Workshop: Why is social media important for your business?

Score Naples



Contact: Pam Russell

Telephone: 239-430-0081

Date, Time and Location 

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET

Naples Accelerator

3510 Kraft Road, #200

Naples, FL 34105


$30 when registering online


“Why is social media important for your business?”

Have people been telling you to use social media for your business? Are you confused about where to begin or what exactly you should talk about on social media? Maybe you are concerned about mixing your personal social media pages with your business?

This SCORE workshop will help you understand which social media platforms to use for your business, why you should use them and tips for getting the best results from the time you invest in social media marketing for your business.

This workshop will:

  • Compare top social media platforms so you understand the target demographic of each
  • Explain how and why some social media platforms are better than others for certain niches
  • Address concerns about keeping business pages separate from personal ones, especially on Facebook
  • Provide a list of creative content ideas for you
  • Discuss the power of hashtags 

At the end of this workshop you will understand:

  • Which social media platforms to use for your business and which to ignore
  • The most important things to include when setting up your business profiles
  • The best types of content to post and share on social media for your business
  • When and how to use hashtags


Joanna Batten

Joanna Batten is a Social Media Specialist at WBN Marketing, a local digital marketing company. Joanna has a B.A. from the University of South Florida and more than 10 years of experience working with digital marketing agencies. She has been a public speaker at major social media conferences focusing on how to utilize social media platforms to create brand awareness.


For registration and to make payment: go to, or call 239 430 0081.

GATES Construction Starts Expansion at Golisano Children’s Museum

NAPLES, Fla.  (May 9, 2019) – GATES Construction has started the Inventioneer’s Lab expansion at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Located at 15080 Livingston Road in Naples, the addition will include a 2-story glass wall, designed so visitors may view activities in the learning area and new mezzanine loft.  A new display wall will highlight recent projects completed by children. The renovation of the existing classrooms will make way for a collaborative work space for creating, learning and problem solving. This new exhibit will provide hands on learning, build critical thinking skills and foster the imagination of children of all ages. The Maker Space is slated to be completed in fall 2019. The design services are provided by Hlevel.

Celebrating 26 years, GATES provides construction management, general contracting and design-build services.  Their diverse portfolio of commercial, healthcare, multi-family, club and hospitality, institutional and special projects showcases numerous landmarks successfully constructed over the past quarter of a century.  As Florida’s premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, and operates throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at

Study shows children in Southwest Florida are more likely to face hunger than children nationwide

Child food insecurity rates in the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Southwest Florida service area are higher than overall child food insecurity rates across the country, according to the Map the Meal Gap 2019 report released today by Feeding America. In Southwest Florida, 20.4 percent of children are food insecure vs. 17 percent of children nationwide.

That means of the 227,645 children in Southwest Florida, 46,470 are food insecure. The rate of child food insecurity for the state of Florida is also 20.4 percent.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. The study shows that food insecurity exists in the overall population of every county, with 151,610 people, or 11.8 percent of a total 1.28 million population, suffering from food insecurity.

Map the Meal Gap looks at food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level. People who are food insecure may not know where their next meal is coming from. The USDA defines food insecurity as limited or uncertain access to enough food for all members of a household to live an active, healthy life

 “There isn’t a single state or county in America free from child hunger, and it is within our collective power to change that and ensure that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, chief executive officer of Feeding America. “The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks is investing in our nation’s future by helping to provide over 146 million meals to children every year. Still, Map the Meal Gap highlights that more must be done. Together food banks, corporations, policymakers, donors, volunteers and advocates can solve hunger.”

“I encourage everyone to visit the website, to find out what hunger looks like in their community and get involved to be part of the solution,” Babineaux-Fontenot continued. “One way is to tell Congress to invest in kids during Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation and increase access to food for kids during the summer. Your voice matters and we can make a difference.”

Overall food insecurity in the individual counties in the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s service area ranges from a low of 10.1 percent in Collier county up to 14 percent in Glades County. The rate for child food insecurity ranges from 19.4 percent in Collier County to 23.3 percent in Hendry County. Yet, the trend over the last three years shows that food insecurity in the Southwest Florida are is inching ever so slowly downward. That trend is mirrored nationwide.

For example, in the 2017 Map the Meal Gap study, overall food insecurity in Southwest Florida was 13.1 percent vs. 11.8 percent today, and child food insecurity was 22.6 percent vs. 20.4 percent today.

“It is the mission of the Harry Chapin Food Bank to lead our community in the fight to end hunger,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO.  “We’re pleased to see continuing slight improvement in food insecurity in Southwest Florida, but recognize the need to keep working hard to feed our neighbors. No one needs to go hungry in our community. The Map the Meal Gap study underlines the urgency of this issue.”

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2017-18, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 24 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $41.5 million, is the equivalent of 20 million meals for people in need. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is also a United Way partner agency.  For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Florida Lions Eyes Clinic Hires Char Lupke as Clinic Office Manager

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (May 3, 2019) – The Florida Lions Eye Clinic welcomes Char Lupke back as Clinic Office Manager. Lupke is in charge of managing the clinic operation and office staff.

Prior to resuming her position, Lupke was employed by the Florida Lions Eye Clinic for five years before leaving in 2017. During her time away from the Clinic, Lupke volunteered for the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Lighthouse of Collier County.

