IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Miromar Outlets celebrates 10 years

Miromar Outlets is gearing up to celebrate its 10-year “Decade of Deals” Anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, with thousands of dollars in prize giveaway drawings including 10 $1,000 Miromar Outlets shopping sprees, 10 roundtrip airline tickets provided by Direct Air and 10 cruise packages. The celebration includes a visit from a high profile soap opera star and two full days of music and activities for the entire family, plus special anniversary shopping discounts mall-wide during both days.

Soap opera star Joshua Morrow, alias Nicholas Newman from CBS “The Young & The Restless,” will meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures throughout the two-day commemoration. Morrow has won a Soap Opera Digest Award as “Outstanding Younger Lead Actor” and has been nominated for five consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards. On Saturday, Morrow will be at Miromar Outlets between noon and 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. On Sunday he will be on hand between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Photo opportunity donations will be accepted for Morrow’s favorite charity, “The V Foundation for Cancer Research.”

The “Decade of Deals” celebration will present fun activities for all ages. Live music will be playing throughout the mall with a variety of instrumental and vocal sounds including jazz and blues, retro sounds of the 1940s and 1950s, tropical island music and contemporary sounds. Saturday’s line-up includes Bryan Savage and JRobert from noon to 3 p.m.; and Les Burch and Steve LaValley from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s schedule includes Les Burch, Ron Stanley, Mario and Bryan Savage playing from 1 to 4 p.m.

The featured band from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday is Crazy Horse, playing folk rock near the Restaurant Piazza. The Florida State Champion Southern Extreme Water-Ski Team will be performing live on the lake at 1 and 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Several children’s events will take place at “Playland,” a new covered fun area for children from toddlers to age 12. On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. there will be an educational presentation by The Butterfly Estates. The Butterfly Estates is a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly attraction located in the Downtown Fort Myers River District. They will be sharing a part of the fun learning atmosphere found in their glazed glass Butterfly Conservatory with the mobile display they will be bringing to Miromar Outlets.

Enjoy even more activities at “Playland” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday with a children’s DJ, a magician performance, a balloon artist and face painting. These same activities will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at “Playland.”

The “Miromar Scramble,” a fun game involving a mall “scavenger hunt” will earn participants entry to prize giveaway drawings including 10 $1,000 Miromar Outlets shopping sprees, 10 round trip airline tickets provided by Direct Air and 10 cruise packages. Rules for this fun interactive contest are available online at and will also be available at registration tables in the mall during the weekend event. Several other prizes, including high definition radios and store gift cards and certificates will be randomly drawn from “enter-to-win” registration forms.

Numerous Outlet stores will be offering special anniversary savings with purchases. Door buster specials include 30 percent off any Calphalon in-stock purchase, $99.99 on select True Religion jeans, a diamond and sterling silver circle or heart pendant from Ultra Diamonds regularly priced at $279 and reduced to $49 for the Anniversary, plus a free gift with any purchase. Other special offers include 20 percent off the entire purchase at Florsheim, 10 percent off the entire purchase at DKNY, increasing to 20 percent off purchases of $100 or more, plus many more opportunities to save big just for this 10-year event. Visit the Web site to print out a complete list of door buster specials.

Miromar Outlets, voted Southwest Florida’s “Best Factory Outlet Shopping Center” for 10 years in a row, features over 140 great designer and brand name manufacturers’ outlet stores including adidas Outlet Store, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach Factory, Cole Haan Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Escada Company Store, GUESS Factory, J.Crew Factory, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Movado Company Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, OshKosh B’Gosh, Perry Ellis, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, St. John Outlet, The Worth Collection, Tommy Hilfiger, White House/Black Market, and many more.

Miromar Outlets is a project of Miromar Development Corporation, a multi-faceted real estate development company with a portfolio of residential and commercial properties including the nearby Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club and the International Design Center.

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. tore hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

FineMark Bank has new VP

Joe Catti, President and Gerry Roberts, Chief Investment Officer of FineMark National Bank & Trust are pleased to announce that Terry A. Bower, CFA, has joined the bank as Vice President and Portfolio Manager. He brings over 25 years of investment expertise having managed assets for clients at banks in the Midwest and Florida.

Bower’s role at FineMark includes helping clients to develop personal investment objectives and guidelines and management of clients’ portfolios. He will also serve as a member of the bank’s Investment Policy and Strategy Committee. Mr. Bower is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

FineMark National Bank & Trust offers a comprehensive array of banking, trust and investment services to clients interested in establishing long term, high-touch relationships. FineMark is also dedicated to providing a culture of service to clients and making a positive difference in the communities it serves.

Business coaching franchise ranked in top 50

ActionCOACH claims Top Spot in Franchise Satisfaction

Global Business Coaching Franchise jumps 24 spots in Franchise Business Review Franchise 50

Fort Myers-based ActionCOACH, the world’s No. 1 business coaching franchise, has been selected for the 2009 Franchise Business Review Franchise 50 for the second year in a row.

Franchise Business Review, the premier validation service company in the franchise industry, conducts its annual evaluation of franchising organizations based on franchisee response, participation level and system size. It is the only award of its kind based purely on the responses of franchisees.

ActionCOACH was ranked number 41 in the Franchise 50 “Large Class” category in 2008, which focuses on systems with 200 or more business units. In this year’s rankings, the franchise leapt 24 places ranking 17 making it one of the highest ranked out of the hundreds of franchise systems that entered. It is also the only business coaching company in the “Large Class” category.

“Being ranked for the second year in the Franchise 50 is an enormous achievement,” ActionCOACH CEO Brad Sugars said. “ActionCOACH prides itself on achieving business success by providing world-class franchisee support.”

Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction. The firm examines the critical areas of a franchise system including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations and financial opportunity. The Franchise 50 project is the largest survey of franchisee satisfaction completed on an annual basis.

Florida Master Licensee Paul Christie believes the high levels of satisfaction among ActionCOACH franchisees is due in part to the two-tiered support structure.

“Most franchises have a national office,” Paul Christie said. “ActionCOACH operates on a Master License model which provides local knowledge, support and marketing.”

ActionCOACH is the world’s number one business coaching firm. Started by entrepreneur and CEO Brad Sugars in 1993, the company is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world, with more than 1,000 offices in 26 countries. To learn more about business coaching and ActionCOACH, go to and/or contact Heather Christie at (239) 220-5900.

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