ServiceMaster-CCS named Blue Chip Award Finalist

SWFL COMMUNITY BLUE CHIP AWARD The 18th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award coordinated and sponsored by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank recognizes small businesses that have overcome adversity to achieve success.
18th Annual SWFL Blue Chip Community Business Award
18th Annual SWFL Blue Chip Community Business Award
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Oct. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Southwest Florida businesses named Blue Chip Award finalist

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2012) – Owners of Southwest Florida businesses overcame challenges caused by illness, bureaucracy, the turbulent economy and Mother Nature to become finalists for the 18th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank coordinates and sponsors the program that recognizes successful small businesses in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties and shares their stories of how they overcame adversity as a way to teach and inspire others.
“It’s extremely rewarding to recognize intrepid entrepreneurs who refuse to quit when times are tough,” said Gary V. Trippe, CIC, managing director of BB&T-Oswald-Trippe and Co. “This year’s finalists demonstrated that spirit and set excellent examples for others to emulate.”

One business will receive the 2012 award at the annual luncheon, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 1 at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. Contact Stacey Mercado at 239-985-7614 or for reservations and information by Thursday, Oct. 25.

Author and motivational speaker Ron “Gus” Gustafson will be the keynote speaker. After a childhood tractor accident that cost him his right arm and shoulder and crushed his right leg, he went on to play varsity basketball in high school and college, until a knee injury forced him to give it up. Viewing each setback as an opportunity for growth, he has since written “Fully Armed,” is president of Ron Gustafson – My Story and is a real estate sales agent.

One of the five Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award finalists is:
Rob and Annette Lopez, ServiceMaster-CCS: Newly separated from the U.S. Air Force, the couple moved to Charlotte County in 2007, just as the recession took hold. When he couldn’t find a job, Rob Lopez opened a commercial cleaning service, relentlessly marketing by day and cleaning at night. Seven months after he started, however, he became gravely ill, with cerebral fluid building up in his brain, a condition called hydrocephalus. He underwent the first of seven brain operations that often left him unable to get out of bed. His condition also plunged him deeply into debt because he had no health insurance. Still, he kept going, often running the business from bed by phone and computer. His wife, Annette, would pitch in after working at her own job. She eventually joined her husband’s business full-time. The company expanded, buying a Lee County franchise as well. Today, Service-Master-CCS employs 22 people part-time and three full-time, servicing accounts in Charlotte and Lee counties.

The 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 and Beyond, City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office, Edison State College, Englewood-Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Weekly, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Business Review, Gulfshore Business, Hodges University, Lee County Economic Development Office/Horizon Council, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Fort Myers Beach Areas Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
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