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    Charlotte Sun Column – February 13, 2018

    February 12, 2018


         No brag, just fact – we had a great 7th Annual Expo last week.  Our members made new contacts and most got new customers, and that’s what it’s all about.  We heard that several exhibitors have established partnerships to cross-market which is pretty cool. And, many attendees said that it was a great day to re-connect with people they haven’t seen in a while.  Exhibitors will receive a contact list with names, addresses and phone numbers for their prospecting pleasure, as soon as we input the hundreds people who registered and threw their cards in the basket.  And 43 members have already committed for next year!  Special thanks to platinum sponsor Chapman Insurance Group. Media sponsors: Charlotte SUN/ Sun Coast Media Group, Inc, iHeart Media and MonarchDIRECT. Silver: You’ve Got Maids, Western Michigan University, Punta Gorda. Bronze: Brightstar Care of Venice & Port Charlotte, Farr Law Firm, HELO Wor(l)d Global Network, Millennium Physician Group, Mosaic, Outdoor Republic, Premier Photographic Events, Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Sandstar.  Kick off Party Sponsor; Kingsway County Club.  Breakfast sponsor: W. Kevin Russell, PA, Lanyard:  Chapman Insurance Group, Bag:  WhitCo Insurance Agency, Alexia Martin, DirectConnect, Integrity Employee Leasing, After Party, State Farm Insurance, Brian Chapman, Sr., with music by Tiki Tom, and Expo chair, Mark Martella, Icard Merrill, Timm, Furen & Ginsberg, PA.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Mark your calendar for February 7, 2019!

         Networking at Noon is tomorrow at LaFiorentina, 10361 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  Please make a reservation by calling 627-2222 today and select your meal. 

         Next Wed. we’re having a joint Chamber Coffee with the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Feb. 21, starting at 8 a.m. with members of the Charlotte, Englewood, North Port and Punta Gorda chambers.   Speakers from the Rays and Stone Crabs will be there to talk about the upcoming season.  Stay after the event and watch the players and catchers first work out of the season.  There’s no charge to attend this fun networking event which is another opportunity to meet lots of business people from the community.  Please call our office at 627-2222 and let us know if you’ll be there so we have enough coffee and breakfast munchies for everyone.

         Just Counters & other stuff (1489 Market Circle, PC) is hosting a joint Business Card Exchange to celebrate15 years of doing business.  Join us, the Charlotte De-Soto Building Industry Association, and the Englewood, North Port and Punta Gorda chambers from 5 to 7 p.m. for a fun party on Feb. 22.

       On Sun., Ruth, her husband, Andy, and I were guests of the Charlotte High School Troupe 0922 for an outstanding performance of Into the Woods.  Wow, do those students have talent.  It was a pleasure to watch you all. Congratulations!

         Happy Valentine’s Day one and all!

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