Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs Celebrates Grand Opening

Bonita Springs, FL (May 22, 2015) The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs on Thursday, May 21st to celebrate their grand opening, located at 25221 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Launched in 1947 by the great Fred Astaire himself, Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer Ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Their unique method of instruction allows students to learn dances from the Foxtrot to Salsa, faster and more easily than other dance studios.

Owners Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk, Pavlo Bilych, and their team of professional ballroom dance instructors work with dancers of all skill levels, from beginners to world champions.

Whether you’re looking for something new to do with the one you love or hoping to create a show stopping number for your wedding reception, the team at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bonita Springs is ready to dance with you.

To learn more about Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs, visit their website at or call (239) 949-9680.

May 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Meet the Leadership Bonita Class of 2015-2016

By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council 

This week we launch our 17th Leadership Bonita program with 25 enthusiastic and committed individuals looking to learn and grow into the region’s next generation of leaders. These will be the people providing what our community will need to move us successfully forward in the years to come.

Our passion here at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber is to inspire engagement by exposing participants to the CEO’s and Operations Officers of every facet of the inner workings of the major components of our City and Region.  From the front lines of the public safety systems to the back of the house at one of our largest resort properties, we provide participants with a reality check of what it takes to run and service our economy and quality of life here in Southwest Florida.

The 25 participants in this class are: Heather Auld – Lee Memorial Health System, Tom Barber – Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Colleen Billings – Vi at Bentley Village, Sheri Branstetter – Bonita Community Health, Jay Caudill – Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick, Jessica Curry – FineMark National Bank & Trust, Yuriy Datsyk – Fred Astaire Bonita Springs, Keith Day – Lee County Office of the Sheriff, Lorena De Los Reyes – Wiebel, Hennells & Carufe, Darcy Eikenberg – Red Cape Revolution, Scott Flagel – American House Bonita Springs, Natalie Gagnon – Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Michael Honorio – Summit Broadband, Kim Hoskins – Bonita Springs Utilities, Michael Kirby – CH2M Hill, Cindy McCurry-Ross – The News-Press Media Group, Jim Murphy – Bonita Springs Fire District Commissioner, Nicole Perino -City of Bonita Springs, Mike Prioletti – Baird Private Wealth Management/Bonita Springs Rotary Club Noon, Richard Scott – Bonita Springs Fire and Rescue District, Brad Shipley – Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English, Arielle Stimson – FGCU Alumni Relations – Carole Stuckert, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Eddie Thorpe – Naples Daily News/The Banner, Randy Upchurch – FGCU Hospitality School.

Congratulate them when you see them for stepping up to the plate.  Think about your own engagement level and maybe we’ll see you in the class of 2016-2017!

May 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Painting with a Twist Celebrates Opening in Naples

Bonita Springs, FL (May 21, 2015) The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Painting with a Twist on Wednesday, May 20th to celebrate their grand opening in Naples. It is located at 13500 Tamiami Trail North Unit 7, Naples, FL 34110.

Painting with a Twist is an art studio that offers painting classes where students can bring their own wine or purchase a bottle from the studio to enjoy as they participate in the class. The studio offers open classes for small groups as well as private parties for groups of ten or more. Each class has an instructor that guides students step-by-step through the painting. Classes cost $35 for 2 hour paintings and $45 for 3 hour paintings. Every month, Painting with a Twist has a fundraising event called Painting with a Purpose, where half of the proceeds from that class go to a local nonprofit to give back to the community.

For more information about Painting with a Twist you can call (239) 451-6139 or visit their website at

May 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

President’s Club Members to Tour FGCU’s Hospitality Programs

By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council 

I could not be more excited about our Foundation’s upcoming President’s Club social hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Resort & Hospitality Management at Sudgen Hall. If you have not had the opportunity to see the bright and shiny new facility, I encourage you to stop by and take a walk through this state-of-the-art educational facility that is housed right in our Southwest Florida backyard.

Did you know that the FGCU PGA Golf Program is one of only 19 in the nation that is accredited by the Professional Golf Association?  This is the type of accomplishment I love to share and what better way to spread the news then by welcoming our President’s Club Members in for a tour.

