Friday Facts for July 24, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for September.

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 progamming 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.

Charlotte County Public Schools delay start of 2020-2021 year until August 31, 2020. All students, staff and individuals must wear masks/face coverings on school property to include schools, district office buildings and buses.

Charlotte County Entrepreneur Support Organization has provided a link for the CareerSource SWFL Virtual Career Fair on July 30, 2020. Click here for more information.

If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to  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 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.

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 and August.

RSVP’s are very important, as are cancellations (limited numbers allowed, masks and social distancing a must). We are not able to take bookings through the website for these events at the moment, so please call (941) 639 3720 (during office hours 10am to 2pm) or email

July 29: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon – 1:30pm. FULLY BOOKED, Wait List Available. 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 or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

August 12: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 am – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. Our guest speaker will be Kim Amontree for Girls on the Run.

August 18: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm.
Come and join you Chamber for our Ribbon Cutting with Business after Hours at the Military Heritage Museum 900 W Marion Avenue Punta Gorda (same as July) hosted by Granny Nannies,Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

August 26: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon – 1:30pm.
Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Hurricane Charley’s, 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda  Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to 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 and if you have to subsequently cancel let us know soonest. 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.

Copy Life Inc
Steve Hickox
3853 Acline Road, Ste #120
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 621-2428
Office Equipment Sales & Service
Sponsored by John Wright

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

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)

Need some R&R? Book a room at the Four Points by Sheraton under the Staycation rate and it includes food and beverage throughout your stay. Please click for more details. T.T.’s Tiki Bar is rolling out our new lunch specials for only $7.95 each day! Click to see what all it includes! 

Sun Newspapers (Platinum Media)

See Job Opportunities section.

TIME Realty Services (Gold) – Our Market Continues to MOVE. The 7-day rolling numbers for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port

show: 131 New Listings, 239 New contracts written (pending), 150 Sold (closed) contracts

How can TIME Realty assist you? We are your hometown Realtor for the last 22+ years. We have an amazing referral base and can answer your questions. It’s not always about buying and selling. It’s about assisting our neighbors.

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

The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad (Silver) – Check out our newly updated website . July Chamber Member promotion – All Retail buy 1 get one half – free conditioning treatment with service. Shawn Gilstad, 941.830.4746 – Cell, 941.205.8603 – Salon

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.

Key West Express (Bronze) – Saturday Savings to Key West.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Support) – see Job Opportunities section. Landscape Painting in Oils for Beginners Class. Interested in getting in touch with your creative side? Join Mary Taglieri for a series of 4 beginners’ classes, Landscape Painting in Oils, on Tuesday, July 28 from 10:00-1:00pm. Classes are held at PGICA, 2001 Shreve, Punta Gorda and are open to the public. $175 for series of 4 consecutive classes. Contact Mary Taglieri at 941-979-0901 for supply list or more information. Pre-register by calling PGICA at 941-637-1655.

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

Visual Arts Center (Support) Winners of the Member’s Showcase.

Member Information

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

? Christmas in July ?

Storewide sale!


It’s Christmas in July at HipNotique!

Due to “circumstances ” we can’t hold our annual big blow-out, and there will be no Santa in town, etc., but we sure can still have our festivities and SALE!?

☆TODAY July 24th & TOMORROW July 25th ONLY☆



Yep, even our 50% off is now 75%!

(*some exclusions i.e. Dune Jewelry, etc apply~ see store for details.

*In stock merchandise only-no special orders

*not applicable on past purchases)

Plus ~ Gift Card SALE!!

The more you spend the more FREE $$$ you get!

*Buy $50=Get $10

*Buy $100=Get $20

*Buy $150=Get $30


Open today 10-6pm

Open Sat 9-4:30pm


Our mailing address is:


111 W. Marion Blvd.

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Connect Print & Promotions – Thank you to Kim & Freddie for bringing the Chamber some Hand Sanitzer Spray. Check out their link.

C.A.R.E. – Contact Us Via Text and Online Chat.

ARCHway Institute – July 28 Virtual Education & Awareness Event.

Senior Friendship Centers – Coffee Talk Series on Wednesday July 29 at 9am. Caring for Seniors in the Time of Covid-19.

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County – You can help us “Save Them All”!

