• North Port Sun Weekly Column - November 2, 2020

    Chamber Recognizes “Best of North Port” Chamber Members
     
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize and congratulate the following Chamber Members that were either winners or finalists in the Sun “Best of North Port” Contest:
     

    A Little Help Nurse Registry Finalist
    Abbe's Doughnuts Winner
    Achieva Credit Uniton Winner
    American Irrigation Winner
    Beef O'Brady's Winner
    Big Jim Self Storage North Port Winner
    Bowersox Plumbing Winner
    Boy's and Girls Club Winner
    Buffalo Wild Wings Finalist
    Buffalo Wings & Rings Winner
    Caddy Carts Winner
    Center for Sight Finalist
    Charlotte State Bank Winner
    Christian Brothers Automotive NP Winner
    City of North Port Finalist
    Coastal Quality Landscapes Winner
    Coldwell Banker Sunstar Winner
    Cooling Dynamics Refrigeration & Air Winner
    Cornerstone Integrated Healthcare Winner
    Culver's Winner
    Dr. Lee Gross Winner
    Dream Vacations Winner
    Edward Jones - Financial Advisor Winner
    Epiphany Health Winner
    Evolve Chiropractic Winner
    Family Spine and Pain Care Institute Finalist
    Farley Funeral Homes Winner
    Goodwill Industries Manasota Winner
    Grease Monkey Finalist
    Gulf Coast Scratching Post Winner
    Heron Creek Animal Hospital Winner
    Heron Creek Golf & Country Club Winner
    Hoover Pressure Cleaning Winner
    John Wood Finalist
    Key Agency Winner
    Kyle Kurtis Salon& Spa Winner
    Loan Star Pawn Finalist
    Lolablue, LLC Winner
    Los dos Cristianos Coffee Shop Winner
    Millennium Physicians Group Winner
    Mellor, Grissinger & Backo, LLP Winner
    Namack Portfolio Investments Finalist
    Nicastro Travels Finalist
    Noah's Ark Preschool Winner
    North Port Art Center Winner
    North Port Chiropractic Finalist
    North Port Natural Florist Winner
    North Port Performing Arts Assoc., Inc. Finalist
    North Port Title Finalist
    Olde World Restaurant Winner
    PostNet of North Port Winner
    Realty by Dale Thomas Winner
    Reclaimed Living Finalist
    Rothco Signs & Designs Winner
    Safe Haven Home Inspections Winner
    Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System Winner
     
    Second Chance Home Furnishings Winner
    Seeport Optometry Winner
    Shore Dental Finalist
    Southern Self Storage North Port Finalist
    Sparkle Brite Finalist
    Steller Web Productions Winner
    Steve Matthews: Allstate Insurance Winner
    Stwans's Pressure Washing Finalist
    Suncastle Roofing Winner
    Suncoast One Title & Closings Winner
    SWF Screens Finalist
    The Rock Box Music School Winner
    The Springs of South Biscayne Winner
    The UPS Store Winner
    Tommy's Express Car Wash Winner
    Total Air Solutions Finalist
    Triple B BBQ Winner
    Truly Nolan Pest Control Finalist
    Uflooria Finalist
    W. Kevin Russell, PA Finalist
    Windemere Homes Finalist
    Worksite Financial Service Winner
    Your CBD Store Winner
    Zwiercan Homes Winner
     
     
    “COVID-19 Relief” Golf Tournament
     
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “COVID-19 Relief” Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club in North Port. The golf tournament will have an 8:00 am shotgun start and the registration fee is $90.00 per player or $360 per team. The golf tournament will be limited to 128 players and will be sold on a first-come/first-serve basis. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available that provide great exposure for your business. Don't miss out on this great marketing & promotional opportunity for your business or organization. Being that the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce did not qualify or virtually receive any governmental funding assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic, proceeds from this event will go to support the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce mission as it continues to assist our Chamber Members, the business community and residents of North Port. 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. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are limited and will be sold on a first-come/first-serve basis. For more information, please visit the Chamber’s website at www.northportareachamber.com.
     
    Sarasota County C.A.R.E.S. Act Grant
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Sarasota County Government to assist small business/non-profit organizations (100 FTE employees or less) to complete and submit applications to receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act Grant. The Chamber will have Business Consultants operating out of the Chamber office, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm to assist businesses in completing and submitting the C.A.R.E.S. Act Grant online. Eligible businesses/non-profit organizations that were affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and had a loss of income from March 1, 2020 to the date of their application submission can qualify for up to $49,999.99 from the C.A.R.E.S. Act Grant. The Business Consultants will be available at the Chamber office beginning today, October 19, 2020 thru December 30, 2020. Business Consultants are only available by scheduled appointments. Interested participants can call the Chamber office at (941) 564-3040 between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm or e-mail at info@northportareachamber.com to schedule an appointment. There is no cost to the business/non-profit organization to participate in this C.A.R.E.S. Act Assistance Program. Business/non-profit organizations do not have to be a member of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce to participate in this C.A.R.E.S. Act Business Assistance Program.
     
    Grant funding pursuant to this Sarasota County CARES Small Business Relief Grant shall only be used for eligible expenses. Eligible expenses include:
    • Rent payments.
    • Mortgage payments (except for real estate taxes).
    • Utilities payments (water, sewer, electric, gas, solid waste collection, phone, internet).
    • Anything needed to protect employees or customers from exposure to COVID-19.
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • COVID-19 testing costs.
    • Supplies and equipment for facilitating social distancing or otherwise adapting the business to help comply    with the CDC’s guidelines related to COVID-19.
    • Payroll expenses.
    • Marketing related to reopening.
    • Inventory costs for perishable items related to reopening.
     
    Scheduling appointments and grant application assistance will be conducted on a first-come/first-serve basis.
     
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be conducting Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for two new organizations that have recently joined the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.  
    • North Port Huskies
    6205 W. Price Boulevard – North Port
    Today, November 2, 2020
    6:00 pm
    Beverages and Snacks will be provided 
    • Family Promise of South Sarasota County
    720 Shamrock Boulevard - Venice
    Thursday, November 5, 2020
    4:00 pm
    Tour, Drinks Tickets, Snacks, Raffle Prizes and 50/50 Raffle will be offered  
     
    Join the Chamber as we welcome these organizations to the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and see what type of services they have to offer. Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies are free and open to Chamber Members and to the public.
     
    Breakfast Club Networking
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the next Breakfast Club Networking event on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:30 am at Perkins Restaurant in North Port. This event is open to all Chamber members and there is no cost to attend unless you wish to order a meal off their breakfast menu. Guests are invited and encourage to attend to see first-hand the power of networking and the benefits of being a member of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce. To maintain the proper social distancing and seating as recommended by the CDC guidelines, seating is limited and Chamber Members and guest must register in advance. No walk-up registration will be permitted. Attendees will have their temperature checked and hand sanitizer will be provided at the registration table. Attendees are requested to wear face masks and if attendees do not have a face mask, one will be provided at the registration table.
     
    New Chamber Members
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following businesses and organizations as new members of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce: Abbe’s Donut Shop, Allen Ramsey – Gulf Shores Realty, Gulf Shores Realty, HairCandy, Sparkle Brite Pools of West Vilages and T & R Construction Solutions, 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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