Talent Development

New Connecting Collier Series Launches with Lenkbar, LLC

As part of our new Connecting Collier series, The Chamber has partnered with Champion member Lenkbar, LLC to develop the first episode. CEO Erik Papenfuss shows how Lenkbar manufactures world-class medical-grade components here in Naples, while creating amazing career opportunities for local students like Lauren (Marketing) and Ernesto (Machining). The company also attracts great talent from other markets like Reiner, who improves product  quality while developing our local talent.



The workforce and education pipeline in Collier County is a well-rounded community effort that is responsive to the needs of talent and expanding companies.

The Chamber and Leadership Collier Foundation work together to support our Emerging Talent initiative through work-based learning. The Chamber collaborates with Southwest Florida’s major educational institutions and local businesses that create high-quality internship and work-based learning experiences for both businesses and students. We know experience and connections are crucial for growing and retaining our talent in Collier County, so get engaged with work-based learning — where your future is our business!
The school district is top-rated and on the cutting edge of entrepreneurship, academies and career and technical education. Institutions of higher education include Florida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University, Florida Southwestern State College and Ave Maria University and School of Law.
​To learn more about the talent and workforce opportunities in Southwest Florida, click the links below.

Need help getting started? Head over to CollierEDO to get a free consultation on finding and training staff.