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Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving

November 20, 2023

Chamber Activities

As the festive season approaches, we would like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude and extend warm wishes to each and every one of you. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and appreciation, and we are truly grateful for the unwavering support and dedication you have shown as members of our Chamber organization.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we pause to acknowledge the strength of our community and the wonderful relationships we have built together. Your commitment to our shared goals and the collective pursuit of success has not only benefited your respective business but has also contributed to the prosperity and growth of our entire business community.

This year has presented us with numerous challenges, both expected and unexpected. Yet, through it all, we have witnessed the resilience and tenacity that defines our membership of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Your adaptability, innovative spirit, and willingness to collaborate have been nothing short of inspiring. Together, we have navigated uncharted waters, supported one another during difficult times, and emerged stronger than ever.

As we gather around the Thanksgiving table with our family, friends, and loved ones, let us take a moment to appreciate the blessings that surround us. Let us cherish the bonds of friendship and camaraderie that have been fostered within our Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce family, knowing that together, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff of the Charlotte County Chamber, we extend our warmest wishes for a Thanksgiving filled with joy, peace, and abundance. May this holiday season be a time of reflection, gratitude, and renewed hope for a brighter future.

Thank you for being an invaluable part of our organization. We are honored to serve you, and we look forward to continuing our journey together, supporting each other, and creating a thriving business community for many years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Dubs BBQ (grand opening): 4–5 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m.), Nov. 30, 4391 Aidan Lane, North Port. Food and refreshments will be provided. This will be a joint ribbon-cutting with our friends from the North Port Chamber. Registration is requested to make proper arrangements. To RSVP, visit

Special Announcement

Toys for Tots: Once again, our Chamber office is a drop-off location site for new unwrapped toys for the youth in our community who are in need. Please feel free to come by our office to drop off the much-needed toys. Toys will be collected through Thursday, Dec. 14. There is no better way to put a smile on a child’s face during Christmas time than receiving a brand-new toy. Our chamber office is located at 2702 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte.

Special events

The 45th Annual Charlotte County Chamber Christmas Parade is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. This year’s theme is “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 Street 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. Whether you are a member of our chamber or not, you are able to participate in our parade. Visit to complete your registration form. Entry fee is $50 for for-profit entries, $35 for nonprofit.

Our 13th annual Business Expo (Hottest Business Day in Paradise): 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Free and open to the public. Imagine marketing your business in an 8-by-10-foot booth and having 1,000-plus visitors and residents see the products and services you provide. You will have the opportunity to see more folks in a matter of five hours than you may see in a month. This will be an excellent environment for maximum business exposure for sales, lead generation and develop great connections. Plus, there will be over 90 other exhibitors for business-to-business to develop client/customer relationships. Deadline to reserve you booth is Tuesday, Jan. 23. There will be no late entries accepted. To reserve your booth, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

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