Marco Business Buzz

News from, and about the Marco Island business community

In-house shindig

Staffers at the Marriott Marco Island Resort are gearing up for the 30th anniversary of the popular hotel and spa.

Plans are to hold an all-associate reunion weekend Sept. 18-20, said publicist Caroline Kerrigan.

Open to all current and past Marriott associates and their families, the weekend includes a sunset reception to toast past general managers, an 18-hole tournament on The Rookery at Marco Island, and a Saturday night beach BBQ with live music.

The beach BBQ will be open to the public for $75 per person or $25 per child.

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Poor response to a questionnaire intended to gauge the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Expo has led to an extension of deadline.

Chamber Marketing Director Vicki Williams exhorts members to complete the questionnaire, noting that just nine members responded to the initial request.

“We are working hard to make your experiences with the Chamber more effective and more beneficial to your business, but we need your cooperation,” Williams wrote in her latest communique to members.

Deadline for response is now Sept. 16.

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Hanging tough

Marco businesses that have achieved success in the face of adversity have shone at recent Blue Chip Community Business Award presentations in the past.

They include Arturo’s Ristorante Italiano (under Arturo Perez and Judy Barney) and the Island Cafe (under Denis and Lisa Meurgue).

Oswald Trippe and Company Inc. is coordinating and sponsoring the program to recognize successful small businesses and share their stories as models for other entrepreneurs.

Now the sponsors, Oswald Trippe and Company are hoping for a strong 2009 entry, including any Marco businesses whose owners meet the criteria.

They are that award winners use stamina, creativity and hard work to meet challenges head on, overcome adversity and vault financial hurdles.

The competition is open to companies that meet the following criteria:

For-profit business; operating under the same ownership for at least three years with principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County; employs five to 400 people; and has overcome adversity to achieve success.

Business owners may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else, and help is available to draft applications.

For information and applications, contact Stacey Mercado at 239-433-7189, or

The winner will be recognized Nov. 5.

Keynote speaker is Todd Huston, who as a teenager survived a boating accident and leg amputation to become the only disabled athlete to hold a world record in an able-bodied sport.

He climbed to the highest elevations in all 50 states in 66 days, and shattered the original record by 35 days.

Marco on the map

Realtors Alan and Linda Sandlin recently returned from the annual Star Power Conference in Denver, Colorado.

There, they joined 170 of the “Stars,” the Nation’s top producing, most forward thinking Realtors, to share their knowledge, systems & experience with over 1300 conference attendees.

The annual conference is a blend of instruction, interaction, networking and sharing, according to a release.

“Networking and sharing the benefits of the Marco Island/Naples lifestyles with this elite gathering of real estate professionals is a major benefit to helping promote our local real estate market,” Alan Sandlin said.

Kudos from Krumm

Marco resident Kira Krümm has posted another achievement.

Her firm, Kira Krümm Interior Design, was recently for the second consecutive year, named a “Design Visionary” by Florida International in the 2009 Annual August Home and Design issue.

In the publication, the magazine showcases the styles and expertise of 80 distinguished designers personally selected by Florida International throughout the state of Florida.

Communities’ future

The future of master planned communities in Southwest Florida will be discussed Sept. 24, at the Village Walk community clubhouse in Bonita Springs.

Guest speakers will examine the fundamental changes that are occurring in master planned communities throughout Southwest Florida as a result of the severe economic downturn.

They will also discuss how communities can best position themselves for the future by offering the lifestyle amenities and pricing that are most important to buyers.

The “greening” initiative and other important topics also will be discussed.

Cost is $15 for Urban Land Institute members, $20 for non-members, $10 for young leaders, $10 for government members, and $10 for students. For more information or to register, call 1-800-321-5011 and mention code 8118-1001.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonpartisan research and educational institute directed by its members and supported by dues. ULI neither lobbies nor acts as an advocate for any single profession or industry.

The presentation follows an 8 a.m. breakfast.

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playballonK writes:

"Chamber Marketing Director Vicki Williams exhorts members to complete the questionnaire, noting that just nine members responded to the initial request"

Miss Williams perhaps your chamber has an image problem with the citizens of Marco. Maybe you should do more to win back those that Elliot and Lazarus angered, or do you embrace the policy of the Chamber to enter into political battles against its citizens?

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