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Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024 Applications now being accepted

May 29, 2023

Our Leadership Charlotte Program is embarking on its 35th year as the premier program of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. The Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024 application are now available. If you are a chamber member or to wish become a chamber member and want to experience an amazing opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind education of how Charlotte County operates and meet all the invaluable people behind scenes that make it happen, then this program is for you!

The application selection process is very competitive. Only 25 applicants are accepted each year. It is important each answer to be complete and comprehensive for every question. The program beings in September, with a reception announcing the new class. In October, there are a couple of session that are mandatory to attend. From November through June, one day each month you and your classmates will visit multiple business segments to get a well-rounded learning experience and determine how the class can make an impact with our local community.

In addition, the business connections and life-long friendship that will be made is priceless! Deadline for all application submissions is Friday, Aug. 4, 2023. Leadership Charlotte Class of 2024 applications and class schedule can be found on our website and at the chamber office. If there are any questions regarding the program or process, please contact the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

Chamber Activities

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event): 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, June 14 at Lime Tequila Mexican Restaurant, 1978 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. Registration and meal selection required. To RSVP, visit

Lunch & Learn (member event): Noon–1 p.m., Tuesday, June 20 .Topic: E-Verify Compliance Training for Small Business Employers. Speaker: Christina Faro-Pilliteri, Integrity Employee Leasing. Registration/lunch selection required. To RSVP, visit $10pp.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, June 21 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Coffee sponsor: Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Guest speaker: Patrick Fuller, director of the Charlotte County Emergency Management/Hurricane Season Preparedness. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, June 22 at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, 19700 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. Bring a gift to promote your business and bring plenty of business cards. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon cuttings are an effective way to meet the business owners (and fellow chamber members) in an informal atmosphere and develop great connections. Plus, you get familiar with their products and services provided. Please take the time to show your support and attend our ribbon cuttings!

Port Charlotte Detox (grand opening): 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1 at 3460 Depew Ave., Port Charlotte. Refreshments and facility tours provided. Registration is requested.

Mazda of Port Charlotte (groundbreaking): 11 a.m., Thursday, June 8 at 798 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Registration is requested.

Meals on Wheels (new kitchen reveal): 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 13 at 3082 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Registration is requested.

Hometown Title Closings & Services (new location): 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15 at 2091 Tamiami Trail, Unit B, Port Charlotte. Food, drinks, and giveaway will be provided. Registration is requested.

Bob White is executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.