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The power of helping each other

March 4, 2024

I would like to think the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is more than just a business membership organization. As we continue to excel, strategically transform, and have a greater level of community collaboration, helping one another is a vital initiative that our entire community can be involved collectively. Helping each other has numerous benefits, both professionally and personally.

Having an active role in helping others provides a sense of fulfillment and purpose. It feels good to know that you’ve made a positive impact in someone’s business or life. Helping others can strengthen relationships and foster a sense of community. It can create bonds based on trust, gratitude, and mutual support. Acts of kindness and helping others have been shown to improve mental well-being by reducing stress, enhancing mood, and increasing feelings of happiness.

Helping others can increase empathy and understanding towards different perspectives and experiences. It can help foster a more compassionate society. It’s the creation of a cycle of kindness where others are more likely to help you when you need it. This sense of reciprocity can create a supportive network.

By providing or offering a helping collaboration, you contribute to making our community a better place to live, work and play. Small acts of kindness can have ripple effects and inspire others to do the same.

Overall, helping each other not only benefits the individuals involved but also contributes to creating a more supportive, empathetic, and interconnected community.

Chamber activities

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event): 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 at Dough Bar Restaurant & Pizzeria, 520 King St., Punta Gorda. A delicious buffet will be served.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, March 20 (LOCATION CHANGE) Realtor Association Building, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Coffee sponsor: Suncoast One Title & Closings. Program: State of the County Address, presented by Charlotte County Administrator Hector Flores and Charlotte County Economic Development Director Dave Gammon. You don’t want to miss this very informative presentation of what’s happening and developing in our community.

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, March 28 at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maude St., Punta Gorda. Appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided. Fun and games of course. Bring a gift to promote your business. Don’t forget your business cards.

Registration is requested for all events. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

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!

Registration is requested for all events. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

Valerie’s House of Punta Gorda (grand opening): 5-6:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, March 5 at 233 E. McKenzie St., Punta Gorda. Refreshments and tours of their new Punta Gorda location provided.

Gasparilla Bout Tours (grand opening): 4:30–6 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:00 p.m.)Thursday, March 14 — 6950 Placida Rd., Englewood (Cape Haze Marina). Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. This will be a dual ribbon-cutting with our friends from the Englewood Chamber.

Crews Bank & Trust: 8:15 a.m. — 9:15 a.m. (ribbon-cutting at 8:30 a.m.) Friday, March 15 at 1100 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Giveaways. This will be a tri-chamber ribbon cutting with Charlotte County, North Port, and Punta Gorda chambers.

Metropolitan Solutions (new member): 4:30–6:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, March 19 at 16830 Canopy Garden Dr., Port Charlotte. Finger food and refreshments will be provided. This will be a dual ribbon-cutting with our friends from the North Port Chamber.

Special events

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.