Southwest Florida Business events

The Institute of Internal Auditors, Southwest Florida chapter, will host an audit seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way, Fort Myers. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Members, $120; nonmembers, $135; retired members/students, $110. RSVP: or e-mail Randy McHenry at

Financial Planning Association of Southwest Florida in partnership with the City of Bonita Springs will host a financial planning workshop Tuesday at Community Hall, 27381 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Confidential consultations will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Appointments: 410-8960. Leave a message on the answering machine with the preferred time and what they would like to discuss.

Naples Capital Advisors Inc. and TIB Bank will host a seminar “GOLD: A Sound Investment or a Precious Metal Best Used in Making Jewelry?” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 8100 Health Center Blvd., Bonita Springs. The program will provide an analysis of the economic factors that have elevated the discussion of gold as an investment; an assessment of risks and advantages of investing in gold; and a briefing on practical ways to own it. Information: 659-5871 or visit

The Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board of Lee County will host its 10th annual Hispanic Achievement Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Tickets are $25 and include a full buffet dinner. To purchase tickets or to receive a nomination form: Luis Rivera at or (239) 344-1533

Uncommon Friends Foundation will host the following at the Burroughs Home, 2505 First St., Fort Myers:

■ “The Art of Tea at the Burroughs Home and Gardens” from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Reservations: (239) 337-0706 or e-mail Information: (239) 337-9505 or

■ Its annual presentation of honorary life memberships and a volunteer of the year award, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event. Cost is $25. RSVP: 337-9505.

Coffee, Cupcakes and Covered Calls – Bradley Towle of Genesis Capital Advisors will host its free weekly roundtable discussion group “How to most effectively use Exchange Traded Funds in your portfolio” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Capital Wealth Planning’s office, 840 111th Ave. N. RSVP: JoAnna Irons at 593-2100

FGCU Florida Institute of Government, for managers, supervisors and employees from both the private and public sectors, will host the following:

■ “Building Better Relationships,” presented by Libby Anderson from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at FGCU – Atrium Executive Center, 8695 College Parkway, No. 1181, Fort Myers. This workshop from the Florida Institute of Government’s Setting Yourself Apart Series – Module 2 teaches participants the skills needed to connect with people for the development of strong relationships. Libby Anderson is instructor for the workshop. Cost is $39. Information: Joanne Hartke at (239) 425-3273 or

■ “The Leader’s Edge … What Makes Leaders Successful,” presented by master life coach and author David Essel from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at FGCU – Atrium Executive Center, 8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181, Fort Myers. Cost is $49. Information: Joanne Hartke at (239) 425-3273 or

The Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly breakfast meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Events Pavilion, Seminole Casino, 506 First St., Immokalee. Monthly meetings held every first Wednesday. Information: Richard Rice at (239) 657-3237 or

The German American Business Chamber of Southwest Florida will host Oktoberfest Stammtisch at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Europe Bistro, 2464 Vanderbilt Beach Road. Information: 643-3273

Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host the following:

■ 2009 Distinguished Public Service Awards, Wednesday, noon to 1:30 p.m., the Hilton Naples, 5111 U.S. 41 N. Cost: $40.

■ Advanced Networking-Part I, Thursday, 8 to 9:30 a.m., the Chamber. Cost: $15.

■ “Quick Books Basics” co-sponsored by SCORE Naples. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Chamber Building. Free. Register:

The Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce will host:

■ Business After Hour, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club, 9801 Treasure Cay Lane, Bonita Springs. Members, $10 prior to Tuesday; $15 at the door; future members, $40. Information/RSVP: or Julie Digby at (239) 992-2943 or

■ Lee County VCB’s annual meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. Cindy Novotny, author and managing partner Master Connection Associates, is scheduled to speak. Cost is $45. RSVP: Information: (239) 338-3500.

Lee Collier Networkers will host its Bonita lunch meeting “Becoming Your Greatest Potential,” presented by Janet Washburn, Thursday, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Roy’s Restaurant in The Promenade, Bonita Springs. Open to the public. Cost is $22 includes lunch if you prepay online no later than Tuesday; Pay at the door: $30 cash at the door. Display tables are available for $10. Information:

The Florida Venture Forum and the Economic Development Council of Collier County will host its fall kickoff meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Naples Grande Resort & Club, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples. The meeting will feature a panel of experts discussing funding options for entrepreneurs. The meeting is the only GCVF meeting open to the public. Cost is $65 if pre-registered and $75 at the door. RSVP by 5 p.m. Wednesday at (813) 335-8116 or

The 2009 Naples Area Board of Realtors will host its annual golf tournament Thursday at the Club at Olde Cypress, with an 11 a.m. registration and a noon shotgun start. All proceeds will benefit the Naples Equestrian Challenge Inc. and will be used to buy a special rider’s lift and ramp to help safely place riders with disabilities on horseback. Information or to register as a player, major sponsor, hole sponsor or guest: Kari Greer at 597-1666 or

The Crowne Plaza hotel and the American Cancer Society will host “Party with a Purpose” to benefit the ACS and their upcoming Cattle Baron’s Ball, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Information: (239) 482-2900 or

Downtown Naples Association will host a “Howlin of a Night,” Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m., along Main Street in Downtown Naples.

