Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,
Here are your Friday Facts.
A huge thank you to all those members who have renewed and those that have joined our Chamber Partners in Action 2021 program. We are humbled by the fantastic response. There is no doubt that this has been an extremely difficult year for all of us, not least those with businesses and to have so many of you step up and commit to our 2021 program is amazing. If you are inspired to still join then please contact John TODAY and let him know the level you would like. He can be contacted at email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (941) 639-3720. Here’s to a very different and prosperous year in 2021! Below are those who have signed up for 2021 – thank you.
Last Warning to All Members – Must Be Completed. It is CRITICAL that you all check your listing information on the Chamber Website, as soon as possible. The information on the website is what will be used as your listing in the new Chamber & Visitor’s Guide 2021. If you need to change anything then use your Login and Password given to you on joining to access Chambermaster and edit your details. Can’t find that Login and Password? Contact Hazel at email@example.com and she will give you the information.
PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR JANUARY 2021. 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 progaming 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 show, 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.
For Our Community
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau. Partners in Tourism update.
From CCSO. It’s Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office 16th year of Shop with a Cop! 110+ children from Charlotte County will be supplied with a $100 gift card & paired up with local Law Enforcement to purchase gifts for family members and themselves. They even get help wrapping the gifts! With a donation of $100.00 payable to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (note Shop with a Cop on your check) you will receive the new 2020 Challenge Coin. Please send all checks/cash to Chris Hall at 7474 Utilities Rd. Punta Gorda Fl 33982.
The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes are holding their 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the kids in care at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. Toy Ideas/Suggestions. Your Chamber is supporting this wonderful cause and has a collection box at our office. The Toy Drives runs from Today through December 6th.
Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership. November Events.
Sullivan Street Craft Festival. November 28 & 29, 2020, 10am to 5pm. Come and enjoy over Thanksgiving Weekend, outdoors on Sullivan Street from W. Retta Esplanade to W. Virginia Ave.
Punta Gorda Chamber in conjunction with Isles Luxury Storage and Isles Fitness Presents – Drive-in Movies Nights December 3rd Sound of Music & 17th Polar Express, at Bal Harbor Shopping Plaza. Free Event BUT YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE CHAMBER.
Citywide Garage Sales are back! 1st Saturday of the month starting December 2020 to May 2021, (8am-noon) returning to our 2018 location on the Bal Harbor Shopping Plaza at the corner of Bal Harbor and Aqui Esta. Reservations can now be made by calling 941 639 3720 (9am-2pm M-F) Cost is still only $15 for two parking spaces (one for your goods, one for your vehicle). Larger spaces can be reserved depending on availability. Spaces will be allocated at check-in (7am onwards) There are no bad spaces! Bathroom facilities will be made available. In this new world, we ask for masks to be worn, sanitizer to be available and social distancing of customers to the best of your ability.
Hope to see you there! The First Event is Saturday December 5th, 2020.
Advance Notice – Mural Tours will return in 2021. Click Here for details.
Save the Date!! The Laird’s Golf Tournament is back!! Join us at the Paradise Golf Course on January 29, 2021 – yes, you have plenty of time to practice and get ready for this awesome day! Click Here for details.
If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon each Thursday.
Your Chamber Staff,
John, Hazel, Janet and Stephanie
Chamber Calendar of Events Members Only
Networking Events for November.
RSVP’s are very important, as are cancellations. 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 9am to 2pm) or email email@example.com
November 17: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Business after Hours at Illusions Salon & Spa, 115 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!
Saturday November 21 at 12 noon. The Refindery Market, 117 Herald Ct #1111, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Please come and support this new member at their Grand Opening.
November 25: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at The Village Fish Market, 1200 W. Retta Esplande, Punta Gorda. Menu: Chicken Sandwich; Greek Salad; Baked Scrod. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.
Special Member Notice
Punta Gorda Chamber Member & Visitor’s Guide 2021
In conjunction with the SUN Newspapers we are planning to have the new Chamber Member & Visitor’s Guide ready for January 4, 2021 distribution. So, please, please review all your information on the Chamber website and make sure it is correct. Also, take a look at the attached flyer for Advertising Rates. Any questions contact Hazel at email@example.com
All the Following Information is for Our Community
The Holidays are Coming!
