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February 3, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Craters & Freighters of SW Florida celebrate 10th anniversary

On Jan. 29, Gary & Evelyn McKinley celebrate the 10th anniversary of the purchase of Craters & Freighters of SW Florida in Cape Coral.

Craters & Freighters provides expert packaging, crating and shipping services from its network of locations nationwide. Unique to the transportation industry, the company engineers and builds customized shipping containers and wood crates to ensure all shipments arrive safe, damage-free and on-time serving both commercial and household needs.

McKinley has received several awards over the years for the level of performance and participation in the Colorado based company. One of the top awards was for the business owner with the most dramatic marketing plan, business ethics and growth of Craters & Freighters.

Craters & Freighters office is located at 1136 N.E. Pine Island Road, Suite #71, with the crating center occupying one 6,500-square-foot building and two additional storage facilities. The phone number is 239-772-3100. For more information about Craters & Freighters, visit

Dr. Seuss day at Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida

Children will have the opportunity to wear silly hats, decorate bulletin boards and take home a free book when Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida honors Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2 at its Cape Coral pediatrics office.

Dr. Seuss, who is most famous for his many children's books, would have been 113 years old this year. Dr. Seuss' birthday also is known as "Read Across America Day," a nationwide reading celebration observed by thousands of schools, libraries and community centers.

Pediatric patients at the Cape Coral pediatrics office at 1261 Viscaya Parkway also will enjoy face painting and children's games on March 2 and receive a silly Dr. Seuss hat.

During February and March, Physicians' Primary Care will be collecting new and previously loved books to be given to pediatric patients. Children's books may be donated at any Physicians' Primary Care office in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres.

Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida, a physician-owned and operated medical practice, was formed in 1996 by many long practicing local physicians. Medical specialties include internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit

Pelusi joins MNMW team

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., has welcomed Taylor Pelusi as a tax accountant for the firm. In this role, she will work with clients to prepare individual and business tax returns and provide supportive accounting services.

Pelusi received a bachelor of science in accounting with a minor in economics degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2016. She has worked with the city of Fort Myers and Publix Supermarkets before accepting a position with MNMW.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in both Fort Myers and Naples. The firm offers a wide range of services including business consulting, human resources consulting, technology consulting and support, tax planning and preparation, litigation support, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services.

For more information, call (239) 433-5554 or visit

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation provides $25,000 to Lee schools

The School District of Lee County has announced a $25,000 contribution by Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. Nineteen local schools are using the funds to develop projects related to literacy, STEM and the overall well-being of children. Teacher-developed projects include robotic coding at Caloosa Elementary, responsible gardening at Lehigh Acres Middle and literacy learning sets at Colonial Elementary.

Through its Rewards Debit Card and VISA Credit Card program, the credit union automatically donates two cents to the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation every time members use the cards so there is no cost to members.

"Providing challenging and enriching learning experiences for our students helps fulfill our mission of promoting the education, health and emotional well-being of children in the communities we serve," said Cindy Helton, executive director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. "These mini-grants fill in the blanks where public funding falls short. Our members make this happen and because we make decisions locally and for the benefit of our members and communities, the funds are kept here in Lee County."

Leadership NEXT program Tuesday

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida through the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m., at The Place on First preview studio at 2275 Main St. in Fort Myers. The program will showcase the future luxury urban living property and provide guests the opportunity to view its stunning renderings, floor plans and the latest innovations in technology, including an interactive 3D display and virtual and augmented realities.

David Fry, owner of Dwell Florida and the Managing Partner of Vantage Construction Services, will speak about the design and development of The Place on First, a nine-story, 94,000-square-foot mixed-use project in downtown Fort Myers.

With refreshments also provided by The Place on First, the Feb. 7 program is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for future members. All guests are encouraged to register in advance at

Leadership NEXT is a networking group for advancing professionals in Southwest Florida. Programs take place from 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, with exception to February. You can follow "Leadership NEXT" on Facebook.

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. represents over 900 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County. To learn more, visit

2017 Dunkin Donuts South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program under way

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the launch of its v. Dunkin' Donuts is awarding a total of $15,000 in college scholarships to high school students in South/Southwest Florida.

Applications are available at and will be accepted until April 30.

Dunkin' Donuts will award $1,000 scholarships to 15 eligible students across Palm Beach Treasure Coast, Greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Greater Ft. Myers-Naples areas. Students are selected based on their positive academic record, contributions to both their schools and communities, and financial need.

Applicants to the Dunkin' Donuts Scholarship Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

* Applicants must be high school seniors currently attending school in one of the following counties in South/Southwest Florida: Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Glades, Lee, Charlotte and DeSoto.

* Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.

* Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

The Dunkin' Donuts scholarship program is managed by Scholarship America -- the nation's largest manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

For more about the 2017 Dunkin' Donuts South/South-west Florida Scholarship Program and to apply, please visit

LeeTran goes live with Google Maps trip planner

LeeTran passengers can now find route and schedule information on Google Maps and use Google's Trip Planner on LeeTran's website,

Passengers provide the trip origin, destination and approximate time of travel and Google Maps does the rest. The LeeTran Trip Planner will provide transit options for trips anywhere in the Lee County area, as well as linking to the Collier County Area Transit (CAT) system.

Simply enter the necessary information in the Trip Planner by either street address, cross streets or major landmarks, along with the trip date and desired arrival or departure times. This can be done for same day service or many weeks in advance. The Trip Planner will display the route options from which to choose. Each option will include directions to and from the nearest bus stop; applicable route numbers, including any transfer information; total estimated travel times for each trip option; and the total cost of the trip.

For more about LeeTran, visit the agency's website at

Lee County Transit, LeeTran, is the public transit provider for Lee County, providing more than 3 million rides per year. LeeTran operates 24 bus routes, a paratransit service for people with disabilities, called Passport, and an employer vanpool program.

To learn more about the services offered by LeeTran, or for schedule and fare information, call 239-LEE-TRAN, or visit

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to induct Hansen, Stilwell into Business Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Teri Hansen, APR, owner and president of Priority Marketing, and Sandy Stilwell, CEO and owner of Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group, into the 2017 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, during a dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday, May 2, with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Hansen and Stilwell will join a group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999. To learn more about the upcoming event, or for information on sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, visit

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 150 classroom business volunteers during the 2015-2016 school year to provide more than 8,700 students with Junior Achievement programs in more than 360 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit, call 239-225-2590 or email



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