15141 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
Phone: (941) 564-3040
Fax: (941) 423-5042
2016-2017 Committee Structure
The following is a general overview for the chamber’s eight main committees, including meeting days and times. You are invited and encouraged to participate in one or more committees that spark your interest or serve your business/organization:
Business & Economic Development: This committee is design to improve the local economy and create better conditions for economic growth. It works to create a business friendly community and promote North Port as a place to locate and grow your business. It works to improve prospects for job creation and retention and development of the human capital. It will monitor the agendas and actions of other public and private economic development organizations in the region and will advise the Chamber about issues critical to the community’s economic growth and business development. This committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:30am. They meet at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System ER in North Port (2345 Bobcat Village Center Road, 2nd Floor). For more information please contact committee chair Rich Suggs - The Suggs Group at (813) 495-4517.
Capacity Building: This committee designs and implements diverse funding for working capital in support of the chamber’s mission. This could include enhanced exposure opportunities for members, sponsorships, Chamber fees, public-private funding and grant writing. This committee also oversees special events sub-committees such as the Golf Tournament, the Business and Community Expo, A Night at the Races, etc. This committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 8:00 am. They meet at Key Agency office, located at 14942 Tamiami Trail, Suite H in North Port. For more information please contact committee chair Linda Zick - Mary Kay at (240) 372-4609.
Government Relations: This committee acts as the liaison between chamber members and the various local regional, and state governing bodies, as well as monitoring any public policy or legislation that may impact the business community. This committee meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8:30 am. They meet at the North Port City Hall in room 244. For more information please contact committee chair Fred Tower at (941) 416-0876.
Marketing & Communications Committee: This committee identifies and implements ways to promote and enhance the chamber’s image and place in the community. This Committee is responsible for telling the chamber’s story through promotional and marketing activities. This committee meets the first Friday of every month at 9:00am. They meet at Key Agency (14942 Tamiami Trail, Suite H). For more information please contact committee chair Mike Williams - ClikWiz at (941)286-7040.
Member Development: This committee identifies and implements ways to recruit and support new members. Some of their efforts may include an ambassador program, outreach and calls to new business in town and membership drives. This committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30am. They meet at the Panera Bread (17899 Tamiami Trail). For more information please contact committee chair Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor at The Springs at South Biscayne at (941)426-8349 or Kelly Dunson at Frohlich, Gordon & Beason Law Firm at (941)979-9010.
Member Retention: This committee identifies and implements ways to maintain existing membership. Some of their efforts may include retention surveys, member events, networking events, Green Team program and a chamber mentor program. This committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30am. They meet at Key Agency (14942 Tamiami Trail). For more information please contact committee chair Kelly Louke at Charlotte State Bank & Trust at (941) 624-5400.
Professional Development/Education Committee: This Committee provides the Chamber membership and the community with opportunities to foster business and personal success. This committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm. They meet at the North Port Library (13800 Tamiami Trail). For more information please contact the committee chair Gale West at Your Health Consultant at (941) 380-3162.
North Port Young Professionals: This committee is less of a committee and more of a networking group, intended to connect chamber members ages 21-40 via unique networking, marketing, and service opportunities. The NPYP (Exe Board) meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Noon for lunch, public welcome the location of this meeting will rotate. And the NPYP meets every third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm - 7:00pm MIXERS. The location of this meeting will rotate to expose the NPYP to a number of chamber partners throughout the year. The office will contact you monthly with a location if you indicate your interest in the NPYP. For more information please contact the committee chair Danielle Fournier - Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial at (941) 525-3655.
In addition to these standing committees, there will occasionally be a specific work group, sub-committee or task force established for annual events or special projects. These will typically meet often for a short period of time.