The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Scramblin’ on the Green” golf tournament at Port Charlotte Golf Club was a tremendous success Saturday.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated and supported the tournament. Chamber staff Denise Berg and Emily Shaw, and office volunteers Beverly Grove and Karen Dill all worked endless hours to organize and ensure that everything was completed so that the golf tournament would run without a hitch. Thanks also to our board of directors who continuously provide support to all our endeavors so we can continue to carry out our mission and meet the needs of our members and the community.

Thanks to all of the players who helped us sell out the tournament, and to all the volunteers who helped set up the course, and who volunteered on tournament day. Thanks to Randy Kendrick and Lance Broat at Venice Print Center for the marketing material, signs and banners, and to all of the businesses, organizations and people who donated raffle prizes, silent auction and goody bag items to ensure that players received incentives.

Also, thanks to all the sponsors who helped make the tournament a positive experience and a financial success. Sponsors include Worksite, our title sponsor; Lightspeed Voice, Elite Hurricane Home Protection, Olde World Restaurant, Elite Inspections & Pest Solutions, Superior Pools of SWFL, Gulf Breeze Apparel, KIA of Port Charlotte, Advance Asphalt, Kaplan Tax & Accounting, Charlotte Bank & Trust, YoungLife, The Gallery at North Port/Senior Living, Rothco Signs & Design, Your CBD Store of North Port, YMCA of Southwest Florida, 360 Business Growth & Cutco,, By Stitching Solutions, Coldwell Banker & Sunstar Realty, Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services, Hope & Harmony Holistic Health, Rhonda Gustitus Team-Keller Williams Peace River Partners, SeePort Optometry, Tommy’s Express Car Wash, C & F Movers, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning, Hoover Pressure Cleaning, Key Agency, Sandhill Healing Center, Caddy Carts, Charlotte County Ford, Certain Water Service, and Publix Supermarkets.

A special thanks goes out to Mark Faulkner and all of the staff at Port Charlotte Golf Club who provided a great venue to host the golf tournament and went out of their way to work with the Chamber and provided multiple services to make the golf tournament such a success.


We’re having a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at Tru Nutrition, 3345 Bobcat Village Center Road, North Port. Join us and see what types of products and services they offer. Nutritional teas and meal replacements will be provided. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are free and open to all.


The North Port Chamber will present its annual Frosty Awards to the storefront business or organization judged to exhibit the most festive holiday decorations.

Businesses/organizations need to be chamber members to be considered. There will be two categories: Judge’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award. Judging for the Judges Choice Award will take place from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 8. The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award Dec. 7-11 by completing an online ballot on the Chamber’s facebook page. Paper ballots for the People’s Choice Award will be available at our office.

The Annual Frosty Awards will be presented at our annual Awards Luncheon on Dec. 16.


This month’s Network@Noon luncheon will 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at The Grill at 1951, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. It’s $20 in advance or $25 at the door. We’ll introduce new members at this luncheon. Open to members and non-members to experience the power of networking. Bring a raffle item to promote your business. Please register in advance.


Our Annual Holiday Social is set for 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Pitmaster All American BBQ, 2200 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. This year’s theme is “Good Old Fashion Country Christmas,” so come in your most festive attire.

This is a great opportunity for chamber members to celebrate the holidays together and to thank your employees for all of the hard work they provided over the past year. Cost is $30 or $50 per couple and includes appetizers, beverages (cash bar available), live DJ, dancing and much more.

We are again partnering with the North Port Police Department to support their annual Shop with a Cop Program. It helps less-fortunate families during the holiday season with presents for children and families. Officers shop with these children at Walmart, building trust and positive relationship law enforcement. Please bring a monetary donation or Walmart gift cards for this program. Visit www.northportarea


We would like to welcome Heartis Venice and Pitmasters All American BBQ as new members of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.

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

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, or visit www.north


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