• North Port Sun Weekly Column August 27, 2019

    Chamber Announces Women in Business Conference
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, along with SCORE Port Charlotte, City of North Port, Achieva Credit Union announces the Women in Business: Challenges and Opportunities Conference in North Port, FL. The event will take place Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 8:00 am - 2:30 pm at the Suncoast Technical College Campus, located at 4445 Career Lane, Exit 179 of I-75, in North Port. A 2018 report showed that women owned businesses make up 40% of the 31 million small businesses in the United States. That’s approximately 12 million businesses employing close to 10 million workers and generating over $1.8 trillion in revenue. We want to support women entrepreneurs in our area. Speakers will include Allison Imre, Owner/President of Grapevine Communications, Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Florida Golf Coast University, Kim Quigley, Caroline McCarron, and Linda Coble, Market Leaders for BB&T Bank and Althea Harris, Assistant District Director for Marketing and Outreach for the Miami office of the Small Business Administration. Topics addressed will include the challenges and opportunities of a women owned business, changes that have been seen in women entrepreneurs, growing your business through financial knowledge and government contracts for women owned businesses. The registration cost of $25.00 includes continental breakfast, lunch (choice of Turkey, Ham or Veggie sub from Firehouse Subs), snacks, networking, tote bag with local business offers, information to help your business grow and a special gift. Seating is limited. To register, please visit the Chamber’s website Event Page at northportareachamber.com. If you wish to have your business information and/or an offer placed into the Goodie Bags, please contact Ed Davis at eddavis@scorevolunteer.org. Cost is $25.00 per item and you will need to provide 120 items. The deadline to register and pay is Friday, September 20th. If you wish to donate a Door Prize for the event, please contact Ed Davis at eddavis@scorevolunteer.org.
    “Hot Summer Nights” Membership Drive
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce “Hot Summer Nights” Membership Drive from ends today, August 27th. Businesses that are not members of the Chamber are encouraged to join during the Membership Drive and let the Chamber help their business or organization grow and succeed. The Chamber is offering additional incentives to businesses to join the Chamber during the Membership Drive. These incentives include:

    • Administrative Fee Waived ($25 value)
    • 3-day advertising in the North Port Sun Newspaper ($184 value)
    • New Member recognition:
      • Chamber Facebook page
      • Chamber website
      • Communicator electronic newsletter
      • North Port Sun Chamber column
    • Invitation and recognition at your first Network @ Noon Luncheon ($15 value)
    (Total incentive value $224)
    Joint Chamber Breakfast Networking
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Charlotte County Chamber Commerce to host a joint Breakfast Networking on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30 am at Longhorn Steakhouse, located at 1381 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. Longhorn Steakhouse is opening their doors just for this event and will be providing a delicious breakfast buffet for only $6.00 per person. Representatives from the U. S. Census will be in attendance and will provide an informative presentation on the upcoming U. S. Census. The deadline to make reservations for this event is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. You can register and pay for this event by contacting the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce at (941) 564-3040 or visit our website Event Page at www.northportareachamber.com. Seating is limited for this event, so you are encouraged to register early.
    Leadership North Port Applications
    Because of demand to participate in the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce 2019-2020 Leadership North Port Program, the Chamber has extended the deadline for accepting applications until Friday, August 30th. Leadership North Port is a series of city-wide programs designed to enhance participants awareness of our community and its needs by examining how leadership in the historical, geographical, educational, economic, governmental and cultural segments work together to perpetuate and advance the North Port community and its citizens. The program is also designed to nurture and engage the leadership skills of potential and current leaders by providing an atmosphere that stimulates and fosters diverse viewpoints, resulting in innovative answers to the critical questions facing our community. The program strives to create awareness and to connect leaders with issues; however, it is not an academic leadership training program. The Leadership North Port Program is open to the public and the Chamber will enroll participants on a first-come/first-serve basis. The cost is $575.00 per person and sessions will run from October 2019 through June 2020. A limited number of partial scholarships will be available.

