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Charlotte County Chamber celebrates its 98th year

August 14, 2023

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 98th Annual Awards Luncheon at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. It is a privilege and honor to serve in the leadership role as executive director of such a productive and beneficial organization to our 1,000-plus members and the overall community of Charlotte County.

The Charlotte County Chamber has come a long way since 1925 with impeccable leadership, dedication, commitment, steadfastness and a vision to maintain the Charlotte County Chamber as the premier business membership organizing in the region. Today, our organization is becoming more strategic in our purpose, planning and execution. Our vision is to be an indispensable partner for the business community of Charlotte County. We have a strong Board of Directors who are committed and dedicated to providing leadership, guidance and direction for our future and strategic growth.

Our membership is our lifeblood. The membership of our chamber is thriving and having our members interacting with each other and making important connections, it strengthens our business community for everyone. At our 98th Annual Awards Luncheon, we will recognize and acknowledge our Large, Medium, Small and Nonprofit Businesses of the Year. Additionally, we will present the prestigious Pacesetter Award to one very deserving recipient. We will celebrate our Sustaining Partners, who are our “Chamber Champions.” As we continue to strengthen our leadership, we’ll induct the slate of our Board of Directors.

To all our members, save the date of Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. I encourage you to attend and let’s all celebrate together!

Chamber Activities

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

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.

New Season Treatment Center (grand opening): 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. Ribbon-cutting at noon, 20580 Veterans Blvd., Port Charlotte. Lunch, tours, and swag bags will be provided. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. For all ribbon-cuttings, please go to and review the Events Calendar to register.

Dual Grand Opening Ribbon-Cuttings: 5–7 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.), Thursday, Aug. 31 at Lymphology and Aqua Sol Infusions, 1620 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Each business will have separate ribbon-cutting. Light appetizers and refreshments (beer/wine) provided. Raffles for IV treatments and detox massages. Discounted package deals. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements.

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