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Calendar of Events

March 2017

2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL Awards and Ceremony

March 20, 2017- March 31, 2017

Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida. Southwest Florida business owners who have overcome…
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Business Professional Women’s Meeting

March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017 meeting runs from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister St., Port Charlotte.  TThere is lunch and our guest speaker is  Ann Jones,…
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Charlotte County Chamber Ribbon Cutting - Charlotte Academy (20th Anniversary)

March 28, 2017

5:30 p.m., Charlotte Academy  -  365 Orlando Blvd., Port Charlotte.  
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Punta Gorda Chamber Networking Luncheon

March 29, 2017

12:00 pm - 2 pm.  Come and join the Punta Gorda Chamber for a Networking Lunch at Burnt Store Grille, Punta Gorda.  Please be sure to RSVP to Frontdesk@puntagorda-chamber.com or…
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Academy and Charlotte Technical College Job Fair

March 30, 2017

The Academy and Charlotte Technical College would like to invite you to participate in our second annual Academy and Charlotte Technical College Job Fair. Thursday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m.…
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Shark Tank-style event - $50,000 Venture Capital Available

March 30, 2017

Five Southwest Florida entrepreneurs will compete for $50,000 from investors at a Shark Tank-style event in Punta Gorda on March 30. Entrepreneurs from Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Sarasota counties can…
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April 2017

FGCU -  BUSINESS COACHING CERTIFICATE

April 03, 2017

Workplace Mentoring & Coaching - level 1 Improve leadership competencies by changing the way you see yourself in the workplace. Find helpful strategies to navigate through work and life. Mentoring…
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FGCU - ONBOARDING NEW EMPLOYEES

April 03, 2017

Construct an Onboarding Program for use in your own organization. Ensure a smooth transition from best candidate to star employee. Onboarding is the process of socializing new employees into the…
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FGCU - Social Media for Business Certificate

April 03, 2017

Get in on this exciting and growing way to communicate, market and serve your customers and clients.  For businesses, nonprofits, government, and other organizations. From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube,…
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FGCU - Certificate in Designing Webinars

April 03, 2017

Finally, you can acquire the best professional development in webinar design, presentations,  planning, and marketing. Webinars are a popular format for delivering information. They can be very successful for your…
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FGCU - Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non Financial Managers

April 03, 2017

Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. The Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes…
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FGCU - Certificate in Data Analysis

April 03, 2017

Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace.  Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability…
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FGCU - Certificate in Office Operations

April 03, 2017

Efficient office operations can mean the difference between success and not-so-much, between being in the black and being in the red. Moving from you and your employees working harder to working smarter,…
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FGCU - Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate

April 03, 2017

Finance is a key to entrepreneurial success. The lack of financial knowledge about business and business start-ups is also and one of the leading causes of failure for entrepreneurial ventures.…
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FGCU - Entrepreneurship Certificate

April 03, 2017

Boost your chances of success for your new or small business and reduce your risks.  Get the latest on planning your business, brainstorming business ideas and a checklist for going…
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FGCU - Legal Office Administration

April 03, 2017

This course seeks to enable students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills needed toward the goal of becoming an exceptional legal practitioner in an administrative capacity. It is a…
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FGCU - Certificate in Project Management

April 03, 2017

In today’s business environment, there is a need for good project management.  Project management provides visibility of project health to the business and the customer.  Through continuous monitoring, early detection…
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FGCU - Lean Six Sigma

April 03, 2017

In today’s world, Lean is a part of the business environment. Lean Six Sigma attacks inefficiencies, non-value added wastes caused by defects, non value-added flow of information or materials, non-productive…
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FGCU - Certificate in Google Tools

April 03, 2017

Increase your online savvy and ability to position yourself and your organization for greater success.  Experience the interaction and big take-aways from studying with top notch professionals. Your instructors not only work…
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FGCU - Inbound Marketing Certificate

April 03, 2017

Inbound marketing is a way to help potential customers find you through organic search. It is a process of using your website in a way that attracts visitors naturally through…
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FGCU - Mobile Marketing Certificate

April 03, 2017

The way consumers are interacting with brands and connecting to the world is changing because of mobiles. Find out about location-based marketing, mobile payments, QR codes, applications, and mobile coupons.…
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FGCU - Podcasting

April 03, 2017

Businesses are turning to podcasting to grow their brand and connect with customers. People with a niche hobby are turning podcasts into a business. Podcasting is experiencing a rebirth as…
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FGCU - Video Marketing Certificate

April 03, 2017

Video marketing is the latest hot new marketing trend. Shoppers who viewed product videos were 144% more likely to add the product to their cart.  Video with good SEO has…
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FGCU - Managing Social Media Platforms Certificate

April 03, 2017

Different social networks have distinct characteristics, different features, and are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Get a skill set for working and managing…
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FGCU - Social Media for Business Certificate

April 03, 2017

Get in on this exciting and growing way to communicate, market and serve your customers and clients.  For businesses, nonprofits, government, and other organizations. From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube,…
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Charlotte Harbor CRA Advisory Committee Meeting

April 03, 2017

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 119-County Administration Building, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL.  For information, call 941-764-4941.
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Want to be Your Own Boss?

