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    Charlotte Sun Column – December 19, 2017

    December 19, 2017


         Please join us tomorrow from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. for the Third Wednesday Coffee when we will present awards for the Christmas Parade. Coffee on Dec. 20.  The Charlotte Sun/Suncoast Media Group will sponsor the Coffee.  It’s always a festive morning, so please join us at the Event Center.  Winners will be announced in a future column.  And, you can watch the Christmas Parade on CCTV, channel 20, on Dec. 20 at noon; Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Enjoy!

         I know it is a crazy busy week, but please join us for two 5:30 p.m. ribbon cuttings, one tonight at Autos 4 The Needy, 752 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, on one on Thursday at Conserva Irrigation, 1897 Manzana Ave., Punta Gorda.   

         As you’ve read, our 7th Annual Hottest Business Day in Paradise Business Expo is Feb. 8.  We’re having a workshop and a pre-party for exhibitors on Jan. 11 at 5:15 p.m. at Kingsway Country Club.  So, if you’re “on the fence” about participating in the Expo, it’s time to hop off and sign-up so that you can take advantage of the pre-party festivities and start networking with your fellow exhibitors.  Please call 627-2222 for more information about the Expo that had a walk-in attendance of more than 1,200 people last year.  Yes, you can reach that many prospective new clients or customers on one day, in one place.

         Just a heads up on other January events.  Networking at Noon is Jan. 10 at JDs Bistro, the Third Wednesday Coffee is Jan. 17 and will feature City Manager Howard Kunik as the speaker and Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory and the Jan. 25 Business Card Exchange will be at BankUnited.

         Shop Charlotte and support local businesses in your community!       

         On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we wish you a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2018!