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
                                                                                        Artisans’ Guild

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.