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    Ribbon Cuttings:  Fri., Feb. 2, at 12noon at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maude St., PG to open their 11th Biennial National Art Exhibit.  **** Tues., Feb. 6, at 5:30pm at Rissini Trattoria Gastronomica, 18101 Murdock Cir., PC to celebrate their grand opening.

    Business Expo2018 Thurs., Feb. 8 from 10am to 4pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.  Free admission, prizes, goodie bag for first 500 people.

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  • ChamberACTION

    Chair: Mike Ruiz, Charlotte Sun

    ACTION Members:
    Ceres Austria, Charlotte County Attorney’s Office
    Brandi Ball, Koch & Company CPA, PA
    Susan Craig – Regions Bank
    Jim Cull, Freedom Boat Club LLC
    Heather Francis, Francis Wealth Management
    Celene Galvan – Celene’s Clean Team
    Bob Gillo – ServPro of Port Charlotte 
    Stephen Lineberry, Premier Photographic Events, LLC
    Toby Lynn, The Mortgage Firm
    Kim Maddy, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
    Sheila Meeks, Michael Saunders & Co.
    Kat Padgett, The Pampered Chef
    Angelina Perry – Dex Imaging
    Kathy Robinson – Centennial Bank
    Bob White, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

    Meets: First Tuesday of the Month at 8:00 a.m., Chamber offices in Port Charlotte

    Mission: To support Chamber activities on a regular or on-call basis. Along with providing valuable education about the Chamber, joining the Chamber ACTION Group can lay the foundation for more in-depth involvement, and the heightened visibility you receive provides more recognition for your business.  Email bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org for more information.


    We want to thank our current active Ambassadors:

    Wendy Atkinson, Atlas Insurance
    Alyson Burch, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
    Jim Cull, Freedom Boat Club
    Heather Francis, Francis Wealth Management LLC
    Peter Keating, FGCU/Small Business Development Center
    David Lebron, Fawcett Memorial Hospital
    Donna Listenberger, DLmyCPA
    Kim Maddy, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
    Sheila Meeks – Michael Saunders & Co.
    Maryann Mize, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
    Kat Padgett, The Pampered Chef
    Kathy Robinson, Centennial Bank
    Bob White, Charlotte Stone Crabs-Pipken Professional Baseball

    Meets: As needed

    Mission: To retain members to perpetuate the Chamber and enable it to achieve its mission.

    Objectives & Goals:

    • Sponsor two new members a year.
    • Assist with calls and personal contact with existing Chamber members for the purpose of membership retention.
    • Sponsor an ambassador blitz to new members by answering questions, obtaining feedback and encouraging them to renew their membership.
    • Attend coffees, business card exchanges and ribbon cuttings and welcome members to these events.

    *For more information on becoming a Chamber Ambassador, email Julie Mathis, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

    Christmas Parade

    Chair: Ron Thomas, Harborwalk Scoops & Bites
    Meets: As needed, August through December.

    The parade committee chose The Twelve Days of Christmas as the theme for the 37th Annual Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade which steps off at Noon on December 5, 2015 in downtown Punta Gorda.  So put on your thinking caps and start planning your float, car or performing unit for this community event.  More information will follow as we get closer to the date. To Volunteer or assist the day of the parade please email Julie Mathis

    Government Affairs

    Chair: Alyson Burch, Charlotte State Bank & Trust

    Committee Members:

    Michael Anderson, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
    Teri Ashley, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda/Riverside
    Wendy Atkinson, Charlotte County Public Schools
    Marcia Cullinan, Michael Saunders & Co.
    Andy Dodd, Peninsula Property of Cape Haze, Inc.
    Frank Doolity
    Shannon Doolity, State Attorneys Office
    Pat A. Garriton, Team Port Charlotte
    Suzanne Graham, Massey Services, Inc.
    Debbie Harrington, Ambitrans Ambulance & Wheelchair Service
    Stephanie Kissinger, Waste Management of Charlotte County
    Jason Lucas, The Lucas Law Firm, PA
    Mark Martella, Martella Law Firm, PL
    Maryann Mize, Charlotte State Bank & Trust
    Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Morris Realty
    Tyler Patak, Parker Mudgett Smith Architects, Inc.
    Gary P. Quill, Charlotte County Airport Authority
    W. Kevin Russell, W. Kevin Russell, PA
    Kelly Shoemaker, Charlotte County Administrators Office
    Lorah Steiner, Charlotte County Visitor’s Bureau
    Samuel Stone, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
    Andrew Stultz, Halfacre Construction Company
    Jane H. Sturges, Punta Gorda CRA
    TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders, Inc.
    Kay Tracy, Economic Development Office
    Leah Valenti, Congressman Thomas Rooney’s Office
    Ian Vincent, Ian Vincent and Associates