    The Leadership North Port Program is seeking sponsors for Leadership Day Sessions to help defray the cost of transportation required to transport the Leadership participants, as a group, to various locations during their Day Sessions.  Leadership North Port is not subsidized by the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.  It is a self-supporting program which educates current and future leaders on a variety of top ics designed to create a greater awareness and understanding of the community, its issues and its needs. Sponsorship Benefits include: 
    • Thank you and recognition in front of Leadership participants
    • Opportunity to address the Leadership participants at Day Session
    • Provide business cards, flyers or handouts for Leadership participants
    • Recognition in Chamber newsletter and at Leadership Graduation
    • Opportunity to attend part or all of the Day Session sponsored
    • Ticket to the Leadership Graduation
    The cost of a Leadership Day Session Sponsorship is $250.00 and two sponsorships are available for each Leadership Day Session.
    2020 Community Guide
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with Chamber Members Gelmtree Advertising and Buffalo Graffix to produce our 2020 Community Guide. This publication is the member voice of our Chamber and the community. We are designing the book to have a magazine feel that draws in readers, visitors and potential new business to our wonderful community. We will have big pictures, lots of great content and more opportunities to network. Don’t delay securing your placement! Contact Chamber Member, Carole Holden at Gelmtree Advertising to reserve your ad space. You can contact Carole Holden at (352) 408-8601 or e-mail her at Carole @The MediaFairy.com. The deadline to purchase an Ad in the 2020 Community Guide is October 31, 2019. The Community Guide will feature articles and photos that illustrate the strength of the North Port area and why we are so attractive to visitors and new businesses. More than 30,000 readers will touch and feel our new publication. Advertising opportunities are available to Chamber Members and Non-Chamber Businesses.
    Job & Career Fair
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Job & Career Fair on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at the George Mullen Activity Center, located at 1602 Kramer Way in North Port. The Job & Career Fair is designed to promote businesses seeking to hire employees and for individuals looking for employment opportunities or seeking other career opportunities. Businesses can reserve a table for this event to promote their business and pass out employment and marketing material to participants. The cost to reserve an eight-foot table and two chairs is $25.00 per table for Chamber businesses and $50.00 per table for non-Chamber businesses.
    Swift Plumbers “Scramblin’ on the Green” Golf Tournament
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Swift Plumbers "Scramblin' on the Green" Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. The registration rate is $90.00 per player or $360 per team. Various Sponsorship opportunities are available that provide great exposure for your business. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the most marketed & promoted Chamber event of the year. Registration includes: Green fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, range balls, contests, raffle prizes and goodie bags. The golf tournament will host a hole-in-one contest at each of the par 3 holes, putting contest, longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest, most accurate drive contest, in the circle contest and "hit it on the green" contest.
    Summer “BILL”board Campaign
    Tis will be the last week of the Chamber’s Summer “BILL”board Campaign . Each day, I have worn different business attire that has been provided by various Chamber Business Partners that request to have their businesses promoted through this Campaign. This program was free to all Chamber Members and ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I would like to thank the following businesses that are participating in the Summer “Bill”board Campaign this last week. They include: Tampa Bay Rays, Mills-Roy Luxury Travel, Closed Title, Balloon Excitement and Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County.
    New Chamber Members
    The North port Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following businesses and organizations that recently joined the Chamber: Advance Radiation Oncology, Any Lab Test Now, Better Lawn Service by Richard Belanger, LLC, Decker Plumbing & Drains, Gator Wilderness Camp School, John M. Cruzeiro (Friend Membership), Life Planning Law Firm, Off The Grid Performance, LLC, Re/Max Anchor Realty – The Larson Team, Tommy’s Express Car Wash and Vision Quest Leadership, LLC.
    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 e-mail at wgunnin@northportareachamber.com.

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