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    Charlotte Sun Column – September 13, 2017

    September 14, 2017

         Well, this is certainly a different column than I planned to write.  I hope everyone is safe.  That’s all we can ask for right now.  Our office in Port Charlotte is open and we have Business Directories that you can pick up with a listing of all our members who are licensed to take care of your product and service needs.  For those with internet, please visit our website (www.charlottecountychamber.org) and that of the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association, www.cdbia.com.  Make sure you use a licensed, insured contractor for any work done on your business or personal property.  Unfortunately, when disasters happen, scam artists can’t wait to take advantage of people.  Don’t give “up front” money.  Ask for their business tax license, a copy of their liability insurance and a reference.  If you’re unsure about what to do, pause, and ask a neighbor or friend for advice.

         Networking at Noon has been postponed.  We will reschedule with the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda.  Ribbon cuttings for this week have been postponed. 

         The introduction of the Leadership Charlotte class of 2018 will be next week on Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Event Center.  Our Past Presidents’ luncheon, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed.

         We’re on track for the Third Wednesday Coffee on Sept. 20.  Please join us from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center.  It will be so nice to see everyone after all of this, so please plan to attend.  The Business Card Exchange is Sept. 28 at Kings Gate Golf Club on Rampart Blvd. 

          We’ve extended the deadline for applications for the Junior Leadership Charlotte class of 2018 to 4 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 19.  Please get your application to our Port Charlotte office by the new deadline.    

         I understand that 211, the local referral and social services hot line, really could use people to help answer the phone and field calls.  If you have a few hours to spare, please call 211 and offer your assistance.

         As I’m writing this, we don’t have internet or phones.  Please check our facebook page for updates and information. 

         Stay safe.