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    Charlotte Sun Column – September 20, 2017

    September 19, 2017

         The Third Wednesday Coffee is this morning.  Please join us from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center.  The United Way of Charlotte County is the sponsor and the program.  In addition to wonderful United Way volunteers, there will be many people there who are volunteering for Days of Caring projects.  I know some businesses had to take a step back on the Caring projects, but when things calm down, they’ll be back at it.  Thank you everyone.

         The location of the Business Card Exchange on Sept. 28 has been changed to the Charlotte Sun’s office on Harborview.  Thank you Charlotte Sun staff for stepping up.  The original site, Kings Gate, housed nursing home residents and National Guard members during Irma, so they aren’t quite ready for a party at their place.  We’ll be back there in the new year.

         We’re adding names to the list of attendees at our Sept. 29 Annual Meeting Luncheon.  Make sure your name is on the list for a great hour plus of networking and thanking and acknowledging.  Business of the Year nominees will be recognized and the Pacesetter award will be handed out, too. 

         Goodwill’s MicroEnterprise Institute has moved its starting fall class to October 2.  This six week evening class assists individuals with a business idea in developing a plan to guide their start up process.  Classes meet at Charlotte Technical Center.  To apply contact Sandra Plazas at 239-995-2106 or go to goodwillswfl.org/microenterprise.

          Businesses and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Applicants may apply at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov

         The Charlotte Community Foundation, the United Way of Charlotte County and Southwest Florida Community Foundation have joined together in partnership in order to respond to the significant devastation left in Hurricane Irma’s wake. Tax-Deductible donations can be made by visiting https://www.charlottecf.org , https://unitedwayccfl.org, https://floridacommunity.com or by texting Irma to 40403. 100% of funds will be used for direct expenses related to Hurricane Irma relief and recovery efforts.  Please be as generous as you can.