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    Charlotte Sun Column – September 6, 2017

    September 5, 2017


         Grab your September calendar and add some great networking events, starting with Networking at Noon on Sept. 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton Punt Gorda.  Please make a reservation so the chef can be prepared.  You can do that in the Chamber store or by calling 627-2222.  The Third Wednesday Coffee on Sept. 20 will feature the United Way of Charlotte County.  It’s also the kick off to their Day of Caring, so the Event Center will be a hub for volunteer activity.  Please join us from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m.

    The Business Card Exchange is Sept. 28 at Kings Gate Golf Club on Rampart Blvd.  Remember to bring a small gift to promote your business and plenty of business cards to hand out to potential clients and referral sources.

         Our 92nd annual meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Event Center.  Please join us as we celebrate our accomplishments and thank those who helped make them happen.  Even though the gathering isn’t at night, we encourage you to bring your significant other and then spend the afternoon shopping downtown. And, since it is at noon, bring your staff and introduced them to members of the business community.  We had great feedback last year about the luncheon and we know that this year will be as much fun.  Please make a reservation and join us as we celebrate this wonderful chamber and our community.

         Leadership Charlotte alumni, plan to attend the introduction of the Leadership Charlotte class of 2018 on Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Event Center.  I’m pretty sure someone will show up at South Port Square, but they are undergoing renovations in the Town Hall and can’t host us this year.  So head downtown and meet the class of 2018.  Please call the Port Charlotte office so we can get a head count.

         Applications for the Junior Leadership Charlotte class of 2018 are due on Mon., Sept. 11 by 4 p.m. in the Port Charlotte office.  Applications are available in the high school guidance office, the newsroom on the Chamber’s website and in both offices.       

       Last call from the Charlotte County Young Professionals to nominate a young professional for The Four Under 40 Award which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the business community.   For more information about any of these programs, please call us at 627-2222 or visit www.charlottecountychamber.org.

         So, I hope everyone has taken out their disaster plan, reviewed it with staff and is getting prepared, just in case.  If you don’t have a plan, call us and we’ll share ours.

    Be prepared and stay safe.