FIVE FINALISTS SELECTED FOR 24TH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
BLUE CHIP COMMUNITY BUSINESS AWARD
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Oct. 10, 2018 – McGriff Insurance Services announces the five finalists for the annual Blue Chip Community Business Award. The five finalists are: Community Resource Network of Florida, Inc., Myerside Resort and Cottages, NGALA Wildlife Preserve, Reliable Permitting & Business Support Services, and Zirilli’s Chilly Treats. The five finalists, who are chosen by an independent panel of judges, will be recognized at the award ceremony luncheon sponsored by McGriff Insurance Services and BB&T Bank on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa (5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs). One will be designated as the Blue Chip Award winner.
In 2009, Community Resource Network of Florida, Inc. began service in an effort to provide continuation of care to individuals with developmental needs in the area through an array of services that include personal care services, personal supports/in-home support, companion services, transportation, respite, life skills program, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
With 22 rooms and cottages across three properties, Myerside Resort and Cottages serves as a prime destination and provides quality accommodations to tourists and vacationers in Fort Myers Beach.
NGALA Wildlife Preserve, located in Naples, is an animal sanctuary built in the elegant safari style of a bygone era. The preserve provides the ultimate destination for executive galas, weddings, and other events, as well as the opportunity for guests to encounter exotic wildlife while enjoying authentic entertainment and fine dining.
Reliable Permitting & Business Support Services is located in Naples and has more than 21 years of experience in providing high-quality customer support services during the permitting process to residential and commercial builders. Today, the business is in full operation with six functioning departments.
Zirilli’s Chilly Treats is a small, family-owned business located in Cape Coral. They specialize in making delicious, dairy-free Italian Ice with real fruit in a variety of flavors.
The 2018 Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is endorsed by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Economic Development Office, Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office, Estero Chamber of Commerce, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida Weekly, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Gulfshore Business, Hodges University, Lee County Economic Development Office/Horizon Council, Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Florida Business Today, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Southwest Florida, The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
About McGriff Insurance Services
McGriff Insurance Services, formerly BB&T Insurance Services, is a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc. Founded in 1922, it operates more than 200 offices through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Texas and California and is the fifth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and internationally. Visit mcgriffinsurance.com to learn more.
Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award Winners Years Previous
2017 Siesta Pebble
2016 Billy’s Rentals
2015 Gwendolyn’s Café and Catering Company
2014 Lee County Plumbing Supply Company
2013 East West Veterinary Care Center
2012 ServiceMaster – CCS
2011 Parson Masonry, Inc.
2010 JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts
2009 Old Monty’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
2008 The Indigo Room
Lee County Collier County
2007 LeeSar Healthtrust Partners Media Vista Corporation
2006 Fox Electronics Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop
2005 Congress Jewelers Island Café
2004 Invest SW Title Services Arturo’s Ristorante Italiano
2003 Priority Marketing Clean Air & Allied Supply
2002 Christ Centered Book and Music The Thomas Riley
2001 Gulf Coast Printing Services Ark Naturals Products for Pets
The following companies were state honorees in the Blue Chip Enterprise Awards program, a national program that ran from 1994-2000:
2000 Cornerstone Financial Advisory, Inc.
Komputer Integration Service Specialist (K.I.S.S.)
Leather Medic, Inc.
Pinchers Crab Shack
Unified Marine, Inc.
Wellington Academy, Inc.
1999 Markham Norton Stroemer & Company, CPAs
The Chiropractic Practice of Dr. Lana Perkins
1998 Easy Picker Golf Products
R.J. Wire and Cable
1997 Computer Rescue Squad (National Winner)
King Landscaping & Sod of Southwest Florida
1995 The MARC of the Professionals
1994 Fireservice, Inc.