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    Charlotte Sun Column – January 16, 2018

    January 16, 2018

         Please join us bright and early tomorrow for the Third Wednesday Coffee.  City Manager Howard Kunik will be the featured speaker and will update us on the City’s projects and plans.  The Coffee, sponsored this month by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory, runs from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center.  In addition to learning useful information, there is great networking that goes on over coffee and breakfast munchies.  Stop by and “kick the tires” to see what it’s all about.

         On Friday the executives and volunteer presidents of the three chambers, builders and realtors will get together for our (usually) quarterly lunch to catch up and talk about how we all work together for the benefit our members and the community.  It’s a great way to start the year.

         BankUnited (4265 Tamiami Trail, PC) is the host of the Jan. 25 Business Card Exchange.  Please bring a small gift (adult beverage, box of candy, gift certificate to a Chamber member0, etc.) to promote your business and plenty of business cards to hand out.

         We had a nice crowd at the kick-off party for the Feb. 8 Expo.  Those who couldn’t attend have received a packet of material with all sorts of information, so make sure you open the packet and start working on ways to better promote your business on Expo Day.  Exhibitors can put a promotional item in the “goodie bags” that will be handed out to the first 500 people who come to the Expo.  We’ll also have a grand prize drawing and exhibitors are encouraged to donate a prize for the drawing as a way to get mentioned on the passport, distributed to everyone who attends.  And you don’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in the two DirectConnect programs.  Think of this a “speed dating” and a way to meet more than twenty business people in less than an hour.  There are also posters, envelope stuffers and flyers in the packet and tons of extra copies of each in our Port Charlotte office.  If you’re sending out invoices later this month, include a stuffer so that your customers will attend the Expo and also see what a smart marketer you are.  Please let us know if you have questions about the Expo or if you are interested in one of the nine booth spaces still available.

         The Gulf Coast Partnership, in collaboration with the Charlotte County Chamber and Office of Economic Development, is looking for the names of employers and educational institutions who enrich the lives of low income people in Charlotte County through employment and programs such as work training, internships and apprenticeships.  Nominees will be honored at the 2018 Community Leader Breakfast on February 23.  Please complete three-question nomination at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7XDHN27or email angela.hogan@gulfcoastpartnership.org.

         Hope to see you tomorrow morning!