Chamber Chat

Englewood Chamber Returns from State Capitol
The Englewood Chamber traveled to the state capitol last week to advocate on behalf of the business community. January 11th marked the first day of the 60 day legislative session where our state legislators convene at the Capitol to pass legislation and allocate funding. Out of the 2,000+ pieces of legislation proposed only about 250 will end up becoming law. Advocating is not always about passing legislation. Actually, most of the time is spent working to stop bad legislation from being passed such as regulations or restrictions that hinder free enterprise and increases the cost of doing business. 

With that being said, most of the legislation that actually makes it past the finish line is good for Florida businesses and families. For example, insurance reform (lowering property insurance), workforce development (increasing the pool of qualified workers), water quality (protecting our waterways), and funding for local projects (widening River Road) were just a few of the important items I discussed with legislators and department heads. 

In addition to meeting with legislators and department heads, I attended a Florida Chamber of Commerce conference that provided great statistics, a behind the scenes look at legislation and upcoming elections all while networking with chambers from all over the state. Did you know Florida is the number one state for business startups? For more interesting statistics about the state visit There is also an option at the top right of the webpage that allows you to drill down to county specific statistics. 

Candidate School
The Englewood Chamber is partnering with the Florida Chamber to provide Candidate School for individuals that are interested in running for office. Even if you are unsure about whether you would like to run for office or not, this school could help you make your decision. This is a three day virtual class from 5:30pm to 8:00pm each day. January 18th class is about preparing to run, January 19th class is about organizing your campaign and the January 20th class is about how to run your campaign. You can register for these free classes at or by calling the chamber at (941) 474-5511. 

Annual Banquet
Join us 5:30pm January 25th for our Annual Banquet where we will be announcing the Business of the Year Award winners and holding the installation of our 2022 Board of Directors. Registration is $40 per person and includes your choice of Filet Mignon, Pasta Primavera with Jumbo Grilled Shrimp or Pasta Primavera (Vegan) along with two drinks and dessert. More information and registration can be found at   

Our January 19th Biz@Noon is being held at Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro. This is your opportunity to stand up in front of approximately 50 attendees to showcase your business. You will have your choice of Chicken Salad Wrap, Pulled Pork Sliders, ½ Beet Salad with Grilled Chicken. Each choice comes with a side. Sides include Potato Salad, Sweet Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Garden Salad or Pan Roasted Beets. Register now at 

Chamber Closed Today
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the Chamber is closed. We are closed on all federal holidays. 

Doug Izzo-Executive Director

Doug Izzo

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