Orchestrating the Advance of Holistic Wellness
Aug 30, 2018 01:33AM
By Linda Sechrist
Cape Coral Holistic Chamber group meeting
Under the category of healthy lifestyles, whatever the description—holistic, natural, alternative, complementary, integrative, chiropractic, energetic or functional medicine as well as eco-friendly, sustainable, shamanic or spiritual—healthcare professionals, practitioners and businesses in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples are delighted to have the Holistic Chamber of Commerce as an advocate to represent their business interests and offer them an opportunity to network regularly.
“An important aspect of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is educational outreach, which not only builds awareness of what members do but also gives them higher visibility in the community. For example I was recently the keynote speaker at a local rotary club luncheon. After hearing my presentation Rotarians showed me their genuine curiosity to learn even more about the chamber and our members. It’s these kinds of opportunities that give me the chance to enlighten the mainstream community on the attributes of our members and how their services can often enhance the effects of conventional healthcare,” says Lainie Sevante’ Wulkan, chamber founder and president of the Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples chapters.
Regarding the scope of the international organization in Canada and the U.S., Wulkan explains, “The Holistic Chamber of Commerce was founded by Executive Director Camille Leon in October 2010 as a trade organization for professionals, practitioners, business owners and resource providers, as well as a community coming together in support of a cause. Member-focused through our ever-expanding online presence and network of members and local chapters, we make it easier for consumers to learn about and access holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions.”
Wulkan, a Cape Coral resident who recognized the lack of a professional goodwill ambassador to represent the interests of local holistic businesses, not only knew what was needed to fill it, she had the perfect background for the job. Her communication and networking experience includes producing large events such as food and wine festivals and film premiers, as well as fundraising galas in locations that range from the back lot of Universal Studios, in Hollywood, to Monaco, on the French Riviera. Wulkan’s experience as past president and global director for FemCity, an international female networking organization, also helps when she is helping members connect at monthly chamber gatherings to promote business-to-business within the chapter. “All local Holistic Chamber of Commerce members have submitted references which have been thoroughly checked. This is why I have confidence in those I represent because their reference checks have been satisfactory,” says Wulkan.
The Cape Coral chapter is the fastest-growing of any in the country. Wulkan enthuses, “It took off incredibly well as soon as it launched on June 20. My leadership team in Cape Coral is integral to the success. I have three right hands to help me. In Cape Coral, Shantell Fonock, owner of Renewing Your Soul, is our chapter vice president. ”In Fort Myers, Deb Martin, co-owner of Lotus Blossom Clinic, handles that position, and in Naples, I get great support from chapter vice president Gwen Peterson, of Spiritual Communities Network. Additionally, I have a Southwest Florida liaison Lucille Lopez Trice, of Trice Massage Therapy & Skincare, in Cape Coral, who assists me in synergizing the various activities of the three chapters. An added benefit for members of all local chapters is that they have the opportunity to attend any of chapter meetings in any location.”
Also the host of an online conscious talk show, Zeta Global Radio (ZetaGlobalRadio.com) now heard in more than 60 countries, Wulkan is an established conscious media executive and event producer, partnered with her husband at Farmadelica Sound and Enlightened Audio & Sound, a professional recording/production studio on Pine Island. The husband and wife team assist holistic and alternative businesses to bring their talents and gifts to the world via music, meditations, prayers, audiobooks, commercials, branded audio IDs, documentaries and promo videos. The Wulkans are the producers of Music 2 Heal the Earth (M2Heal.com), a global music and concert series featuring more than 50 musicians, celebrities and thought leaders encouraging planetary mindfulness.
Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions, as well as other benefits that include business building education and assistance and more.
Meeting Places and Times
Cape Coral—Karma & Coconuts, 1112 SE 47th Terrace, Unit E, Cape Coral, third Wednesday of the month from 8:30 to10 a.m., and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Fort Myers—The Living Vine Organic Cafe, 1400 Colonial Boulevard, Suite 59, Fort Myers, second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Naples—Paradise Wellness & Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Boulevard, Bonita Springs, third Saturday of the month from 9:30 to 11a.m.
For more information on The Holistic Chamber of Commerce Cape Coral and Fort Myers chapters, call 310-490-6862 or visit HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com.