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Chamber Chatter

April 13, 2020 Edition

Dear Members,

Here is a link to a letter that the U.S. Chamber sent last week to all members of Congress urging them to increase funding for both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. 
As you are all well aware, each program is designed specifically to assist small businesses.  However, due to extremely high demand, each is at risk of quickly running out of funding, and it is imperative that Congress add additional funding as soon as possible.
While this letter has already been sent to Capitol Hill, we encourage you to also share it with your local contacts and to reach out to your members of Congress asking for their support.

Thank you.

Take The Pledge

Lee County has exciting news: We have launched a social media campaign called I Took the Pledge!  The campaign is designed to engage our citizens and stakeholders in a positive Call to Action and gather the community to positively reinforce the “stay at home” message.   We encourage people to take a unifying pledge to participate in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Take the Pledge here.
Billy Veach needs your ideas, photos, videos, etc. for the FMB Corona Virus Quarantine Song! The link to the draft version is above, to give you an idea of what he is putting together.

Please send your videos, photos etc to

He is looking for more video content: hand washing, singing, doing quarantine stuff - dance moves, social distancing photos, family time, cooking, masks, bike riding etc.

New Business Resources Page

We have added a COVID-19 page with resources for businesses to our website. Check it out and let us know of anything you think should be added to it. It has recently been updated with resources from the Better Business Bureau.

Food Resources Info On Our Website


Do you need some help getting enough to eat? We've got a page on our website listing free meals and food pantries!

And for a list of other helping organizations and their services click here.

Coronavirus Information Page

Visit our website for updated information.

Get AT&T TV From USA Wireless

During this stay at home period, AT&T TV can have TV in your home within 48 hours
No install needed, NO dish, streaming TV
$49.00 monthly
500 hour DVR, voice control, HD, 4k quality 
call 239 215 2298 x011

1/2 Priced Pizza Mondays at Matanzas On The Bay


Mondays may not be your favorite day, but we think this deal could change your mind. Dave's Dockside Pizzas are HALF-OFF on Mondays at Matanzas on the Bay.

Get your fresh made pizza or take & bake a Pepperoni, Cheese or Dave's Docksider frozen pizza and enjoy it any (and every) day!

Place your order in-person or call ahead (239) 463-3838.

View our Pizza menu here


Join Freedom Boat Club NOW and receive $2,000 off the 1X Entry Fee, 3 MONTHS of FREE BOATING, Fixed Monthly Fee for Life, plus only 50% of the entry fee due now, 50% of the entry fee due on Oct. 1, 2020. Learn more.

These FMB Chamber Events Have Been Canceled

  • April Business After Hours at Marina Village scheduled for April 16: CANCELED
  • Business Referral Group Social scheduled for April 21:CANCELED
  • Mini-Masters Scheduled for April 23:CANCELED and may be rescheduled
  • May Coffee Connection at Mariner's Lodge scheduled for May 7: CANCELED
  • May Luncheon at Shell Point scheduled for May 14: CANCELED
  • Taste of the Beach Scheduled for May 3: POSTPONED new date TBD
  • Swing Into Summer Golf Tournament Scheduled for June 5: POSTPONED new date TBD

Small Business Development Center Webinars

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Live Q&A with 5/3 Bank

April 16, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Small business owners want to know how to make the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) work for their businesses, but there's a lot of unanswered questions and growing confusion.

Mark Ryczek, Business Banking Group, Market Manager from 5/3 bank is doing a Live Q&A to help separate fact from fiction (from a lender's perspective).

Join in live to get your questions answered! 

You can also watch recordings of recent webinars:

CARES Act & Government Contracting
NonProfit (NPO) Webinar

Free Webinars From The Florida Festivals & Events Association

  • Building a Brand Worth Millions, presented by Cassie Dispenza with Saffire – April 16th @ 11:30am - REGISTER
  • Remote Workplace Best Practices hosted by the South Lake Chamber of Commerce– April 17th @ 8am - REGISTER


The Chamber, along with The Town of FMB is hosting a live ZOOM meeting regarding the CORONAVIRUS SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF with Town of Fort Myers Beach Mayor, Ray Murphy; Lee county Commissioner, Ray Sandelli; and  Lee County Economic Development Director, John Talmage. Date and time is April 17th at 2P.M. Learn more here.
See more about the face shields on FOX4 news!

3-D Printing and Respiratory Masks Needed

Dana Brunette from Lee County EDO has asked us to contact our membership to ask if anyone can help with these needs: respiratory helmets and 3-D Printing capabilities.
If you have the helmets or the 3-D printing, you should connect with Dana at

San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Installs New Officers

Congratulations to the newly installed officers of the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron!

Sam Bonilla-Commander
Cliff Schmidt-Executive Officer
Melissa Butler-Educational Officer
Gene Burson- Administrative Officer
Peggy Reiss-Secretary
Andrea Battaglia-Treasurer
Kathryn Considine-Assistant Treasurer
Gordon Bloom-Assistant Educational Officer

Learn more about the Power Squadron here.

Career Training Programs from Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University, in partnership with ed2go, offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.

Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed. Learn more.

From The Lee VCB

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COVID-19 Update #13
Recap: 4/10/20 COVID-19 Industry Partner Call

Get Reemployment Assistance From The DEO

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced multiple actions taken to improve the ability for Floridians to access the Reemployment Assistance program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DEO is seeing historic increases in Floridians filing for Reemployment Assistance. Last week, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-93, directing the DEO and other executive agencies to take all necessary actions to improve the Reemployment Assistance program. Learn more.

April 9, 2020 TDC Recap

Since there was no Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) meeting this month, select here to view the latest tourism statistics. To view a complete tax collections report, go to Please let us know if you have any difficulty opening or reading this document. Or, perhaps you'd like to see additional information in this monthly recap. Contact me at or call (239) 338-3500 with your comments.

The next meeting of the TDC is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020 beginning at 9:00 a.m. but is subject to change.

Read The Latest FMB Fire Newsletter

Mound House Friends Deliver

If you are sick, self-quarantined because you have coronavirus exposure or at high risk, or self-isolating for your own reasons, The Friends of the Mound House can help to deliver goods, items, food and/or medication to you.

For assistance from the Friends of the Mound House, email or call Gayle Crabtree Pergoli at or 651-336-9788; Sue O’Brien at or 508-641-3405; or Ellen at or 734-846-6903. Let them know also if you want to volunteer.

Get A Tuckaway Cafe Gift Gift

Get a gift card for Tuckaway Cafe! Buy here.
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