Please support Our Members – Buy Local! The Shops, Attractions, Restaurants and Non-Profits. It’s been an extremely difficult year for everyone, let’s keep them all going.
Sullivan Street Craft Fair
Saturday Farmer’s Market
Small Business Saturday
A great day to visit and shop in Punta Gorda, wear a mask, come shop.
To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.
Riverbank Construction, LLC
24219 Harborview Road
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Sponsored by John Wright
Take Me There Sailing, LLC
9334 Palm Haven Ct
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Sponsored by Hazel Klossner
Trailside Mobile RV Service, LLC dba Dockside Detailing Service
Tim Maloney, Jr
On-site RV Repair, Boat & RV Detailing
Sponsored by Hazel Klossner
Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.
Partners in Action News
Gettel of Charlotte County Gettel Foundation Donates $50, 000.00 to Local Food Banks
The Gettel Foundation will donate $10,000.00 to each of our local food banks we do business in. Gettel Automotive Group operates in Manatee, Sarasota, Marion, Charlotte, and Alachua counties. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, main headquarters located in Ft. Myers will be the recipient for Charlotte County. They are part of Feeding America and handle a five-county area including Charlotte County. The Sacred Heart Church 211 W. Charlotte Ave Punta Gorda hosts the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Drive Through Distribution Center Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
General Managers, Tom Crawley, Bill Finocchario , Paul Trombley, and Chief Marketing Officer David Kelly will present the $10,000 check to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Charlotte County at 211 W. Charlotte Ave. Punta Gorda.
The Gettel Automotive Group has six store fronts in Punta Gorda.
- 11-19-2020 Thursday 9:30 a.m.Sacred Heart Church
- 211 W. Charlotte Ave Punta Gorda, Florida
Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) – Please join us at T.T’s Tiki Bar and Dockside Grill located at the Four Points by Sheraton. Please click to see our November line up of all our live music. Take advantage of our Fish Fry on Friday’s and Prime Rib Special on Saturday’s. Lastly, click to see our Thanksgiving menu. Please call the hotel at 941-637-6770 to make your reservation today!
Expedia Cruises (Platinum) – download your special gift voucher towards future travel here.
Captain’s Table (Gold) – Take Home Thanksgiving Feast!
TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Wow, are you still watching the market? Today’s 7-day rolling statistics for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port show: 133 new listings, 149 sold (closed) sales, 226 pending (accepted contracts).
What are you waiting for? Call Della Booth, Broker TIME Realty Services to find out your current property value. Della is your hometown Realtor for the last 23 years. She knows the area and she knows the market. Call today: cell 239-699-4493
Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) – The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. November Newsletter.
Springhill Suites (Gold) – We are offering all 1st responders a discounted rate of $89 at the Springhill Suites Punta Gorda until 1/31/2021. We would be happy to help all first responders who may need a place to stay or are not comfortable going home at this time. If you would please make sure to pass this along to anyone who may need a clean and safe space to rest that would be wonderful.
iHeart Media (Gold in Kind) – Broadcasts Charlotte County High School Football. Under the circumstances the football stadiums can only accept 25% capacity for the games this year. As in past years iHeart Media will broadcast home games for both the Charlotte and Port Charlotte High Schools. These will be broadcast live on multiple stations this year, WKII 1070am, WCCF 1580am & FM 100.9 and on the iHeart Ap – with the ability to listen nationwide!. Call Teresa Desguin at 941-815-0324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how your business can not only support our Local Teams, but be part of the most listened to local High School Football game broadcast!