Felene E. Frink will host “What You Should Know About Retirement Plan Distribution,” a free financial planning seminar from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at Perkins Restaurant, 4335 U.S. 41 E. Contact: or (401) 827-3402

The Marco Island Civil Air Patrol, in cooperation with the K5MI Marco Island Radio Club, will again conduct a FCC amateur radio technician license course, free of tuition and open to the public. The course consists of three sessions on consecutive Saturdays, starting Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol hanger, Marco Executive airport. Cost is $23. Information: Jim Carrender at or (941) 375-0139 or 595-6683

Naples Speakeasy Toastmasters Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12, at North Naples Collier Government Building, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. “Making Powerful Business & Social Connections Through Facebook” will be presented by Naples Speakeasy Toastmasters Advanced Club and Ruth Kuttler. Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of each month. Information: 262-8183

Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services will meet at 7:45 a.m. Oct. 15, at the Club at Naples Bay Resort in the Cypress Room, 1800 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Networking begins at 7 a.m. “How To Be Innovative,” will be presented by Gene Landrum, a Hodges University professor. Information: Tim P. Tillapaugh at 825-7711 or Patrick Dearborn at 877-4340 or

The Naples Area Board of Realtors partnered with Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraising event “Howl for Habitat” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Grey Oaks. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. Cost is $50. by clicking on the event calendar. Information: Debbie Zvibleman at 272-8878, or Maribeth Shanahan at 597-1666

FGCU will host “Code Enforcement Certification Training, Level II — Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 to Oct. 23; exam from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24, at FGCU — Atrium Executive Center, 8695 College Parkway, No. 1181, Fort Myers. F.A.C.E. members, $480 plus exam cost; nonmembers, $600 plus exam cost. Information: Joanne Hartke at (239) 425-3273 or

Business Network International, the DownTown Networkers chapter, will hold its weekly meeting at 7:45 a.m. Thursdays at IHOP, 1921 Davis Blvd., East Naples. Guests are welcome. Cost is $10. Information: Jamie Bergen at (239) 572-3720

Edward Jones will host its weekly discussion on current stock market news and updates at 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Edward Jones Office, 4826 Davis Blvd. (Kings Lake Plaza) Topics include “tax free” investing, opportunities in equities, retirement planning and more. Bring any and all questions. RSVP: Sharyn at 732-8683.

Cusimano Electric will host a home standby generator education/information seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. the first and third Saturday monthly at Vision Ace Hardware, 12830 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers.

Rotary Club of Naples Bay weekly meetings are at 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club, 4995 Airport-Pulling Road, south of Pine Ridge Road. Information: or 352-6992.

Insurance Professionals of Collier County holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club, 475 North Road, Naples. Information: or

Optimist Club of Naples meets the first and third Thursday monthly at 6:15 p.m. at IHOP, 1921 Davis Blvd., Naples. Information: 598-1992, 594-7742 or

Goal Setters Business Network International, North Naples chapter, will hold its weekly breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd. Cost is $10. Information: Lola Moore at (239) 398-3006 or Kelly Salmons at (239) 597-0787.

Business Network International, a Bonita BizNet chapter, will hold its weekly breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Spanish Wells Country Club, 9801 Treasure Cay Lane, Bonita Springs. Guests are welcome. Information: Matt at (239) 593-7333 or

Business Network International will hold its weekly meeting at 7:15 a.m. Thursday at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples. Information/RSVP: (239) 354-3224.

Kiwanis Club of Naples on the Gulf will hold its weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Perkins Restaurant, 3585 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples.

Kiwanis Club of Naples will hold its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Collier Athletic Club, 710 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Naples. Information:(239) 597-3261

Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay holds its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 4320 U.S. 41 N. Information:

Kiwanis Club of Northside Naples will hold its weekly meeting from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N., Naples. Information:

Kiwanis Club of East Naples holds its weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 1921 Davis Blvd., East Naples. The cost, which includes breakfast, is $10. Information: (239) 403-5437.

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