Upcoming Southwest Florida business events

Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center will host “The Secret to Writing a Business Plan,” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Fort Myers Library, 2050 Central Ave., Fort Myers. Free. Online registration and seminar descriptions available at http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbd/seminars.asp

Collier County Tourist Development Council will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in the commission chambers on the third floor of the W. Harmon Turner Building, Building F, Collier County Government Center, 3301 U.S. 41 E. The meeting is open to the public. Information: Jack Wert at 252-2384

Business Network International “Catch The Buzz” chapter will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Inn of Naples, 4055 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Glenn Smith from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will speak. Guests are welcome. Information: Glenn Smith at 449-7810 or www.bniswfl.com

The Collier County Women’s Bar Association will host the following:

■ In partnership with Legal Aid Service of Collier County and the Neighborhood Health Clinic, a legal aid clinic for low-income individuals from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the offices of Legal Aid Service of Collier County, 4125 U.S. 41, in the Liberty Plaza. RSVP: Ana de la Cruz (239) 298-8143

■ The association is meeting at noon Wednesday at the Northern Trust Building, 4001 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The meeting will feature its annual “Advice from the Bench” ethics presentation and exercise. Members, $18; nonmembers/guests, $22. Register: Kimberly A. Spiker at kas15@ntrs.com or fax 213-5735

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will host the following:

■ Back 2 Basics Brown Bag Lunch, “Quickbooks and Financial Wellness,” Cheryl Willett of Willett Business Management Inc., noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber. Members, free; nonmembers, $20.

■ Annual Golf Tournament, Friday beginning at 1 p.m., Raptor Bay Golf Club, 23001 Coconut Point Resort Drive, Bonita Springs. Entry into this shotgun scramble is $150. Participants must register by Wednesday and can do so online at www.bonitaspringschamber.com. Information or to register: www.bonitaspringschamber.com or the Chamber at (239) 992-2943 or Info@bonitaspringschamber.com

■ Business After Hours “Harvest Night” event, Nov. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Robb & Stucky, 3181 North Bay Village Court, Bonita Springs. Chamber will collect cans during the event to benefit the Bonita Assistants Office. Members before Nov. 10, $10; members at the door, $15; future members, $40. Registration is limited. Information/RSVP: www.bonitaspringschamber.com or call (239) 992-2943

Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host the following:

■ “Don’t Run Out of Money...Understanding Business Cash Flow,” 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the chamber LCF room. Members, $5; nonmembers, $25. Information: www.napleschamber.org

■ “Chamber Alliance Luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Chamber, LCF Room. Jeff Ahren, co-chairman of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force, will speak. Cost is $10. Register by Saturday, Oct. 24 at www.napleschamber.org/events/event-detail.aspx?EventID=4750

■ CIVIC Wine and Cheese Speaker Series, “Women and Islam: Insights and Perspectives,” presented by Aysegul Timur, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Chamber Building. Cost is $5.

■ Business Education Seminar: An “Everyone Wins” Approach to Paying Employees,” presented by John Haas, 8 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Chamber. Members, $5; nonmembers, $25.

■ Accelerated Networking Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, the Island Pub, 600 Neapolitan Way. Members only. Must preregister by Oct. 30. No walk-ins. Cost is $15.

■ Advanced Networking Part 2: The Mechanics of Networking, presented by Matthew Klinowski and Jessica Macera, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Chamber. Cost is $15.

Merrill Lynch will host the following at the Merrill Lynch offices, 9128 Strada Place, suite 301, North Naples:

■ Gary T. Crisci, wealth management adviser, and Stefan J. Contorno, financial adviser, will host a tax-free bond workshop at noon Tuesday. RSVP: Chandan Khan at 649-2967 or chandan_Khan@ml.com

■ Heidi Varsames, financial adviser, and Dora Watson will host “Women, Wine and Estate Planning,” presented by Cynthia Carlson from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, presented by Susan Nesbet-Sikuta of Cohen & Grisby. RSVP: Dora at 649-2976

■ Gary T. Crisci, wealth management adviser, and Stefan J. Contorno, financial adviser, will host “Annuities Workshop” at noon Thursday. RSVP: Chandan Khan at 649-2967 or chandan_Khan@ml.com

■ “Thinking Outside the Box: Gold, Technology, and China in Your Portfolio,” presented by David Portal, Regional Vice President of Ivy Funds, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Vasari Country Club, 11021 Corsia Trieste Way, Bonita Springs.

■ “Nutritional Cooking Ideas for Thanksgiving and a Healthy Portfolio,” presented by James Ritchie, vice president of Legg Mason, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Florida Builder’s Appliance Store, 27180 Bay landing Drive, suite 1, Bonita Springs. Chef Shelly Connors to present special recipes.

Jim York, a Realtor with Florida Home Realty, has been selected as a real estate instructor in conjunction with the Collier County Public Schools and the District School Board of Collier County’s Adult and Community Education Department. He will teach current real estate trends for six consecutive weeks on Wednesday’s from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Wednesday at Barron Collier High School, room No. 465. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the start of class. Information: Jim York at (239) 273-6727 or www.collieradulted.com

The Bridgers Group at Merrill Lynch will host “Moving Forward through Volatile Times” presented by Jay Bridgers, vice president and senior financial adviser and Dale Kirk, financial adviser, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Shula’s Steakhouse, 5111 U.S. 41 N., at the Hilton Naples. RSVP: (239) 649-2915

The Naples Area Board of Realtors partnered with Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser “Howl for Habitat” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Grey Oaks. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. Cost is $50. To pre-register: www.nabor.com and click on event calendar. Information: Debbie Zvibleman at 272-8878 or Maribeth Shanahan at 597-1666