I won’t stop my bragging about our premier home town University just yet! In addition to the PGA presentation, members will get a tour of the FGCU Spa Lab which is the first-of-its-kind campus day spa program. Then to wrap up the tour, Dean Upchurch will speak about the nationally ranked resort and hospitality programs, all followed by networking, culinary treats and a first class wine tasting.

It will be a good day to be a President’s Club Member and if you’re not part of that very exclusive club, we invite you to give us a call and ask for more details – (239) 992-2943.

The President’s Club, currently with over 150 members, operates under the leadership of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and is a thriving and committed group of “C-Level” Executives and business owners in the area. President’s Club members voluntarily provide additional financial support to the Chamber Foundation, support which is tax-exempt and all contributions are deductible. President’s Club members attend exclusive events and receive added value, recognition and benefits beyond those of the general membership throughout the year.  More information may be found at and by calling (239) 992-2943.

May 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Chamber Offering Classes on How to Fit Social Media into Your Marketing Mix

By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE, IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council 

How do you cut through the clutter in today’s marketing environment? This is one of the main questions we hear Southwest Florida marketers asking themselves. How do you really connect with your customers? And, above all, how do you use social media to raise visibility for your brand on both a local and national level? These are just a few of the strategic question’s our Chamber will be answering for our member bushiness during our social media workshops and classes.

Starting this spring, our annual programming will include classes such as Social Media 101, Social Media Branding, Advanced Social Media, Choosing the Appropriate Social Media Platforms, Creating Content for Social Marketing, and more. We will provide a monthly opportunity for members to continue to enhance their professional development in the digital marketing arena.

We know that the vast majority of companies have adopted the use of social media into their marketing mix, but may not be using it as effectively as possible. Through these sessions, we will discuss, answer questions, and apply best practices to improve the quality and effectiveness of your social media efforts.

Whether your company has a dedicated digital marketing staff member or has added the responsibly to your existing marketing and communication team’s repertoire, there is more to learn, especially since the digital arena is changing so rapidly. To learn about what our Chamber is offering, visit our event calendar frequently at, click on Chamber Events on the top green menu bar.

I am a huge advocate of continuous learning and professional development and allow my staff to embark on their own opportunities throughout the year.  I encourage your company to do the same weather it’s with classes at the Chamber, through professional associations or even by encouraging the attainment of advanced degrees.

May 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Pet Dental Center Celebrates Grand Opening in Bonita

Bonita Springs, FL (May 7, 2015) The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Pet Dental Center on Wednesday, May 6th to celebrate their grand opening in Bonita Springs. It is located at 28901 Trails Edge Boulevard, Suite 102, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

Pet Dental Center is a veterinary practice that offers a full range of dental services for pets from basic oral evaluations and cleanings to advanced dentistry and oral surgery. Dr. Wade Gingerich and his team are highly trained and dedicated to providing personalized care for your pet. Pet Dental Center provides services including periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, digital dental radiography, oral surgery and medicine. As alternatives to tooth extraction, they offer root canal therapy, periodontal surgery and orthodontic treatments.

For more information about Pet Dental Center you can call (239) 888-6761 or visit their website at http://PetDental.Center/.

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May 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Ribbon Cutting on April 8 for Catseye Pest Control Location in Bonita Springs, FL

Bonita Springs, FL (April 9, 2015) The Catseye Pest Control owners and team celebrated their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony took place at Catseye’s office located at 12759 Bonita Beach Road SE in Bonita Springs. Attendees learned from pest management experts, enjoyed refreshments and played fun bug-themed games.

“Since Catseye opened here 14 months ago, we have really felt welcomed by the community,” said John Gagne, founder and owner of Catseye Pest Control. “This ribbon cutting is an opportunity for us to thank our customers, colleagues and partners for their support.”

This family-owned business was voted Best Pest Control Company in Southwest Florida through Florida Weekly’s reader poll. Catseye was also named the nation’s Fastest Growing Pest Control Company in 2009 by Pest Control Technology magazine and has since ranked in the Top 100 for revenue growth every year by both Pest Control Technology and Pest Management Professional magazines.

For more information about Catseye Pest Control visit

Catseye Pest Control Ribbon Cutting

April 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

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