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Friday September 1, 2023

Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from August 29.

PG Chamber Radio Show Exclusively For PG Chamber Members:

Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander
Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is simple. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted into the programming of this popular show. You get the option to record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know during which hour it will air. The cost is $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, email John Wright. Only 10 businesses per month. It’s a great way to promote your business, advertise an event, or show community support.

Members-Only Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, by calling us at 941-639-3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!

Four Points By Sheraton (Platinum)

Who has had enough of rain and hurricane talk? Come to the Tiki bar and celebrate that the storm is over! There will be plenty of sunshine and adult beverages to enjoy! On Friday, come see Rock Candy at 6:00 PM. On Saturday, we have Gas House Gorillas taking the stage at 7:00. Get here early and enjoy dinner while there are still good seats available! Please click here to see when all of your favorite bands will play this month. The Tiki Bar is offering 6 summer lunch specials Monday through Friday for only $12.95. Enjoy them while they last! They also have Happy Hour daily Monday- Friday from open until 6:00 PM. We offer $3 draft beers, $4 house well cocktails, and $5 house wines. Don’t forget about our Dockside Grill inside the hotel. We offer Happy Hour daily from 4-7 pm. We also have an AYCE Fish Fry on Friday nights and Prime Rib Saturdays. 

The Harborside Garden, is now open for private events. We are currently booking weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, celebration of life, corporate events etc. It can hold up to 300 people for dinner and 500 for a reception style get together. Please call Kelly Williamson at 941-637-6770 for more information. 

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold)

Open 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays..

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold)

It’s Friday, Hello September! We hope that everyone made it through Idelia with little to no damage. The current 7-day rolling stat shows 126 new listings, 105 new contracts, and 134 new closings.  The August numbers will be out in a couple of weeks. Sign up now https://bit.ly/2IQgZW4 for our monthly newsletter to keep you in the know with all of the numbers – it’s important! Don’t miss

these opportunities:  https://bit.ly/40oGcZI https://bit.ly/3qLQ9Ef  https://bit.ly/3p8yzKd https://bit.ly/44dPHwC

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

CAM Realty (Silver)

Virtual office available in Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of an office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar (Silver)

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar is Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite 1135. Come try our exciting NEW Summer Menu that features wraps, salads, tapas, and our famous flatbreads. Our charcuterie boards pair well with our unique wine selections too. Want an easy and tasty snack…get a charcuterie and bottle of wine to go! Join us for a delicious meal and entertainment: Trivia is every Thursday starting at 6:30 and Wine-O-Bingo is every Friday at 6 pm. Summer hours are Tuesday 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm. Visit www.coastal-expressions.com to view the menu, events calendar and book your private party. Small or Large groups welcome! Come check us out or call 941-214-8599.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver)

We are here for your window treatments needs. Area’s only Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. Plantation shutters, blinds, shades, drapery and more. Call 941.637.0015

Military Heritage Museum (Silver in Kind)

Patriots Gala November 11 – Sponsorship Opportunities

Animal Welfare League (Bronze)

Join us in celebrating the Animal Welfare League’s momentous 60th anniversary with “Paws for a Cause” on December 3, 2023! This grand event promises a day of fun and compassion for animals in need. We invite vendors and sponsors to be a part of this special occasion, making a positive impact on the lives of our furry friends. For more details, visit AWLshelter.org/Paws-for-a-cause or reach out to events@awlshelter.org. Let’s come together to support a brighter future for animals.

Charlotte County Florist (Bronze)

Shop Port Charlotte florist for upcoming holidays and events including Labor Day, Grandparents Day, National Daughters Day and National Good Neighbor Day.

We will be offering our $30 Thursday special September 7 and 8! Place your order online starting Tuesday, September 5 – including free local delivery – This month’s arrangement features gorgeous sunflowers, carnations, solidago and Beech leaves along with delicious Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Make sure to take advantage of this super sweet deal!

