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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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Leadership Charlotte 2021 applications being accepted starting this week

June 29, 2020

Leadership Charlotte 2021 applications being accepted starting this week   By TERI ASHLEY Yes, the Leadership Charlotte program continues as we all handle the seemingly daily news updates and life changes. Quite honestly, there doesn’t seem to be a time when the camaraderie and growth of community leaders could be needed more than now. The…

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The Cutting of the ribbons and other networking events

June 22, 2020

The cutting of the ribbons and other networking events By TERI ASHLEY I’m sure you have all been on pins and needles waiting to see how our first in-person monthly meeting went last week. I can tell you that Jim Finch and his team at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center were so well…

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This, That, and other chamber stuff

June 15, 2020

This, that, and other chamber stuff By TERI ASHLEY Have you heard that we’re having an in-person Third Wednesday Coffee membership meeting this week?  It is being sponsored by Gator Wilderness Camp School, and our featured guest speaker will be Dr. Joe Pepe, the Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County. It…

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Business rebounding to continue at the Third Wednesday Coffee

June 8, 2020

Business rebounding to continue at the Third Wednesday Coffee By TERI ASHLEY Yes, I realize this is a week early, but the June 17 IN-PERSON Third Wednesday Coffee will be the business place to be. It is the chamber’s first non-virtual meeting and networking event since … you know. (BV) The Charlotte Harbor Event and…

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2021 Community Guide and Membership Directory is on the way

June 1, 2020

2021 Community Guide and Membership Directory is on the way By TERI ASHLEY We have a lot to look forward to as we head into June, and then the second half of the year 2020. Ramping up business, welcoming back visitors, enjoying summer fun, and then easing into the magical holidays. Then it will be…

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Open for business (except today) as we rebuild customer and visitor confidence

May 25, 2020

Open for business (except today) as we rebuild customer and visitor confidence  By TERI ASHLEY The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce offices are closed on this Monday, and it’s hoped you are all able to find a few moments for reflection and relaxation on this Memorial Day 2020. When you do visit with us, you…

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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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