• North Port Sun Weekly Column September 10, 2019

    Chamber to Hold a “James Bond 007” Installation Banquet
    The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce will host their Annual Board of Directors Installation Banquet on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. This year’s banquet theme will be a “James Bond 007” and attendees are encouraged to come dressed in accordance to the theme. A special plated theme dinner will be provided and a cocktail and hors d' oeuvres reception will occur from 5:00 pm - 6:00 m. The dinner & program will take place from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and the evening will climax with a post event social and “James Bond – 007” trivia from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Heron Creek Golf & Country Club will be offering "Happy Hour" pricing on all adult beverages throughout the entire evening. The Chamber will recognize members of the Board of Directors for their 2018-2019 tenure and service and install new Board Members and Officers for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The cost is $65.00 per person or $120.00 per couple and includes dinner, program and entertainment. Table sponsorships are available for $600 (table seating of eight) or 1/2 table sponsorships for $300 (table seating of four) and includes: premier seating, table sponsorship sign, logo in banquet program, and recognition at the event.
    Business After Hours
    This month’s Business After Hours will be held today, September 10th, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, at Charlotte State Bank & Trust, located at 4300 Aiden Lane in North Port. This event is open to all Chamber Members and to the public. Non-Chamber businesses are encouraged to attend to experience the power of Chamber networking and to see if a Chamber membership can help your business. Participants are encouraged to bring door prizes to be given away at the event for additional exposure. Food (catered by Longhorn Steakhouse), drinks and door prizes will be provided.
    Lunch & Learn Workshop
    Operating a business is no easy task. Sometimes you can feel intimidated by a task or isolated from other business owners. You don’t have to go it alone. There are a number of resources in our area to help you and your business with Marketing and Management tasks. Ed Davis will talk briefly about the services offered by SCORE and SBDC. Dick Woodhull will discuss Business and Life Coaching. Tara Roberts will show us a checklist for developing a Disaster Plan. Cliff Joiner will discuss Health Insurance programs for Small Businesses. The workshop will be held from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 12th in the Community Room on the second floor at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare, located 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port. North Port Small Business Lunch and Learn workshops are presented by the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of North Port and Toastmasters International of North Port. Lunch will be provided at no charge thanks to our workshop sponsor Presto Air. Seating for the Lunch & Learn Workshops are limited and you are encouraged to register in advance at www.northportareachamber.com.
    Chamber Hosting 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. Each year, the Job & Career Fair has over 300 people that attend the Job & Career Fair which provides a great opportunity for businesses who are seeking to hire and participants seeking employment opportunities. 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.
    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.
    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. A limited number of 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. This tournament sells out every year and is known as the most popular, fun and best valued golf tournament in North Port every 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.
    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 to accepting applications. 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 topics 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! The Chamber is conducting a weekly raffle for Chamber members that purchase advertising in the 2020 Community Guide for a chance to be highlighted on the weekly Business Spotlight Radio Show on WKDW 97.5 FM Radio. 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.
    New Chamber Members
    The North port Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Force Clean Pressure Washing as a new Chamber Member of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.
    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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