Friday Facts for May 15, 2020

Dear Chamber Member,

Here are your Friday Facts once again! Enjoy reading them, have a great Friday in these very difficult and different days. Please support your fellow Chamber Members. If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to  by noon each Thursday.

A Message from our Mayor Nancy Prafke regarding New Drive-Thru Testing.

Monday 18th 2020 – our office will re-open to public access from 10am-2pm Monday-Friday. Visitors are required to wear a mask and there will be an entry system in place, allowing for one individual/family to enter at one time. Additional visitors will be granted access as soon as the prior visitors have cleared the area. Bet you can’t wait to get back in here and replenish your info!

Don’t forget to sign up for the special five-part Virtual Learning Event being provided free to all Chamber Members by Vision Quest Learning.

Many of you took part in the Coronavirus Business Study, initiated by the Business School of FGCU. Click here for the initial results

Our grateful thanks to Jim Cantoni of Realizing Dreams for donating single use masks to the Chamber for use by Staff and Visitors as we open up the office.

Your Chamber Staff,
John and Hazel

Chamber Calendar of Events

There are no networking events planned for May 2020.

New Members

Mission Statement 

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

  Vision Quest Leadership LLC
Joanne Cumiskey
1169 Eagles Flight Way
North Port, FL 34287
Training & Development
Sponsored by John Wright

Valiant Recovery Corp
Royce Docknill
610 E Olympia Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Addiction Treatment Center
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) Enjoy plenty of fresh air and social distancing at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the water at the Four Points by Sheraton! We have a fabulous new menu that includes plenty of favorites from the past. Relax and listen to our live music which features Austin and Zen on Friday, Hip Squad on Saturday, and 3’s Company on Sunday. Our staff has taken extra steps to ensure that we meet the CDC guidelines for sanitizing and cleaning including everyone wearing masks. Our Dockside Grill is open inside the hotel at 25% capacity and drinks if you need a break from the sun. We are excited to serve our wonderful community again and look forward to seeing you! 941 637 6770

Ribbon Cuttings

No Ribbon Cuttings planned at this time.

Member Information

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture GardensReopening!

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

Copperfish Books – Children’s Book Drive Through May 31.

ARCHway InstituteVirtual Education & Awareness Event on May 19. National newsletter.

Escape Rooms UnlockedIt’s Ready! Play from Anywhere!!

Rossini Trattoria GastronomicaHallelujah we’re Open

Creative Concepts & GivaGeta Inc – Face Masks to Support Business Re-Openings.

To support your business re-opening, local Punta Gorda Chamber Member, Jim Cantoni of Realizing Dreams, Inc, who also does business as Creative Concepts & GivaGeta, Inc has PPE Gear including 100% Cotton Cloth and Single Use Face Masks that are IN STOCK for purchase. Today, you can get up to 3,000+ of the 100% Cotton Cloth Face Masks or the 5,000+ Single Use Face Masks. Creative Concepts can customize yours with your logo or design and to support your business re-opening. Call Jim at 414.EMPOWER (414.367.6937) or use his company’s phone number of 20+ years, T: 860.657.0770.

Gulfshore OperaTake an Opera Break with GO!

FGCU Renaissance Academy Ft Myers News.

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta GordaNews.

SCORE – Recovery Roundtable now scheduled for Wednesday May 20 at 10am.

TEAM Punta GordaDrive-Thru Food Drive for St Vincent de Paul Pantry

One Source Accounting & TaxUseful Information.

Charlotte Community FoundationGifts & Gab

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter.

United Way of Charlotte County You are The One!

Florida Gulf Coast University Exciting Online Certificate Programs Starting Soon!


Crews Banking Corporation.

Dorothy (Dotti) Girardi, a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), has joined Trust and Investment Management Services at Crews Bank & Trust as a vice president and trust officer. She will be working primarily out of the bank’s new Sarasota Office located at 15 S. Palm Avenue in the heart of the city’s business district. “Dotti has been serving Sarasotans with retirement and estate planning for 25 years,” said Executive Vice President Lory Weisensee, who manages the bank’s Trust and Investment Management Services division. “She’s a well-qualified, experienced trust officer who is able to assist our new and existing clients. We’re delighted she joined us.”


John Wright
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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