Networking at Noon is tomorrow at Prime Steak House. Please make a reservation in the chamber store or by calling 941-627-2222. Reservations are required.

On Thursday, Leadership Charlotte alumni will welcome the Class of 2019 at a reception in their honor from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Event Center, our host for the party. It’s always fun to see a group of mostly strangers start getting to know each other. Alum, please RSVP so we can give an accurate headcount to the Event Center.

Our Sept. 19 Third Wednesday Coffee will feature the United Way of Charlotte County. We meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center for coffee, great networking and learning. Please join us and please bring a new or gently used children’s book(s) for the Charlotte Reads project.

Hessler Floor Covering will host the Sept. 27 Business Card Exchange at their store in downtown Punta Gorda. Bring plenty of business cards to hand out and a small gift to gain additional face to face recognition.

Nominees for the Business of the Year awards are Chapman Insurance Group, Four Points by Sheraton Harborside, Integrity Employee Leasing, King Fisher Fleet, Port Charlotte Florida Solaris Healthcare, Southwest Engineering & Design and Tiki Tom Entertainment. Nonprofit nominees include Animal Welfare League, Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies, Charlotte Chorale, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, Small Business Development Center and Suncoast Humane Society. Congratulations, one and all. The nominees will be recognized and winners selected at our 93rd Annual Banquet on Sept. 28. You can make a reservation in the Chamber store or by calling 941-627-2222.

Last call for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association workshop on ADA compliance. Learn how you can protect your establishment, your website, understand service dogs and more. The workshop is on Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Event Center. Visit to register.

September 11 … we remember.

Julie Mathis is executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Email her at jmathis@charlottecounty^p^p


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