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Chamber Seminar & Snacks looks to gain footing

October 10, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has numerous events each month that serve as a way for business owners to meet each other and perhaps help each other out through the services they provide.

These events are usually well attended. However, the most recent one, Seminar & Snacks, is still looking to find its nitch.

The meetings are held bi-monthly at the Chamber office at the Shell Factory with mixed attendance numbers.

Lenny Cannova, chamber president, said the idea was to reach out to members and the local community to discuss local topics the luncheons can't accommodate.

"I wanted to touch on things closer to North Fort Myers and that are useful to everybody," Cannova said. "We touch on taxes during tax season, cybersecurity, local groups, things like that."

The Chamber already holds a networking breakfast at Perkins the first Wednesday of the month, an after-hours networking the second Thursday, and the business leaders luncheon the third Wednesday, with the latter two events held at different venues.

The Sept. 25 meeting featured Doug Dailey, president of the North Fort Myers Civic Association, with as many civic association members in attendance as chamber members.

Cannova said the Chamber needs to advertise Seminar & Snacks better.

It is using Facebook and e-mails to get the word out, but the Thursday 11 a.m. start makes it difficult for some to make it.

The final event will be in November on a date to be announced, which Cannova would like to be a CPR class as there have been many requests for one.

"This is something brand new and we're doing it every other month for now. When we learn a little more about it, we would like to do it once a month," Cannova said. "Once I get the date nailed down for the CPR class, we'll be ready to advertise it."



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