Immokalee is great community for women-owned businesses
Women own just under 29 percent of all Florida businesses, according to the U.S. Census, and just under 27 percent of all businesses in Collier County are owned by women.
In Immokalee, 65 individual businesses and companies are owned by women and those businesses run a wide gamut of commerce from shops and restaurants to dance studios to day-care centers to doctors and lawyers.
Women business owners were feted August 9th by the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Immokalee Business Development Center (IMMBIZ) with a lunch meeting at Lozano's Restaurant.
"The women of Immokalee have long been strong and distinguished influencers in Immokalee," explained Penny Phillippi, executive director of the Immokalee CRA. "Their contributions to commerce and to the social and moral fabric of our community is undeniable and beneficial."
The Immokalee Chamber hopes to incorporate more of Immokalee's female business owners into its membership and leadership roles. The lone male in the photograph to the left is Dan Rosario, executive director of the Immokalee Chamber.
"the CRA is busy encouraging all types of new businesses," Phillippi said. "Obviously, Immokalee is a great community for female entrepreneurialship and we want to encourage that, as well."