IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

AFSCME president McEntee to speak in Naples

Gerald W. McEntee, international president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), will speak to the Democratic Party of Collier County at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club about the State of the Florida Political Landscape on Friday, Nov. 6.

The speech is 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd.

McEntee leads one of the most aggressive and politically active organizing unions in the AFL-CIO. As the Vice-President of the AFL-CIO and chair of the Political Education Committee, McEntee is a key leader of the labor movement and its political efforts. He has been at the forefront in the fight to reform the nation’s health care system. He chairs the AFL-CIO’s Health Care Committee and is a co-chair of Health Care for America NOW!, a national grass-roots coalition that has launched a multi-million dollar campaign to guarantee quality, affordable health care for all.

McEntee will speak about many issues which affect all working women and men as well as retirees today including health care reform, the right of all Americans to join a union without intimidation, the current state of politics in Florida and nationally, and putting America back to work. McEntee will take questions from the audience.

- Contributed by the Collier County Democratic Party

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Make-A-Wish Foundation seeks community’s help

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida is seeking help from individuals, business owners, organizations and community leaders of Lee, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties to fulfill the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Although the plea comes on the heels of one of the worst economic times, we find people still want to give. We are asking the community to become involved right away to grant children’s wishes in a timely fashion. Once you decide to help, whether it is as a volunteer, becoming a wish sponsor or working on an event, you begin to experience the inner happiness that granting a wish can bring,” said Norman Wedderburn, president and CEO of the Southern Florida chapter.

Wedderburn hopes that people will be inspired to play a role in making wishes come true. Some examples include: 14-year-old Asia, who has a seizure disorder, wants to go to Discovery Cove to swim with the dolphins, 12-year-old Jashyria, who is afflicted with sickle cell anemia, simply wants seven days visiting Walt Disney World; 15-year-old Jordan who wants to work with National Geographic as a photographer while battling a brain tumor; and 13-year-old Tiffany, who has epilepsy, wants to meet the Jonas Brothers — these are just a few on the list.

The foundation grants wishes to children 2½ to 18 years old with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Information: (239) 992-9474 or

- Contributed by E. Sue Huff & Associates, Inc.

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Wealth Management workers will help needy

Employees from the Naples and Bonita Springs offices of M&I Wealth Management will assist in sorting food, toys, and senior items from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, at the Salvation Army to prepare for families in need within the community, as part of M&I Community Day¸ a nationwide mobilization of M&I employees to benefit the communities in which they work.

“Identifying needs in the community – and working together to meet them – is a focus for M&I employees year-round,” said Mark Furlong, president and CEO of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation. “Reflecting this commitment, M&I Community Day provides a unique opportunity for thousands of M&I employees to be part of a corporate-wide effort to support the communities we serve.”

M&I Community Day was launched in 2001, and since its inception, thousands of people have benefited from the efforts of M&I employees corporate wide. In 2008, nearly 4,000 employees from over 300 M&I locations coordinated M&I Community Day projects in nine states. Individual M&I locations choose the organizations their project(s) will benefit based on the needs of their local communities.

M&I Bank is an affiliate of Marshall & Ilsley Corp. (NYSE: MI), a diversified financial services corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, with $58.5 billion in assets. Founded in 1847, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank is the largest Wisconsin-based bank, with 193 offices throughout the state. In addition, M&I has 53 locations throughout Arizona; 32 offices in Indianapolis and nearby communities; 36 offices along Florida’s west coast and in central Florida; 16 offices in Kansas City and nearby communities; 26 offices in metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul, and one in Duluth, Minn.; and one office in Las Vegas, Nev. M&I’s Southwest Bank subsidiary has 17 offices in the greater St. Louis area. M&I also provides trust and investment management, equipment leasing, mortgage banking, asset-based lending, financial planning, investments, and insurance services from offices throughout the country and on the Internet ( or M&I’s customer-based approach, internal growth, and strategic acquisitions have made M&I a nationally recognized leader in the financial services industry.

- Contributed by Sara M. Schmitz, Marshall & Ilsley Corp.

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Builders group, council to host show

The Collier Building Industry Association and the Sales and Marketing Council host the 21st Annual Ross W. McIntosh Show. This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Quail West Country Club. The “Ross Show” marks the 21st Annual Southwest Florida Residential Development Snapshot, A Naples-Centric Perspective.

Ross W. McIntosh has been the “Leading Land Guy in Southwest Florida” for more than 20 years. The facts and figures he compiles for the presentation are astonishing. There is no other market overview that is as comprehensive as Ross.’

Ross’ theme this year is “Whodathunkit?” He will present on where we have been, where we are and where we are going. Find out who, where and why of the deals that are being made.

Information: (239) 436-6100.

- Contributed by Carrie Horner, Collier Building Industry Association

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