The nominees are…


Tanya Veit

AAE Glass LLC

Tanya Veit and AAE Glass provide glass artists of all levels around the world with the products and knowledge they need to take their glass art skills to the next level.  AAE Glass is one of the largest distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of fused glass products in the world.  Education has always been the driving force behind AAE Glass and we are able to reach clients around the world at any time with our industry leading website and education center.


Jeanne Sweeney

Above Board Chamber of Florida

The Mission Statement of the “ABOVE BOARD” Chamber of Florida is dedicated to bringing people of faith together within the community, in the workplace and amongst one another. Our mission is to supply our members with the tools that will allow them to take every aspect of their lives ABOVE BOARD. Watch Jeanne’s story here https://youtu.be/LvcKLQxKWnk


Jeff Poirier

AXI International

Changes in engine technology, fuel production, the introduction of bio-blends, along with questionable delivery methods, have created a number of challenges regarding the stability and reliability of fuel.    It is our responsibility to educate and inform the public and our customers of the ongoing changes in fuel production and the impact these changes have on the engines they depend on every day.     It is for this that AXI innovates, engineers, and manufactures environmentally supportive technology in a way that others cannot. Watch Jeff’s story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qAI6jeWk68&t=10s


Louis Bruno

Bruno Air Conditioning

Bruno is your local choice for all air conditioning repair, maintenance, and installation needs. We service HVAC units all throughout Southwest and Central Florida. Our Bruno Certified technicians are dedicated to the proper and continuous performance of your machine, including regular and preventative maintenance.  Our customer-focused approach and thorough training in our Bruno University are a few qualities that set us apart from the competition. We are on the cutting edge of the industry’s best practices and are proud to deliver the latest technologies available. Watch Bruno’s story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Vt6gS06ns


Jenn Zella

CID Design Group

CID Design Group is a progressive 2nd generation Florida-based interior design group working nationally on unique multifamily, hospitality, commercial, retail + high-end residential projects. As leaders in the multifamily industry, we are routinely engaged to speak about emerging multifamily design forecasting + trends.


John Benkert

CPR Tools Inc.

Our mission at CPR Tools is to protect data in three different ways; data recovery, data destruction, and cyber security and make sure that we treat all our customers the same; with respect and honesty.  Our company core values say it all for us…   Integrity: Unified approach to how we do business and treat each other and our customers. Honesty: Doing the right thing and telling the truth to customers and each other.   multiple categories Valuing opinions and perspectives of others. Dedication: Commitment to our word, our customers, fellow employees, and ourselves. Diligence: Working hard to come up with a solution for our customers.  Watch John’s story here: https://youtu.be/qSb56AL_4U8


Dan Puleio

Cape Cleaners

Founded in 1969, Cape Cleaners was the first dry cleaner in Cape Coral and has served the Cape Coral community for 47 years. The company was purchased by Dan Puleio in 2013. Sine that time it was voted by the readers of the Cape Coral Breeze,  2014, 2015 and 2016 Winner of the Best of the Cape. In 2016, Cape Cleaners was the winner for Best of SW Florida as voted by the readers of the News-Press.  Our mission is to be the best dry cleaner anywhere!  Watch Dan’s story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJj3J_ageYc


Jamilla D. Brooks

Desire To Inspire

Mission – To be the positive voice among the negative noise empowering you to rise up and unleash your STAR-power. Vision – You realizing your STAR-power. Value Statement – To encourage, enrich, and empower you to aspire to be great, far beyond what your eyes can see in all aspects of your life.  Watch Jamilla’s story here: http://wp.me/p4MicK-1BA


Lisa Cochrane

Dorado Property Management

Dorado Property Management maintains homes and condominiums. The benefits of hiring Dorado Property Management are continuous personal supervision of your property, quick response to your requests and emergencies services including nights/weekends.  We look forward to working for you in the near future and we strive to tailor our services to meet your individual needs.


Caryn Smith, CEO

Driven By Design LLC

Driven By Design is a multi-service creative studio offering cutting-edge Print and Online graphic design, idea-creation, creative direction, magazine/journal publishing, brand development/management, editorial/content development direction, advertising design/sales, marketing and public relations, and non-profit management, fundraising cultivation and event development.  Watch Caryn’s story here: https://youtu.be/z4LVYkgnT_A


Dr. Anais Aurora Badia

Florida Skin Center, Inc.

