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    Charlotte Sun Column – December 12, 2017

    December 11, 2017


         Networking at Noon is tomorrow at the Event Center in Punta Gorda.  I know you’re familiar with the space because of our Coffees, the Hottest Business Day in Paradise Business Expo, and more, but the staff wants to showcase their culinary skills with lunch.  Please make your reservation in the Chamber store or by calling 627-2222 so that the chef can be prepared.  The cost is $15. and the opportunity to meet new and potential customers and referral sources is free!  The same potential is available at the Business Card Exchange from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at River Commons, located 2305 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.  Please bring a small gift to promote your business and plenty of business cards to hand out.  We will present awards for the Christmas Parade at our Third Wed. Coffee on Dec. 20.  The Charlotte Sun/Suncoast Media Group will sponsor the Coffee.  It’s always a festive morning, so please join us from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center.

         Neither rain nor wind nor drizzle could keep us from holding our fun 39th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday.  As you can imagine, we all were nervous about whether or not it would be a “go,” but thanks to Jerry Mallet and the Office of Emergency Management, we knew that the heavy rain would end around 8:30 a.m., and it did.  Parade chair, Ron Thomas (Harborwalk Scoops & Bites) and Ed Hill, (Englewood Area Chamber of Commerce), marked the parking lot that morning and our excellent volunteers, Jeanette Gander (Buffalo Graffix), Peter Keating (Small Business Development Center), Judy Malbuisson (retired), Sheila Meeks (Michael Saunders & Company) and Claudia Thomas (Harborwalk Scoops & Bites) got all the floats, decorated cars and trucks, bands, marching and performing units in the right space for the noon kick-off.  As the parade marched past the judges: Kathy Robinson (Centennial Bank), Tony Smith (Ashley Brown & Company, CPAs), Lorah Steiner (Charlotte County Visitors Bureau), and Michele Valencourt (retired), our great MC, Mike Riley (Charlotte County Public Schools), entertained the crowds of proud parents, grandparents and siblings who watched the parade.  Special thanks to Jim Vanande (Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office) and he knows why, the City of Punta Gorda Police for traffic control and their Public Works Department, Port Charlotte United Methodist Church for shuttle services, Waste Management of Charlotte County for the trash boxes and Punta Gorda Rent All and Bryan Bouton, Port Charlotte High School TV Academy Director, and his team who taped the parade that will show on CCTV in the next weeks.  Check our Facebook page and Business Online for airing dates and times. And, of course to my wonderful team, Janet, Ruth and Bob who were with us through rain and shine.

    Thanks to everyone who participated.  We’ll see you next week for the award Coffee.

         Shop Charlotte and support local businesses in your community!