IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

First-time homebuyer conference next month

Jolene Munzenrieder and Rosa Ivy, a professional representative of Regions Bank, on Saturday, Nov. 14, will host a free “First-Time Homebuyers Conference” at Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.

Complimentary babysitting for young children and refreshments will be available.

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. and Regions Bank will conduct the conference from 10 a.m. to noon. Those interested in participating in attending should call (239) 860-2324 to reserve their seat.

Jolene Munzenrieder, with 20-plus years as a Naples Realtor with Downing-Frye Realty, will help provide first-time home buyers with the knowledge of incentives, such as the $8,000 tax credit.

Ivy, a residential loan officer fore more than 15 years, will help clients understand financial and lifestyle needs and recommends the best mortgage for the purchase of a primary or vacation home or investment property. Previously, Ivy was president and one of three owners of SouthView Mortgage, LLC. headquartered in Naples.

- Contributed by Jolene Munzenrieder

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Furniture showcase is Thursday

The largest contract furniture show ever in Southwest Florida is next week, organizers say.

Furniture Showcase, sponsored by Workplace Resource, will feature representatives from more than 40 of the top office, health-care and education furniture manufacturers.

Admission is free to the show, which is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Embassy Suites, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive (at Corkscrew Road and Interstate 75), in Estero. Information: (239) 278-5588 or

- Contributed by Furniture Showcase

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Southwest Florida CPA firm celebrates 30 years

Myers, Brettholtz & Co., certified public accountants, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.

Serving a variety of clients, the firm has 22 staff members serving Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. They provide accounting and bookkeeping services for nonprofit organizations, timeshares, condominium and homeowner associations, individuals and businesses.

“Celebrating 30 years of business in Fort Myers is very exciting and meaningful for us,” commented Steve Brettholtz, the firm’s president and shareholder. “It shows our commitment to the area and our staying power.”

The company will hold an open house in January, inviting clients and area colleagues to see the newly remodeled office and partake in the anniversary festivities.

Information: or (239) 939-5775.

-Contributed by Myers, Brettholtz & Co.

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Naples Chamber honored for online directory, tourism guide

The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals has named the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Communications Awards in the category of Online Membership Directory.

The award was presented on Oct. 14 during the association’s annual conference in Orlando. Only one award in each category was given throughout the state.

“We are delighted to be recognized by this state-wide organization,” stated Michael Reagen, President and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. “We strive to provide top of the line communication tools both for our membership and as a means of relaying information about our member organizations and businesses to the community at large. To be recognized in this capacity truly is an honor.”

At the same conference, the Naples Chamber also won 2009 Outstanding Communications Awards in the category of Tourism/Visitor Guide in recognition of its 2009 edition of Naples on the Gulf.

The Chamber’s online membership directory is an integral part of the Chamber’s Web site (

The directory, searchable by business category, name and keyword, is a comprehensive listing of all Chamber member companies. Each chamber member has their own listing, consisting of contact information, a link to their company’s Web site and a business description. It also features coupons Chamber members can post to their listing.

The Chamber’s Web site, including the business directory, was developed by chamber member company ISOOSI Communications, LLC. Information: or (239) 234-6474.

- Contributed by Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

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