Florida Skin Center is dedicated to providing excellent dermatologic care to adults and children, in and around Southwest Florida.  We strive to offer the latest advances in skin care as well as proven techniques in dermatology. At Florida Skin Center, our aim is to maintain your skin’s health through the most advanced dermatological techniques. We specialize in facial rejuvenation procedures, acne therapies, wart removal treatment, hair loss evaluation and skin cancer screening and treatment.  Watch Dr. Badia’s story here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJpP_MwPMQA


Bradd Konert, Jr.

Gamma Tech Services, LLC

Gamma Tech Services exists to be a single point of contact for any technology needs for both residential and commercial clients.  We span across 4 major sectors including IT services, audio video, security, and business VoIP.  Gamma Tech Services’ mission is to ensure that our customers experience only the joys of technology while we remove the frustrations.  We pledge to make our customers our promoters by providing the highest level of expertise, service, and communication and by accommodating our customers’ requests both spoken and unspoken.  Watch Bradd’s story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc2KOTfQmfE


Michaela Reiterer Henning

Hlevel Architects

We are a boutique type architecture/design firm specializing in innovative design solutions with a unique, value -oriented and sustainable ideal. We focus on residential, commercial, civil and industrial architecture in domestic and international markets based out of Naples, FL. We are responsive and creative problem solvers that can quickly translate client needs into a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing design. We strive to design buildings/spaces that seamlessly combine form, function, and feeling.


David Mulicka

HONC Destruction

Honc Destruction provides demolition of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, hauling and dumpster services for construction debris, sorting, processing, and recycling of multiple categories of construction related materials and equipment.  Watch David’s story here: https://youtu.be/oNeaUv2nQBs


Carleen McIlveen

Imagine By Carleen, Inc.

Imagine By Carleen helps people find and enhance their best beautiful self, using progressive, non-aggressive treatments and modalities founded on holistic principles and science-based recommendations to align mind, body, and spirit. We use a team approach to help the clients improve their overall wellness internally as well as externally. Watch Carleen story here: https://youtu.be/MZG-G-GJMN8


Kirk McFee

Kirk’s Coney Island

We serve chili dogs (coneys), best hamburgers and fries on the island, incredibly fresh Greek salads, gyros off the rotisserie with homemade tzatziki, homemade chicken lemon rice soup, and rice pudding.  We have a 12-seat, U-shaped bar where everyone talks to one another serving beer and wine. Kirk jumps on stage nearly every day to entertain the patrons, singing and playing guitar.  Kirk can always find a song that you’ll like.


Bess Charles

LadyCakes Bakery

LadyCakes Bakery is based on family values and giving back to the community.  Our mission is to provide beautiful designer cakes with superior customer service while giving back to the community through donations, charitable events, and local business networking.  LadyCakes has made it a goal to continue to change local consumers way of thinking when choosing a company to help celebrate their life’s events. Watch Bess’s story here: https://youtu.be/6K_yGQJXdH8


Lori S. Adams

Lori’s Movin and Groovin for Lori Adams Enterprises, LLC

Lori’s Movin and Groovin:  It is our mission to improve the quality of life for seniors, frail populations, and dementia sufferers using a formulated system of body movements and singing.  Music moves the body and the soul.  Lori’s Movin and Groovin was originally established in Southeastern Michigan in 2009.  This business grew very quickly due to the high demand for this type of service.  During a “Lori’s Movin and Groovin”  exercise class or musical performance,  simple SEATED body movements are encouraged.  Watch Lori’s story here: https://youtu.be/Oy0wYn7jWvY 


Lombardo McLeod

McLeod’s Construction, Paint & Restoration LLC

We handle all types of staging and rigging, such as swing stages, aerial lifts, scaffolding and scissor lifts. Commercial paint projects involve more than just paint, our pros are trained in various applications such as Waterproof Coatings, Tex-Cote, Pressure Cleaning, Varnishing, Stucco repair Concrete Restoration, Electrostatic Painting, Metal Coatings, Sand Blasting, Waterproof Caulking, Seal Coating, and Striping. Your property is in good hands with McLeod’s Construction, Paint & Restoration LLC, we’re dedicated to doing it right the first time.