SAM’s Club – Drumroll please! Shocking Values are here.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – Chocolate and Wine is a perfect pairing. Saturday is National Wine & Cheese Day! We love to curate a combination just for you! We’ll be at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow. In a time crunch? Staying close to home? We have curbside pick-up. Give us a call to create yours-941-505-0479.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Partnerships for Virtual Music Camp.

Escape Rooms Unlocked – Summer Special! Private Rooms!

SCORE – Save the Date, Women in Business Virtual Forum. Week 2, Show me the Money

Drug Free Punta Gorda – “Prevention Connection” Coalition Meeting.

USA Dance #6126 – Workshops for July and the Summerdance Schedule.

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 We offer contact-free pickup, free local delivery, and shipping services. (941) 205-2560.

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea – Cultural Week is upon us and ending soon! Saturday is the last day to try some of the most popular drinks from around the world. Come down to vote for you favorite today, it might even become permanent.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Open Select Nights During Summer Months. Plant Sale August 8.

Fishermen’s Village – July Calendar of Events. August Calendar of Events.

The Homeless Coalition – Charlotte Idol 8.

United Way – United Way of Charlotte County is accepting applications for our highly esteemed 2020-2021 Campaign Cabinet.  Be part of this elite group of passionate volunteers working hard to bring awareness to our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty. Many United Way’s mobilize the power of their community through the Campaign Cabinet and we are proud to be part of this strategic movement.  Deadline to apply is 7/31/20. To apply, email by telling us about yourself and current involvement (if any) with UWCC or call 941-627-3539.

Gulfshore Opera – GO Opera Break

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – COVID-19 has served as a reminder that we never know what life may bring us and why we need to be prepared when the unexpected happens. If you have been thinking about an estate plan and would like to sit down for a complimentary consultation, please contact Mark Martella, Esq. with ICARD MERRILL. He will explain the BIG SIX documents everyone needs, five of which you may need to use while you are alive. Please call 941-206-3700 to schedule a confidential complimentary consultation.

SCORE – Close, Survive or Thrive – Week 1?


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

Centennial Bank – July Circular

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

Punta Gorda Mural Society – July Newsletter & Mural Dedication

Time Realty Services, Inc – Newsletter

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – July Newsletter

Yoga Sanctuary July Newsletter


Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Personal Banker Sylvia Amick, a familiar figure at Charlotte State Bank & Trust’s Punta Gorda office, is celebrating 15 years at the bank. She started out as a teller in 2005 and became a personal banker the following year. “Sylvia is an MVP here at the Punta Gorda branch,” said Retail Banking Officer Alyson Burch, who manages the office. “She is committed to helping her customers obtain the banking products and services they need, and she does so with a wealth of knowledge, a winning smile, and a positive attitude.” Amick has worked with the bank’s Trust and Investment Management Services by as a referral source and seminar coordinator with the Punta Gorda Isle Civic Association. Her daughter, Angie R. Misner, is a trust officer with the bank. Amick can be reached at 941-205-2717 or

Crews Bank & Trust (Parent Company of Charlotte State Bank & Trust).
Loan Officer Ashley DeLuca was recently named an Assistant Vice President of Crews Bank & Trust. She started her career with the bank in 2004 and is both a residential loan originator and a commercial loan officer. DeLuca helps oversee the lending process with her borrowers, giving them understanding and confidence from application to closing. She is approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry and carries a unique identifier (NMLS #1240667). DeLuca is based at the North Arcadia office of Crews Bank & Trust, 400 N. Brevard Avenue. She may be reached at 863-491-5212 or

Farr Law Firm
The Florida Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) have announced the selection of its 2021 class for the Florida Fellows Institute. Brady H. Sharrer, an of counsel attorney at Farr Law Firm, was selected for this elite program designed to develop trusts and estates attorneys to become future leaders of the profession. Sharrer received his Juris Doctor degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law and his B.B.A. degrees in business/pre-law and finance from Ohio University College (OU) of Business. While attending law school Sharrer received awards in insurance law and business organizations. Prior to joining Farr Law Firm Sharrer became the sole principal owner of Isphording, Bechtold & Sharrer, P.A., where he actively took on new clients and served the clients of his predecessors, focusing on estate planning, as well as trust and probate administration.


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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