“I became involved with the clinic through the Delta Gamma Group as a volunteer” said Char Lupke. “Service for Sight is the national philanthropy for the Delta Gamma Group and I continued my efforts with Florida Lions Eye Clinic beyond my volunteer work.”

Currently, Lupke is also on the Board of Directors for the Greater Naples Delta Gamma Alumnae and the Lighthouse of Collier County.

To learn more about the Florida Lions Eye Clinic, visit its website at of follow the clinic on Facebook.

About Florida Lions Eye Clinic

Florida Lions Eye Clinic, a 501 (c)(3) organization located at 10322 Pennsylvania Ave, Bonita Springs, has provided free eye care to patients since 2008. The Clinic provides services to children and families in need in the state of Florida. The Clinic offers comprehensive eye exams, visual acuity, diabetic exams, visual exams and more.

BSU to conduct yearly water treatment change during May

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (May 2, 2019) – Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. will conduct its yearly change to the water treatment process during May as a preventative-maintenance measure. Members may notice a temporary and harmless difference in the smell or taste of their tap water.

“BSU performs this yearly water treatment change to help prevent bacteria from developing resistance during the usual disinfectant treatment process,” said Andy Koebel, BSU director of operations. “Although there is a temporary change to the taste and smell of the water, it is still safe to drink and use for general household purposes.”

Water used for kidney dialysis and aquariums should go through additional filtering during this water treatment change. BSU recommends those using at-home kidney dialysis machines contact their equipment suppliers, so proper filtering equipment can be installed. Tropical fish and aquatic animal owners should check with tropical fish stores to learn how to pretreat tap water before adding to tanks.

By temporarily switching to a free chlorine residual, BSU removes the small amount of ammonia that is used during the usual water disinfection process to prevent bacterial resistance. The change ensures that BSU’s water continues to remain clean, safe and drinkable.

To help the treated water reach the entire system as quickly as possible, fire hydrants will be flushed more often than normal throughout the month. Members who have questions about the process can call BSU weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 239-992-0711.

BSU produced more than 3.6 billion gallons of potable water during 2018, using two water-production processes. The utility blends water produced through the traditional lime-softening process with water from its reverse-osmosis facility for optimum taste and quality.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association. For more information, visit



Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758,

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to participate at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach Open House

Who: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
What: National Safe Boating Week Open House
When: Saturday May 18th, from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Where: 719 San Carlos Dr. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

(Naples, Florida) – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 96 at Wiggins Pass in Naples, will be participating in the U.S. Coast Guard Station National Safe Boating Week kick-off Open House event on Saturday May 18th, from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18-24, 2019 to promote and highlight the importance of practicing safe boating. “The Safe Boating Campaign reminds boaters of important safety practices such as taking a boating safety course, never boating under the influence, and knowing navigational rules,” said Yvonne Pentz, the Communications Director of the National Safe Boating Council. “Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard tell the story that responsible boating can save lives.”

The Open House provides boaters with diverse tips and valuable information. Guests will tour several Coast Guard boats during the event. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to answer recreational boating safety questions. Participants will learn more about safe boating education, having the proper equipment on their vessel, marine safety and environmental protection concerns.

Flotilla Commander James Mayer stated, “Throughout the day, there will be the instructional seminar “Suddenly in Command” to learn what to do in the event of a boating emergency and demonstrations of paddle boat safety. We are pleased to participate in this annual event.”  As an added attraction, ‘Coastie’, a remote-controlled low endurance class cutter, will make an appearance. Free hot dogs and water will be served.

Scheduled to attend:
Lee County EMS
Safe Kids Southwest Florida
Lee County Sheriff Marine Unit
U.S. Coast Guard & Auxiliary Recruiters
Florida Dept Environmental Protection
Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Truck
Golisano Neonatal & Pediatric Hospital Ambulance
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency protecting America’s seaward frontier in recreational boating safety. Our vessels and aircraft deploy across the U.S. and they aid or save countless boaters every year.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit


For further information about this event and other local Flotilla #96 programs offered, contact:

R. George Lehner

FSO – Public Affairs/Flotilla 96

USCGAUX – District 07 Division 09

13531 Vanderbilt Dr.

Naples, FL  34110

(614) 395-5005 – mobile

GATES Construction Breaks Ground at Audubon Country Club

NAPLES, Fla., (May 7, 2019) – Leading clubhouse builder GATES Construction, has started new construction at Audubon Country Club, which is professionally managed by Troon and one of Southwest Florida’s finest private golf and fitness communities, located in Naples. The project will include demolition of an existing tennis building, and subsequent construction of a new two story lifestyle center. This new facility will feature weight and cardio areas, multiple massage treatment rooms, outdoor balcony fitness area, and men’s and ladies locker rooms. On the lower level a new bar with casual indoor and outdoor seating will all be within viewing distance of the fire pits and open display kitchen. With architectural and interior design services provided by Peacock + Lewis construction is slated for completion by late fall 2019.

Celebrating 26 years, GATES provides construction management, general contracting and design-build services.  Their diverse portfolio of commercial, healthcare, multi-family, club and hospitality, institutional and special projects showcases numerous landmarks successfully constructed over the past quarter of a century.  As Florida’s premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens, and operates throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at