Chamber Chat

Englewood Chamber Hosts Public Forum
Sarasota County is holding public meetings around the county to gather feedback on how to spend your tax dollars. There are a number of projects proposed around the county, but not all of them will get approved. There is an effort to have one item added to the list. Fire Station 73 near Englewood Isles and Overbrook Gardens due to it being outdated and not sufficient for today’s needs. We are urging the public to attend a public meeting 6:00pm October 27th to provide feedback. We have reserved the private room in Artur’s Restaurant located at 70 N. Indiana Avenue. You do not need to be a member of the chamber to attend. We ask that you RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Please RSVP at (941) 474-5511 or You can find more information and a list of proposed projects at

Double the Connections
We will have two Business Card Exchanges in November. Our regularly scheduled Business Card Exchange will be 5:00pm November 10th. E-Development will be hosting us in one of their model homes in South Gulf Cove. As always, attendees will be able to enjoy food and drinks while building business connections. This year we have seen attendance at these monthly events hold strong around 100 attendees. This is a great way to gain a lot of business connections in a short period of time. Come on out and join the fun! No registration required, however, you can go to for more information. Bring a door prize for your chance to win an ad on our digital billboard in front of the chamber. 

We are also having a joint mixer with the Boca Grande area Chamber of Commerce 5:00pm November 18th on Boca Grande. Registration is required for this event. You can register online at There will be food, drinks and live music by Marty Moss.

Ambassador Committee
Ambassadors play a significant role in the chamber. They are on the front lines working with other members. They welcome new members, help them get involved and make sure they take advantage of the resources available to them through the chamber. Ambassadors are a well-respected extension of the Chamber. Though the time commitment is somewhat minimal, the benefits of being an Ambassador are immeasurable. As an Ambassador, you are an important extension to the Chamber structure and to the community.

Celebrity Lookalike Contest
Nominations for the Chamber’s Celebrity Lookalike Contest are in and now is the time to vote. Visit and click the contest button at the top of the page to submit your votes. There you will see our very own chamber members in a new way. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite celebrity lookalike, which also helps promote local businesses. The contest will be heavily promoted and the winner will receive a month’s ad on our digital billboard, a trophy along with bragging rights. Over 600 votes have already been placed!

Milestone Members
Every Friday, we recognize our longest standing members. These “Milestone Members” have shown the chamber support through their continuous membership for many years. Last week’s Milestone Member was Kirkey Roofing located at 535 Paul Morris Drive in Englewood. They have been members of the Chamber for 31 consecutive years. 

Doug Izzo

Executive Director

Doug Izzo

Comments (2)

  • Linda Fugitt says on March 29, 2021 at 2:23pm:

    Thank you for the shout out!

  • Maria Cummings says on April 27, 2021 at 11:45am:

    The Englewood Chamber is helpful in SO many ways. Thank you for all of your support in this community- it has helped me in my Business and personally, with all of the wonderful people I have met.


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