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President’s Message:

Welcome to our piece of paradise we call Englewood!

It is with great pride that I serve as the president of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce this year. If you have visited the area, you already know why we call it paradise.  If you haven’t, come visit…you will quickly realize how true that is!  Englewood is unique because we are located in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties.  That gives us the best of both worlds when it comes to resources. 

Englewood really is what Florida is all about.  We have beautiful beaches and amazing outdoor activities that include everything from relaxing sunset strolls, shark teeth hunting, water sports and world-renowned fishing.  We have the Gulf of Mexico, intracoastal waterways along with the Barrier Islands which gives you so many opportunities to boat, canoe, kayak, swim or just revel in the natural beauty we call home. Come explore and get engaged to fully enjoy what Englewood has to offer!

Englewood boasts year round fun for all ages with many festivals and special events including Pioneer Days, Let’s Eat Englewood, Waterfest and the Chamber’s signature event in November Manasota Mystique..  Take a stroll down Dearborn Street to enjoy quaint restaurants and shopping including the Farmer’s Market.  It doesn’t take long to see why those that visit Englewood fall in love.

The Englewood Chamber understands that in order to have a strong economic environment, you must have a strong community.  We are truly blessed in our community to have leaders, business owners, educators and citizens who realize that we all share in that responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community. 

The Chamber’s mission statement is clear:  “Dedicated to Leading Economic Growth with a Balanced Voice between Local Businesses, Residents and Tourism that Creates Opportunities for our Community”.  My goal as President is to continue that mission and work toward improving the quality of life for all through the support, commitment and engagement of our members, volunteers and committees.


Welcome to our paradise!

Mary Smedley

2019 President

Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce