Lee County/Horizon Council now accepting applications for the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards honoring local businesses

HC 25 Anniversary logoTo salute excellence in Lee County’s business community, the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council are seeking submissions for the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards. The honorees will be recognized during the Industry Appreciation luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero. Networking begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Horizon Council will honor businesses in four categories:

  • the LocalLee Grown Business Award will be awarded to a company that was founded in Lee County and is distinguished by its operational excellence and commitment to the vibrance of Southwest Florida’s business climate;
  • the Business Citizenship Award honors a company whose financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs have helped create a better quality of life in Lee County;
  • the Emerging Business Leader Award will be awarded to a relative newcomer to Lee County that is experiencing marked growth while introducing inventive products, services or business practices;
  • the Bruce T. Gora Legacy Award has been added to honor the 25th anniversary of the Industry Appreciation Awards. It recognizes an individual who during the last 25 years has established a history of distinguished service and contributions to the betterment and growth of Lee County’s business community.

Applications for the 2016 Industry Appreciation Awards are now being accepted online at LeeCountyBusiness.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 27.

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has over 70members representing six cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members.  TheLee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses to the area, and improve the overall business environment in Lee County. For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-338-3161.

Tickets available for Annual Horizon Council Annual Meeting on Jan. 29

Diana Kander

The Lee County Economic Development Office, the Horizon Council and Horizon Foundation will host the 2016 Annual Meeting on Friday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. To register online, visit www.horizoneventsite.com.

Now in its 25th year, the Horizon Council invites local business and community professionals to celebrate 25 years of progress, look forward to 2016 and hear from New York Times Best-Selling Author Diana Kander, this year’s keynote speaker.

Kander is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A Georgetown-educated attorney who left a successful practice to launch her first company, Kander draws on her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to design and implement curriculum in educational institutions and the private sector.

Businesses interested in Horizon Foundation “PaceSetter” Investor/Sponsor opportunities and recognition at the Annual Meeting, please contact B. Pat O’Rourke at bporourke@leegov.com.

The Lee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high skilled jobs; retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses; and improve the overall business environment in Lee County.  They offer a wide array of services for local, domestic and international businesses. For information on the Lee County Economic Development Office, visit LeeCountyBusiness.com.

The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders. The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office. For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-338-3161.

Horizon Council accepting nominations for the 2014 Industry Appreciation Awards

To salute excellence in Southwest Florida’s business community, the Horizon Council is seeking nominations for the annual Industry Appreciation Awards. These awards honor Lee County businesses in the categories of General Business, Manufacturing, Technology and Tourism.

Businesses are invited to nominate their own company or another for-profit company in Lee County by May 30, 2014. More information on eligibility and the application process is available at www.HorizonEventSite.com. The Horizon Council will provide eligible nominees with awards applications, which must be completed and returned to the Horizon Council for consideration no later than June 27, 2014.

The award winners will be recognized during the Industry Appreciation Week awards ceremony, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19 at the Harborside Event Center in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The event, which last year drew together more than 1,000 local business and community leaders, acknowledges excellence in Southwest Florida’s business community. Presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners, the Horizon Foundation, Inc. and Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Industry Appreciation Week is a statewide event designed to create public awareness about how industry boosts the state’s economy.

“The Horizon Council Industry Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the business community of Lee County and to recognize outstanding local companies that have positively impacted Southwest Florida,” said Horizon Council Chair Denny Hamilton.  “Our awards have spotlighted many amazing Lee County businesses over the years, and we look forward to sharing more success stories with this year’s event.”

Last year’s award recipients were 21st Century Oncology (General Business – Large Company), Ted Todd Insurance (General Business – Small Company), Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum (Tourism), Palm Printing/Printers Ink (Manufacturing). Additionally, special awards were presented to Chico’s (Business Expansion Award) and Entertainment Metals (Newcomer Award.) These special awards are presented by the Horizon Council at its own discretion.

The Horizon Council  is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has up to 80 members representing five cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members.  The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office. For more information, visit http://www.fortmyersregionalpartnership.com/AboutUs/HorizonCouncil or call 239-338-3161.

 

 

 

Horizon Council recognized Business Excellence at 2013 Industry Appreciation Awards

Posted September 24th, 2013 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

View More: http://photographybyjerrilynn.pass.us/industry-appreciation-2013 This year’s Industry Appreciation Week awards ceremony, held on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Harborside Event Center in the downtown Fort Myers River District, brought out more than 1,000 local business and community leaders to acknowledge excellence in Southwest Florida’s business community. Presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners and Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Industry Appreciation Week is a statewide event designed to create public awareness about how industry boosts the state’s economy.

