The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting a year-end membership drive.

The concept of this membership drive is to encourage businesses that are not currently a member of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, to expand their efforts and make a commitment to help their business grow and be more successful.

The chamber wants to help by offering non-chamber businesses an opportunity to join the chamber and receive benefits that will help their business be more successful and grow.

Any business that joins the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 31 will receive three days advertising in the North Port Sun ($192 value); be entered a raffle to win a 55-inch smart television ($420.00 value donated by Walmart Supercenter) and the chamber will waive the $25 administrative free.

This is also the last chance that a business can join the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and claim the membership dues on their 2018 business tax return.

Any current and active chamber member that solicits and secures a new chamber member during the membership drive will receive a $50 credit to their chamber account (for each new chamber member secured) and be entered a raffle to win the “Business Spotlight” in the February 2019 Communicator Newsletter.

Annual Frosty Award

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are here! North Port will soon be ablaze with holiday lights and decorations.

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will award its annual Frosty Award to the business or organization judged to exhibit the most festive holiday decorations and lights inside and/or outside.

Businesses and organizations are required to be members of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce in order to participate.

Judging will take place today.

The winner will be announced at the chamber’s annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 13. You are welcome to visit the participating businesses and organizations to view the decorations and get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

The following businesses and organizations locations include:

• AAA Auto Club Group in Port Charlotte – 21229–A Olean Blvd, Port Charlotte

• Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty — 14972 Tamiami Trail, North Port

• Cornerstone Integrated Healthcare — 13355S. Tamiami Trail — Suite A-E

• Harbor Cove — 1499 Imperial Drive, North Port

• Homeowners Association of LaCasa, Inc. — 300 El Prado, North Port

• Olde World Restaurant& Sherwood Forest Lounge — 14415 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port

• Sarasota County Tax Collector — 4970 City Hall Boulevard, North Port

State Farm Insurance – Dean McConville Agency – 14506 Tamimai Trail, North Port

The Rock Box Music School & Stage — 5400 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port

Worksite, LLC – 2579 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port

Annual Holiday Social

The chamber’s annual Holiday Social will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (formerly Bobcat Trail Golf Club) in North Port.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the Holiday Season with your fellow chamber partners and to help support those less fortunate as we collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corp League Detachment 948 Toys for Tots Program.

If you do not plan to conduct a Holiday Social at your place of business this is a great opportunity to offer a low-cost benefit to your employees and recognize the hard work that they provide to you and your business.

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic drinks and karaoke entertainment.

A cash bar will be available. Word has it that there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Annual Awards Banquet

You are invited to attend the annual Awards Banquet to be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club.

All nominees and winners of the 2018 Business-of-the-Year and the annual Frosty Award will be announced and all committee members that volunteered over the past year will be recognized.

The cost is $25 per person and includes a plated ham or turkey lunch and drinks. Table sponsorships are available for $250 (includes: seating for eight people) and ½ table sponsorships for $150 (includes seating for four people) and includes: recognition in the program, verbal recognition and a special table sponsor sign.

Come join us as we recognize the nominated and winning businesses for their accomplishments and success. Space is limited, so register for the luncheon now!

New chamber members

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following businesses as new chamber members: M & S Precision Machine and Madelyn LaRosa — Keller Williams Realty Gold.

For more information, please call the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce office at 941-564-3040 or visit the website at www.northportareachamber.com.

Bill Gunnin is the executive director of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 941-564-3040 or email at wgunnin@northportareachamber.com.

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