Charlotte Players (Bronze)

Charlotte Players- Meet the 11th Annual Comedy for a Cause Cast. Cole Kelly. Cole is a copywriter and an email marketing strategist, as well as a manager at Water Thrills Jet Ski Rentals. Show your support for Cole at https://bit.ly/CFACCole. Tammy Madden- McKee has been an English and Theater teacher for over 25 years. She is a published playwright and loves theater more than almost anything else!  Support Tammy at https://bit.ly/CFAC-Tammy. www.charlotteplayers.org.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze)

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital (Bronze)

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital was recently recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. This achievement reflects the hospital’s outstanding clinical outcomes for spine surgery and puts HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for spine surgery. HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital is the only hospital in Charlotte County to earn this achievement in 2023.

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Support)

Enjoy a day on the greens with us September 23rd for Golfers Who C.A.R.E.! Our non-profit is hosting a 4-Person Golf Scramble, bringing together golf enthusiasts of every level. Play, have fun, and support a great cause. Click here for more details, registration info and sponsorship opportunities!

Member Information

The Yoga Sanctuary –Yoga Month 2023 Kick-Off Class: Embracing the Practice September 2, 12 – 1:30pm Donations to benefit PRWC Celebrate the rejuvenating power of yoga this September with The Yoga Sanctuary, as we embrace the serenity and mindfulness of National Yoga Month. Join us for an uplifting and transformative journey, beginning with our September 2nd kick-off event: a 90-minute all-levels donation-based yoga class. To extend our practice beyond the yoga mat, all donations collected for this class will go to support the work of the Peace River Wildlife Center. 

Introduction to Yoga Series Fridays, September 8– October 6, 11:30am – 12:45pm $124

No flexibility required—all ages and body types welcome! This six-week series, limited to eight students only, will walk you through the basics of yoga. Learn pose anatomy and alignment, the foundations of yoga philosophy, as well as ways to personalize your yoga practice for specific issues or injuries. 


Nutegra Mental Health and Nutrition, Inc. – Introduction Seminar November 10 9:00am – 4:30 pm Isles Yacht Club. The Obesity Epidemic ; Treatment and Coaching. Click here for more information.


All Dry Services of Florida Gulf Coast – I know Punta Gorda has had some flooding so please feel free to reach out to us and let us know how we can help. I have crews in the area ready to extract water, open wet walls, remove wet carpeting and padding, add dehumidifiers, etc. Call anytime! 239.595.9242 Mark Salow, Owner


The Damex Corporation – Hopefully, most fared well from Hurricane Idalia. But if you need our services, The Damex Corporation is ready to help! Call us at 941.624.3100. We are a 40 year old, full service restoration company located in Punta Gorda. We have a 24 hour emergency service to dry out your home or business. We are also licensed and certified to perform mold remediation. And as a general contractor, we can repair and rebuild your place!


Charlotte Harbor Behavioral health Care – Please join us at our Candlelight Recovery Vigil on September 15 at 7 p.m. at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. There will be a short presentation where community members share their inspiring stories of recovery, along with honor beads, a bubble release, rock painting, beautiful music, and candles for the vigil. There will also be numerous community partner information tables ready to showcase the services they offer within our community. The evening will end with candlelight and Mr. Larry Stewart playing Amazing Grace on bagpipes alongside celebrated vocalist Carla Brooks. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.


Gilded Lily Band – October 22 – a family friendly musical event held at TT’s on the Harbor raising funds for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Click here to see how you can help!


D.I.S.Tech Services Inc. – We manage IT systems for other companies. Whether you have 5 computers or 150, we have the tools and management skills to help your business succeed. Give us a call at 941-867-9772 or 217-492-8042 to see how we can help you.