Dr. Guido A. Minaya

Minaya Learning Global Solutions LLC

Minaya Learning Global Solutions provides professional services and resources for every phase of your learning and development initiatives. Our proven learning and development experience are what makes us the right choice for many of the leading Fortune 500 companies, and a strategic sub-contractor to the industry’s leading providers. Minaya Learning Global Solutions provides more than just resources. We are value-added partners committed to service and resource excellence.  Watch Dr. Minaya’s story here: https://youtu.be/qG3Vk1cf524


Misty Kinzel

Misty’s Sunshine Cleaning LLC

Misty’s is a residential and commercial cleaning company.  Services include cleaning services for move-outs, seasonal homes, construction, commercial and banks. Watch Misty’s story here: https://youtu.be/ex8NdCtOEl4

 


Keith Daubmann

MY Shower Door/D3 Glass

MY Shower Door is your local source for custom glass enclosures, including doors, hardware, and finishes. Our family-owned company has served locals in Naples, Florida, since 2003; today, we maintain more than five locations throughout the country. When you’re looking to add something unique to your home or business’s restrooms, turn to our specialists.  Watch Keith’s story here: https://youtu.be/AY7AKbRtI0M


Lora Mccann

Peace of Mind Patient Advocacy, LLC.

Our mission is to assist clients navigating healthcare while treating them like royalty. Our independent patient advocacy provides assistance with navigating the healthcare system from providing a second set of ears at appointments, to helping with insurance claims. Watch Laura’s story here: https://youtu.be/bgrSbc20ksI


Andreas Dolleschal

Smargasy Inc.

We offer software development for web-, desktop (Windows, Linux and Macintosh) and app development (iOS, Android and Windows Phone).    We provide cyber security consulting and services including penetration testing, security audits, managed antivirus and managed anti-spam on server Level.  Other services include website hosting, implementing and managing firewall products, e-mail, and cloud-based secure file sharing services and business phone services.


Bayta Maman

Social Connect

Part social media platform architect and part super-connector who defines the words “community builder,” Batya not only develops clients’ social media strategies – she creates the tools to implement them. “A lot of people will help you manage social media. But social media isn’t just what you post. It’s about what you get out of it. I show clients how to give back to get the returns.”  Launched a few years ago from her Naples home, Batya’s company has since successfully helped more than 300 entrepreneurs, small businesses and dentists find their social media voice. Her approach, she says, comes from hard work and determination as an Israeli immigrant seeking a new life in the United States.


Brian Rist

Storm Smart, Inc. (“Storm Smart”)

As a Home and Lifestyle Improvements Solutions company, Storm Smart offers state-of-the-art, intelligent home improvement products for homes and businesses. The company manufactures, installs and services whole-house storm-protection and life-improving products including its pioneering Storm Catcher Hurricane Screen. Storm Smart is a leader in “smart-home technology systems,” as well as energy solutions for homes and offices.


Gavin Cresswell

Str8 Up Aviation

Our business has two distinct streams that work harmoniously and seamlessly. Our flight school offers the only helicopter pilot training in Lee County with a selection of helicopters that fit all budgets and employing locally trained and highly qualified and experienced Flight Instructors. Our aerial tours provide the only helicopter sightseeing experience in Lee County for visitors and residents alike.


Carline Proux

The CarlionCo

Our mission is to give the families hope and security, that their love one will be taking care of, and show a deep understanding for our seniors. We provide companionship, cleaning, bathing , meal preparation, and transportation.


Samuel Lewis

Wear The Fund LLC

“To create the world where profit is not the bottom-line, one shirt at a time.”Screenprinting and embroidery for medium to large size organizations is our core business. We can decorate apparel for almost any purpose needed, whether it’s t-shirts and tote bags for an event or button down polos for an upscale business. We do everything in-house and have large volume capabilities. What makes our service unique is that for every sale made 5% of the revenue is given to one of our charity partners of the customer’s choosing.


Christopher Gregg Fous

WooBamboo!

WooBamboo is not an oral care company. We’re in the inspiration business. We just inspire by providing natural, eco-friendly oral care products that make those who use them feel good about themselves, and the choices they’ve made. We believe that the world is changed not only by giant leaps but also by small, innovative steps in the right direction. Our products are just that: small steps in the right direction. And with every use, they remind consumers that they made an eco-friendly decision, inspiring and empowering them to make more.  Watch Chris’s story here… https://youtu.be/ewro9O85_TI.