dogs will include healthy pet food and a pet bakery, pet sitting, dog fashions, flyball and agility demonstrations, owner/dog look-alike contest and best trick contest. VIP bags for the first 50 dogs!

** “All Moms Are Special” Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, at Ultra Diamonds. Just in time for Mother’s Day, moms may register for a Chance to Unlock a Mother’s Day Treasure Chest with a chocolate mother-of-pearl necklace plus a cruise to the Bahamas for two. Drawing held at noon. Plus, moms will enjoy Complimentary Chocolate-Drizzled Fruit treats at Godiva Chocolatier and pick up a flower while at Ultra Diamonds, Courtesy of The Master’s Touch Florist

** Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest, 11 a.m. to noon, May 9, at the Fountain near Ultra Diamonds. Winners receive Miromar Outlets gift cards. First place - $250 per family; second place - $200 per family; third place - $150 per family.

** Colors of the Rainbow, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at International Design Center and sponsored by Miromar Outlets. Watch as the fifth-grade finalists from five local elementary schools who exhibited their ballroom dancing talents at Miromar Outlets March 7 and 28 compete for first place in the Dancing Classrooms program. Program founder Pierre Dulaine, who is depicted by Antonio Banderas in the movie “Take the Lead,” will be the emcee. The public is invited.

** Concert Series: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, near the Restaurant Piazza. Free live musical entertainment.

** Water-ski shows every Sunday at 4 p.m. The Southern Extreme Water-Ski Team performs an exciting show lakeside near the Restaurant Piazza.

DIRECTIONS: Miromar Outlets is at exit 123 off Interstate 75, on Miromar Outlets Boulevard in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers, across from the International Design Center. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Miromar Outlets


J.L. Wallace completes construction of clubhouse at Bradenton country club

Fort Myers-based J.L. Wallace Inc. has completed construction of the clubhouse at River Strand Golf and Country Club in Heritage Harbour, located on Grand Estuary Trail in Bradenton.

The 39,750-square-foot clubhouse, built for Lennar Homes, is the focal point of the River Strand development. Amenities include a full-service restaurant and bar, commercial kitchen, card room, billiard room, snack bar, golf and tennis pro shops, golf cart and bag storage, fitness center, aerobics room, and locker rooms. The project also includes more than 4,000 square feet for a swimming pool, resistance pool and spa.

David Grossman of J.L. Wallace served as the project manager, Jim Faulkner was superintendent and Robbyn Spears was project manager assistant. Architectural design services were provided by Titsch & Associates, Inc.

J.L. Wallace has provided general contracting, design/build and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1997. The company specializes in commercial projects, including structures for retail, industrial, institutional and office use. For more information, visit or call (239) 437-1111.

- Contributed by J.L. Wallace Inc.


Priority Marketing wins two Image Awards

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Southwest Chapter honored Priority Marketing with two Awards of Distinction in its 2009 Image Awards competition. The firm’s winning entries included the grand opening event for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s (CROW) new wildlife hospital and Visitor Education Center and the 2008 e-mail campaign promoting Studio RK Salon.

Each year, the FPRA Southwest Chapter’s Image Awards competition recognizes measurable excellence among Southwest Florida professionals in three divisions: public relations programs, printed tools and audio/visual tools.

Established in 1992, Priority Marketing, 8191 College Parkway, Suite 303, Fort Myers, is a full-service marketing firm, offering advertising, marketing, public relations, special events, creative design, media buying and all associated services to clients in a variety of industries. For more information, call (239) 267-2638 or visit

- Contributed by Priority Marketing


Pulte Homes recognized with award

The South Florida Division of Pulte Homes is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2009 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution Pulte Homes has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building 389 ENERGY STAR qualified homes last year.

Collectively, these homes will save customers approximately $174,000 on utility bills each year.

The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equal to the equivalent of:

Eliminating the emissions from 191 vehicles; saving 1,152,996 pounds of coal; planting 315 acres of trees; or saving the environment 2,261,257 pounds of CO2 per year.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA. These homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

“Pulte Homes is delighted to contribute to energy-conscious, environmentally-intelligent residential standards in Southwest Florida,” said Jill Hoffman, vice-president of sales and marketing for the South Florida Division of Pulte Homes. “The Pulte Homes family of brands, which includes DiVosta Homes and Del Webb, has built more than 1,500 ENERGY STAR rated homes in Southwest Florida, and our company is committed to continuing energy-efficient home construction.”

ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification of energy performance.

“Most homebuyers focus on what's outside the walls,” said Sam Rashkin, National Director for EPA's ENERGY STAR Homes Program, “but they also need to look behind the walls for the energy-efficient features found in ENERGY STAR qualified homes that help ensure comfort, quiet, improved indoor air quality, and low utility bills for years to come.”

About Pulte Homes - Pulte Homes, Inc., based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America’s largest home building companies with operations in 49 markets and 25 states. During its 58-year history, the company has delivered more than 500,000 new homes. Since 2000, Pulte Homes operations have earned more top-three finishes than any other homebuilder in the annual J.D. Power and Associates® New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Studysm. Under its Del Webb brand, Pulte is the nation's largest builder of active adult communities for people age 55 and older. Its DiVosta Homes brand is renowned in Florida for its distinctive master-planned communities. Pulte Mortgage LLC is a nationwide lender offering Pulte customers a wide variety of loan products and superior service. More information is available at;;

About ENERGY STAR - ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 12,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

- Contributed by Pulte Homes Inc. and Legis & Associates


Northwestern Mutual director honored

Glenn Black, a Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Fort Myers, is being honored with the company’s Outstanding Achievement in Recruiting and Sales Award (OARS). The award recognizes overall excellence of managing directors in the Northwestern Mutual system, and requires managing directors to both achieve individual sales goals and office recruiting goals each year.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, The Glenn Black Agency, offers a wide array of products, providing expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of needs and goals.

A native of Fort Myers, Mr. Black became a Managing Director in 1996, and has earned the Outstanding Achievement in Recruiting and Sales Award (OARS) for five years, the National Quality Award, the Dale Carnegie Highest Achievement Award and been named Member of the Million Dollar Round Table since 1996. He has been with the company for 23 years, and currently resides in Fort Myers, FL with his wife Angela and two children, ages 12 and 16.

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, a FORTUNE 500 company with over $1 trillion of life insurance protection in force, has been helping its policyowners and clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. The company maintains the highest available ratings for insurance financial strength from all four major rating agencies: Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings, A. M. Best and Moody’s.

Through the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the marketing name for the company’s nationwide sales distribution arm, the company and its affiliates deliver a unique approach to combining insurance and investment solutions to help clients achieve financial security. These solutions include life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, mutual funds, and employee benefit services. Northwestern Mutual’s subsidiaries and affiliates are comprised of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, a wholly-owned company, broker-dealer, member of FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, a wholly-owned company of Northwestern Mutual and limited purpose federal savings bank; Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and the Russell Investment Group.

Further information on Northwestern Mutual, its subsidiaries and affiliates can be found at: or you may visit

- Contributed by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Fort Myers


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