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Connecting businesses: A vision for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

October 23, 2023

In a historic year for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, I am deeply honored to serve as your president. This esteemed organization has been a steadfast pillar of our community for nearly a century, boasting a rich 98-year history. With over a thousand members, the Chamber is a vibrant network of businesses and professionals. I am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic community and look forward to carrying forward the legacy of positive change.

Before we delve into the theme for my term, “Connecting Businesses Together,” let’s pause for a moment to reflect on the Chamber’s incredible journey. Over its nearly century-long existence, it has played a pivotal role in fostering economic growth and community development in Charlotte County. It has witnessed our community’s evolution, and it’s with great excitement that I step into this leadership role to continue the tradition of positive transformation.

Acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our predecessors is vital. The committed chamber members who have come before us have helped shape the Chamber into what it is today. We stand on the shoulders of those who have tirelessly worked to ensure the prosperity of our community, and their contributions are truly commendable. I am deeply grateful for the support that they have consistently offered.

My personal journey to the Chamber’s presidency was significantly shaped by my involvement in Leadership Charlotte. This program has been instrumental in instilling in me a profound sense of civic responsibility and a deep appreciation for the diverse and vibrant tapestry of Charlotte County. I extend my heartfelt thanks to my Leadership Charlotte classmates for their enduring support. Their backing was invaluable during my tenure as Class President in 2016 and continues to be a source of inspiration today.

Now, let’s explore the vision for this term — “Connecting Businesses Together.” It embodies the spirit of unity and collaboration. We are committed to bridging the gaps that sometimes divide our diverse business community. Our aim is to create a rising tide that lifts all of our member businesses, regardless of their history with the Chamber. We are excited to introduce innovative programs and initiatives that encourage cross-industry networking, enabling diverse businesses to share knowledge, collaborate and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Our focus is on fostering the relationships that make our community a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

But our vision for “Connecting Businesses Together” doesn’t stop at county borders. We are actively seeking partnerships and alliances with neighboring chambers and businesses to amplify our collective impact, ensuring the broader region thrives.

As we move forward, let’s remember that our Chamber’s legacy is a testament to the power of unity and community involvement. With “Connecting Businesses Together” as our guiding principle, I am confident that the future holds endless possibilities. I look forward to a year of growth, collaboration and continued success, driven by the unwavering spirit of our members and the shared commitment to our vibrant community. Together, we shall embark on this exciting journey, making Charlotte County an even better place to live and work.

Thank you for entrusting me with this incredible responsibility. Together, we will pave the way for a thriving business community that benefits us all.

Chamber Activities

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, ActivAge Daytime Senion Care, 3626 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Who’s ready for Halloween networking gathering? Feel free to wear your best costume. Appetizers and refreshments provided. There will be a Halloween themed icebreaker. 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 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!

ShorePoint Health Punta Gorda (celebration of their renovated lobby and patient care areas): 5–7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25 (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.). Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements.

Special Announcement

45th Annual Charlotte County Chamber Christmas Parade: noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec, 9. Parade theme: Tropical Christmas. We welcome the entire community to come on out and bring the kids, grandkids, and the entire family to enjoy one of the best community events of the year! The parade kicks off at noon at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center and then goes south on Taylor St. to the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. We will have a special visitor all the way from the North Pole. Thousands of folks line the sidewalk of the parade route. Make sure come out early to get a great view of the parade! To participate in the parade, visit to complete your registration form. Entry fee: $50 for profit and $35 for nonprofit.

Nick Worden is board president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce