By Staff | on September 16, 2021
SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY
Representing winner Pure Florida, Robin Rosario accepts the 2021 SWFL Small Business of the Year award at the SWFL INCredible Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. COURTESY PHOTO
An audience of individuals and organizations across Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties gathered at the Hyatt Resort & Spa for the SWFL INCredible Awards Sept 9, to celebrate finalists and winners in each of five categories: SWFL Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Innovation Award, SWFL Citizen of the Year and the annual INCredible Award.
Dozens of applications were received for the awards, and each award recipient was selected by an independent group of business professionals. The Small Business of the Year is selected annually by a group of chamber executives from outside of the state of Florida.
Pure Florida, a father-son team in Naples that treats tourism as art, was named the 2021 SWFL Small Business of the Year.
“We are delighted to recognize the hard work by all of our finalists, and a huge congratulations to Pure Florida,” said Tiffany Esposito, president/CEO of SWFL Inc. “They are truly the social scene in our SWFL community and a thriving business that we are so proud to honor.”
The 2021 SWFL Citizen of the Year was Andres Paz of AdVenture, the Nonprofit of the Year was Midwest Food Bank of Florida, the Innovation Award was presented to M&M Multimedia and the annual INCredible Award was presented to Meighan Harris of Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors.
Emcees Tiffany Esposito, Suzanne Bradach, Marci Seamples and Craig Klingensmith led the event and presented awards to the winners. SWFL INCredible Awards were presented by London Bay Homes and several sponsors.
SWFL Inc. is a regional chamber of commerce serving the Southwest Florida business community. It connects businesses to a regional network of customers, offers educational resources to help them grow in a modern economy, and actively works to solve regional issues that impact the business community. At SWFL Inc., membership is free and open to all businesses to create (inc)lusive opportunities for all. ¦