The October East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) business networking meeting was hosted by the Lely High School business INCubator class, in their state-of-the-art lab classroom. Class instructor Adam Peterson briefed the ENMA business owner members on the business INCubator program, and thanked them for their support of the program.
Business owners were given a short introduction to each of the business INCubator teams by team representatives, who described the product or service that they are developing. Each team hopes that their business idea and product will be chosen as the winner for Lely High School in competition with the other Collier County high schools that offerthe program.
The winning team from each of the Collier County high schools will compete at the end of the school year in “Shark Tank” style presentations to business owners, venture capitalists and angel investors. The winning team will be funded to continue the development of their business product or service into an operating business.
The East Naples Merchants Association is a non-profit business networking organization that makes donations to deserving East Naples programs and community organizations that focus on giving a hands-up to deserving East Naples kids, with scholarships and general funding for the community organizations that focus on children.
On May 6, 2017 the ENMA willhost its sixth annual golf tournament at the Lely Classics Golf and Country Club (an ENMA member). The golf tournament is the ENMA’s largest fundraiser of the year. The majority of funds raised will be donated to the Lely High School business INCubator program, in support of small business creation and innovation.
Naples business owners who have never attended a monthly networking meeting can attend a regular meeting at no charge and learn more about the association, and its mission to enhance the image and profitability of member companies through networking and marketing opportunities, and support of community philanthropy.
The next business networking event is on November 10. For more information about the East Naples Merchants Association, visit www.eastnaplesmerchantsassoc.com.