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    Charlotte Sun Column – January 23, 2018

    January 22, 2018

         Thursday is the Business Card Exchange at BankUnited, located in the Public Plaza in Charlotte Harbor.  Join us from 5 to 7 p.m. and bring plenty of business cards to hand out and a small gift for additional business name recognition.  Start the New Year off on a positive note and attend this and other Chamber networking events.  They are a great way to energize your business.  And, invite a colleague to attend with you.  The more people (potential new clients and/or referral sources) you and your team meet, the faster your business will grow.  It’s that simple.

         We are excited about our Feb. 8 Hottest Business Day in Paradise Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Event Center.  We’re down to a couple of available booths and exhibitors are starting to bring in items for the goodie bags (that go to the first 500 people who attend) and door prizes for the grand prize drawings.  If you want to meet more than 107 Chamber members, all in one day and one place, make sure to attend.  I write “more than 107” because each booth will be staffed by several people throughout the day and other members will be attending, too.  There will be a whole lot of networking going on.  Join us.

         We’ll have a ribbon cutting on Fri. Feb. 2 at noon at the Visual Arts Center, as they kick-off their 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition, juried by Steven J. Levin.  If you haven’t been to the VAC, you should.  Their mission is to inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts through their three galleries, arts library and gift shop.  They also have wonderful classes, events, gallery openings and art competitions.  As I tell winter residents and guests to the Freeman House every day, the Center is across from Fishermen’s Village, and it’s a must see as you explore the community.

         We had a nice gathering of the chambers, builders and realtors last week and we gabbed about seawall repairs, beach erosion, sewers, the Parade of Homes, PG chamber events, our Expo and more.  This community is fortunate that we have great organizations (no brag, just fact) who are working together to make this community the best it can be.

         I sent an email to Senators Nelson and Rubio and Congressman Rooney over the weekend, and I was really pleased to get a response from each of them.  It’s funny how filling out a form on a website can make you feel part of the solution.  (Heart) democracy!

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