A Letter From The Publisher

Thank you for visiting livinglocal!

Like most Southwest Florida residents, I am a transplant – originally from New England, but have been living in the area for over 30 years. Although I miss the change of seasons, I am thankful for the warm sunshine in the winter. We truly live in paradise, don’t we?

Prior to creating livinglocal, I had a flourishing career in the Real Estate market until the 2006 economic crash. For those that experienced it, it is something we will never forget. Although it was a difficult time for many, this was a critical turning point for me; when my entrepreneurial spirit took hold and I discovered my real passion – PEOPLE. Although I have always loved helping and promoting individuals, I didn’t realize it could lead the way to a new career path until that moment.

Over the years, I have found that people love to know the individuals and organizations they do business with and want to hear their stories – because every business has a story! Through the evolution of livinglocal, we have been able to connect 100,000+ residents and visitors with local, reputable businesses every month.

As a company, we are also committed to giving back and leaving a mark on Southwest Florida. Nonprofits have always had a special place in my heart, especially those that are reaching the needs of the less fortunate in our community. With the desire to give back in a tangible way, we began the initiative, “For A Greater Cause”. Every month, we select a local nonprofit organization that is making a difference in the community. Along with a feature article in the magazine, a monetary donation is given on behalf of livinglocal and its advertising partners.

Please join us in supporting our local Southwest Florida businesses and getting to know the owners as well as their personal stories. I know they will inspire you to think, buy and live local!

Audrey Brooks, Publisher/Owner