Vi at Bentley Village Marks a Milestone in $70 Million Redevelopment Project

Naples, Fla. (October 16, 2014) Vi (pronounced “vee”) at Bentley Village commemorates a significant step forward in its $70 million dollar redevelopment with a celebratory grand opening and two ribbon cutting ceremonies today at its new, stand-alone Sales Center.

The approximately 4,500 square foot state-of-the-art Sales Center emphasizes advanced technology to enhance prospective residents’ understanding of their living choices at the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Naples. Sales counselors now utilize two Ideum tables with multi-touch displays and individual iPads to explain the amenities, apartment selections, and financial benefits of Bentley Village. With just the tap of a finger, they can show clients the features of existing and future Bentley Village, including renderings of two new clubhouses, floor plans and three-dimensional images of current and new apartments, and vivid photographs of an amenity-rich lifestyle.

Bentley Village’s Sales Director, Joe Chambers, says “These new technologies allow us to provide heightened interactive experiences for prospective residents. We are able to not onlyexplain, but also show them what existing Bentley Village has to offer now, and help them envision our forthcoming improvements.”

The new Sales Center also features a design center that showcases the high quality of options available to customize apartments, a theatre with seating for eight people, and a putting green with sand trap. Two Naples-based companies, Stofft & Cooney Architects, LLC and DeAngelis Diamond Construction collaborated to complete construction of the Sales Center.

The grand opening and ribbon cuttings are anticipated to bring together local government officials, including State Representatives Matt Hudson and Kathleen Passidomo, Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller, and Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson. In addition, members of Vi’s corporate office, including Vi’s President Randy Richardson, are expected to be on hand for the events.

Executive Director, Ann Walsh, says “The Sales Center is the first visible sign of the significant investment we are making in the future of Bentley Village. We are excited to share this special day with members of the community and honored to receive recognition from local officials. We also are eager to move forward with the next phase of the redevelopment project and to continue enriching the environment we have provided for our residents to age well –physically, emotionally, and intellectually.”

Bentley Village is a long-standing continuing care retirement community located off Rt. 41 in Naples. The community’s $70 million redevelopment project has several phases that also include 72 new independent living apartments and two new clubhouses, featuring three new restaurants and a quick serve café, a new theater, auditorium, library, lounge, and arts and craft room. Both the clubhouses and 72 new apartments are scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Currently, Bentley Village boasts an 18-hole executive golf course, 12 miles of walking trails and cart paths, and an array of outdoor features including swimming pools and tennis and bocce courts.

For more information about the Bentley Village redevelopment project, visit


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October 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Fusion Yoga & Wellness Open in Estero, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Bonita Springs, Fla. (October 9, 2014) – The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Fusion Yoga & Wellness on Wednesday, October 8th to celebrate the opening of their new studio located at 10021 Estero Town Commons Place, Suite #102B, Estero, FL 33928.

Fusion Yoga & Wellness offers experienced, friendly yoga instructors who aim to inspire and guide students through their practice, blending a variety of different styles. The focus is always on proper body alignment and movements linked with the breath.  An added bonus is achieving calmness of the mind, the ultimate goal of ancient yogis.

Fusion Yoga & Wellness provides group and private classes, wellness-oriented educational workshops, seminars, and special events. Their variety of class times and programs offer convenience to anyone seeking peace and harmony within body and mind.

Gina Goodrich, Director and Instructor, decided to explore another way to become physically fit and offset the aging process. After her first yoga session, Goodrich discovered how different she felt beyond her physical state. After receiving her certification, she began teaching and has been passionate about the art the yoga ever since. Since becoming a Yogi, Goodrich opened Fusion Yoga & Wellness and has embodied the philosophy of Breathe, Move, and Connect to Fusion Yoga & Wellness.

Goodrich states, “I am so passionate about yoga and its great benefits should be shared with whoever has the slightest interest. We are excited to offer the area’s newest and beautiful Yoga studio and Wellness center in Estero that will proudly serve not only our wonderful Estero community, but the surrounding areas as well.”

“Our mission is attainable and realistic” Goodrich stated, “To guide students through practice and education, leading towards ultimate health and wellness by fusing a variety of styles and proper movements with awareness of the body and breath, while simultaneously achieving calmness of the mind.”

