• North Port Sun Weekly Column January 28, 2020

    North Port Community Guides Have Arrived
    The much-anticipated North Port Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 Community Guides are here. This annual publication provides valuable information about the Chamber, Chamber Partners, City of North Port and surrounding communities. It also provides an orientation to the community and what is available to our residents, businesses and visitors. The 2020 Community Guides are available for free at the Chamber office and other designated locations throughout the community. I would like to thank all the advertisers for supporting the 2208 Community Guide and making it possible for the Chamber to provide this publication for free to our community. The 2020 Community Guides provides a directory of businesses that are members of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce. These businesses have been checked by the Chamber through the Better Business Bureau prior to joining the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce. These businesses are reputable and reliable businesses that provide a valuable service and give back to our community. I encourage each of you to call upon these Chamber businesses when you need any products and services.
    Chamber Orientation
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a Chamber orientation tomorrow, January 29th,  at 8:30 am in the Community Room on the second floor at the Sarasota Memorial Emergency Room, located at 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port. The orientation is designed to provide information on the benefits and opportunities that comes with a Chamber membership to new Chamber members, current Chamber members and prospective Chamber members. Chamber benefits and opportunities are offered to help businesses and organizations promote their products and services to the community and help their business or organization grow and succeed. Chamber orientations are free and open to all Chamber members and to the public. It is requested that you register in advance so that proper arrangements can be made. Donuts, fruit, coffee and water will be provided.
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    The Chamber will be conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Reclaimed Living, located at 12713 S. Tamiami Trail in North Port, on Thursday, January 30th at 12:00 noon at the Chamber office. Join us as we welcome Reclaimed Living to the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and see what type of services they have available to offer. Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies are open to all Chamber Members and to the public.
    North Port Newcomer Day
    The City of North Port, along with the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a North Port Newcomer Day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the George Mullen Activity Center, located at 1602 Kramer Way in North Port. Newcomer Day features information tables that include North Port City departments and divisions, along with community groups, organizations, civic clubs and businesses. It is designed to be a time when new residents and businesses of North Port, including those considering moving to the City, talk to representatives and learn more about this continuous growing community. This event is free to the public.
    Job Fair
    CareerSource Suncoast, Herald-Tribune Media Group, City of North Port and the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way in North Port. 20+ employers from Manatee and Sarasota counties will be on-site to meet with job seekers, many interviewing and making job offers during the event. Participating employers include the City of North Port, Sarasota County Government, Bankers Life, City of Venice, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, CAE Healthcare, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and more. All industries are represented as well as positions ranging from entry-level to professional. Employers interested in attending may contact Jen Zak at jzak@careersourcesc.com. Past job fairs have averaged 250 job seekers in attendance. This event is open to the public. Bring several copies of your resume and dress to impress. For more details and a full list of participating employers, visit careersourcesuncoast.com/events
    Business & Community Expo
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 34th Annual Business & Community Expo on Saturday, February 15th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the George Mullen Activity Center in North Port. The Chamber is pleased to announce that Worksite is once again the Title Sponsor of the Business & Community Expo and the theme this year will be “BIG” (Baseball Is Great) Expo. The Expo is designed to showcase business products and services that are available to the community. This year, the Chamber is teaming up with the City of North Port to hold the Business & Community Expo in conjunction with the City's BIG RALLY event, immediately following the Expo, on the City Green in North Port from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The BIG RALLY will be a community celebration recognizing the first full Spring Training Season for the Atlanta Braves in North Port and the economic impact it will have on North Port. Live music, family activities, entertainment and wiener dog races will be provided at no cost to the community. Food and drinks will be available for sale. Beginning Monday, January 20th, Vendor Booths and Sponsorships will be available to all Chamber Members and beginning January 27th, any Vendor Booths or Sponsorships remaining available will be open to Non-Chamber Businesses. Vendor Booths and sponsorships will be sold and secured on a first-come/first-serve basis. Every vendor participating in the Business & Community Expo will be giving away door prizes to the public. The Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays will be giving away tickets to their Spring Training Baseball Games every hour. There will be an opportunity for the public to win two grand prize tickets on the Key West Express. The Expo is open and free to the public and the first 300 participants will receive a complimentary goodie bags full of wonderful items provided by Chamber Members. The Chamber encourages all businesses and organizations to take advantage of this great opportunity to promote their business or organization to the community and potentially secure new customers, clients and community supporters.

    New Chamber Members
    The Chamber would like to welcome the following businesses as new members of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce: Anne Kyer (Friend Membership), Comprehensive Childcare Associates, Lea Thompson (Friend Membership) and Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Springs Archaeological Society.
    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.

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