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Englewood Chamber Fights for Businesses…

Events are a staple in the chamber world. Everyone expects chambers of commerce to host events to promote businesses and create opportunities to build business relationships. The Englewood Chamber does that well and is providing more opportunities every day. Be sure to check our website for updates.

However, not all small business owners have the time or resources to leave their business. Especially after last year, our small business owners have all hands on deck working hard to keep their doors open. Businesses often ask, “What can the chamber do for me if I can’t make it to events?”

When you have your head down focusing on your business, let your chamber be your advocate. We are your eyes, ears and voice when it comes to government regulations and how they affect your business.

Your chamber partners with our elected officials, economic development offices and visitor and convention bureaus, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, US Chamber of Commerce and countless other organizations to make sure you have the resources you need for anything that may impact your business.

Partnering with outside agencies allows us to be in the know and keep a look out for upcoming changes that could affect the business community. This also allows us to meet with decision makers and discuss changes before they happen. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for your business to operate and grow.

Additionally, your chamber works to change current regulations that may hinder business. For example, we had a member call us asking the tax filing deadline be extended. I immediately reached out to the US Chamber and Congressman Greg Steube. We are hopeful our combined efforts can create positive change. Another example, a member was having difficulties getting proper state permits to install a new dock. We worked with our state elected officials and the Department of Environmental Protection to get those permits expedited.

As you will see later in this column that your chamber does events and does events well, however, there is a lot more to a chamber than events. Please do not hesitate to reach out anytime with questions or ideas – (941) 474-5511.

2 Ribbon Cuttings
First Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 pm March 4th at Marji’s on McCall, 3821 S. Access Road, Englewood. Second Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 pm March 11th at Autmow, 712 N. Indiana Avenue, Englewood. Ribbon cuttings are open to everyone so come by and wish these businesses success.

Business Card Exchange
Join us 5:00 pm March 10th at Grande Aire Services, Inc located at 1606 Faust Drive (Off McCall Road). This event is sure to be a blast with over 100 attendees (outside). A number of chamber members, including End Zone Sports Grille, Florida Best Quote Insurance, Paradise Exclusive – Amber Craft, Quick Signs, Venue to You, and Xavier Financial will be providing games, entertainment, food, and drinks. New toiletry donations being accepted for Kids Needs Charity.

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