Fusion Yoga & Wellness is also offering students a FREE yoga session with the purchase of any yoga session/package or $89 for 30 days of Unlimited Yoga. Students would only have to mention the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce when they call, email or walk-in to the studio.

For more information on Fusion Yoga & Wellness call (239) 498-8800 and visit

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October 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Navigating the EMV Landscape

Author: Marcy Bok, Marketing Director, Infintech

Are you up to speed on EMV? Let’s start with the basics. “EMV” stands for Europay, MasteCard and Visa, a standard for chip-based transaction processing technology created in the 90’s as a more secure way to handle credit and debit purchases. Why does it matter? Because MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express each have plans already in motion to affect EMV adoption in the United States. This means that merchants must adopt and integrate new compliance standards to handle these transactions.

What are chip-based payment cards?

A chip-based transaction card contains an embedded microprocessor that offers enhanced security features not possible with traditional magnetic stripe cards. In addition to enhanced security, chip cards offer contact, contactless and mobile payment operations.

How is EMV more secure?

On EMV payment cards, all of the payment information needed to complete a transaction is contained in a secure microprocessor chip rather than a magnetic strip. In addition, counterfeiting is prevented by a required card authentication that can be completed on or off line, and cardholder authorization can be completed using online PIN, offline PIN or a signature for both credit and debit transactions.

How will fraud liability change with EMV?

In today’s financial market, the institutions that issue credit and debit cards carry the weight of the liability for fraud. This will change once the EMV standard is fully implemented. Rather than financial institutions covering fraud, some liability will move to processors and individual merchants. Because of this, merchants need to pay close attention and get a full understanding as these changes are made in the coming years. Accepting EMV-enabled cards may help protect merchants from liability for fraud.

Do merchants need new software or equipment?

Each payment processor has a roadmap that contains deadlines of when merchants must have terminal equipment that supports EMV transactions, usually starting in 2015. For Visa and American Express the deadline is October 1, 2015. Because EMV uses chip-based cards instead of magnetic strip cards, merchants will need updated software or stand-alone equipment to take full advantage of EMV.

Do merchants have a choice?

The EMV standard will eventually replace the existing standard of magnetic strips. Though there is currently no government mandate, the large payment processors are taking it upon themselves to shift the liability to the merchants if fraud is committed and the merchant wasn’t compliment with the EMV standard. Choosing not to upgrade can have a major impact of fraud liability for merchants. Many merchants are choosing to purchase more advanced equipment or software now in hopes of future-proofing their card processing equipment. In addition, merchants need to decide whether they want to require customers to sign the transaction, enter a PIN or not require authorization in any form.

If you’re a merchant looking for more information on how EMV will affect your business, get in touch with your Infintech representative at 800-621-8931

October 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (September 29, 2014) – The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Fresh Fit Foods on Wednesday, September 17th to celebrate the opening of the company’s new location at 14700 Tamiami Trail North, Unit #10, Naples, FL 34110.

Founded in September 2013, Fresh Fit Foods chefs create delicious gluten and diary free, lunch and dinner prepared meals. Cooked fresh every day, Fresh Fit Foods emphasizes on clean eating and uses a variety of fresh local produce and lean protein. Their menu consists of 48 different dishes spread across a six-week period. Fresh Fit Foods meal plans range from lunch and dinner only plans, ‘Athlete’ portions and family style meal plans. Fresh Fit Foods adds the convenience of picking up or delivering meals right to the home or office every week on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Founder and chef, Chad O’Conner began his culinary experience at the age of 14. He received his degree in Culinary Arts from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in 2004 and later on received his second degree in Dietetics from Chandler-Gilbert College in 2008. After moving to Naples and co-founding Real Fit Foods, O’Conner expanded and began establishing Fresh Fit Food.

“Our goal at Fresh Fit Foods is to offer delicious foods prepared by professional chefs using the highest quality ingredients.” says O’Connor.

