Support the SWFLEC Foundation Today!
There are many ways in which you can support the SWFL Enterprise Center Foundation’s efforts. Being a business incubator, we can accept business related donated items, in-kind services of all kinds (see needs below), volunteer at one of our numerous fundraising events or of course donate financially to any of our worthwhile projects.
If you would like to Donate Items or In-Kind Services, please call:
Mike Love at (239) 321-7086.
If you would like to Volunteer at one of our fundraisers or community events, please call:
J.P. Terrasi at (239) 321-7090.
If you would like to make a Monetary Donation to the Foundation’s General Fund, which supports most of our educational and entrepreneurial efforts, you can
Current In-Kind Needs of the SWFL Enterprise Center:
- Materials, supplies and labor for the creation of the SWFL Enterprise Center Commercial Kitchen
- Materials and supplies for additional Urban & Community Gardens
- We are in need of a 3 Ton A/C unit and installation for Unit #7 which will house 10 aspiring entrepreneurs as they start their small business.
- Various business supplies, furniture and equipment for the entrepreneurs in Unit #7
- Computers and copy/print machines for the entrepreneurs in Unit #7
- Funds to provide FREE internet and coffee for the entrepreneurs in Unit #7
- Materials, supplies and labor for the creation of the Restaurant Incubator initiative
* Any monetary donations or in-kind donations will be given recognition (via signage and/or press release) at the donors request.
Farm-To-Table EcoSystem Projects:
If you would like to make a monetary donation to one of our specific Farm-To-Table EcoSystem Projects, please click on the appropriate link below to do so. Your contribution may be tax deductible as our SWFL Enterprise Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. Check with your financial advisor for details.
Our unique Farm-To-Table EcoSystem Program (Urban & Community Gardens, Enterprise Center Commercial Kitchen and Restaurant Incubator) utilizes these three totally separate initiatives while they work together to better our community through food and the culinary arts.
Urban & Community Gardens:
Our unique Farm-To-Table EcoSystem starts with the Fort Myers Urban Garden, located between Flint & Barden Streets. When completed, the property will be leased to a local non-profit partner (iWill Foundation) who will be facilitating the planting of a wide variety of organic produce. This urban farm and community garden will not only produce food, it will incorporate educational opportunities that will allow families and students to learn how to plant, grow, harvest and prepare healthy food.
To Donate to the Urban Garden Program Specifically
The next component in the Farm-To-Table EcoSystem is the SWFL Enterprise Center Commercial Kitchen. This unique and necessary facility will be developed to meet the needs of those in the community that want to learn how to start or expand a catering, food truck or other food based small business. The kitchen will utilize three vacant, adjacent commercial bays located at the SWFL Enterprise Center. When finished, it will have food preparation areas; cooking, storage and an educational space for chefs wanting to teach; a space for on-site business planning & development classes provided by the IFAS Program at the University of Florida and a re-entry program for men and women recently released from incarceration. This unique kitchen will have a variety of spaces available for use on an hourly or weekly basis.
Commercial Kitchen Business Supporter: $2,500
Listed as a Supporter on marketing materials, website & building space.
Commercial Kitchen Premium Supporter: $50,000
Listed as a Premium Supporter with naming rights to one of the three bays & on marketing materials, website & building space
Commercial Kitchen Executive Supporter: $100,000
Listed as an Executive Supporter with exclusive naming rights to the building & on marketing materials, website & building space
To Donate to the Commercial Kitchen Program Specifically
The final component in the Farm-To-Table EcoSystem is The Restaurant Incubator initiative. We have submitted a proposal to the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) for a very special restaurant incubator project at the McCollum Hall in downtown Fort Myers. While capitalizing on the incredible restoration that has begun on the site, this wonderful space will be developed even further to create a social-economic center focused around the restaurant incubator concept. It will be founded to help break down industry barriers and give local Chefs an opportunity at entrepreneurship and eventually owning their own quality restaurant.
To Donate to the Restaurant Incubator Program Specifically