Chamber Committees & Special Programs

We have a number of committees and special programs which may interest you.  We endeavor to provide a variety of venues and opportunities to network, connect, contribute, and make the most of your membership experience with the chamber.

Our Committees, Special Programs & Council

Nominate a Business for the Business Excellence Award

 (This form is currently undergoing revision.)

Business & Professional Development Committee

The purpose of the Business & Professional Development Committee is to develop and promote programs that foster continuous learning, engagement and recognition of excellence in the business community. 


Business and Professional Development
Staff Liaison,  Debra Mattar

Chair:  Brad Tayloe, SERVPRO of Venice & Port Charlotte

Meeting:  Second Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m.

Location:  Venice Area Chamber of Commerce


Membership Committee

The purpose of the Membership  Committee is to grow chamber membership through creating, enhancing, and demonstrating the value of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce to new and existing members and to promote awareness within the community of the chamber’s purpose.   

Staff Liaison,  Andrea Arnold

Chair:  Heidi Reslow,, RFQ International, LLC 
Nancy Scott, Nancy’s Concierge & Home Watch Service

Meeting:  Second Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m.
Location:  Venice Area Chamber of Commerce


Member Events Committee

The purpose of the Member Events Committee  is to provide the business community with fellowship opportunities and contacts; plan member activities including the Business Card Exchanges, Annual Installation Luncheon, Joint Chamber Events, and other networking activities.

Staff Liaison,  Charleen Myers

Marty Haines, RE/MAX Alliance Group 
Vice Chair:  Luis Cruz-Klein, Relax Massage 

Meeting: First Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m.
Location: Venice Area Chamber of Commerce




Business Edge 

The purpose of our Business Edge Team is to select special monthly speakers from our community to inform, educate, and lend insight into current events.  

Staff Liaison,  Debra Mattar

Chair:    Terrance Burzynski
Meeting:   Third Friday of the month at 8 a.m.
Location:  Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

Business of the Year Award (BOYA)

The purpose of the Business of the Year Award Committee  is to recognize outstanding businesses in the greater Venice Area of Commerce.

Staff Liaison,  Debra Mattar

Chair – Jackie Griese, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Vice Chair:  Nick Choat, Sport Clips Haircuts of South Sarasota 

Nomination Form

(Nomination form and information packet currently being revised for 2019.)


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Venice Area Young Professionals (VAYP)

VAYP provides opportunities to sustain and recruit young talent who live and work in our community.  If you are between the ages of 21-40 and are looking to network and participate in community involvement the Venice Area Young Professionals is for you!   Venice Area Young Professionals (VAYP) was established in 2006 as a part of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce where we continue to “Promote Business Growth and Success.”   

Staff Liaison, Charleen Myers

Chair:  Kevin O’Connor, Backwoods Barbecue Catering

Meeting:  Third Friday of every month at 9 a.m.
Location:  Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

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