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The strength of our Charlotte County community

February 26, 2024

The strength of our community lies in its unity, resilience and ability to come together to support one another. A strong community is united in its goals, values and sense of belonging. People within the community support and respect each other, despite any differences they may have. A resilient community can withstand and recover from challenges such as natural disasters, economic downturns, or social crises. The ability to bounce back from adversity is a hallmark of our strong community.

Effective communication within our community is essential for building trust, sharing information and fostering collaboration. Open lines of communication help community members stay informed and engaged. Our Charlotte County community is strengthened when people come together to work towards common goals. Collaborative efforts, such as community projects, events, or initiatives, help build a sense of shared purpose and accomplishment.

Strong communities have robust support networks in place to help individuals in times of need. This includes social services, volunteer organizations, or simply neighbors looking out for one another. Embracing diversity and promoting inclusion within a community enriches its social fabric and fosters a sense of belonging for all members. Celebrating differences and creating a welcoming environment for everyone can strengthen community bonds.

Effective leadership plays a crucial role in guiding and empowering a community. Strong leaders inspire others, promote collaboration, and work towards the common good of the community. By focusing on these factors and fostering a sense of belonging, collaboration and resilience, communities can build and maintain their strength over time. It is with a great sense of honor and pride that the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce actively has a role of advocacy, dedication, passion, and commitment not only for our business community but for Charlotte County and beyond.

Ribbon Cuttings

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!

Byrd Haus Market (grand opening): 5–6 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 13425 Muriel Ave., Port Charlotte. Snacks, beer/wine, and soft drinks will be provided. Raffle for attendees (Interior Design Consultation — $250 value). Must be present to win. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

POSTPONED Swiftwater at West Port Luxury Apartments (grand opening): 4–8 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Thursday, Feb. 29 at 16325 Franklin Ave., Port Charlotte. Music, gift giveaways, and refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

Special events

Fun After 5 Events: Let’s Get Social: 5–7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 at Buffalo Wings and Rings. The Social Club of the Charlotte County Chamber will host a very relaxing informal opportunity for our members to socialize beyond our regular scheduled events and just enjoy the camaraderie and make great connections. This event will pay your own way for food/drinks. Registration is requested. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

1st Annual Leadership Charlotte Alumni Reunion (Leadership Charlotte alumni only): 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at TT’s Tiki Bar. All Leadership Charlotte alumni (and a guest) are invited to our 1st Annual LC Alumni Reunion Event! Networking, camaraderie, and a little friendly competition. Heavy appetizers and cash bar will be available. We are asking our alumni to bring two canned goods for donation. There will be bragging rights for the color with the highest stack of cans.

Yell your color from the rooftops by becoming a sponsor. We are looking for six $500 sponsors. We will recognize your business, logo, color and year graduated: GO RED — GO BLUE — GO YELLOW — GO GREEN. Registration is required. Visit

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