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Embrace our community…shop local

August 28, 2023

We often hear about “Shop Local,” specifically during certain times of the year. To shop local should be a 24/7 concept. Shopping locally offers numerous benefits to both individuals and communities. When we shop locally, we directly contribute to the local economy. Local businesses generate employment opportunities, create income for residents, and contribute to the overall economic growth of our community. Local businesses often offer unique, handcrafted, or locally sourced products that you might not find in larger chain stores. These products are often made with care and reflect the local culture, craftsmanship, and flavors.

Local businesses tend to prioritize personalized customer service. They often have a better understanding of their customers’ needs and preferences, allowing them to offer tailored recommendations and build stronger relationships with their customers/clientele. Shopping local can have a positive environmental impact. Local businesses typically have shorter supply chains, reducing transportation distances and associated carbon emissions. Additionally, they may use sustainable practices, such as sourcing local ingredients, reducing packaging waste, or supporting eco-friendly initiatives.

Local businesses are often deeply connected to the community. They frequently sponsor local events, support charities, and contribute to community development projects. By shopping locally, we help create a vibrant and thriving community with a sense of identity and pride. Our community has its unique character, history, and charm. By supporting local businesses, we help preserve the distinctiveness of your community. These businesses contribute to the local aesthetics and maintain the authenticity that makes our neighborhoods and community special.

Shopping local encourages entrepreneurship and fosters a supportive environment for small business owners. It helps individuals pursue their passions, start new ventures and create opportunities for innovation and creativity.

Remember, when we shop locally, we make a difference in our community, promote economic growth, and contribute to a more sustainable and connected society.

Chamber Activities

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event): 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Icehouse Pub, 408 N. Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. You’ll enjoy a delicious buffet. Registration required. To RSVP, visit

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Coffee sponsor: Granny Nannies, Rosa Benghtt. Guest speaker/program: Denise Dull, president of the Florida International Airshow. There will be an opportunity to win free tickets to the airshow (Thunderbirds Squadron will be showcasing their dynamic maneuvers). Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. To RSVP, visit Immediately follow our program, we’ll have a ribbon-cutting for Deep End IV Hydration.

Business Card Exchange: There will be no Business Card Exchange in September due to our 98th Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Ribbon Cuttings

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.

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 our soon to our membership. We will recognize our Businesses of the Year (Large, Medium, Small, and Nonprofit), honor our Pacesetter Award recipient, induct our incoming Board of Directors, hear the vision for the coming year from our new Board President, Nicholas Worden, Charlotte State Bank Trust. RSVP is required. To reserve your seat/table visit:

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