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Women in Business to explore best ways to jump-start your business at July 7 networking event

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will explore tips for successfully jump-starting a new or current business during its networking event on Wednesday, July 7.

Starting at 5:15 p.m., the program will feature a panel of five guest speakers that will share tips and common misconceptions in their areas of expertise. Panelists include Suzanne Boy, Teri Hansen, David Marcantonio, Lynn Rasnake and John Schlager. The program will be moderated by Elizabeth Goldbach from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Boy is the founding partner, attorney and board-certified specialist in labor and employment law for Boy Agnew Potanovic, PLLC. Passionate about resolving workplace issues, she represents businesses and local government entities of all sizes and frequently helps conduct training sessions, perform wage and hour audits and draft handbook policies.

Hansen is the founder, president and creative director of Priority Marketing, a full-service marketing, public relations, advertising and digital marketing firm. Recognized by PRNEWS among the nation’s 2020 Top Women in PR, Hansen has helped hundreds of businesses and organizations differentiate their brands from competitors and achieve outstanding results, while furthering the missions of many local nonprofits.

Marcantonio is the founder and president of One Source Business. With more than 26 years of experience in commercial and business financing, he founded One Source Business Capital to assist business owners in securing the capital funding they need for success.

Rasnake is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor for Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. She is known for her expertise in business consulting, business taxation, construction business consulting, and medical and dental practice consulting and assists clients with strategic insights to drive success to their businesses.

Schlager is a partner at Inceptus, a company specialized in cybersecurity solutions. With 20 years of experience in large-scale IT enterprises, he has designed and deployed security programs that provide protection against threats to some of the most at-risk organizations in the public and private sectors.

The networking event will be held from 5:15 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7 at Florida Repertory Theatre, located at 2267 First St. in Fort Myers. Parking is available at the Florida Repertory lot on Bay Street.

This month’s Scholarship Sponsor is Busey Bank. The nonprofit spotlight is the Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU, which provides tools, strategies and expertise to help Florida’s business community thrive.

The Women in Business program is $10 for members of the Chamber and $20 for future members. Admission includes one complimentary beverage and light appetizers provided by Seed & Bean Market. Attendees can register in advance at FortMyers.org or call 239-332-2930.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents over 750 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-2930 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

About Women in Business:

Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential. A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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