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The strength of being a member of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

July 10, 2023

For one to join a membership organization, there must/should be a “Purpose, Plan, and Payoff” for personal or professional gain or growth. Being a member of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce provides several advantages and strengths for local businesses to have greater success.

Key strengths of being a Charlotte County Chamber member is having an elevated level of credibility and reputation. Membership at our chamber can enhance your business status. Being associated with an organization that promotes ethical business practices and community involvement can build trust among customers, clients, and other businesses.

Networking and events are excellent ways to allow local businesses to connect with other professionals, potential customers, industry leaders, fostering valuable relationships and partnerships. Marketing and promotional opportunities are a strategic method to reach a large audience, putting an even brighter spotlight on your business. This includes our Business Online weekly newsletter, Community Guide and Business Directory (print/online), online listings, sponsorship opportunities, and media exposure, all of which can help increase your business’s visibility and reach.

Overall, the strength of your valued Charlotte County Chamber membership depends on the engagement and participation. By working together and taking advantage of the resources and benefits offered by our chamber, businesses can benefit individually and contribute to the collective strength of our organization and our local community.

Chamber Activities

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event): 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, July 12 at Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar, 201 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Registration and meal selection required. To RSVP, visit

Lunch & Learn (member event): Noon–1 p.m., Tuesday, July 18 at the Charlotte County Chamber office, 2702 Tamiami Trail, PC. Topic: E-Verify Compliance Training for Small Business Employers. Speaker: Christina Faro-Pilliteri, Charlotte County Society of Human Resource Management. Learn the rules and responsibilities associated with the new E-Verify requirement, practical methods for streamlining your hiring process and how to avoid common pitfalls and legal risks. This comprehensive session is designed to provide you with the tools and information required to successfully obtain and maintain compliance and protect your business from legal risks. Registration/lunch selection required.To RSVP, visit $10pp.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Quarterly New Member Showcase: This is a productive and effective opportunity to meet our new members, get familiar with their products and services, and build those strong business connections. It is requested for each attendee to bring one pair of new sneakers for the Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. To RSVP, visit

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, July 27 at Neal Communities (Kings Gate), 1622 Royal Court, Port Charlotte. Bring a gift to promote your business and bring plenty of business cards. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. To RSVP, visit

New Teachers’ Breakfast (member event): 7:30–9 a.m., Monday, July 31 at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Charlotte County Public Schools will be welcoming 225 new teachers this year. We are looking for 225 members to sponsor each teacher. $45 to sponsor a teacher. You can provide 225 items for the new teachers goodie bags. Deadline is Friday, July 14. Special thanks to our title sponsor: Lake Michigan Credit Union.

For all ribbon-cuttings, please go to and review the Events Calendar to register.

Special Announcement

Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project: The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will once again be a collection site for the Shoes for Kids Project. The Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project collects new athletic shoes for children (pre-K through High School) in the Charlotte County Public School System. The need for the 2023-2024 school year is 4,100 pairs of new sneakers.

Please consider helping in this much-needed community project. For more information about the project or to make a monetary donation, visit or call 941-336-2411. The Charlotte County Chamber is located at 2702 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte for shoe drop-off.