The League of Women Voters of Collier County will host “Going Green in Collier: An Update,” a panel presentation to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Naples Hilton, 5111 U.S. 41 N. The program is free and open to the public. Information: 263-4656 or www.lwvcolliercounty.org

Naples Press Club hosts WGCU panel in a discussion about “Public Media in Transition” at 1 p.m. Friday in the community room of the Naples News Media Group building, 1100 Immokalee Road. Information: www.naplespressclub.org

The seventh annual “Handbag Happy Hour,” a live and silent auction of coveted designer, celebrity and one-of-a-kind handbags benefiting Island Coast AIDS Network Inc., will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs. The event is co-chaired by Sharon Torregrossa, community volunteer, and Stacey Mercado, marketing coordinator for Oswald Trippe and Co. Inc. The event is sponsored by Oswald Trippe and Co. Inc./Westfield Insurance, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort, Planned Perfection and pearl brand communications. Cost is $85. RSVP: www.icanswfl.org. Information: www.icanswfl.org or 337-2391.

Steve Stolz of Edward Jones Investments will host a free breakfast video presentation featuring its chief market strategist Alan Skrainka who will discuss the current state of the economy and financial markets. He’ll also discuss year-end tax strategies and what you need to know about current tax law changes from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at his office, 12980 U.S. 41 N., in the Imperial Golf Plaza. Seats are limited. RSVP: Carol at 597-7402.

The Institute of Internal Auditors, the Southwest Florida chapter will host its regular monthly meeting “Cost-Effective Staffing for Unprecedented Times,” presented by John Gill and Jamie Conley from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way, Fort Myers. Members, $30; nonmembers, $35; students and retirees, $25. RSVP: www.theiia.org/chapters/index.cfm/view.event_detail/cid/226/event_id/14549 or e-mail Randy McHenry at rlm1508t@hotmail.com

The Chamber of Southwest Florida will host its luncheon “Maintaining Quality of Service for Local Government in a Dynamic Economy” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4, at Edison College (Fort Myers Campus), 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. Check-in and registration is at 10:30 a.m. Panel speakers included the following: Karen Hawes, Lee County manager; Roger Baltz, Charlotte County administrator and Mark Isackson, Collier County senior management and budget analyst. Member, $30; nonmember, $40. Host tables are available. Register: www.chamber-swflorida.com/Events/Nov%204%20Flyer.pdf and fax the registration form to the Chamber at (239) 275-2103

The Southwest Florida Association of Health Underwriters will host its third annual HR Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, at Longshore Lakes, 11399 Phoenix Way, Naples. Members, $40; nonmembers, $50. RSVP: jwenke@lutgertinsurance.com

Bell Tower Shops will host the second World Wine Tour to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday Nov. 5. The fundraiser will be sponsored by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Cabot Creamery of Vermont and Infiniti of Fort Myers. Cost is $20 per person or two for $35. Information: www.thebelltowershops.com or (239) 489-1221

Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services will host the following:

■ Its meeting “Personal & Small Business Tax Updates for 2009,” presented by Brett Nesbit at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 5, at the Club at Naples Bay Resort in the Cypress Room, 1800 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Networking begins at 7 a.m. Information: Tim P. Tillapaugh with Prudential Florida Realty, Commercial Real Estate Division at 825-7711 or Patrick Dearborn with John R. Wood Realtors at 877-4340.

■ Its 2009 annual business reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12, in The Cypress Room at the Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Lewis Schiff will present “The Middle-Class Millionaire: America’s Luxury Super-Demographic” from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $70. Information: Tim P. Tillapaugh at 825-7711 or timtillapaugh@gmail.com, or www.naplesgroup.net

The American Institute of Architects, Florida Southwest chapter, will continue the Alfred W. French III Lectures Series in architecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at International Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Reception is at 6 p.m. General admission, $25; students, $10. For tickets: 263-3898 or e-mail pamm@andreaclarkbrownarchitects.com

FGCU Small Business Development Center will host a workshop for new and existing entrepreneurs, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Lutgert Hall on the FGCU campus. Cost is $79. Half-day attendees can attend either in the morning or afternoon and the cost is $49. Reservations: www.sbdcseminars.org or (239) 745-3700.

The Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Naples will host a luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Chokoloskee Room at the Naples Beach Hotel, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Jean Brunel, editor of “The Journal of Wealth Management,” will discuss current strategies for wealthy investors. Members, $30; guests, $40. Information and reservations: www.cfanaples.org

Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its weekly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at Mister Chile Restaurant, 26455 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Information: 418-1441 or www.hispanicchamberflorida.org

Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill, of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, will present a free informative workshop on “Florida Residency and Estate Planning” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at the Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers. Attendees are invited to bring a copy of their current estate planning documents and arrive 30 minutes to an hour in advance of the program to receive a complimentary review and 12-point written analysis of the documents. Receive a free Florida Residency Guide and DVD. Reservations required at (239) 425-9379.

The Gulf Coast Venture Forum will host its monthly meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Tiburon Golf Course Members Club Room, 2610 Tiburon Drive, Naples. Open to new members. Information: www.gcvf.com or call 262-6300.

The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs will host The Glass Slipper Ball with dinner being served from 7 to 9 p.m. and dancing and a silent auction from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Cost is $100. Information: 498-0022 or Zonta@comcast.net

The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida will host its 2009 Arts & Crafts Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers. The event is free to the public. Booth space is available. Information: Christian Chamber office at (239) 481-1411

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. 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: www.naplesbayrotary.org 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: www.ipcconline.org and e-mail info@ipcconline.org

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

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 www.bniswfl.com

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 and reservation: (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: www.kiwanisofpelicanbay.org

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: www.northsidenapleskiwanis.com

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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