• North Port Sun Weekly Column - November 23, 2021

    A Lot to be Thankful for at the Chamber
    On behalf of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.
    As I think about the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday Season, it became clear to me that there are many things that I am thankful for here at the Chamber. I am thankful for the wonderful Chamber Members who have invested in the Chamber and continue to support and promote the Chamber in their daily activities. Through their networking, high energy involvement and monthly participation in Chamber activities and events, the Chamber membership continues to grow and get stronger. I am thankful to the North Port residents who continue to make North Port such a wonderful and unique community to live and do business. I am thankful to the Board of Directors who provide me the opportunity to be the Executive Director of the Chamber and continue to provide their leadership, experience and knowledge that has been instrumental in the success that the Chamber has experienced. I am thankful for the staff at the Chamber, Denise Berg who is my right hand at the Chamber office and keeps me in check on a daily basis and Emily Shaw who brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy to our Chamber and to our Chamber family. Their daily professionalism, hard work ethic and positive attitude have made it such a pleasurable environment at the Chamber office. I am thankful for our volunteers at the chamber who give endless hours of their time to help the Chamber succeed through their assistance at the Chamber office, monthly Chamber events and special events. I am thankful to our Chamber Champions who invest additional dollars on top of their Chamber membership to support the Chamber and ensure that the Chamber can carry out its Mission and meet the needs of our Chamber members and our community. I am thankful to our Diamond Donors and to Fred Tower III who are our inaugural donors to the New Chamber Office Building Fund Campaign and were instrumental in the Chamber’s ability to purchase our new Chamber office. Through their generosity, the Chamber now owns a building that the Chamber membership and the community can proudly call their Chamber. I am thankful for our City elected leaders and professional staff who have invested, partnered and assisted in the growth of the Chamber and the community. I am thankful for our visitors who come to North Port and experience the wonderful amenities that our community has to offer. I am thankful to the media outlets that promote Chamber and community events which showcase North Port to our residents, businesses and outside communities. I am thankful to the North Port Sun who understands the importance of a strong and successful Chamber in their community and provides the Chamber with the opportunity to write this column on a weekly basis.
    Annual Frosty Award Contest
    North Port will soon be ablaze with holiday lights and decorations! The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting the Annual Frosty Award Contest for the holidays and will award its annual Frosty Awards to the storefront businesses or organizations which exhibit the most festive holiday decorations. There are two categories: Judges' Choice Award and People’s Choice Award. Judging for the Judges' Choice Award will take place on December 8th from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The public will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award December 1st - 8th by completing a ballot online on the Chamber's website. Contestants for the People's Choice Award must e-mail their you tube video link to Heather Jorge at makingfldreams@gmail.com by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 29th in order to participate in the online voting. Paper ballots for the People's Choice Award will be available at the Chamber's office and each participating business or organization. The Annual Frosty Awards will be presented to the winners on December 16th at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.
    Annual Holiday Social
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Holiday Social on Tuesday, December 7th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Pitmaster All American BBQ, located at 2200 Kings Highway in Port Charlotte. The theme for this year’s holiday social is “Good Old Fashion Country Christmas” and attendees are encourages dressed in their most festive attire. This is a great opportunity for Chamber businesses and organizations to celebrate the Holidays with their fellow Chamber members and to treat and thank their employees for all of the hard work they provided over the past year. The cost is $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple and includes: appetizers, beverages (cash bar available), live DJ, dancing and much more. This year, the Chamber is proud to announce that we will once again be partnering with the City of North Port Police Department to support their annual Shop with a Cop Program. The Shop with a Cop Program is design to assist families less fortunate during the holiday season and provide presents for children. North Port Police Officers shop with these children at Walmart #3387 in North Port and purchase and purchase Holiday presents for them and their families, while building trust and positive relationship with the City of North Port Police Department. Attendees attending the Holiday Social are asked to bring a monetary donation or Walmart gift cards which will be donated to the North Port Police Department Shop with a Cop Program. As families in North Port continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Chamber is asking Chamber Members and the community to make a donation for this cause and make this Holiday Season’s Shop with a Cop Program the most successful ever and to help those less fortunate in our community experience a joyous Holiday Season.
    Annual Awards Luncheon
    Chamber members and the public are invited to attend the Annual Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Suncoast Technical College, located at 4445 Career Lane in North Port. All nominees & winners of the 2021 Business-of-the-Year Awards and the Annual Frosty Award Judges Choice & People’s Choice Awards will be announced and all Committee Members that volunteered over the past year will be recognized. The cost is $30.00 per person and includes a choice of: Choice of steak with mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and bread or salmon over rice with green beans, salad and bread or a vegan platter catered by Longhorn Steakhouse. Table sponsorships are available for $250.00 (includes: seating for six people) and ½ table sponsorships for $150.00 (includes seating for three people) and includes: recognition in the Banquet Program, verbal recognition at event, and a special table sponsor sign. Come join us as we recognize the nominated and winning businesses/organizations for their accomplishments and success. The deadline to register is Monday, December 13, 2021.
    New Chamber Members
    The Chamber would like to welcome the following businesses as new members of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce: GrandCare Plus, Houseman Team – Keller Williams Peace River Partners, New York Life Insurance Company, Nico’s Coffee Roastery and North Port Music & Bird’s Eye Studio
    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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