Digital retail trends to look for in 2023

From the panic of the pandemic to the roller coaster of recovery, disruptions have hit retailers in significant ways. New consumer buying patterns that began before COVID-19, such as a shift toward buying online, have intensified. Customer expectations have been impacted, too, as many shoppers look for personalized treatment and instant communication. With supply chains in flux, in-store shelves are […]


Bank, SBDC partner to host biz event Gulf Coast Business Bank and Florida’s SBDC at FGCU are co-hosting an event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at 12205 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, to help you take your business from where you are to where you want to be. You will learn business continuation, capital access, and data and business intelligence. […]

Success 101

Get ahead by starting your own business while still in college.

The primary goal for many college students is to pursue a major that leads to a career related to their field of study. But it often doesn’t work out that way. Job prospects in certain fields may not be promising after graduation. Some graduates end up taking positions unrelated to their major, and while that can ultimately be a positive, […]

Hodges University announces grand opening of Dental Hygiene Clinic

Hodges University is answering a workforce and community need with the opening of its Dental Hygiene Clinic. The grand opening is open to the public and will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 30. The clinic is located within Building U on the Hodges University campus, 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. “This dental hygiene clinic offers the community the chance […]

Neurodivirsity in the Workplace


When people think about diversity, equity and inclusion, their attention focuses naturally on race, gender and other traits easily visible to anyone who wanders through the workplace. But the world of DEI encompasses much more than that. One area overlooked is neurodiversity, which recognizes that not everyone’s brain works the same way and that a person who struggles under some […]


Seminars on successful retirement presented in February Hodges Connect Professional Education and Training is joining with Investment Concepts to present a series of three seminars about the many aspects of planning for a successful retirement. The seminars will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9, 16 and 23 at Hodges University, Building H, 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Attendees will […]


Gala held to fight human trafficking Restoring Oaks Inc. cordially invites the general public to its inaugural gala. Join in for a night of encouragement and empowerment at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. The keynote speaker is Dr. Letitia Browne-James, LMHC, BCC, BC-TMH, who will address how families can […]

Leaving Your Fortune

The benefits of passing on your wealth now

The number is staggering to comprehend: $60 trillion. For the record, that’s $60,000,000,000,000 — a 6 with 13 zeroes. That’s how much money is expected to be passed down to various generations over the next 25 years in what is simply being called the Great Wealth Transfer. Members of the Silent Generation (born between 1925 and 1945) and Baby Boomers […]


Military museum hosts day for Iraq, Afghanistan vets The Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, will host a free admission day for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn on Tuesday, Jan. 17. At 11 a.m. a.m. and 1 p.m., Lt. Col. Derek W. Knuffke, U.S. Army […]

For 2023, I resolve to …


Leading into this new year, many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions with either hope, determination or dread. Of course there’s the typical “I’m going to lose weight, drink less, get more sleep,” but the beauty of welcoming a new year is the perfect time to take a new approach to your resolutions. Some of the aforementioned resolutions are […]

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