Southwest Florida’s Growing Tech Sector

By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council

This week I’d to shine a light on the blossoming tech sector in Southwest Florida.  Each week I meet another young software, web, or development company looking to figure out how to connect with other local tech entrepreneurs.  These folks are creating local jobs and looking for talented young employees to fill them.

They have a hard time finding each other because we are so spread out geographically. Without one large building or urban corridor for them to congregate they may fly under the radar, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t here. It just means we have to work a little harder to create the ecosystem connections.  We always point them to the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership’s activities and then we get to introducing them to the folks we know and work with.  Time and again, I hear our local entrepreneurial members expressing amazement as they realize that some really cool new application is launching from a tiny office, garage or apartment just down the street from where they do their work.

With the goal of being a collaborator and convener, the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council is launching a series of Tech Meet and Greet events.  With the tremendous support of FineMark National Bank and Trust, our first gathering earlier this year was a terrific success.  A mix of more than 50 senior leaders of the business community and a dynamic collection of folks from the Sunset Coast Technology Consortium gathered and the sparks of discovery flew.  We are planning four more in the coming months, during which we will feature four technology companies and enjoy FineMark’s fine hospitality.

If you’re a tech professional looking to connect with other local entrepreneurs or are interested in learning more about the programs and services the Bonita Springs Estero EDC offers, email me at Director@BonitaSpringsEsteroEDC.com.

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