    Meets: First Monday of the month, 5:00 p.m., Port Charlotte office

    Mission: To influence and foster a community environment that furthers the prosperity of the business community and the community at large.

    Objectives & Goals:

    • Update the annual policy statement.
    • Monitor state legislative issues.
    • Monitor County Commission, City Council and Charlotte County Airport Authority meetings.
    • Educate the membership and the general population regarding governmental issues that may affect the business community.
    • Educate the Board about issues on which they are asked to take a position.
    • Plan Annual Pre and Post Session Legislative Delegation Luncheons.
    • Prepare Candidate’s Questions/Forum.
    • Develop a score card for state and local elected officials on issues of interest to the Chamber.
    • Organize the Chamber’s efforts to conduct a trip to Tallahassee during the legislative session.

    *For more information on, or to become a member of, the Government Affairs committee, email Julie Mathis, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. 2010 Policy Statement

    Junior Leadership Charlotte Steering

    Chair: Kelly Carr, H2u at Fawcett Memorial Hospital
    Vice-Chair: Laurene Anderson, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
    Meets: As Needed

    Mission:  To develop positive leadership qualities and a sense of community among our youth.  It is an interaction between today’s community leaders and tomorrow’s future leaders.  It is designed to heighten the awareness of the needs of our community and to show each person how they can make a difference.  It is about the careers and life-style available to everyone who chooses to call Charlotte County their home.

    The Junior Leadership Charlotte Program was a project of the Leadership Charlotte Class of 1993.  There is an application process.   Email Julie Mathis for more information.

    Leadership Charlotte Steering

    Chair: Ceres Austria, Charlotte County Attorney’s Office
    Vice-Chair: Justin Brand, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center
    Meets: As needed
    Mission: To develop new and existing community leaders by providing an experiential education as the heritage, resources, opportunities and business environment in Charlotte County.

    Objectives & Goals:

    • Expose class members to the diverse nature of Charlotte County, including its education and governmental systems.
    • Educate class members on the environmental assets of our community, the threats to them and their importance to our economy and way of life.
    • Stimulate the activity of the class with the Chamber’s Committees and Task Forces.
    • Enhance communication between the Leadership Charlotte and the Junior Leadership Charlotte programs.
    • Create a re-certification program for Leadership Charlotte alumni.

    *For more information on, or to become a member of, the Leadership Charlotte Steering committee, email Julie Mathis, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

    Here’s some of what people have to say about their experience with the Leadership Charlotte Program:

    “I have been living in Charlotte County for 26 years and thought I knew everything.  Leadership Charlotte gave me the opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding about the different industries that are engines of our community.  Beyone that, it gave me the opportunity to create a remarkable friendship with other leaders in the community.  I am proud and honored to be part of Leadership Charlotte.”  Faiza Kedir, 2014

    “If you think you know everything there is to know about Charlotte County, you are still missing out! Leadership Charlotte is the best vehicle to gain a deeper understanding about the different industries that complete the Charlotte County business community. Beyond that, it provides a remarkable opportunity to meet and network with other business leaders. Better Yet, it’s a great way to make new friends!” Stephanie Kissinger, 2013

    “If you doubt the impact Leadership Charlotte will have on you personally for any reason, I recommend asking any LC Graduate. I know everyone will tell you the experience was priceless, both in time and cost. Do not wait until you have time, make the time.” Tracy G. Lehn, 2008

    “Leadership Charlotte is the most rewarding program that I have ever been associated with. The new friends, the camaraderie, the honor of being part of this has really given me a more defined reason for being in Charlotte County. I wish it could go on forever.” Matt Nemec, 2004

