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Leadership Charlotte hosts its first alumni reunion

April 1, 2024

On Thursday, March 21, the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce held its 1st annual Leadership Charlotte alumni reunion. The event was held at TT’s Tiki Bar at Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside.

Our Leadership Charlotte Program is in its 35th year, being the premier program of our organization. What a legacy — 35 years, 870-plus alumni, and over $900K given directly back to our community.

We had 100 attendees showing their support, engagement and love to the connections that have been made through this incredible experience and result of each and every Leadership Charlotte year. We even had five alumni representing the programs inaugurated in the year of 1989 … amazing! Special thanks go out to our Leadership Charlotte Alumni Sponsors: McCrory Law Firm, The Daily Sun, Farr Law Firm, Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Ashley, Brown & Smith, CPA’s, and Punta Gorda Marina.

Each alumni brought two nonperishable can goods with their color label on it. Nothing like a little friendly competition amongst colors. Congratulations to Blue for winning the can-stacking contest with a structure of 88 inches high.

The hundreds of canned goods not only created a fun way to celebrate our camaraderie, but it also benefited the Homeless Coalition, as they received all the canned goods for their food pantry.

Chamber activities

Networking at Noon Lunch (member event): 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 at Finnegan’s Grille & Pub, 1825 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, April 17 at Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Coffee sponsor: TBA. Guest speaker/program: TBA. Immediately following our program, we’ll have a ribbon-cutting for Insurance Professionals USA.

Coffee & Chat: 9–10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, Association of Realtors Building, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Topic: “Simple AI, Social Media, and Personal Branding Strategies” presented by Steve Black.

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, April 25, Parkside Assisted Living and Memory Cottage, 2595 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. 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.

Cruzin’ Dental, P.A.: 5–6:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Wednesday, April 10, 220 Kings Highway, Suite 3-1, Port Charlotte. Hawaiian themed. Hawaiian chicken & rice, chicken strips, and refreshments will be provided.

Waggles Puppies (grand reopening): 5–6 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, April 16, 2686 Tamiami Trail, Suite 3A, Port Charlotte. Refreshments, snacks and raffles will be provided.

Florida Living Team/EXP Realty (grand opening): 5–7 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Thursday, April 18 at 2686 Tamiami Trail, Unit 1A, Port Charlotte.

Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson: 4–5:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 4:45 p.m.) Tuesday, April 30, 2224 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Appetizers, beer, soft drinks from the Twisted Fork will be provided. Gather in the showroom for a raffle ticket for a Black-Widow/Harley-Davidson gift basket.

Special events

Celebrate National Karaoke Week: 5:30–7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 at Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, 3796 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. This event is organized by the Charlotte County Chamber Social Club. Bragging rights for the best costume resembling your singer, most memorable performance, and best group choreography. Open to all. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office 941-627-2222

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