Chamber Chat

Englewood Chamber is vocal about local
Let’s Eat! – Englewood kicked off last week and runs through September 28th. This campaign was created to help bring business to our local restaurants during the slowest month of the year. The Englewood community is always ready to step up and support our local businesses. That’s what makes this community so great! Some restaurants say they see over 30% increase in business during Let’s Eat! – Englewood.

Experience Englewood Chamber’s culinary tour with Let’s Eat! – Englewood. Participating restaurants will have special menus for lunch and/or dinner. Lunch is a two-course meal for $18 and dinner is a three-course meal for $35. Visit to view all the participating restaurants and their menu items.

The Englewood Chamber of Commerce works in partnership with the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau to ensure this program’s success. Cheney Brothers will be providing awards for People’s Choice as well as other categories.

Leadership Englewood
Last week, we introduced the Leadership Englewood Class of 2024. Please help us welcome the 2024 class: Amy Huddleston – Charlotte Community Foundation, Angela Thomas – HCA Florida Englewood Hospital, Angie Vance – Gulfside Mortgage Services, Barbara Wastart – Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Brooke Clemens – Farlow’s on the Water, Concetta Schultz – Wampler Varner Insurance Group, Craig Anderson – Hughes Exterminators, David Wadhams – Swirls N’ Curls Ice Cream, Deana Cotter – Be Authentic You, James Jerome – Englewood Bank & Trust, Jessica Orlando – Englewood Sun Newspaper, John Watson – The Dearborn Coffehouse/Joe Maxx, Karen McElhaney – Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Karl Bennett – Englewood Area Fire Control District, Kellie Dunson Allen – Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, Lee Anna Scuitto – Michael Saunders & Company, Melissa Bergey -Gator Wilderness Camp School, Nick Baggott – Fix-It-Nick, Sarah Hesse – Paradise Exclusive Real Estate and Tina Sexton – Parsley Baldwin Real Estate.

Beach Sculpture Dedication
Leadership Englewood Class of 2023 took the call to help after Hurricane Ian devastated our town and did an amazing job with the cleanup efforts. Additionally, they commissioned an artist to create a sculpture symbolizing Englewood’s resilience. The sculpture is almost complete and will be unveiled on the anniversary of the Hurricane. Everyone is invited to see the dedication ceremony 4:00pm September 28th at the Entrance of Englewood Beach.

Biz@Noon/Past Presidents Luncheon
12:00pm September 20th – Join us for our Biz@Noon hosted by Landy’s Restaurant located at 1400 Aqua View Lane. You must register and pick your meal choice to attend. Register at This month’s Biz@Noon is also the President’s Lunch where we will honor our Chamber Past Presidents. The Past Presidents only will meet prior to the lunch at 11:00am for a roundtable discussion. If you are a Past President, RSVP to Doug at or 941-474-5511.

Help us continue our mission
If you support what the Englewood Chamber does for the community, consider registering for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Manasota Mystique Presents The Grande Gala, October 7th at the Boca Bay Pass Club. Visit and click on the Grande Gala button on the top right of your screen to register and for sponsorship opportunities. Thank you to Stonehenge Land Management for being our Title Sponsor.

Doug Izzo-Executive Director

Comments (9)

  • Richard Jean says on July 25, 2022 at 7:55am:

    Englewood Chamber is nothing short of outstanding. Events are awsome. I have written business with over 15 local businesses and continue to do so.

  • Mary Smedley says on November 14, 2022 at 4:50pm:

    You are all amazing and what you do for this community- you are hero’s to so many. Thank you!❤️

  • Maria cummings- Suncoast Central Realty says on November 29, 2022 at 12:22pm:

    I have nothing less than gratitude and respect for the Englewood chamber of Commerce staff and members. They welcomed us with open arms when we moved here and opened our small business. We have since then expanded our business to business communications, vendors, clientele, community involvement and friendships. Who does that? The Englewood Chamber of Commerce does that! Thank you.

  • Jerri-Ellen DuBois says on December 5, 2022 at 10:08am:

    You have done so much for this community! With you, Kim, Doug & leading members, the Chamber
    has become so much more than it ever was.

  • Joanne Cumiskey says on January 30, 2023 at 10:58pm:

    Thanks for providing the reminder of your continuing efforts and impact for disaster relief. Many are “back to normal”, more or less, but the Chamber continues to work tirelessly for all. So proud to be a member of the Chamber. You are amazing community leaders.

  • Mary Jones-WENG says on April 17, 2023 at 12:13pm:

    I’ve lived in many towns up North and involved in many Chambers, but Englewood’s Chamber outdoes them all! The support for the community overall, fun events, and responsiveness to needs and challenges…unparalleled!

  • Karen Tyree says on June 5, 2023 at 8:58am:

    Thank you for all you do for our community businesses. It is truly appreciated. Proud to be a member of Englewood Chamber!

  • Darla Mapes says on July 10, 2023 at 12:11pm:

    Fabulous job our Englewood Chamber does for our community. Proud to be a Chamber member & Chamber buddy!

  • Julie Beatty says on August 21, 2023 at 8:11pm:

    Those employment numbers are really interesting. Thanks for sharing!


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