Burnt Sore Animal Hospital – Bark-Tober Fest October 21, 5-8pm. Come on out and join us for food, fun, prizes and our course our fur baby costime contest! Dress your fur baby in costume and enter to win some amazing prizes. All proceeds are donated to Kerr’s Angel Fund. For more information, contact Kerrsangelfund@gmail.com


Paradise Golf Course – All First Responders – Fire Fighters, Police, EMT, Retired or Active Duty Military, $19.95 +tax – All can you play, all day, everyday! Price includes a pint of draft beer, wine or soda, Proper ID required. offer expires November 1, 2023


Big Shot Marketing & Design – We are committed to providing tangible results for our clients. That means generating leads, increasing online purchases or reaching any digital marketing goal you’re looking to achieve. Your website should be making you money. It’s that simple. If your website isn’t generating leads or closing sales, then it’s time to rethink your digital marketing strategy. In order to have truly effective marketing strategies, you need to understand who your ideal client is, and how to reach them.


Suncoast Humane Society – You’re invited to the Art for Animals Auction event to benefit Suncoast Humane Society. Join us at The Waverly Restaurant and Bar on September 30th from 5pm – 8pm for a fun-filled evening of art, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the discount ticket pricing of $65 available until August 31st – tickets are limited so don’t wait! Sponsorships are available! Please click here for more information.


Copperfish Books – Great upcoming books from Copperfish Books!


Loveland Center – Join us for the first Loveland Creates performance! The Incredible Hulk at Bikini Beach by Tim Kelly August 24-27 at the Loveland Center. Tickets and information at



Punta Gorda Historical Society – VISIT THE MARKET – The Sunday Market and Artisans Village at History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday!


Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club – Clubs for Kids Golf Tournament Saturday September 16, Riverwood Gold Club $600 Foursome or $150 Individuals includes green fees, cart, breakfast, BBQ lunch, 2 beverage tickets per player, soft drinks and more. Click here for more details.


Martella Law Firm – Have you been putting off preparing a Last Will and Testament until next year? Well, the year is more than half over and your next year is here! It is so important to have the right documents in place BEFORE a medical emergency happens. Give Mark Martella, Esq., of the Martella Law Firm, PLLC a call at 941-867-6865 (or e-mail him at mark@martellalaw.com) to schedule a complimentary, confidential, one hour consultation to discuss your options to be prepared for when “life happens.”


Archway InstituteNational Recovery Month


Suncoast Humane Society – Join us for the Art for Animals Auction event to benefit Suncoast Humane Society at The Waverly Restaurant and Bar on September 30th from 5pm – 8pm for a fun-filled evening of art bidding, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the discount ticket pricing of $65 available until August 31st – tickets are limited so don’t wait!


Connect Print & Promotions, LLC – September is the time to plan your print marketing strategy for the rest of the year, including the Holiday Season, we have you covered, Punta Gorda!

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Archway InstituteHelicopter Golf Ball Drop December 2

National Recovery Month Celebration.


Sea Grape Gallery – From September 7 to October 5, 2023, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Donna Pape, oil painter, and Nancy Giffin, Nantucket, and Shaker style basketry artist.


Edison and Ford Winter Estates – On October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the annual “Airing of the Quilts” quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between the palms in front of the historic homes. Quilters Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale.


Punta Gorda Boat Club – Sunset Social. Do you have your own boat? Interested in swapping stories with other boaters? Want to learn more about boating in Charlotte Harbor? Well then, come join us for our Sunset Social which is held every fourth Friday from 5 to 7pm at our Clubhouse 802 W Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our Club as well. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. Call Jan at 941-743-2472 for more information, or check us out at puntagordaboatclub.com. Hope to see you there!


ERC Refund – Get paid to help your Local Businesses!

I work with Bottom Line Concepts where we help local businesses get ERC Refund Money if they retained their employees during the pandemic. Click here to find out more!


ARCHway Institute – Mark your calendars! ARCHway’s discovery dinner is October 20, 2023


Peace River Shopper Latest Edition.


Animal Welfare League

Looking for a rewarding part-time position? Join AWL Kennel Tech team! As a dedicated member of our animal welfare family, you’ll provide essential care for shelter residents, ensuring their comfort and well-being. Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning, and assisting with adoptions. If you’re passionate about animals, detail-oriented, and a team player, apply now at awlshelter.org/jobs. Make a positive impact while working flexible hours. Your compassion could make all the difference!

