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Reader Spotlight- Meet Jeanne M. Sweeney

Work: CEO/founder of the Above Board Chamber of Florida

Proudest achievement: Starting the Above Board Chamber of Florida in Lee and Collier County. We’ve just begun our 12th year working with local business owners. Our monthly meetings present a panel of experts that share their business knowledge and expertise. 

Expectations for the future: Expanding and growing the Above Board Chamber with continued educational programs for businesses and non-profit organizations, helping them grow and thrive.

Favorite Websites: is a very useful resource for the entire community. Here, members share their products/services, press releases, blogs, event planning, job opportunities and more.

Favorite things about Natural Awakenings: Natural Awakening educates and introduces me to many useful natural health alternatives such as foods that help us live longer, exercises that make us look and feel better, ways to deal with food disorders and even pet care and nutrition for our fur babies. These all help me and my family to stay healthy and reduce the need for doctor visits. I’ve never read a magazine with so much good information on so many subjects and so many I didn’t know existed. The Above Board Chamber of Florida is proud to distribute Natural Awakenings each month at our Lee and Collier County meetings. 

Most frequented healthy food restaurants: I mostly cook all meals for my family. Having good recipes from Natural Awakenings makes mealtime the best. When I eat out, I like restaurants that offer fresh fish. I also like good Indian or Japanese restaurants.

How I support my community: Making the invisible in our community visible. We do this each month by making sure our nonprofits have a platform and a voice in our chamber.

Favorite inspirational quote: My own, "You should never keep a compliment that belongs to someone else." Words of praise should always be passed on. 

What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: I am listening and being still, as well as being kind and respectful, so I can better understand the decisions of others, as well as their point of view. I’m also helping our members recognize their inherent gifts so that they can grow their business and our community, making it a better place for all of us to live.