April 03, 2017

Monday & Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Charlotte Technical College, 18150 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL 33948.  Class runs six weeks for $80.  Develop a solid plan…
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Lunch ‘n Learn @ Busey

April 04, 2017

Busey Bank will host a free lunch and learn event for businesses at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 at its Port Charlotte Branch, 1490 Tamiami Trail. Lunch will be provided. Following time…
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Creating Your Mobile App and Generating Sales on Mobile

April 04, 2017

Cost: $299 Learn to design, build, market and distribute your mobile app April 4 ((5:45PM-8:45PM) April 11 ((5:45PM-8:45PM) April 18 (5:45PM-8:45PM) April 25 (5:45PM-8:45PM) Learn the fundamentals of building mobile marketing…
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Charlotte County Chamber Ribbon Cutting - Midway Pharmacy

April 05, 2017

5:30 p.m., Midway Pharmacy, 3370 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.
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ECEC Investors Meeting

April 06, 2017

12-1 PM. Call for location.  Please RSVP 941-764-4941.
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8th Annual Women’s Networking Event

April 06, 2017

Enjoy a special evening of networking, socializing, wine and hors d’oeuvres with your fellow business women members at our 8th Annual Women’s Networking event at the A.C. Freeman House, 311…
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Punta Gorda Chamber Ribbon Cutting - “The Verandas”

April 11, 2017

5:30 pm , "The Verandas" An Affordable Senior Rental Housing Development of the Punta Gorda Housing Authority. Come out and welcome the Punta Gorda Chamber's newest member. Please RSVP to…
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Punta Gorda Chamber Business Over Breakfast

April 12, 2017

7:15 am - 8:30 am  Wake up and smell the coffee with the Punta Gorda Chamber sponsored by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Punta Gorda for Business Over Breakfast!  Please be…
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Digital Dollars - A SCORE Business Roundtable

April 12, 2017

A Meet Up group organized and run by Port Charlotte SCORE. A group for anyone who uses on line resources to build a business. The group provides business owners and…
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Punta Gorda Chamber Ribbon Cutting - Gettel Automotive of Charlotte County

April 18, 2017

5:30 pm, Gettel Automotive of Charlotte County, at Lincoln, 2021 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  Come out and welcome the Punta Gorda Chamber's newest member. Please RSVP to Jennifer at 941-639-3720…
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IDA Meeting

April 19, 2017

Charlotte County Industrial Development Authority meeting - 12:00 - 1:00 PM, EDO Conference Room, SunTrust Building, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 302, Port Charlotte, FL. For information, call 941-764-4941.
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American Business Women’s Association Meeting

April 26, 2017

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides…
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3rd Annual Hear Me Roar Awards Luncheon

April 27, 2017

10:30am to 1pm, Hosted at The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida. Tickets: $65 per person / and table sponsorships $750. SRQ | The Magazine will host the third…
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May 2017

FGCU - CHANGE MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR HR PROFESSIONALS

May 01, 2017

Develop skills and attitudes for implementing change as well as a technical understanding of how to apply the tools for change. Learn how to successfully plan, implement, communicate, create employee…
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FGCU - YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR EMPLOYEES & THE LAW

May 01, 2017

Designed for non-lawyers, this course will provide business owners, managers, supervisors, and HR professionals with a roadmap for effectively handling complicated employee-related issues that affect today’s legal-prone work environment.   Each…
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Charlotte Harbor CRA Advisory Committee Meeting

May 01, 2017

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 119-County Administration Building, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL. For information, call 941-764-4941.
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First Time Supervisor Training

May 03, 2017

Cost: $260 Motivate others to go out of their way for the team May 3 (1:30PM-4:30PM) - The Supervisor as a leader - Instructor: Dr. Robert Peterson  May 10 (1:30PM-4:30PM) - Managing…
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ECEC Investors Meeting

May 04, 2017

12 - 1 PM. Please RSVP 941-764-4941.
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Fundamentals of Project Management

May 11, 2017

Proven process and tools for successful management of projects May 11 (8:00AM-5:00PM) This one day workshop on the basics of Project Management provides participants with a proven process and tools…
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IDA Meeting

May 17, 2017

Charlotte County Industrial Development Authority meeting - 12:00 - 1:00 PM, EDO Conference Room, SunTrust Building, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 302, Port Charlotte, FL. For information, call 941-764-4941.
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American Business Women’s Association Meeting

May 24, 2017

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides…
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County Offices closed for Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

County Offices closed for Memorial Day.
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June 2017

ECEC Investors Meeting

June 01, 2017

12-1 PM. Please RSVP 941-764-4941.
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Charlotte Harbor CRA Advisory Committee Meeting

June 05, 2017

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 119-County Administration Building, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL. For information, call 941-764-4941.
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IDA Meeting

June 21, 2017

Charlotte County Industrial Development Authority meeting - 12:00 - 1:00 PM, EDO Conference Room, SunTrust Building, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 302, Port Charlotte, FL. For information, call 941-764-4941.
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