• UpcomingEvents

    Ribbon Cuttings:  Fri., Feb. 2, at 12noon at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maude St., PG to open their 11th Biennial National Art Exhibit.  **** Tues., Feb. 6, at 5:30pm at Rissini Trattoria Gastronomica, 18101 Murdock Cir., PC to celebrate their grand opening.

    Business Expo2018 Thurs., Feb. 8 from 10am to 4pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.  Free admission, prizes, goodie bag for first 500 people.

  • Read BusinessOnline

    Business Online is the current happenings at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Our Business Online information is updated weekly - check back often for the latest news and events from our Chamber and the Charlotte County Area.

  • Download or RequestCommunity Guide

    Download the Community Guide


    Request a Printed Community Guide

  • Platinum Partners

    Charlotte Sun Column – January 2, 2018

    January 3, 2018

         Happy New Year!  We are ready, set, go for 2018. Winter residents are back, restaurants are busy, traffic has increased and all of that is a great sign for our local economy.  Couple that with the new construction projects on the horizon and we’re confident that Charlotte County is poised for steady growth.  Yea!

         So, let’s check off one of your New Year’s resolutions about getting more active in promoting your business.  Join us on Jan.10 for Networking at Noon at JD’s Bistro.  For those of you who haven’t been to a N@N in a while, let me give you a refresher.  You can place your business card at each seat (bring about 50 cards) or hand them out as you mix and mingle.  Each attendee is asked to stand and give a short infomercial about their business.  I know that some people don’t want to stand up and talk about what they do, so ask the person sitting next to you to introduce your business.  I’ve done that on several occasions.  The goal is to have those 50 plus potential new customer and/or referral sources learn about your business.  It’s a very productive way to spend an hour.

    Please visit the Chamber store or call 627-2222 to reserve your space and select your meal.  Seating is limited, so don’t delay.  Our Jan. 17 Third Wednesday Coffee will feature Howard Kunik, Punta Gorda City Manager.  The Coffee sponsor is Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.  The Jan. 25 Business Card Exchange will be held at BankUnited.  The same idea goes for these event, bring plenty of business cards to hand out, speak to new people and grow your business.

         Another great networking opportunity is our Feb. 8 “Hottest Business Day in Paradise” Business Expo.  Our kick off workshop and party is Jan. 11 at Kingsway Country Club.  We start at 4 p.m. with a program on how to get the most out of the Expo experience (which includes attending this), followed by adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres, introductions of sponsors and exhibitors and more.  Exhibitors can attend the workshop, party or both.  Please call out Port Charlotte office to RSVP, or better yet, call and signup to be an exhibitor so you can attend on Jan. 11 and meet more than 1,200 people on Feb. 8.

         If you missed the December Coffee, congratulations to award winners from our 39th Annual Christmas Parade:  Outdoor Republic, Grand Marshal Award, and Charlotte County Tax Collector, President’s Award.  Taking home awards for the best floats were: Charlotte High School Troupe 0922 (first), Good Shepherd Episcopal School (second) and Shelly Johnson Home Team at Keller Williams (third).  Florida Dance Workshop took first place in the Performing Units category, Studio Seven Center for Creative Studies were second and Sandman Book Company took third place.  Clowns for Christ was first in the Decorated Car/Truck category, Peace River Sail & Power Squadron (second) and Trinity Baptist Church was third.

         Ready, set, go!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *