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 Economic Incubators, Inc. is a non-profit organization that oversees the operation of three operating divisions in Southwest Florida.  While some high-level management staff is shared amongst the three divisions, they are overseen by the Economic Incubators, Inc. board of directors. 
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OPERATING DIVISIONS​​
1. THE NAPLES ACCELERATOR
   
Founded in 2014 as Public-Private initiative with Collier County, the Naples Accelerator is a business accelerator focused on providing a soft landing for local, national and international companies looking to grow and fund new businesses and ideas in Southwest Florida.   Visit the Naples Accelerator website
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2. THE FLORIDA CULINARY ACCELERATOR @ IMMOKALEE

Founded in 2017, “The Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee” (FCA@I) provides the community with a licensed, 5,274-square-foot kitchen space, state-of-the-art commercial-grade equipment, a University of Florida food lab and business-support services at affordable rates. We enable food entrepreneurs to launch and grow small businesses that often wouldn’t succeed without these shared resources. FCA@I is designed to nurture and grow food businesses by transforming a product vision into a reality.  Visit the Culinary Accelerator website.

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3. WOODSTOCK'S MARKET

Founded in 2016, Woodstock’s Market is a self-serve micro market chain in Southwest Florida. The market provides locally sourced food products in a self-serve fashion for quick, easy, healthy choices on the go. Future products produced in the Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee will be marketed and sold in all Woodstock’s Market locations. Funding sources, community support, partners, quality of board and the fact that a fundraising committee was created.In 2018 a fundraising committee was created by the Board of Directors to energize and mentor the fundraising effort.  V isit the Woodstock's Market website.

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ADVISORY BOARD​​
  1. GEORGE P. AHERN, PH.D.
    Managing Director
    George P. Ahearn, Ph.D., is President of GeoGroup Holdings, LLC a consulting company in the chemical and oil & gas industry. A former Exxon executive, he co-founded and was CEO of two international chemical companies and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 by the Kaufman Institute
  2. JEAN-PIERRE GARNIER, PH.D. , Exec. Commitee
    Managing Director
    Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph. D. is a Ph.D. in pharmacology, a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University, was president of SmithKline Beecham’s North American business; as CEO of GlaxoSmithKline he supervised the merger of Glaxo and SmithKline, the largest pharmaceutical merger in history.
  3. J. DUDLEY GOODLETTE
    Managing Director
    Mr. J. Dudley Goodlette has been a Consultant at Glencoe Capital, LLC since 2012. Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006 representing Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City in Southwest Florida.
  4. RICHARD C. GRANT, Vice Chair
    Managing Director
    Richard C. Grant is a member of Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A. based in Naples. He has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 1979. He continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of community organizations involved with economic development.
  5. JOE PATERNO
    Managing Director
    Joe Paterno serves as Executive Director at Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board , Inc. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Southwest Florida Private Industry Council for thirteen years. In 2002 he was recognized as one of Collier County’s “Men of Distinction.”
  6. FRED PEZESHKAN, Chair
    Managing Director
    Fred Pezeshkan is chairman of Manhattan Construction Florida, chairman emeritus of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Foundation Board, has co-chaired the Governor’s Family Literacy Celebration of Reading in Southwest Florida and Foundation Board Chair of Healthcare Network of SWFL.
  7. STEPHEN WHEELER
    Managing Director
    Stephen Wheeler served as the Senior Director of Development for Lee Memorial Health System Foundation; founder and Executive Director of Cancer Alliance of Naples, Inc. He also served as Executive Director of the Collier County and Marco Island offices of American Cancer Society.
  8. PHILIPPE CAMUS
    Managing Director
    Philippe Camus graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris) in Physics and Mathematics and from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Finance . As managing partner of Lagardere and CEO of EADS , he supervised the creation and the first years of Airbus Group from 2000 to 2005.
  9. RICHARD KLASS
    Managing Director
    Richard Klass graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He presently serves on the Board of Governors – Ave Maria School of Law and is a Trustee at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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