“Lee County continues to foster the ideal environment for business expansion, competitiveness and prosperity,” said Horizon Council Chair Bob Koenig. “Our industry award honorees recognized today offer great testimony to Lee County’s dedication to helping businesses relocate, grow and succeed. As we continue working in collaboration with our private and public sector partners, we can confidently say that there are many more success stories to come for Lee County.”

This year’s award recipients are:
21st Century Oncology – General Business – Large Company
Founded more than 30 years ago, 21st Century Oncology has been committed to providing state-of-the-art, academic quality radiation therapy and other cancer treatments in a patient-centric setting focused on innovation. 21st Century Oncology is affiliated with over 500 physicians, working together to deliver the most advanced integrated cancer care.

Ted Todd Insurance – General Business – Small Company
In 27 years, Ted Todd Insurance has become one of the largest Allstate insurance agencies in the U.S., with 55 professionals across Florida and more than 30,000 customers. They have even earned an above perfect score of 10.5 on one provider’s internal metric for agency success. Ted Todd continually strives to seek the best for its community and prides itself on always aiming for the highest quality in everything they do.

Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum – Tourism
The Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum is a 148-room hotel offering 2,100-square-feet of meeting space, as well as a full-liquor bar and 24-hour restaurant. The Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Form has earned national recognition in the tourism and hospitality industry. The hotel’s parent company has honored the company for sales and service excellence for two years in a row, as well as for outstanding guest satisfaction for the past three years. Trip Advisor has also awarded the hotel with its 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

Palm Printing/Printers Ink – Manufacturing
Established in 1986, Palm Printing/Printers Ink has invested in state-of-the-art technologies that help ensure the highest quality products and services are produced in a timely, efficient manner to meet or exceed their client’s expectations. Palm Printing/Printers Ink gives back to the Southwest Florida community by donating services to local non-profit organizations including the Southwest Florida Wine Festival to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital, Dunbar Little League, Center for the Arts of Bonita, Goodwill Industries, March of Dimes and the Police Athletic League.

Chico’s – Business Expansion Award
Founded in 1983 as a small boutique selling Mexican folk art and cotton sweaters on Sanibel Island, Chico’s has grown to become a leading specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. Chico’s employs approximately 1,250 at its national support center, and continues to add additional headcount to support its growth. In addition, the company has invested more than $200 million at its headquarters location over the past few years to support growth. This year marks Chico’s 30th anniversary.

Entertainment Metals – Newcomer Award
New to Southwest Florida, Entertainment Metals brings 20 years of custom-manufacturing expertise, operating a high-tech production facility that is flexible and quickly adaptable to meet specific customer needs. Every year since 2009, the company has doubled in sales volume and quickly outgrew their original facility in Gainesville, Florida. Over the next few years, the company will create 10 or more new jobs with an average salary representing 132 percent of the Lee County average wage, and a total project economic impact for Lee County of an estimated at $1,069,448.

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has up to 80 members representing five cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members. For more information, visit http://www.fortmyersregionalpartnership.com/AboutUs/HorizonCouncil or call 800.493.4396.
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Horizon Council to honor Lee County businesses at 2013 Industry Appreciation Week Awards

Posted August 23rd, 2013 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

Reservations and sponsorships are available for the 22nd Annual Industry Appreciation Week awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers River District. More than 1,000 local business and community leaders are expected to attend the awards luncheon which begins with a networking hour at 10:30 a.m., followed by the lunch and program. The awards ceremony honors businesses and industries that help to improve the business environment in Lee County. Local companies will be honored in several categories and include the Lee County newcomer award, the business expansion award, small business, large business, manufacturing and tourism.

Presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners and Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Industry Appreciation Week is a statewide event designed to create public awareness about how industry boosts the state’s economy.

Individual reservations are $50 per person. Reserved tables start at $2,500, and sponsorships begin at $500. For reservation or more information on sponsorship opportunities, call B. Pat O’Rourke at 239-338-3161 or bporourke@leegov.com.

Horizon Council celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Industry Appreciation Week in Lee County

Local dignitaries and business leaders celebrated the 20th anniversary of Industry Appreciation Week on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers River District. Presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners and Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Industry Appreciation Week is a statewide event designed to create public awareness about how industry boosts the state’s economy. Lee County celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its annual event to recognize the achievements and contributions of the local business community. Motivational speaker Scott Burrows was this year’s keynote speaker. Scott shared his story of becoming a quadriplegic as a result of an automobile crash. His exceptional story is filled with lessons that pertain to life and business.