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Charlotte County Chamber Business of the Year and Pacesetter Award recipient

July 31, 2023

As we prepare for our 98th Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 28, now is the time for our members to nominate themselves or other members to be awarded one of our 2023 Businesses of the Year. We will award the Business of the Year for our Large, Medium and Small businesses. In addition, one Non-Profit Business of the Year will be awarded.

This esteemed opportunity allows our 1,000-plus members to recognize their hard work, dedication, commitment to excellence, achieved goals and community involvement. This is a great honor that is a true reflection that demonstrates growth, innovation, success within their industry, outstanding financial performance, and revenue and profit growth.

Businesses of the Year showcase exemplary leadership and management, fostering a positive work culture and demonstrating employment development and satisfaction. Overall, our Businesses of the Year set industry standards, achieve exceptional results, and are deserving of this prestigious recognition.

We will also honor the prestigious Pacesetter Award recipient. A Pacesetter is an individual who has achieved a level of excellence within his or her community or industry that provides a benchmark for all to follow. Past Pacesetter recipients are a “Who’s Who of Charlotte County.”

If you are a member of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and in good standing, you are eligible to nominate your business for Business of the Year or an individual for the Pacesetter Award. The deadline for all nomination submissions is Friday, Aug. 25. All nomination forms can be found on our website:

Chamber Activities

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event): 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9, Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante’, 321 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Registration required. To RSVP, visit

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2421 Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte. Coffee Sponsor: Hometown Grill (buffet breakfast). Guest speaker/program: Stephanie Rusch, Charlotte Technical College. Great information will be shared about internship opportunities through CTC. Quarterly New Member Orientation immediately following the program. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. To RSVP, visit

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County, 21500 Gibralter Dr., Port Charlotte. Who’s ready for a luau party …BBQ, drinks, games and the best networking around! Bring a gift to promote your business and bring plenty of business cards. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. To RSVP, visit

Ribbon Cuttings

Nova Construction and Roofing (grand opening): 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, 1475 Collinswood Blvd., Port Charlotte. Hot dogs, snacks and refreshments will be served. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements.

Tropical Tile & Stone (grand opening): 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1810 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte. Food, drinks and prize giveaways. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements.

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

Special Announcement

98th Annual Awards Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Invitations to be sent out soon to our membership.


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