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    Charlotte Sun Column – January 9, 2018

    January 9, 2018

         I had so much fun last week, welcoming visitors to the Freeman House (our office in Punt Gorda).  While some were wearing the sweaters they wore on the plane, others were comfortable in their “hawaiian” shirts, shorts and flip flops.  Cold or not, they were warmer than they’d been up north.  It really is fun to talk with guests and get their take on our community.  Guess what, they love it here!

         So, now that we’ve turned off the heat and opened the windows again, it’s time to get focused on business.  Join us tomorrow for Networking at Noon at JD’s Bistro.  They are looking forward to opening the restaurant for lunch and to showcasing the food and facility to our members.  Please call the Port Charlotte office now and make your reservations and select your food choice.  Remember to bring plenty of business cards to hand out.  Next Wednesday is our Third Wednesday Coffee from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center in Punta Gorda.  Our speaker will be Howard Kunik, Punta Gorda City Manager, and the sponsor is Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.  We’ll also spend time networking and hearing from our new members who get to introduce their business to you.  The Coffee is free and non-members are encouraged to stop by and “kick the tires.”  The Jan. 25 Business Card Exchange will be held at BankUnited.     

         Tomorrow night is a special joint gathering at Murdock Stones Etc., 7621 Sawyer Circle, South Gulf Cove (off Gasparilla Rd., look for the World’s Largest Mailbox).  The Englewood Florida Chamber invited us, the North Port Chamber and CDBIA to the mixer that starts at 5 p.m.  Please join us.

         Thursday night is the kick-off party for our Feb. 8 “Hottest Business Day in Paradise” Business Expo.  The evening starts with a 4 p.m. workshop on how to get the most out of the Expo experience at Kingsway Country Club, followed at 5:15 p.m. with introductions of sponsors and exhibitors and refreshments.  Exhibitors can attend the workshop, party or both.  Please call out Port Charlotte office to RSVP.  We still have some booth space available for the Expo, so call and check out how easy it will be to meet more than 1200 potential customers and/or referral sources on Feb. 8.

         As you know, our weekly email newsletter, Business Online, is full of information on places to go and things to do.  Make sure your event is included there and on the Community Calendar on our website.  And, make sure your promotional brochures are in both of our offices.  The aforementioned guests love to walk out with the Community Guide, Business Directory and brochures.  They are looking for places to go and spend their vacation dollars.  Why not in your business? 

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