Centennial Bank (Silver) – October Centennial Circular
Charlotte State Bank and Trust (Silver) – Vice President Christine Hause and Portfolio Manager Gregory Thomas are continuing their complimentary estate-planning seminars/webinars with “How to Fund Your Will or Trust” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, “Fee Only vs Fee-Based Investing” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and “Passing Wealth to the Next Generation” on Thursday Nov. 19. Attendees may participate in person at the bank’s Murdock office (limited attendance) or online through a webinar. The seminars are held from 10-11:30 a.m. You can register at any branch office, online at https://www.charlottestatebank.com/trust-services/seminars, via email at email@example.com, or by calling Brielle at 941-624-1943
Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – is honored to be your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. At Creative Window Treatments, we also design all types of custom window treatments such as Draperies, Valances, Cornices, Bedspreads & Pillows, Tablecloths, Fabric Headboards, Upholstery and much more. From now until December 7th, our current Hunter Douglas Promotion, Seasons of Style Savings Event We offer free in-home consultations and we also welcome you to visit one of our two conveniently located showrooms at 254 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Punta Gorda (941) 637-0015 or 4680 Placida Road, Suite D, Englewood (941) 828-0000. For the safety of our customers and employees, we ask that a mask is worn during your visit to our shops.
The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad (Silver) – Check out our newly updated website www.thepurplehousesalon.com. Shawn Gilstad, 941.830.4746 – Cell, 941.205.8603 – Salon
Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Charlotte Players, Dec 2-6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is just what we all need after this year! In this hilarious holiday classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant are faced with casting the most awful kids ever. The five performances of the two-hour show include 7:30 pm four evening shows on Wednesday, Dec 2, through Saturday, Dec 5, and a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, Dec 6. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students age 14-18 and may be ordered at www.charlotteplayers.org or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10am and 4pm.
Hessler Floor Covering (Support) – Name-Brand Inventory Clearance Sale
Illusions Salon & Spa (Support) – At Illusions Salon & Spa, wellness is infused with red-carpet style. From arrivals marked by a glass of champagne to spaces dedicated to your relaxation, we address your mind, body, and skin. We are now offering membership packages. The holidays are coming so treat yourself or someone special to a monthly spa package. (941) 505-5777 or www.illusionsofpg.com
Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) – Book by calling 941-889-8388 or online at PuntaGordaNails.com.
Visual Arts Center (Support) – Peace River National Art Festival is Dec 5 & 6 from 9am-4pm at Laishley Park, $5/person at the gate. “Falling for Art” on display until Nov 18 and “Common Threads” on display until Dec 1- Exhibits are always free to view and now open Tue-Thu until 7pm! Shop the Ornament & Holiday Gift Wall in the Gift Shop for your Xmas list. Every $10 donation receives a free VAC logo ornament! Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Store Hours: Mon & Fri: 9a-4p, Tue-Thu: 9a-7p, Sat: 10a-2p. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org.
Special Member’s Only Promotion
From our AAA Member. Punta Gorda Chamber Members please Click Here to get the flyer and information for a fundraising promotion through AAA. Any employee at the office can assist you (941) 627-1544, do not go online.
For our Veteran’s
Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens-Because we were washed out by TS Eta on Veterans Day – Free admittance for our Veterans on Sunday November 15 9am to 4pm (military ID or proof of service required). We will also be showing the artwork of a Marine Combat Artist Veteran, Elize McKelvey for Nov 8-21.
Florida International Air Show – Presents “Wings Over Charlotte County” – “A Salute to 1st Responders and Welcome Home Vietnam Vets 2020”. November 21st.
C.A.R.E. – Yoga and Wine on November 14. Also, Back by popular demand C.A.R.E Auxiliary presents the Wheelbarrow of Cheer. Tickets are $10.00 or 5 for $40.00. Available for purchase at Bank of OZK (three locations); Laishley Crab House; Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique. Drawing November 20th. Follow us on social media! @carecharlottecounty for additional locations on tickets!
Mullet Fest – This Weekend. Our very own Eddie Amara (Creative Window Treatments) will be one of the judges at the Mullet Fest 2020.
Gulfshore Opera – This Sunday, Divas & Dinner at Carmelo’s
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – New Location for the Englewood Store.
Charlotte Community Foundation – Final Days to Help Share End of Year Cheer.
Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – It’s the time of year to be grateful and enjoy great food, good friends, and family. Did you know all our cheeses come in whole wheel; we can cut special sizes to accommodate your menu needs. Stop by the shop to discover or reserve your cut or call the shop at 941-505-0479. Curbside pick-up available!
Florida Guardian ad Litem Program – with the Salvation Army are collecting new toys, clothing and other “wish list” items to help brighten the season for area children in need. All six branches of Charlotte State Bank & Trust are serving as drop-off locations for these two prominent local charitable organizations, so drop by any bank office and pick up a “wish list’ or two. Bank lobbies are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (except for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day).The Punta Gorda office, 2331 Tamiami Trail, is collecting for the Salvation Army.
Promotional Marketing Online – Toys for Tots.
The Firm 360 Photography – we can help showcase your business. See the 3D Virtual Walking Tour we did for The Visual Arts Center. Their details are also listed in the tour. We can do this for your business too. Contact us today for details. 941-347-8198.
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – is looking for a few new Board members. If you are interested in the work we do for the community, please call me to find out more. Kelly Gaylord 941-979-2786
Punta Gorda Symphony – Behind the Notes Goes Online – and it’s FREE!
TEAM Punta Gorda – Will you lend a hand?
Sunny Days Ice Cream – has just BROUGHT THE ICE CREAM TRUCK TO THE MALL! We have opened up a location in the Port Charlotte Town Center. We have all the novelties you can get from our trucks. We carry items like Good Humor Magnum Bars, Good Humor Toasted Almond, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Eclair. Bring the kids! We have Sponge Bob, Spiderman, popsicles, snow cones and SO MUCH MORE! We are located in the food court. We will continue to specialize in our ice cream catering with the trucks. For ice cream catering we can be reached at http://www.sunnydaysicecream.com or call 941-255-1889
Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea – Give the gift of Coffee, Tea, French Presses, Grinders, and more for your team for the holidays! Wow your clients and employees with a custom gift basket with items from either PGCW and PGCT. They are completely customizable! We know you are busy thus time of year, so take the work out of shopping and give us a call today to craft a premium quality basket for you for the holidays…or anytime of the year.
Copperfish Books – Copperfish Books has moved! Our new location is 212 W Virginia Ave. in downtown Punta Gorda (between Taylor and Sullivan Streets). We’re open Mon-Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. Masks are required and we sanitize often. Shop Local and Shop Early this holiday season! Holiday Book & Toy Drives for Local Kids.
The Cocoa Exchange – Time to Get Gifting!
Rick’s Estate & Jewelry – Not only is Rick’s the top destination in SW Florida to buy and sell estate jewelry and coins, we are also actively buying and selling designer handbags, crystal, and sterling silver flatware sets. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable Christmas gift or looking to sell a luxury purse, stop by our store and see us today. 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, #1141.
Chelsea Place Senior Care – Together we can Change the World!
Rossini Tratoria Gastronomica – 4 Course Wine Dinner
Senior Friendship Centers – Weekly Events & Activities Calendar.
Drug Free Charlotte County – Night Vision Special Event for Families Nov 17 at 7pm.
King Fisher Fleet – Christmas Light Canal Cruises Now Available to Book!
Loveland Center – Upcoming Events.
Thryv – We are excited to be having Connect 20 in November. It’s an online event that is targeted to small local businesses across the country. It focuses on how they can build, grow and modernize their business in today’s COVID-19 environment. As a current member, we would welcome any help the chamber could do in helping us get the word out. We’ve included a discount code for chamber members. Click Here for details.
Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – December 31, 2020 marks the end of many Bank and Credit Card foreclosure and collection moratoriums. Don’t wait until the last minute to think about what you are going to do to deal with your creditors once collections and foreclosure actions start up again. Call Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill to help you deal with your creditors and protect your assets and homestead. For a complimentary, confidential consultation, please call 941-206-3700 or e-mail Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at https://icardmerrill.com/money-matters/ .
Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.
Valerie’s House – The Virtual Hero 5k will take place Nov 19-26.
United Way – Beaujolais Nouveau virtual tasting event November 19.
