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Friday Facts for July 10, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for August – only 3 slots remaining. We are very pleased to announce that our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM will be returning to its usual monthly spot on the Bob Alexander Radio Show on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the July show, or any subsequent shows, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

Welcome to Greg Murray, incoming City Manager.

City of Punta Gorda: Canal Maintenance. Laishley Park Boat Ramp.

If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to hklossner@puntagorda-chamber.com  by noon each Thursday.

Your Chamber Staff,

John, Hazel and Janet

Chamber Calendar of Events

Members ONLY

Protocols for networking events:

We are in unprecedented and complicated times, but we know that as a Chamber we are the best networkers around, yet still MUST lead the community by example.

Until further notice:

  1. To attend a PG Chamber event you will need to have a prior RSVP to either reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or by calling 941-639-3720 (no later than 2pm on the day prior to the event).
  2. Our events will all, for now, be limited to 50 people maximum and therefore NO WALK UPS can be allowed, unless space allows – sorry. If you show up and are not on the RSVP list (unless it’s John’s fault!), you may be turned away, if space is unavailable.
  3. As per the recent decision by The City of Punta Gorda, the wearing of a mask is mandatory. We will continue to encourage social distancing.
  4. Food and beverages will be served individually to you at events, going forward, until further notice.
  5. For our After Hours, we encourage you to bring giveaways that are in the form of a local business gift card, secured in a ziploc bag with your business card attached, so it can be sanitized prior to being given out. Alternatively, as long as your gift can be sprayed with disinfectant, you may bring along such a gift.
  6. The microphone will be used by Chamber staff and/or guest speaker ONLY and will be sanitized. Others invited to speak should practice their public speaking skills and/or shout!

We want to get back together and network effectively and hope that you all will respect these safety protocols, until such times as we are confident to remove them (in stages). Any questions, please call us 941-639-3720.

Here are the planned Networking Events for July.

RSVP’s are very important (limited numbers allowed, masks and social distancing a must) so please call (941) 639 3720 or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

July 21: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

Come and join you Chamber for our Business after Hours at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda in conjunction with Beef O Brady’s. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

July 29: Networking Luncheon 12.30pm – 1.30pm with networking noon-12.30pm.

Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda  Reservations Required. Menu Choices: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad; Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad; Penne Noodles with Grilled Vegetables in parmesan cream sauce. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

Please be sure to RSVP for any of these events reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

New Members

Mission Statement 

To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.

US Health Advisors

Michele Goldman

1591 Hayley Lane, Ste #201

Fort Myers, FL 33907

(518) 469-7357



Health Insurance

Sponsored by Janet Garofoli

Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.

Partners in Action News

Expedia Cruises – Air, Land & Sea Vacations (Platinum)

Don’t miss out on our Brand New Sale!

Bayfront Health (Platinum)

Earns Blue Distinction(R) Center+ Designation.

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)

The early bird gets the worm at the Dockside Grill located inside the Four Points by Sheraton! Take advantage of our new early bird menu for only $12.95! No reservations required! We look forward to serving you!

Sun Newspapers (Platinum Media)

See Job Opportunities section.

TIME Realty Services (Gold) – This past week saw the local real estate market still moving in a forward motion. Today on the rolling 7 day numbers for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and North port there were: 138 New Listings, 227 New contracts accepted, 124 Closings.

Want to know what your property is worth? Give Della Booth a call on her direct line 239-699-4493. We are your hometown Realtors for the last 22 years.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) – The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 to 12. Here is the July Newsletter.

Wyvern Hotel (Gold) – 88 Keys Restaurant, Bourbon, Cigars, Beef, Cabernet Night on July 22.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver)We are Open for Business.

Paradise Golf (Silver)Casual Memberships 2021 for $99, then Golf Free this Summer!

Simply Sweet (Bronze) – See Job Opportunities section.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Theater camp this month.

Granny Nannies of Port Charlotte (Bronze) – We are open, and moved to our new location. Professional in-home senior care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   https://grannynannies.com/Port-Charlotte Our new address is 2616 Tamiami Trail Unit 1 Port Charlotte, Florida 33952. Phone: 941-743-7606

Key West Express (Bronze) – Are you ready for a Key West Getaway?

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Support) – see Job Opportunities section.

Hessler Floor Covering (Support)“Business as Usual”.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – View the Member’s Showcase at The VAC and online via Virtual Tour July 2-Aug 6 (exhibits are always free). Open Studios for 2D art & Pottery happening weekly – Register online at VisualArtCenter.org. Our Gift & Art Store are open! Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery, Art Supply Store & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 10-2. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org.

Member Information

The latest WE ARE OPEN spreadsheet – provided to all those who inquiry at the Chamber.

One Source Accounting & Tax – Upcoming July 15 Deadline.

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Announcement for July 18th!

Copperfish Books – Open Mon – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. Shop safely in-person by private appointment, or, if we have space available, you can come in to shop! We allow up to 4 shoppers in the store at one time. Face masks are required. You can also shop online at www.copperfishbooks.com. We offer contact-free pickup, free local delivery, and shipping services. (941) 205-2560.