Faith Lutheran Church

Administrative Assistant

Faith Lutheran Church in Punta Gorda offers a Christ-centered opportunity for a part-time (M-F 8:30-1pm) Administrative Assistant to the pastor. MS office 365 proficiency required. Competitive pay based on experience. For more info (941) 639-6309 or faithadmin88@embarqmail.com

John Guarino M.D. PA
Matthew Tufts M.D.
Vincent Brown M.D.

Physician’s Assistant

Seeking PA for well-established group of 3 surgeons (General, Bariatrics, and Endoscopy) in Charlotte County. Full-time employment with 1 weekend per month of call. Full benefits package includes malpractice insurance, health insurance, 401K, and 3 weeks of vacation/year. Salary is negotiable based on experience, with a productivity bonus offered after the first year. Duties include surgery assistance, independent patient care, and directing our screening colonoscopy program and bariatric program. Email CV/Resume to office@guarinomd.com

D.I.S. Tech Services Inc.

IT Support Technician (Part-time)

Hiring part-time I.T. Technician.  If interested, contact Josh at 941.867.9772 or email jmontgomery@distechusa.com

Parlade Schaefer Schortz CPAs

Tax Associate
Primary responsibility is preparing Income Tax Returns including forms 1040, 1065, 1120, 1120S, and 1041, along with some state returns. The person will review client accounting, make necessary adjustments and prepare financial statements. This position will also assist clients with IRS issues and write responses to the IRS. There will also be some payroll reporting, year-end reporting and administrative work as needed.
For more information, click here.

Florida Premier Contractors

Multiple Positions
Florida Premier Contractors is hiring. We are a commercial general contractor located in Punta Gorda, FL. We are hiring for the following positions: Assistant Superintendent, Project Superintendent, Project Assistant, Project Manager & estimator. Please send your resume to admin@fpcbuilds.com

Fishermen's Village

Multiple Positions

Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda’s premiere shopping and dining destination, is currently seeking full time and part time maintenance employees. Join our team!
For full details and to apply, Visit: https://www.Indeed.com/cmp/fishermen’s-village/jobs

The Suites at Fishermen’s Village (luxury accommodations located on the second level) is seeking Custodial and Housekeeping team members. For full details and to apply visit: Https://www.indeed.com/cmp/the-suites-at-fisherman’s-village/jobs 



Vote-by-mail ballot requests must be RENEWED after each General Election Cycle. To vote by Mail in 2023-2024, you must submit a new Vote by Mail Request.

Click here for more information.


October 21, 2023 – benefitting The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County & Crossroads Hope Academy.

Click HERE for more information.


Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County – Newsletter


C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County – August Newsletter


Calenda Real Estate Group – Newsletter


Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter


Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Prevention Newsletter


Copperfish Books – August Newsletter


Drug Free Charlotte County – Summer Newsletter


Downtown Farmers Market – August Newsletter


Edison and Ford Winter Estates – August Member Magazine


EnVision Quest – August Newsletter


JLW Business Advisors, LLC – SWFL Non-Profit Insiders Newsletters


Loveland Center – Newsletter


Military Heritage Museum – Gulf Theater August Newsletter and August Military Heritage Museum Happenings & Highlights


The Nix Team at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty August Newsletter


Punta Gorda Airport – PGD Buzz


Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Sweet to the Core!


Punta Gorda Historical Society – September Newsletter


Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJuly Newsletter


Punta Gorda Rotary Club – Newsletter


Sandstar Remodeling – August Newsletter


Sea Grape Gallery – August Newsletter


Senior Friendship Centers – Connections


Suncoast Humane Society – Humane Connection Newsletter


TIME Realty Services Inc. – Newsletter


Valerie’s HouseNewsletter


Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – Quarterly Newsletter


The Yoga Sanctuary – September Newsletter

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