Twin Isles Country Club – Neighborhood Dinner Night on November 19, 2020 5-8pm
Tidewell Foundation – Virtual Turkey Trot
Homeless Coalition of Charlotte County – The 9th Annual “Driving Out Hunger” Fall Golf Scramble event will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Riverwood Golf Club located at 4100 Riverwood Drive in Port Charlotte. This event is a four-person mixed flight. There will be a continental breakfast and southern-style barbeque lunch. The cost is $95. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun is at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Darcy Woods at (941)627-4313, Ext. 134 or email Darcy.Woods@cchomelesscoalition.org to reserve a spot. Your support assists the Homeless Coalition in continuing to drive out hunger in our community.
The Patterson Foundation – would like to invite you to ‘A Walk to Respect’ on December 1.
FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – Movies and a Discussion.
ARCHway Institute – Golf Ball Drop on Dec 5, partnering with Drug Free Punta Gorda.
Charlotte County Concert Band – is a wind ensemble, under the direction of Robert Miller, that presents a six-concert season each year at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center on Carmalita Street. The Concert Band also provides three scholarships to music students at all three Charlotte County high schools. Although this concert season is still uncertain, a small band will entertain holiday shoppers at the Punta Gorda Farmer’s Market on two Saturdays, December 5 and December 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Stop by and sing along.
Wreaths Across America – National Remembrance Wreath Laying December 19 at 10am, Charlotte Memorial Cemetery.
Gulfshore Opera – Gala Announcement
Tidewell Foundation – Signature Luncheon on Friday, February 5, 2021, 11.30am at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
ARCHway Institute – November Newsletter
Animal Welfare League – November Newsletter
Charlotte Arts – Newsletter
Charlotte Community Foundation – End of Year Cheer
CCSO – Star Newsletter
Copperfish Books – Newsletter
Drug Free Charlotte County – News to Know
FGCU – Continuing Education
FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – Webinars, On Demand, and Face-to-Face!
FGCU Renaissance Academy Fort Myers – Something New for You!
Gregg’s Automotive –
Hope4Communities – October Newsletter
Punta Gorda Airport – Buzz
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – Newsletter
SCORE – November Newsletter
StandStar Remodeling & Interior Design – Insider for October
United Way of Charlotte County – Newsletter, We’re Fine.
Yoga Sanctuary – November Newsletter
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity is hiring! We’re looking to hire a framer to join our construction team in building our new construction homes. This is a full-time hourly-paid position working 7:30am-4:00pm Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Experience preferred but willing to train the right candidate who has drive and motivation to learn. The ideal candidate must possess excellent people skills, be a motivated self-starter, and must possess the ability to work in a team environment. After initial 90-day introductory period, the successful candidate is offered an optional health benefit package, an optional 401k plan, NINE paid holidays per year, and eligible for FIVE paid vacation days and FIVE paid sick days annually. This is a drug-free work environment. Valid FL driver license required.
Contact Kristy at 941-268-5331 or email@example.com
Farr Law Firm
Farr Law Firm receives U.S. News 2021 “Best Law Firms” Honor U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® lists Farr Law Firm in the “Best Law Firms” of 2021. Receiving a Tier 1 ranking in trusts and estates law and real estate law and receiving a Tier 3 ranking for outstanding work in litigation-construction in the Fort Myers metro area. Guy S. Emerich, Jack O. Hackett II and David A. Holmes, directors at Farr Law Firm, were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Emerich was recognized by Best Lawyers© for his work in trusts and estates and received this honor for the fourteenth consecutive year. For the sixth year in a row Hackett was named by Best Lawyers© in the practice of real estate law. This marks Holmes’ third appearance in Best Lawyers© for his work in litigation-construction. The 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com About Best Law Firms The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. About Farr Law Firm For over 95 years the Farr Law Firm has served Southwest Florida and is the oldest and largest law firm in Charlotte County. The firm tackles complex legal problems while staying rooted in the same small town principles you value. The multi-practice law firm addresses the needs and challenges that individuals and businesses confront including civil, commercial and complex litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, marital and family law, trusts and estates, corporate and business law, real estate
John Wright, President,
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
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