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Teri Ashley, Executive Director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, writes a weekly column in the Charlotte Sun.  You may read it here every Monday.

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LIVE, from the banks of beautiful Charlotte Harbor in downtown Punta Gorda!

May 18, 2020

LIVE, from the banks of beautiful Charlotte Harbor in downtown Punta Gorda!  By TERI ASHLEY The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will be streaming live into your home or office at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning with its Third Wednesday Coffee. This is the time-honored, perhaps even iconic, monthly membership meeting. The difference this Wednesday…

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Remember to stay thankful for what we have

May 11, 2020

Remember to stay thankful for what we have [Charlotte Sun Column 5-11-20]   By TERI ASHLEY It’s been 70 days since Florida’s first positive COVID-19 case. Depending on who you ask at any given time, it either seems like either 70 minutes … or 70 months. Time has gone bonkers. But with all of this…

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Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

May 4, 2020

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. [Charlotte Sun Column 5-4-20]   By TERI ASHLEY      Our Phase 1 of the “Plan for Florida’s Recovery Post COVID-19 Emergency” officially began just after midnight. So, do you feel any different? Is the seven-page, State of Florida, Office of the Governor, Executive Order Number 20-112…

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Sponsor needed for banner pulling plane, skywriter, and/or blimp

April 20, 2020

Sponsor needed for banner pulling plane, skywriter, and/or blimp [Charlotte Sun Column 4-20-2020]  By TERI ASHLEY Scheduled Event See that up there? I threw those two words up to the top because it’s been awhile since they have been typed together. We have done everything in our power to keep chamber members (and the general…

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Yes, the whole IS greater than the sum of its parts

April 13, 2020

Yes, the whole IS greater than the sum of its parts [Charlotte Sun Column 4-13-20]   By TERI ASHLEY   Ok, so here it is. We need YOUR help as well. Anyone can join the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce to help us as we continue helping the entire community. If you’ve been looking for…

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Essential…if you have to ask…

April 6, 2020

ESSENTIAL … if you have to ask … – Charlotte Sun Column 4-6-20   By TERI ASHLEY   Last week I wrote that both offices of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce would remain staffed unless a directive was issued for businesses to close and we are confined to our homes. I didn’t use the…

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Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce remains strong and active

March 30, 2020

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce remains strong and active [Charlotte Sun Column 3-30-20]   By TERI ASHLEY   Many people who know me will confirm that I don’t get “writer’s block.” Ever. I once told someone – and not very humbly I might add – that I could write about any topic given to me,…

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Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce here for members and community

March 23, 2020

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce here for members and community [Charlotte Sun Column 3-23-20]   By TERI ASHLEY   As of this writing, both offices of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce remain open for business. Public access to both buildings has be stopped, but the staff of four is working diligently for our members…

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Local Charlotte County Chamber members have ordering and delivery options

March 16, 2020

Local Charlotte County Chamber members have ordering and delivery options [Charlotte Sun Column 3-16-20]   By TERI ASHLEY   The first priority of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is to always maintain healthy protocols for our business community and the citizens they serve. That’s you. For this reason, the decision has been made to…

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Book THE local historic Victorian wedding venue now!

March 2, 2020

Book THE local historic Victorian wedding venue now! [Charlotte Sun Column 3-2-20] By TERI ASHLEY   I just couldn’t wait any longer to share the news with you all. This project has been developing (in my mind) for years and it’s time for the big “TA-DA!” Do you hear the brass fanfare? The drum roll? Or…

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