The Ft. Myers Business Department hosted Small Business Week. Small businesses in our community were given the opportunity to hear from industry experts on topics such as analyzing marketing needs, innovation and idea evaluation, structure and organizational decisions, preparing financial projects for small business loans, advertising, marketing, and public relations. Over 40 small businesses and students were served by this effort. The purpose of the week was to expand the knowledge of participants and inspire them to seek greater professional success. One of the presenters was Machelle Shirk – Commercial Banker for Achieva Credit Union.