    “Leadership Charlotte has been an amazing experience starting from that first day at SimSoc. Coming into this, I didn’t envision all I would gain from the program; it truly is a behind-the-scenes tour of everything there is to know about Charlotte County. Through the program, I have grown professionally as well as personally and have created remarkable friendships at the same time. I am proud and honored to be a part of Leadership Charlotte and its Alumni.” Kelly Riley, 2013

    “After living in Charlotte County for over 40 years I thought I knew everything about our community. What I learned from Leadership Charlotte was that I only knew the big picture. Leadership exposed me to the important details about our community — those details that include the people of our community, the resources of our community and the absolute beauty of our community that we tend to take for granted. It was truly an eye opening experience that I will always remember.” Lane Diedrick, 2000

    “Leadership Charlotte is a life-changing experience that provides the opportunity to form relationships that will endure long after graduation.” Mark Martella, Esq., 2008

    “I only wish I had participated sooner. I kept putting it off thinking I would have more time when I wasn’t so new and so busy. Little did I know that the time spent learning about Charlotte County and developing relationships with classmates and other Leadership Charlotte graduates would be returned to me many times over.” Lola Casey, 1993

    “Kudos to the Chamber for its ongoing commitment to a leadership program, one that gave me the opportunity to learn so much about the community and its people. The importance of this education was made even clearer in the post-hurricane climate in Charlotte County.” Connie Thrasher, 2005

    “I was actually quite amazed at the quality of the programs for each Leadership Charlotte Day event. The local dignitaries and community leaders who gave up their time to share their experiences and knowledge of our County were truly impressive!” Mary A. Byrski, 2005

    “This program provided me the unique opportunity to gain exposure to the industries and people that make Charlotte County THE up-and-coming community of Florida.” Trent Lind, 2004

    “Leadership Charlotte is a fantastic experience that showcases all that is good about Charlotte County. I have learned so much about our wonderful community and made many lasting friendships.” Lee Stein, 2005

    “Most professional, on-the-mark leadership program that I have ever had the privilege to participate in. New to the community, I have gained valuable insight on Charlotte County that research can’t give you. This has been an incredible experience and I feel I must encourage you to commit to it.” Jackie Zeh, 2008

    “Leadership Charlotte is more than a series of classes you experience, more than an excellent program put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Charlotte is a portal to becoming a vital part of Charlotte County. I’ve seen our future and I am excited!” Diana Finnegan, 2001

    “We all possess the capacity for leadership, but only those who cultivate it will ever become truly effective leaders. Leadership Charlotte is about building a collective vision, building a committed team, improving the community we live in and camaraderie. I am honored to be part of this incredibly talented class.” Lauren Schmidt, 2008


    Chair: Denise Dull, Integrity Employee Leasing  Email Denise
    Meets: At different locations in Charlotte County.

    Tourism and the hospitality industry are the roots of our local economy.  It’s very important that we all try our very best to help provide the resources and tools that enable these businesses to grow, prosper and provide quality services that keep our visitors happy and returning year after year.  For the past year or so, the Charlotte County Hospitality Association has been acting as a facilitator for these services.  However, they’ve found that perhaps businesses are more likely to actively participate at a local level.  The organization has decided to restructure by using local chambers as a resource.  To take advantage of the benefits of this restructure, your Charlotte County Chamber will be soliciting your help!   A Tourism Committee will need to be formed from our membership.  This group will act as a representative of the local community hospitality businesses, in joint meetings with the Punta Gorda Chamber Tourism Committee, The Englewood Chamber Tourism Committee and the Visitors and Convention Bureau.  It’s goal and purpose will be to continue the work and vision of the CCHA by sharing industry related information, becoming an advocate for the industry with local and state governments and providing a forum for professional education, training and networking.

    Your involvement and support is a critical piece necessary in creating a quality environment, not just for our visitors, but for our community as well.  We’re asking that you take advantage of this opportunity, and join the “CCC Tourism Team!”  To learn more about becoming a part of this exciting new opportunity, please join us on Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Microtel Inn & Suites, 4056 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Please call the Chamber at 627-2222 to RSVP.  If you have any questions, please give me a call at 941-625-0623.

    Denise Dull, Tourism Committee Chair

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