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Charlotte Chamber supports Shoes for Kids project

July 1, 2024

The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a dropoff location to collect brand-new tennis shoes for children in the Charlotte County public schools.

It is an honor to partner with Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Club for their annual Shoes for Kids Project. The goal for the 2024-2025 school year is to collect 4,000 pairs of new tennis shoes for students in pre-K, elementary, middle and high school.

We’ll be collecting shoes from now until July 26. Whether it is one pair of new shoes or a bagful, no donation is too little or too great.

As a community, we CAN make a difference in the lives of the kids in our school system. I have heard so many stories of children not only needing shoes but being walked to a school closet to get a brand-new pair of tennis shoes that are actually the correct size vs. wearing shoes too small and many times that are taped up.

Getting a brand-new pair of shoes can make the difference in the students’ lives, being more confident and more adaptable in their educational success.

For more information on the Shoes for Kids Project or make a monetary donation, visit or call 941-336-2411.

All monetary donations are to be payable to Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise Foundation Inc. We greatly appreciate all that you are able to help and hope to see you soon at our office.


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

Network at Noon Lunch (member event), July 10, 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m. at Zoe’s Sweet Kitchen, 1101 El Jobean Road, Unit A, Port Charlotte. Registration and meal selection are required.

Coffee & Chat (member event), July 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. “Building Business Credit,” presented by Drew Smith of J. Galt Financial Suite. Learn how to build your business credit score around your EIN, not your SSN, remove personal guarantees from business, how to access unsecured cashflow for expenses, rent, payroll, material overheads. Registration is required.

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event), July 17, 8-10 a.m. at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. The program is a candidates forum. You will be able to hear from and visit with each candidate running for office. There will be no Q & A. Each candidate will have three minutes to share their platform and qualifications. Registration is requested.

Business Card Exchange (member event), July 25, 5-7 p.m. at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. There will be fun and games of course for everyone. Bring a gift to promote your business. Don’t forget your business cards. Registration is requested.


Ribbon-cutting ceremonies 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. Registration is requested at or call the chamber office 941-627-2222

  • Tulips Flower Shop (new member), 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at 2171 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. We’ll cut the ribbon at 4:30. Refreshments, cookies and a raffle for a wrapped bouquet.
  • SFC Pool Corp., 5-6 p.m. July 18 at 3616 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte. We’ll cut the ribbon at 5:30 p.m. There will be food, drinks, music and raffles.


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.


Leadership Charlotte Class of 2025 applications are now available.

This will be the 36th year of our Leadership Charlotte program, with over $900K given directly back to our community leaving a legacy for each class.

For those of you who have heard about our premier program and want to participate, now is your time. Only 25 applicants are accepted. Selection is based on the completeness and comprehensiveness of your application.

To complete your Leadership Charlotte Class of 2025 application and review the program schedule, visit or come to the chamber office. The deadline for all application submissions is Aug. 2. No late applications will be accepted.

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