SWFL Inc. is a regional chamber of commerce serving businesses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. 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.
We have been serving small businesses since 1953.
Small business is big business in this region – it represents more than 91% of businesses in Southwest Florida. We provide the resources, such as connections and education, that organizations need to thrive. Better yet, we offer many of our benefits for free, making us more (inc)lusive and accessible than ever before for businesses at all stages of growth.
SWFL Inc. is the region’s only Five-Star Accredited Chamber, a designation it has earned from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce four consecutive times. This Accreditation ranks SWFL Inc. among the top 1% of Chambers nationwide. Accreditation validates a Chamber as positively influencing action in its community, being responsible stewards of its membership dollars, and offering first-rate business services and programs that benefit the local economy.
Tiffany Esposito, MBA, CCE, IOM, APR and President & CEO of SWFL Inc. promises she is done earning letter designations to add after her name. An 11-year veteran of the Chamber industry, SWFL native and strong believer in Taco Tuesdays, Tiffany actively participates in national and regional conversations to improve the quality of life for businesses and their teams.
Dawn Brewer is our Operations Manager. She loves Sour Patch Kids, which is ironic because she’s the sweetest person we know. This Leadership SWFL alumna and Naples native is the first to roll up her sleeves when something needs fixing, including jump-starting cars in our parking lot.
Phyllis Blanchette, our Business Development Manager, has never met a stranger. She prides herself in finding the perfect solution for small businesses across SWFL, and is a veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industries. Jeepers, does she love coffee.
Charles Stanisce is our Technology & Content Manager, and the architect of the SWFL Inc. membership model. Charles retired from the hockey biz to be our tech whiz, and is the proud dog dad to the French Bulldog Reese’s, often seen in our building on Fridays.
Nina Barbero, APR, is our Marketing & Communication Manager. When Nina isn’t writing or checking for grammatical errors, she is creating puns for the entire team to enjoy. Nina is always the first person to make you laugh and the last person to finish her lunch.
Christleen Knaub is our Programs & Events Manager and a SWFL native living in Cape Coral. Christleen is always planning events, whether it’s the office Summer Solstice Potluck or the Annual Awards Celebration. Christleen prides herself as a space and game show enthusiast and has appeared on The Price is Right.
Sara Freck is our Events and Marketing Coordinator. After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, she got tired of the cold snowy winters and moved down to sunny Florida where she was an Event Concierge at the JW Marriott Marco Island for 2 ½ years. Her favorite past times are trivia nights at the local breweries and petting as many dogs as possible!