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Leadership Charlotte Class of 2025 applications now available

June 10, 2024

Our Leadership Charlotte program will be entering its 36th year.

It is the premier platform to get a one-of-a-kind education and experience how Charlotte County operates and meet the amazing folks that make it happen.

In addition, the business connections and relationships that will be made are invaluable to your personal and business growth.

Since our inaugural class of 1989, through class fundraising events and beautification initiatives, over $900,000 has given directly back to the community of Charlotte County. With more than 875 Leadership Charlotte alumni, there is such a rich history of a legacy impact that has been made for so many nonprofit organizations.

Only 25 applicants are accepted each year. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee based on an anonymous assessment of the content for completeness and comprehensiveness. Once the class had been determined, the Charlotte County Chamber will host a special reception announcing the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2025.

To be eligible to apply for our Leadership Charlotte Class program; you must be a member of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and in good standing.

If you wish to participate in our Leadership Charlotte program, the application and class schedule is on our website; or come into our office to pick one up. All applications must be submitted no later than Aug. 2. No late submissions will be accepted. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the chamber office at 941-627-2222

I can tell you from personal experience, it will be one of the best decisions your business can invest in. Again, the ancillary benefits you and your business receive will be invaluable!


Networking at Noon Lunch (member event), 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Four Points by Sheraton’s Dockside Grill, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Registration and meal selection is required.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event), 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Realtor Association Building, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte (note the location change). Guest speaker will be Sheriff Bill Prummell, who will present the great initiatives the CCSO accomplishes to keep Charlotte County safe. Immediately following our program, we’ll have a ribbon-cutting Insurance Professionals USA.

Business Card Exchange (member event), 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, 450 Shreve St. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided, along with fun and games of course for everyone. Bring a gift to promote your business and 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 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.

Insane Conez (one-year anniversary): 5-7 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, June 11 at 2686 Tamiami Trail, Unit 4, Port Charlotte. Enjoy Yoder ice cream tastings, 10% off anything purchased during the event.

America’s Boat Club-Peace River, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:45 p.m.) Thursday, June 20, at 21234 Olean Blvd., Port Charlotte. Refreshments will be provided.

Register for these ribbon-cuttings at, or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.


New Teachers’ Breakfast (member event), 7:30-8:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will host our annual New Teachers’ Breakfast. Charlotte County Public Schools will be welcoming 200 new teachers this year. We are asking for our members to sponsor a new teacher or teachers. Each sponsor will be able to have breakfast with a new teacher for a heart-warming introduction and convey great information about our community. Registration is required. To sponsor a new teacher, visit or call the chamber office 941-627-2222.

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