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea – Our goal at Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea is to make you “Your” Perfect cup of Coffee & Tea. We are able to craft your coffee the way you want your coffee to be, let us know what you love, and we will craft that Perfect Cup for you.  You can contact us at (941) 916-9095 Monday through Friday.  We will be posting more details throughout the month on our Facebook page (Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea) and on our Instagram (@pgcoffeeandtea).

ARCHway Institute – 2020 Helicopter Golf Ball Drop 2 for 1 Promotion.

Buffalo Graffix – Let Buffalo Graffix help you comply with the City of Punta Gorda indoor mask mandate and advertise your business at the same time! We offer custom printed facemasks that get noticed and protect us all. Any quantity and many imprint options are available. Contact us today at 941.625.2833 or info@buffalograffix.com

Chelsea Place Homecare Services – Remain Available.

Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park – Paintball comes to the Cape!!

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are also at The Farmer’s Market will also be open. Stop by to fill up your cooler, chiller, and belly! In a time crunch? Staying close to home? We have curbside pick-up. Give us a call 941-505-0479.

John Bothwell PA, Realtor, eXp Realty – Holding off on buying or selling?

Drug Free Punta Gorda – What Substances Do Kids Use?

Fishermen’s Village – July Calendar of Events.

Creative Concepts – To get your reusable 100% Cotton Face Masks, email Jim Cantoni, (not the weatherman) at jim@ccpromos.com or call 414.367.6937. Over 3,000 in stock. $3 each 25/pack =$75. Single Use Face Masks $1 each 50/pack=$50. Plus tax. Ask for customization and bulk discounts.

The Homeless Coalition – Charlotte Idol 8.

C.A.R.E. – The C.A.R.E. Auxiliary meets once a month and does the “fun stuff”. They have hosted cooking classes, dart tournaments, basket luncheons, Kingfisher Fleet parties and golf tournaments to name a few. It’s a great way to learn about C.A.R.E. while having a good time. You attend meetings when you can and volunteer when you have the time. If you are interested in joining, click here.

Gulfshore Opera – GO Opera Break

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

John Bothwell PA, Realtor, eXp Realty – Are you staying safe online?

SandStar Remodeling & Interior Design – Tips on Keeping Your Refrigerator in Tip-Top Shape!

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – If you have re-opened your business but now face the prospect of pressure from your creditors, call Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill, to help you deal with them while you rebuild your business income. Having gone through four economic downturns as an attorney and small business owner, Mark can assist you in your restructuring and advise you how to avoid the fatal mistakes made by past clients in similar circumstances. For a complimentary, confidential consultation, please call 941-206-3700 or e-mail Mark at mmartella@icardmerrill.com.

SCORE – Close, Survive or Thrive?

Storehouse Point – Click here for details.


AAA – Attention First Responders! Please Share with those working on the FRONT LINES!

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Community FoundationGifts & Gab

Charlotte Players – 2020 Summer Spotlight.

Copperfish Books – Bookstore news.

Drug Free Charlotte County – Heading into Summer

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – July and On Demand Webinars!

Gregg’s Auto – July Newsletter

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – July Newsletter

Yoga Sanctuary July Newsletter

Job Opportunities

Simply Sweet

Simply Sweet is looking for the sweetness in you. Are you dedicated, motivated, customer service friendly and want to work in the sweetest environment? Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule that includes days, nights, weekends. Please apply in person only at Simply Sweet, Fishermen’s Village. No phone calls please.

Beach Bums

Beach Bums is a local Coastal Gift and Decor store located in Fishermen’s Village. We are looking for an individual willing to dedicate a few days a week (Sunday-Tuesday) and join our team. Experienced in retail customer service is a plus. Apply in person at Beach Bums, Fishermen’s Village. No phone calls please.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association

We are looking for a Sales Relationship Builder. Someone that has had success in sales, who will become a valuable consultant to our advertisers which will result in their business growing.  We are looking for someone that loves sales work, to sell ads in our well regarded publication and website.  We need someone to work from home that lives in the greater Punta Gorda, Fl area.  This is a commission based position. Please contact

Dee Hall, Administrative Assistant, PGI Civic Association

2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. (941) 637-1655.

Sun Coast Media Group: Multi-Media Marketing Consultant

Sell print and online advertising to an established client base and develop new business in the downtown Punta Gorda area. Conduct customer needs analysis and create presentations and proposals with customized solutions to help grow local businesses. The candidate must be organized, a self-starter and have a hunter mentality and strong interpersonal skills. The candidate should have a minimum of two years of sales experience preferably in print and digital. Reliable transportation is required. We offer a strong benefit package of health, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation and 401K.

Interested candidates should forward their resumes to Lissa Craig Ford at lissa.craigford@yoursun.com


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Chapman Insurance Group

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry,

ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr Law Firm 

Florida Premier Contractors

Granny Nannies

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Insurance Agency – Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & Young, PA


Support Partners