Ft Myers Above Board Chamber To Host Panel On Blogging For Business


Blogging, social media, and search engine optimization have become "buzzwords" lately in local Ft Myers/SW Florida business jargon. Business owners recognize the growing importance of incorporating these platforms and techniques into their overall marketing strategy, however, at the same time have difficulty understanding the "how, what, when, and why" basic's relating to the deployment of an effective online marketing plan. The Above Board Chamber Of Florida is hosting a panel/discussion on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at The Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers to address these topics.

Jeanne Sweeney, Founder and President of the Above board Chamber is a firm believer that "Above Board business is not just about making money, it;s about setting an example to those around you, including family, friends, customers, and employees." Over the course of the past two years her Chamber has hosted panels covering a multitude of relevant topics pertaining to business including ...

Social Media: Find Out How You Can Be Discovered!

Why Your Website Is Not Generating Business.
Human Resources/Career Building.
Find Out How To Be Discovered By The Media!
Time For A Business Check-Up!
Ethics in Business.
The Secrets Of Highly Profitable Companies.
Hitting Your Target Market.
and many more!
The panelists for Tuesday's discussion will be ...

Chris Griffith The self-appointed ambassador of Bonita Springs, Florida. Chris engages the public and sells southwest Florida real estate by promoting the city of Bonita Springs via blogging and social media. Chris also is the Owner/ President at LifeInBonitaSprings.com and is a Columnist - Naples Daily News

Rick Thomas is an SEO/Social Media consultant in Fort Myers, Florida. He specializes in a blended strategy of search engine optimization, social media, and content creation designed to establish his clients as "knowledgeable experts" in their field,increase their overall web presence, and place them on the 1st page of the search results for the keywords most likely to increase their sales. Rick is passionate about showing business owners how and why "Blogging and content creation are the most powerful tools available to make that happen"! He currently authors over 30 blogs relating to SEO, marketing, social media, and SW Florida businesses. His articles have been featured on numerous sites such as Technorati, Ezine Articles, Networked Blogs, and Active Rain.

Mike Cathell has a 23 year background in selling Luxury Goods. Ten years ago, he started a new career in Real Estate, the last 2 years in Commercial Real Estate. Mike has been an avid blogger for the past 4 years using several blogs to build his business. In July of 2011, Mike was picked as the 80th top Commercial Realtor to follow on LinkedIn.com. Mike has several blogs currently about Real Estate and is starting a new site to showcase the Leading Real Estate Brokers in SW Florida. Social Media has been a large part of Mike's life not only as a Realtor but also as a husband, father, Youth Minister and a member of the Fort Myers community for the past 28 years.

For more information regarding this event, to register, or to learn more about The Above Board Chamber follow this link -

RSVP MUST prepay on line for the Ft.Myers meeting by Friday, April 13
Hilton Garden Inn
12600 University Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
11:30 - 11:55 Networking
11:50 - 1: 00 PM program

Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida,Regional Search Engine Marketing For Businesses, Improved Google Search Engine Rankings, Company Facebook Pages Created & Managed, Located in Fort Myers Florida. Yes I am For Hire!

Contact Rick Thomas at 239 896-7020



  1. This is an excellent idea...go where the consumers are, don't wait for them to come to you.

    1. Thanks Anita! Local SW Florida businesses are beginning to acknowledge the importance of a blog to promote their company. The panel will be offering insights, tips, and suggestions for improved content, SEO, and distribution of their blogs.