Fresh Fit Foods is also offering an introductory “try us for a week promotion” for a fee of 25% off the meal plan they choose with no long term commitments required. Limited substitutions are available. Lunch items include Asian Turkey Burger and Pickled Cucumber Slaw, Southwestern Chicken Salad, Spinach Salad and Loaded Quinoa. Dinner items include Spaghetti Squash, Homemade Meatloaf, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Seared Salmon and Green Chili Pork.

Naples resident Chad O’Connor privately owns Fresh Fit Foods. To set up a free sampling, contact Fresh Fit Foods at (239) 595.2503 or visit

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September 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Consign & Design Showroom in Bonita Springs

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (September 25, 2014) – The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Consign & Design on Wednesday, September 24th to celebrate the opening of their showroom located at 25987 Tamiami Trail South, Suite 96, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

As one of the largest showrooms in Bonita Springs, Consign & Design offers customers a creative shopping experience within their beautifully designed showroom. Consigners furnishings are displayed throughout the showroom in a staged environment to give customers a detailed look into how Consign & Design’s consignment process works. Design Services are available for customers to help bring the vision of their homes into reality.

Consign &Design owners and operators, Beth Starnes and Paul Scrogham, have a unique vision for furniture consignment. With a combined experience of 45 years in design, retail and consignment businesses; Starnes and Scrogham bridge the gap between working with both consigners and savvy customers

“It is all about Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-use and re-thinking how you shop and design your home.” Starnes and Scrogham stated.

The showroom is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on Consign & Design visit or call (239) 221-3541.

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September 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Lee County Tax Collector Office in Bonita Springs

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (September 24, 2014) The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Lee County Tax Collector on Wednesday, September 24th to celebrate the opening of their new Bonita Springs office located at 25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 112, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

As of August 25th, Lee County Tax Collector has broken ground at its new location in Bonita Springs. With years of consistent growth, the Bonita Springs area established a need for a Lee County Tax Collector to move to an expanded facility that can accommodate the resident’s needs. The office is one of six locations that provide collection of property taxes, vehicle and vessel title and registration, driver license and identification credentials, hunting and fishing license, and local business tax receipts.

Larry D. Hart, Lee County Tax Collector, said, “Our office is proud to serve the businesses and residents of Bonita Springs with a new facility as well as our online services.”

For more information on Lee County Tax Collector, please visit their website at or call (239) 533-6000. The Lee County Tax Collector’s office measures its service delivery performance and we invite feedback and input from our community.


The Lee County Tax Collector’s Office takes pride in organizational excellence. We are committed to achieving financial accountability and operational excellence. For three years in a row, the Tax Collector has earned the Excellence in Financial Operations through the Florida Tax Collector’s Association by demonstrating proficiency in four areas of expertise: Innovation & Automation; a Perfect Annual Audit Report; Customer Focus; and Budgeting. As an organization, we review our goals and measure our success on a regular basis, always looking for opportunities to improve our processes.


Designated as the 2014 Chamber of Commerce of the Year by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, the Five-Star Nationally Accredited Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce strives to serve members, promote a region where business can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area. With the support of annual partners including Lee Memorial Health System, Naples Daily News / The Banner, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and The News-Press Media Group, the Chamber is able to focus on their mission of community development.  The Chamber operates a fully-staffed 2,000 square foot Visitor’s and Business Center at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs, Florida Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please call (239) 992-2943 or visit


September 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

CEO’s Corner – Todd Gates of GATES Construction

Our region is home to a wealth of intelligent, world-class leaders who make Southwest Florida the vibrant and prosperous community that it is. The Chamber is delighted to give you a look into the minds of our local CEO’s. This month we are proud to feature Todd Gates, Chairman of GATES Construction.

Q: What is the best advice you have been given in your career?
A: Never give up
Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
A: Complacency
Q: Which local companies do you admire and why?
A: Any company which is founded on an idea, and through hard work and perseverance were successful. Locally, Arthrex is a wonderful example of the entrepreneur spirit and success
Q: What is one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
A: Never give up
Q: What is one goal – personal or professional – that you would like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
A: Enjoy life, you don’t get a second chance
Q: In your opinion, what is one characteristic that all leaders should possess
A: Integrity
Q: What qualities do you look for in your employees
A: Passion – the opposite of complacency

September 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

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